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Shepard Smith is Ready for the Big Game

SmithAt 3:30pmET this afternoon, Fox News’ Shepard Smith will be channeling his inner rebel.

The host will be in the stands at the Ole Miss-Alabama game, rooting for the former’s victory. Smith spoke to SBNation yesterday about how big the stakes are for this weekend’s SEC
showdown.

There’s never been — I can’t think of a more important week in my 50 years in this town. And we’ve never had the kind of demand that we have. You know, double the stadium size will be in town this weekend. Most people won’t get inside. With “GameDay” here, and with CBS here with the game of the week and so many celebrities, it’s insanity. And it’s good for Oxford. I think, finally we’re ready for this. A lot of times, when we’ve gotten to the big moment — the [2003] LSU game under Eli [Manning] on campus comes to mind, and the [2009] South Carolina game when we were No. 4 — we hit those big moments, and they were too big for us. I think we’re past that. I think we’re ready.

Fox News Most-Watched For Airstrikes Coverage

SmithISISFox News was the first cable news channel to report U.S.-led airstrikes had begun in Syria. It was also the most-watched. Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo last night. Coverage peaked in viewers at 9pmET during Megyn Kelly‘s show and in the demo at 10pmET during Shepard Smith’s special coverage.

CNN showed the most primetime growth of the networks compared to last Monday. CNN was up +57% in viewers and up +62% in the demo; MSNBC was up +29% in viewers and up +60% in the demo and Fox News was up +6% in viewers and up +12% in the demo.

  • Primetime (8-11pmET) 9/23/14

Total Viewers / A25-54 demo

FNC:  2,041,000 / 452,000
CNN:  587,000 / 206,000
MSNBC:  646,000 / 174,000

U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets

The broadcast and cable news networks broke in with special coverage tonight as U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria began.

Brian Williams, David Muir and Scott Pelley all updated the west coast editions of their evening newscasts tonight. ABC broke in with a network-wide special report at 9:30pmET, NBC broke in at 9:38pmET. CBS News ran a crawl during primetime programming at 9:30pmET.

Cable news has been in non-stop coverage. Fox News was first with the news. Megyn Kelly broke into her own pre-taped interview with Alan Colmes at 9:26pmET as Jennifer Griffin reported that military operations had begun. Shepard Smith picked up coverage on Fox News at 10pmET and will continue until MidnightET when Kelly picks up. CNN’s Anderson Cooper broke in with the news at 9:30pmET with Jim Sciutto reporting the news. Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota anchored from 10pmET until Midnight. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported the news at 9:34pmET. Lawrence O’Donnell anchored at 10 and Chris Hayes picks up at 11pmET with live coverage on MSNBC. FBN has been in live coverage as well and will simulcast Megyn Kelly‘s coverage at Midnight.

Shepard Smith Bets ‘Every Penny I Will Ever Make at this Network’

White House press secretary Josh Earnest made his first visit to “Shepard Smith Reporting” this afternoon. The 7-minute interview focused on the White House messaging about the mission to take out ISIS in Syria and Iraq and, in Earnest’s words, “the Muslim-led countries who are part of the coalition.”

“Like Saudi Arabia’s going to have some boots over there? or Jordan?” Smith asked in jest. “There will be no commitment from those two, on this I will bet every penny I will ever make at this network.”

“That’s a substantial bet,” Earnest said.

“And it’s a good bet because it’s not going to happen,” Smith shot back. Smith reportedly earns north of $7 million a year. That’s a lot of pennies.


Obama: ‘America Will Lead a Broad Coalition to Roll Back this Terrorist Threat’

ObamaISISIn a 14-minute address tonight, President Obama announced the U.S. will “lead a broad coalition” to defeat ISIS.

In his address, which comes on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the president mentioned by name, two journalists killed by ISIS in recent weeks.

“They execute captured prisoners, they kill children, enslave, rape and force women into marriage… and in acts of barbarism they took the lives of two American journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley.”

“I have made it clear, we’ll hunt down terrorists who threaten our country wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria as well as Iraq.”

FOX finished its special report first, at 9:16pm, with Shepard Smith promoting analysis on Fox News. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos wrapped up next after brief analysis with Martha Raddatz; CBS’s Bob Schieffer wrapped few seconds after that, and NBC’s Brian Williams finished his special report with Chuck Todd at 9:17. The cable networks continued with analysis.

