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Morning Show Ratings: Week of December 1

morningshowanchors2014ABC’s “Good Morning America” was the No. 1 morning show in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo last week, but only No. 3 “CBS This Morning” showed growth.

Compared to the same week last year, “CTM” was up +5% in viewers, while “GMA” was down -5%. No. 2 NBC’s “Today” show was also down -2% in viewers.

All three broadcasts lost viewers in the demo: ABC was down -10%, NBC down -11% and CBS down -7%. The same week last year included Sam Champion‘s farewell to “Good Morning America.” Champion is coming up on one year with Weather Channel.

Season-to-date, “CBS This Morning” is the only network morning show with gains in total viewers, while “Good Morning America” is seeing its largest season margin over “Today” in the demo in 23 years – since the 1991-92 season.

The averages for the week of Dec. 1, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.578M / NBC: 5.127M / CBS: 3.273M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.080M / NBC: 1.989M / CBS: 982K

 

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The Weather Channel Sends Correspondents to Cover Winter Storm Damon

Sam NYCTo cover what it has dubbed Winter Storm Damon, The Weather Channel has sent correspondents to the areas expected to be hit the hardest by the Nor’easter. Sam Champion and Mike Seidel are in New York City, Raegan Medgie is near Boston in Gloucester Beach, Jim Cantore will report live from Syracuse and affiliates across the country are ready to go live on TWC. In addition, Champion and Seidel are ready to be shipped out to other locations depending on the path and duration of the storm.

Deborah Turness to Work with ‘Today’ Team Until GM Slot is Filled

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Back in January, NBC News president Deborah Turness sent out this org chart of her senior leadership team. There was a slot to fill: SVP and GM of the “Today” show. Today, that position is open again.

Jamie Horowitz, hired for the job back in May, didn’t make it to his first official day with NBC — Dec. 1. As TVNewser first reported, Horowitz was fired late Monday.

This morning, insiders tell us Matt Lauer was among those who’d lost faith in his leadership, but that any goodwill Horowitz had earned from Turness and her boss, Pat Fili-Krushel, who both recruited Horowitz from ESPN earlier this year, had run out.

Horowitz had been making the rounds at the show since September.  “He’s a really smart guy, and he’s been great at reaching out to us, getting our input, and so far we’re really impressed,” co-host Willie Geist told TVNewser two weeks ago.

It was in those meetings, from top talent, to the production assistants, that a profile began to emerge of an executive who would pit staffers against one another; a game of ‘Survivor,’ the Daily News called it, with people’s livelihoods at stake. “He was creating drama that wasn’t there,” an insider says.

Geist, who knows Horowitz personally, was among those angered by his antics. (Geist’s sister Libby worked with Horowitz at ESPN and is married to his former producing partner Kevin Wildes.)

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Sam Champion No Longer Fan of Network Morning TV? ‘It’s Getting…to Hysteria’

031714-amhq-sam-championIn an interview on HuffPost Live, former “GMA” host Sam Champion said network morning television’s “getting to the point where I need a costume malfunction moment, you know what I mean? It’s getting … to a hysteria of everything’s gotta be flashing all the time”:

“Let’s just say, on any given day if you’re watching a network morning show, I’m going to find a cast of the ‘Housewives,’ I’m going to find a ‘Dancing’ star, I’m going to find a musical concert, I’m going to find shopping…That’s morning television. But it isn’t, and it shouldn’t be.”

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A Day After Layoffs, Weather Channel Plans ‘Winter Prep Rally’

The-Weather-ChannelLess than 24 hours after cutting 40 more staffers, The Weather Channel will be hosting a “Winter Prep Rally” tomorrow to get viewers ready for the upcoming season. TWC will be using #PrepRally to promote the initiative while staffers, including senior producers, pack up their belongings.

Spanning all of the network’s programming, segments include Sam Champion reporting from Colorado, and tips from survival expert Creek Stewart, and winter weather expert Tom Niziol.

