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August 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Up in Primetime, Down in Total Day During Busy News Month

MSNBC did not experience the growth that Fox News, CNN and even HLN did in the month of August. The network was down -1% in viewers and down -14% in the demo for total day viewing, falling to third place in total viewers, behind CNN, and fourth place in the demo, behind HLN.

The ratings for August 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 571,000 Total Viewers / 152,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 342,000 Total Viewers / 102,000 A25-54

MSNBC did see primetime viewership growth (+10%) and edged CNN in Monday-Friday primetime (8-11pmET) by just 1,000 viewers. “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” all finished #2 in their timeslots among total viewers. All three shows also saw year-over-year growth after what was a bruising August, 2013. Still, the network was down in the primetime demo (-14%).

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The Morning Ticker: Justice, Gnazzo, Gifford

  • At a 5amET news conference in Estonia, carried live on the cable news networks, Pres. Obama vowed that “justice will be served” in the deaths of two journalists beheaded by ISIS militants. “Those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget,” said Obama.
  • Cory Gnazzo has been named EP of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” taking over for Bill Wolff who joined “The View” last week. Gnazzo, senior producer of TRMS, has been with the show since launch in 2008. He joined MSNBC in 2000 as a producer of “The News with Brian Williams.”
  • “Now with Alex Wagner” senior producer Rob Gifford has left MSNBC for Bloomberg where he’ll be senior broadcast producer of the new politics vertical run by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Previously, Gifford was a senior producer with “Morning Joe” and a producer of  FNC’s “Studio B w/ Shepard Smith.”

The Scoreboard: Friday, August 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 252 | MSNBC: 95 | CNN: 126 | HLN: 68
  • Primetime: FNC: 239 | MSNBC: 101 | CNN: 141 | HLN: 81

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

214

TheFive:

391

Baier:

306

Greta:

242

TheFive:

264

Kelly:

230

Hannity:

223

TheFive:

254

Kelly:

299

MSNBC
Wagner:

37

EdShow:

67

Sharpton:

115

Matthews:

116

Hayes:

123

Maddow:

76

Lockup:

103

Lockup:

149

Lockup:

170

CNN
Tapper:

87

Blitzer:

110

Blitzer:

139

Burnett:

128

Cooper:

103

DeathRow:

154

DeathRow:

165

DeathRow:

117

DeathRow:

175

HLN
Now:

42

Files:

32

Files:

32

Files:

39

Files:

92

Files:

84

Files:

67

Files:

80

Files:

138

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Rachel Maddow on Ferguson: ‘It Doesn’t Make Sense’

Like her MSNBC colleagues, Rachel Maddow has covered the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson extensively. Earlier this week, she told David Letterman her thoughts on the story.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” Maddow said regarding the militarization of the police force many have cited when talking about Ferguson. “Even small town police departments have mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles that were developed for use in Kandahar.”

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, August 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 278 | MSNBC: 88 | CNN: 150 | HLN: 112
  • Primetime: FNC: 459 | MSNBC: 172 | CNN: 210 | HLN: 85

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

119

TheFive:

249

Baier:

320

Greta:

290

O’Reilly:

498

Kelly:

467

Hannity:

412

Smith:

245

Kelly:

273

MSNBC
Wagner:

77

EdShow:

60

Sharpton:

125

Matthews:

126

Hayes:

161

Maddow:

199

O’Donnell:

158

Hayes:

96

Maddow:

90

CNN
Tapper:

127

Blitzer:

153

Blitzer:

141

Burnett:

128

Cooper:

181

Cooper:

237

Tonight:

212

Tonight:

186

CNNI:

142

HLN
Now:

75

Files:

23

Files:

48

Jane:

66

Grace:

74

Dr.Drew:

54

Files:

126

Files:

255

Files:

252

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Bill Wolff Named EP of ‘The View;’ Brian Balthazar Joining ABC Show as co-EP

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A week after signing off as EP of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Bill Wolff (above left) has been announced as the new executive producer of “The View.”

The show also made other behind-the-scenes changes including the addition of another TV news veteran, Brian Balthazar (above right) as co-executive producer. Ashley S. Gorman will be the show’s director in the new season, and Kathleen Rajsp has been named senior supervising producer.

