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New Low For CNN’s 10pmET Hour

CNN SpotlightOn the heels of Thursday night’s win among younger viewers for “The Sixties,” a low for CNN in the 10pmET hour Friday night: “CNN Spotlight” and “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols” averaged a combined 182,000 total viewers and 35,000 A25-54 viewers, the network’s lowest demo delivery in the timeslot in 14 years (since May 9, 2000).

CNN came in fourth in cable news for the hour, behind Fox News’ “Hannity,” MSNBC’s “Lockup” and HLN’s “Forensic Files.” It was CNN’s second-lowest primetime delivery of the year in the A25-54 demo.

As we reported last week, all of the cable news networks suffered in May. CNN and HLN were down significantly year-over-year, while Fox News hit 12-year lows and MSNBC hit seven-year lows for the month.

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Here’s the Reason Behind CNN’s ‘Poaching’ From ABC

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The New York Post reports on a Disney shareholder who asked Disney CEO Bob Iger whether his ABC News division is becoming a “training ground” for talent who eventually flee to CNN. Jake Tapper, Chris Cuomo, Bill Weir, and John Berman have all left ABC for CNN in the last 18 months. Rachel Nichols also left Disney-owned ESPN for CNN.

One key reason for the departures, which was not mentioned in the NYPost story, is that former ABC News VP of talent and strategy Amy Entelis is now head of talent and content development at CNN. Others who’ve made the move to CNN include SVP Vinnie Malhotra who spent 15 years at ABC and ESPN, and Andrew Morse who also spent 15 years at ABC and is now CNN’s SVP of domestic newsgathering.

Iger is unfazed by the departures, telling shareholders ABC has “a deep bench,” adding “in some cases we were trying to make way for a new generation, a new crop of talent.” The Post reports Iger singled out ABC News reporter David Muir, who is rumored to be a contender to replace Diane Sawyer on “World News.”

On CNN, Experimenting at 10, ‘AC360′ at 11

don lemonFor the next month, CNN will be trying out a series of different programs each night in the 10pm hour.

Starting Monday, CNN anchor Don Lemon returns to primetime with “The Don Lemon Show.” The half-hour program will lead in to another new weekly show, “Making The Case” at 10:30pm.

Tuesdays at 10pm will be one-hour special reports; Wednesdays at 10 will see “Death Row Stories;” “Chicagoland” airs Thursdays at 10; and on Fridays its “CNN Spotlight” followed by “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols” at 10:30.

“AC360″ will return to the 11pm hour Monday through Thursday, a re-air of the 8pm hour (live in the event of breaking news.) Friday’s at 11pm is reserved for “Death Row Stories.” This will be the schedule for at least the next five weeks.

Late last year, Lemon hosted the limited-run 11pm show “11th Hour” while Erin Burnett was on maternity leave.

Lemon has also been part of the story as of late, getting into a Twitter spat with Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett when the verdict in the Michael Dunn trial was announced.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker told TVNewser’s Alissa Krinsky last night at the premiere of “Chicagoland” he’s fine with his anchors showing emotion.

“I think that what you will find is that our anchors and hosts are still objective and presenting the news,” Zucker says. “Are there occasions where they show their passion, and show their emotion? Yes. And is that fine? Yes. And we’re okay with that.”

The Scoreboard: Friday, January 31

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 258 | MSNBC: 180 | CNN: 97 | HLN: 89
  • Primetime: FNC: 344 | MSNBC: 280 | CNN: 105 | HLN: 130

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10/10:30p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

243

Five:

439

Baier:

420

Greta:

284

O’Reilly:

449

Megyn:

326

Hannity:

251

O’Reilly:

271

Megyn:

241

MSNBC
Wagner:

155

EdShow:

173

Sharpton:

201

Matthews:

326

Hayes:

311

Maddow:

352

Lockup:

176

Lockup.:

319

Lockup.:

283

CNN
Tapper:

134

Blitzer:

118

Blitzer:

116

Burnett:

121

Cooper:

121

Morgan:

83

Leno/Nichols:

122/102

Sixties:

93

Sixties:

105

HLN
News:

25

WWYD:

32

WWYD:

64

Jane:

84

Grace:

119

Files:

140

Files:

132

Files:

139

Files:

158

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How Will Jeff Zucker’s Programming Moves Impact CNN in 2014?

ZuckerCNN-300x150CNN’s Jeff Zucker has had a busy first year at the helm at CNN, attempting to bring more “attitude” to the network while “not being so obvious.”

Part of that is moving away from what CNN has built up over the last three decades. Zucker recently told Capital New York the goal for the next six months is “more shows and less newscasts.”

His methods have included experimenting with half-hour programming: first the return of “Crossfire” and, more recently, the debuts of “The 11th Hour” with Don Lemon and “ICYMI” with Brooke Baldwin. Those two shows are replacement programs for the 11pm re-air of “Erin Burnett: Outfront” while Burnett is on maternity leave. Rachel Nichols‘ Friday night show “Unguarded” is also 30 minutes. And the network debuted a half-hour documentary on the life and death of actor Paul Walker Friday night, to respectable ratings.

Former senior executive at CBS News, Fox News and Telemundo, Joe Peyronnin thinks the payoff of the half-hour strategy depends on concept and execution.

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Brian Kilmeade: With Elisabeth Hasselbeck, ‘Fox & Friends’ ‘Like a Brand New Show’

Brian Kilmeade_NEW_creditFOXNewsChannelImagine a journalist turning over secret intelligence he’d gotten during interviews to a movement that was at war with the ruling power. It happened, during the American revolution. That newspaper publisher was one of the “secret six” profiled in a new book by Fox News host Brian Kilmeade. And much of the history he writes about happened in his own back yard of Long Island, NY.

