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Lara Logan Returns to ’60 Minutes’

CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan returned to “60 Minutes” tonight, if only in the show’s open. Logan was released from a Washington hospital last Wednesday after it was revealed a day earlier that she’d been beaten and sexually assaulted in Cairo on the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned.

It’s not uncommon for “60 Minutes” contributing correspondents to appear in the open, and not report for that night’s broadcast. Tonight Lesley Stahl profiled Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), Scott Pelley reported on the real man behind “The King’s Speech” and Bob Simon reported the genesis of the current revolution spreading across the Muslim world.

Hail to the Chef

CNN’s John King dons the apron for the “Men of Boston Cook for Women’s Health,” joining politicos like Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and Governor Deval Patrick.

King moderated the Massachusetts gubernatorial debate on Tuesday, and has been shuttling between DC and New England, with Jessica Yellin filling in Tuesday and later today.

Next month King will travel to Florida, where he will moderate a debate between that state’s gubernatorial candidates.

‘Is TV Starting a New Civil War?’

“A generation ago, no matter how divided their politics, Americans got their news from the same source,” writes TV Guide‘s Ileane Rudolph, in a story titled ‘Is TV Starting a New Civil War?’. “The advent of politically partisan cable news networks changed the game.”

According to Rudolph, FNC’s Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Ed Schultz “inflame their eager fans with colorful, merciless and sometimes misleading attacks on the opposition.”

MSNBC president Phil Griffin is interviewed. “Our viewers get their news from a lot of different places, then come to us because they connect with one of our hosts,” he says. “They trust their analysis…It gets a lot of attention, but the people who [complain] want the world to be like 1960, when we had three networks and you didn’t hear what people felt.”

Rudolph asks Griffin about Olbermann’s January comments about Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. “Mistakes are made and corrections are made…There might be provocative stuff out there, and that’s good, but it has to be based on the facts. When you hear [Beck say he believes] Obama’s a racist, I don’t think that’s doing anybody any good. But to blame cynicism against government on a couple of voices in cable news — that’s absurd.”

Ayla Brown Joins CBS Early Show

Brown_4.9.jpgThe daughter of Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has been named a special contributor to “The Early Show.”

Ayla Brown, who was a season five contestant on “American Idol,” filed her first report today on Jordan Romero‘s quest to summit Mt. Everest.

Brown, who preformed on the broadcast earlier this year, and just wrapped up her senior season on the Boston College basketball team, will report pieces occasionally for the CBS News morning show.

Sunday Show Ratings: Jan. 31

sunday-shows4NBC’s “Meet the Press” was the most-watched Sunday show this week, drawing the programs largest audience since last March (last May in the demo). David Axelrod and Rep. John Boehner were guests.

ABC’s “This Week,” which was anchored by Barbara Walters and featured an interview with Senator-elect Scott Brown and a roundtable with Roger Ailes, was up enough week-to-week to overtake CBS’ “Face the Nation” and finish second. It was ABC’s largest audience of the season.

“Fox News Sunday” drew an additional 2.50M total viewers (674,000 demo) via cable replays. Rebroadcasts of “MTP” drew an additional 1,014,000 total viewers.

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC “Meet the Press” 3.89M 1.18M
ABC “This Week” 3.07M 930K
CBS “Face the Nation” 2.89M 780K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.14M 440K

Walters, Brown, Ailes, and Huffington: Notable Moments From ‘This Week’

WaltersThisWeek.jpgBarbara Walters filled in as guest anchor today on ABC’s This Week. The program featured Walters’ interview of Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown, as well as a roundtable discussion with Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, and The Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington. It was Ailes’s first This Week appearance (“I was waiting for HD,” Ailes quipped. “I look so much better.”).


• Walters held up the 1982 Cosmopolitan magazine issue that featured the photo of a nearly-nude Brown. “I wish I still looked like that!” Brown said. “Well, I’m not going to ask you to prove it!” Walters responded.

Later in the broadcast Walter revealed that, coincidentally, the same Cosmo issue included a profile of her (“Keeping Up With Barbara Walters”).

• Walters asked Ailes about FNC’s relationship with the Obama administration. Ailes: “Well, they tried to ban us. They tried to break the pool, but the other networks stepped up and protected Fox on it…[But now w]e’re fine. I mean…it was not as bad as it was played, and things are not as great as they should be, but we have a good dialogue.”