Network Coverage Plans for President Obama’s ISIS Address

ObamaCNNIsisBroadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage tomorrow night at 9pmET for President Obama’s speech on American action against ISIS.

Here is what the networks are planning:

  • CBS’ Bob Schieffer will anchor for the network with “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley reporting from Iraq, where it will be 4am. The CBS Sports special “Under the Lights” will be delayed.
  • Brian Williams anchors for NBC with Chuck Todd reporting from the DC Bureau, delaying “America’s Got Talent” in the eastern and central time zones.
  • ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos hosts, along with Jonathan Karl at the White House.
  • Shepard Smith will anchor a special report on FOX, interrupting the season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen.”
  • On Fox News,  Megyn Kelly will anchor with Bret Baier appearing. “The O’Reilly Factor” will air at 8pmET and “Hannity” at 10pmET will be live, with a special live edition of “Special Report” airing at 11pmET.
  • On CNN, Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer will anchor.
  • John Seigenthaler will anchor a preview of the speech at 8:30pmET for Al Jazeera America as well as coverage of the actual speech. White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira will contribute from the White House.
  • Neil Cavuto will anchor  for Fox Business Network, followed by live editions of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” at 10pmET and “The Independents” at 11pmET.
  •  MSNBC will air a two-hour primetime special hosted by Rachel Maddow from 8pm-10pmET. Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell and Reverend Al Sharpton will join Maddow. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” will air at 10pmET followed by a live “All In with Chris Hayes” at 11pmET.
  • Bloomberg Politics’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will anchor Bloomberg TV’s special primetime coverage of the President’s speech starting at 9PM ET from Washington, DC. Bloomberg’s Al Hunt will contribute reporting and analysis.
  • CNBC will carry the address with hosts as yet unannounced

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.”

Ratings: CNN Wins Primetime, Total Day Demo

CNN Ferguson coverageCNN won in the A25-54 demographic Monday in both total day and primetime, delivering 356,000 and 423,000 viewers, respectively. Fox News, second in both measurements, had 302,000 total day viewers and 405,000 primetime viewers in the demo. MSNBC was third and HLN was fourth.

Fox News led the way in total viewers, with 1,452,000 total day viewers and 2,136,000 primetime viewers. CNN was second, with 946,000 total day viewers and 1,027,000 primetime viewers. As with the demo viewers, MSNBC was third and HLN was fourth.

For the primetime hours, the top-rated show in total viewers was “The Kelly File” with 2,378,000 viewers, and the top-rated show in the demo was the 10pmET hour of “CNN Tonight” with 522,000 viewers.

Fox News won the demo in both the 8pmET (with Eric Bolling in for Bill O’Reilly) and 9pmET hours, while CNN won every hour in the demo from 10pm-12amET. Shepard Smith anchored from the Fox News Deck on FNC and Jake Tapper and Don Lemon anchored from Ferguson on CNN.

A few programming notes for tonight’s primetime lineup: as we told you earlier, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon will anchor their respective shows from Ferguson. On Fox News, Smith will anchor the 11pmET hour and Megyn Kelly will anchor the 12amET hour.

The full scoreboard will be up shortly.

Tonight’s Ferguson Coverage Plans

As the National Guard arrives in Ferguson, where the overnight curfew has been lifted, the broadcast and cable networks have set plans to continue coverage of the escalating violence there. Here’s an update on who will be in Ferguson tonight:

As we told you earlier, Shepard Smith will anchor the 11pmET hour on Fox News tonight. We’ll continue to update as plans are set.

The Afternoon Ticker: Lauer, Baden, Smith

  • Matt Lauer will host the second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards in Louisville, Kentucky on September 27. The ceremony will award six people age 30 or under who’ve produced innovative social justice work.

  • Fox News contributor and forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden will appear on the competition tonight when he is a guest on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” (he appeared on FNC today and will tonight). Baden performed a private autopsy on 18-year-old Michael Brown and granted Hayes an interview after a news conference he spoke at this morning.

  • Tonight, Shepard Smith will host a special live hour at 11pmET on developing news surrounding the investigation into the killing of Michael Brown and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. In addition, Fox News’ entire primetime lineup will be live.

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