The 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media Are…

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The Advocate is out with its 50 most influential LGBT media figures list. And the top spot drew a tie.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and TMZ’s Harvey Levin both ranked number one. Levin has been a cable news fixture over the last week in the aftermath of his site exposing elevator footage of Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee Janay Palmer. ABC’s Robin Roberts, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CNBC’s Suze Orman, CNN’s Don Lemon, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, The Weather Channel’s Sam Champion, MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, and HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell were some of the other TV newsers who made the list.

Read the full list here.

Cable News Stars Wheel and Deal

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Some real estate wheeling and dealing among cable news talent, as Mika Brzezinski recently put down roots in DC and Sam Champion continues to try and exit New York for good.

The Washington Post reports Brzezinski recently bought a Georgetown two-bedroom, two bathroom condo for close to $1 million. Brzezinski co-hosts “Morning Joe” from New York City and lives in New York, so the new DC digs must be for the weekends.

Meanwhile, Champion, who moved to Atlanta upon his arrival at The Weather Channel, is trying to make the forecast sunnier for prospective buyers of his NYC penthouse. He reportedly lowered the asking price for his Upper West Side condo another $1 million; the price slash now makes his asking price $2 million less than when he first listed the swanky pad in 2011.

Rob Marciano Leaving ‘Entertainment Tonight’ for ABC News

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Rob Marciano is exiting “Entertainment Tonight” and returning to the weather beat for ABC News, a network spokesperson confirms to TVNewser. Marciano will join ABC as senior meteorologist in early September.

Marciano spent 10 years at CNN as a meteorologist and weather reporter. He left the network in late 2012 and in January, 2013 began co-hosting “Entertainment Tonight” alongside former local news anchor Nancy O’Dell.

The weekend editions of “Good Morning America” have been using meteorologists from ABC affiliates for the last 6 months, since Ginger Zee took on weekday duties. Zee replaced Sam Champion last December when Champion left ABC for the Weather Channel.

“The Wrap” was first to report Marciano was departing “ET.”

Production Cuts at Sam Champion’s Weather Channel Show

031714 AMHQ Sam Champion_05Four months after launch, the Weather Channel’s signature morning show, “AMHQ with Sam Champion” is feeling some growing pains. A tipster tells us that a dozen freelance production jobs have been cut.

A Weather Channel spokesperson tells TVNewser the daily studio contractor schedule was adjusted “to gain some efficiency post launch” and that the freelancers could be brought back as needs adjust. No staff jobs were cut “and there are no cuts ahead,” the spokesperson says, adding that the network is looking to fill several new full time positions.

While the show got off to a slow start in March, “AMHQ” has been seeing some bright spots. For the month of June, “AMHQ” topped the 7am-10am hours on MSNBC in the A25-54 demo by +3%. On July 4, “AMHQ” averaged 173,000 total viewers, outranking MSNBC, CNN and HLN.

TV News Crews Head to North Carolina for Hurricane Arthur

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Tropical Storm Arthur has strengthened into a category one Hurricane churning up the east coast set to hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks hardest. TV news crews have already dispersed crews to cover the extreme weather this 4th of July.

The Weather Channel will have a number of meteorologists and correspondents reporting live from North Carolina. Sam Champion, Stephanie Abrams, and Mike Seidel will report from Kill Devil Hills; Reynolds Wolf and Raegan Medgie will do live shots from Wrightsville Beach; Dave Malkoff and Ron Blome will report from various Outer Banks locations, and Jim Cantore will report from Salvo, NC.

ABC News Correspondent Matt Gutman will report from Wrightsville Beach, NC. Correspondent David Kerley and NewsOne Correspondent Marci Gonzalez will report from Nags Head, a town in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. ABC weather anchor Ginger Zee will cover the storm from New York City. Tonight, “World News” will lead with Arthur coverage; David Muir substitutes for Diane Sawyer.

NBC News has correspondent Kerry Sanders reporting from Kill Devil Hills, NC. CBS Newspath correspondent Craig Boswell is reporting from Nags Head, NC.

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