“I am so appreciative for the privilege to work on this iconic program and to have the chance to collaborate with incredible people like Whoopi and Rosie, who each bring immense talent and boundless passion to show,” Wolff said in a statement. “I will be forever grateful to Rachel Maddow for six amazing years together. As I begin this next chapter, I cannot fully express my profound gratitude to [Disney/ABC TV president] Ben Sherwood for making it all possible.”

Balthazar, an MSNBC alum like Wolff, joins from AOL where he was head of programming. He’s also been in the talk show trenches working many years at the “Today” show. He launched the fourth hour of “Today” with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, before going to work as a director of programming at HGTV.

Gorman has directed thousands of hours of live shows in the U.K. and the U.S. including: “Hell’s Kitchen,” “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here…NOW!,” and “The Biggest Loser.”

Rajsp has worked on “Katie,” “Anderson” and “Dr. Phil,” among others.

The new season of “The View” begins Monday, Sept. 15.

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, August 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 264 | MSNBC: 87 | CNN: 163 | HLN: 93
  • Primetime: FNC: 411 | MSNBC: 158 | CNN: 242 | HLN: 95

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

168

TheFive:

339

Baier:

323

Greta:

270

O’Reilly:

450

Kelly:

398

Hannity:

386

O’Reilly:

303

Kelly:

311

MSNBC
Wagner:

50

EdShow:

94

Sharpton:

122

Matthews:

119

Hayes:

134

Maddow:

193

O’Donnell:

144

Hayes:

119

Maddow:

81

CNN
Tapper:

160

Blitzer:

145

Blitzer:

204

Burnett:

283

Cooper:

289

Cooper:

255

Tonight:

182

Tonight:

178

CNNI:

125

HLN
Now:

39

Files:

26

Files:

38

Jane:

113

Grace:

90

Dr.Drew:

69

Files:

126

Files:

189

Files:

218

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Bill Wolff Moves on from MSNBC. Next Stop ‘The View’

Bill Wolff, MSNBC VP of primetime and executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” got a sendoff from this staff late last week. Maddow said Wolff “got some sweet new job on some easy show with a sweet new schedule.” That show is “The View,” which begins its news season with new and returning hosts in just a few weeks. Wolff often appeared on Maddow’s show, which made up a Best-of-Bill send-off video featured on the show Thursday night. “We are so mad that you are leaving, we are really going to miss you,” said Maddow.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, August 13

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 274 | MSNBC: 106 | CNN: 136 | HLN: 109
  • Primetime: FNC: 408 | MSNBC: 169 | CNN: 181 | HLN: 111

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

184

TheFive:

319

Baier:

346

Greta:

259

O’Reilly:

456

Kelly:

393

Hannity:

374

O’Reilly:

293

Kelly:

247

MSNBC
Wagner:

33

EdShow:

70

Sharpton:

111

Matthews:

88

Hayes:

128

Maddow:

196

O’Donnell:

182

Hayes:

220

Maddow:

207

CNN
Tapper:

156

Blitzer:

142

Blitzer:

164

Burnett:

148

Cooper:

172

Cooper:

185

Tonight:

187

Tonight:

219

CNNI:

106

HLN
Now:

82

Files:

62

Files:

85

Jane:

104

Grace:

125

Dr.Drew:

100

Files:

110

Files:

136

Files:

181

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Bill Wolff Leaving MSNBC for ‘The View’

WolffBill Wolff, who’s been a fixture at MSNBC for nearly a decade, is about to get a new view.

An MSNBC spokesperson confirms with TVNewser that Wolff, who is the EP of Rachel Maddow‘s show, as well as VP of primetime, is leaving the network. The Hollywood Reporter reports Wolff will be taking over as EP of “The View” when the new season starts, with an almost all-new cast, and one returning host. Wolff will take over for Bill Geddie who has overseen the show since it launched in 1997.

The Daily News positions the move as a trade. For ABC allowing Wolff out of his NBCU contract, ESPN’s Jamie Horowitz will be allowed to leave the sports network earlier than planned as he takes the reins as SVP of the “Today” show. Wolff joined MSNBC from ESPN.

Wolff, you’ll recall, was the man behind the bucket last week as his host got doused.

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