TVNewser talked with Kilmeade about his new book, his new “Fox & Friends” co-host and his longtime passion: sports.

TVNewser: You’re known as a politics and sports guy. What made you interested in writing a history book about Washington’s Secret Army?

Kilmeade: I hadn’t seen it really done extensively before. Being from Long Island, I was concerned in the beginning it was too much of a New York story, but the more I researched, the more you look at a map of 13 colonies, you realize. You don’t win the war without New York, you can’t win it straight up, you had to win it through spying and surveillance and espionage. We’ve been looking at this since 1989. The more we started researching the more I realized we didn’t know. Then for two years, we just blitzed it like it was a news story. We tried to get as much information from as many experts as possible.

TVNewser: What can today’s political and media leaders learn from Washington’s secret army?

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Illinois Man Cleans Up at Star-Studded CNN Heroes

BanfieldLemonRomansA man who has dedicated his life to cleaning up the Mississippi River is the CNN Hero of the Year. Chad Pregracke of East Moline, Illinois received the honor last night at the event which was recorded for a CNN special to air Sunday, Dec. 1.

TVNewser was on the red carpet, which was swarming with both CNN and entertainment stars.

Piers Morgan told us how refreshing it is to cover everyday heroes vs. A-list celebrities: “They’re real people, and real people are always much more heroic than celebrities in my experience.  They’re not surrounded by entourages, money, or glamor…they have to rely on their own big hearts and selflessness.”

Ashleigh Banfield said “Heroes” proves good news works on TV. “We’ve heard forever good news doesn’t sell… it clearly sells. This has done well for years, people love it…and it feels great.”

HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell told us the inspiration Heroes provides is like therapy for her: “We do see the worst in humanity so often…this is more of a reflection of what humanity really is. This restores my faith in humanity.”

We caught up with CNN anchor Don Lemon and asked him what to expect from his new limited run show at 11pm: “It’s going to be amazing. You’re going to want to watch it,” he said, adding “to have any time slot on CNN is a pretty big accomplishment.”

Rachel Nichols talked about the positive response she’s received on the return of sports to CNN via her show “Unguarded.”

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‘Hard-Nosed’ Sports Reporter, Still Hit On in the Locker Room, Gets CNN Back in the Game

nicholsWomen in sports journalism have come a long way, says CNN’s Rachel Nichols, but they have a long way to go.

“The very fact I’m allowed to go into the locker room after the game, with no one questioning it, shows significant progress,” says Nichols, 40, whose new weekly program, “Unguarded,” debuts Friday at 10:30 p.m. on CNN and CNN International.

On the other hand, athletes’ “attitudes and prejudices still need some work,” Nichols says. “When I meet players for the first time, they can be a bit guarded. Right off the bat, they assume you don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s harder to get the story sometimes.”

“Unguarded” will feature a long-form interview with an athlete as well as a panel discussion that will include entertainment stars in addition to jocks. For the opener, Nichols accompanied NBA star Lebron James in August on his annual promotional trip to China.

Sports have been a long time coming to CNN. The network has not had a dedicated sports show since “Sports Tonight,” a traditional daily roundup that began with CNN’s launch in 1980. Pre-empted by 9/11 coverage, it never returned.

Under CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker, “there’s a broadening of what CNN can be,” says Nichols, a veteran of ESPN and The Washington Post. “We’re moving to focus on more than just politics. When you pick up a newspaper, you want to be able to leaf through other sections. My show is part of that.”

Nichols joined CNN in January after a nine-year run at ESPN. Also a reporter for Turner Sports, she covers a wide variety of assignments, from major league baseball to the NBA to the Super Bowl. Also, she will be part of Turner’s Olympics team.

When it comes to football, Nichols acknowledges that women generally report from the sidelines while men occupy the more glamorous booth. (At ESPN, she did the former for “Monday Night Football.”) It’s an underrated gig, she insists.

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CNN Pushes Back Debut Of Weekly Sports Show ‘Unguarded with Rachel Nichols’

Rachel Nichols APOn Friday September 20, CNN was scheduled to debut “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols,” its weekly sports news program anchored by Nichols, who is a correspondent for CNN and Turner Sports’.

The idea was to get the show up and running in time for TBS’ coverage of the MLB playoffs, which would have provided a big sporting event to cover and some corporate synergy to boot.

Well, September 20 came and went, and “Unguarded” was nowhere to be found on CNN.

Now, CNN says that Nichols’ program will debut Friday, October 25 at 10:30 PM. That would be smack dab in the middle of the World Series, but after TBS’ coverage has concluded. In this case, it looks as though Nichols–who has been an important part of TBS’ coverage–just wanted to wait until her job as a reporter died down before taking up shop behind the anchor desk.

CNN Slates Weekly Sports Show ‘Rachel Nichols: Unguarded’ For Friday Nights

CNN has scheduled a weekly half-hour sports show anchored by CNN and Turner Sports correspondent Rachel Nichols.

“Rachel Nichols: Unguarded” will debut Friday, September 20 at 10:30 PM.

Nichols–a longtime reporter for ESPN–was one of CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker‘s first big hires in January, and the channel said at the time that she would end up with her own program. Nichols made her CNN debut in February.

September is shaping up to be an important month for CNN. In addition to Nichols’ new program, the revamped “Crossfire” is set to debut September 16, along with “AC360 Later” in the 10 PM slot on weeknights.

CNN put together a promo touting the launches.

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