• Huffington asked Ailes about Glenn Beck, whom she says uses language that is “inciting the American people”. The exchange:

Ailes: “I think if we start going around as the word police in this business, it will be…”

Huffington: “It’s not about the word police. It’s about something deeper. It’s about…the paranoid style. And the paranoid style is dangerous when there is real pain out there…”

Ailes: “I agree with you. I read something on your blog that said I looked like J. Edgar Hoover, I had a face like a fist, and I was essentially a malignant tumor…”

Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper will rotate in as guest host next Sunday. Clips of Brown and Ailes from today’s show, after the jump…

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Barbara Walters to Interview Sen.-Elect Scott Brown

brown_1-25.jpgIn addition to a roundtable that includes Roger Ailes and Arianna Huffington, TVNewser has learned substitute host of ABC’s “This Week” Barbara Walters will interview Capitol Hill’s man of the moment, Massachusetts Sen.-Elect Scott Brown.

This will be Brown’s first Sunday show appearance and the only one he’s doing this weekend.

Earlier: And on the 7th Day, Barbara Walters Moderated “This Week”

CNN Covers Haiti 4X as Much as FNC/MSNBC. FNC/MSNBC Give Twice as Much Coverage to Senate Race

PEJ_1.26.bmpPew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism has added up the news from last week. Coverage from Haiti filled most of the newshole — 27% — and was the leading story on network news with 35% coverage.

But Republican Scott Brown‘s victory in the Massachusetts special election for Senate was the top story on cable news filling 32% of the newshole.

In their report, PEJ writes, “there were marked differences in how CNN, MSNBC and Fox covered Haiti and the Massachusetts election.”

• About 60% of the CNN coverage was dedicated to Haiti — almost four times as much attention as it received on MSNBC and Fox. Conversely, the Senate race race filled approximately 40% of coverage on MSNBC and Fox and only about 15% on CNN.

Jon Stewart Calls Out Keith Olbermann’s Name-Calling. Olbermann Responds

Jon Stewart delivered his own special comment — complete with multiple camera angles and multiple eyeglasses — on Keith Olbermann‘s commentary of Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown.

“You’ve ceded the high ground and now you wallow in the feted swamp of baseless name-calling AND AS WE BOTH KNOW, SIR, that’s my thing.”

Olbermann’s response to TVNewser, “It was a little bit of a ripoff of the Affleck thing, but overall, I’d give it a B-”

Special Election Night Ratings: FNC’s Best Night Since Election ’08; Best Night Ever for ‘Hannity’


Scott Brown wasn’t the only winner Tuesday night.

Fox News Channel put up its best numbers since Election Night 2008. FNC was the #1 news channel in all day-parts, beating the three cable news channels combined in all categories. “Hannity” at 9pmET had its highest Total Viewer average ever (you have to go back to 2003 for a higher number when the show was “Hannity & Colmes”.)

Primetime 8-11pmET (Live +SD)
FNC: 6,161,000 Total Viewers (1,901,000 in A25-54)
CNN: 1,503,000 Total Viewers (483,000 in A25-54)
MSNBC: 1,138,000 Total Viewers (387,000 in A25-54)
HLN: 668,000 Total Viewers (250,000 in A25-54)

Total Day
FNC: 2,235,000 Total Viewers (664,000 in A25-54)
CNN: 809,000 Total Viewers (271,000 in A25-54)
MSNBC: 484,000 Total Viewers (155,000 in A25-54)
HLN: 329,000 Total Viewers (155,000 in A25-54)

Fox News peaked around 9:20pmET when the Massachusetts special election for U.S. senator was called for Brown. With Bret Baier making the call, FNC averaged a whopping 6.81M Total Viewers. CNN drew 1.68M, MSNBC had 1.24M and HLN had 845K.

Meanwhile, the Miami Herald’s Glenn Garvin didn’t like what he saw on MSNBC Tuesday night.

It may be too much to expect NBC, these days reduced to a national wisecrack, to be embarrassed over the frothing lunacy that passes for news coverage at corporate stepchild MSNBC. But both networks are part of the same news division. If news boss Steve Capus thinks his reporters can continue to appear with Olbermann and Maddow without suffering credibility contamination, he’s dumber than whoever was behind the Leno/O’Brien late-night shuffle.

> More: Fox News nearly doubled ABC’s average from 9-11pm Tuesday. FNC averaged 6.809M viewers at 9pm to ABC’s 3.288M with “Scrubs” (9pm) and “Better Off Ted” (9:30). At 10pm FNC averaged 6.399M to ABC’s 3.683M with “The Forgotten.”

(h/t TVbytheNumbers)