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VP Biden Sworn In, MSNBC Host/Guests Talk Over Invocation

Vice President Joe Biden was sworn in for his second term this morning at 8:21amET. The cable news channels carried live coverage of the event. While CNN and Fox News carried the entirety of the event, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and his guests were discussing gun control as Father Kevin O’Brien offered a solemn prayer before the swearing in.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administered the oath of office. Two of CNN’s big gets for Inauguration coverage include both Biden and Sotomayor. Soledad O’Brien sat down with Justice Sotomayor and Gloria Borger got the first post-election interview with Vice President Biden. Both interviews air tomorrow.

President Obama’s official swearing in happens in less than an hour.

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The Ticker: Brian & Oprah, 60 & AFC, Soledad & Sonia

  • “Rock Center with Brian Williams” drew 4.4 million viewers last night, topping Oprah Winfrey‘s Lance Armstrong interview. “Rock Center” also had its best A18-49 and A25-54 delivery since November 1.

  • “60 Minutes” will be preempted Sunday for the AFC Championship game. Last Sunday, up against the Golden Globes and with a boost from the AFC Divisional game, “60 Minutes” was the 9th most-watched show of the week with 14 million viewers.

  • Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor sits down with CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien about her experience with the Court so far. A preview will air on ”The Situation Room” today with the full interivew on “Starting Point” Monday.

Kelli Arena to Appear on Bloomberg TV

KArena.jpgFormer CNN correspondent Kelli Arena will pop up on Bloomberg TV as a freelance reporter the week of April 5, TVNewser has learned.

“It’s very exciting for me to return to my roots as a business reporter,” Arena tells TVNewser. Arena spent fifteen years of her CNN career covering business, both as a reporter and as a producer for shows like Lou Dobbs Moneyline.

Arena, who exited CNN in December of 2008, is also teaching at Texas’ Sam Houston State University as the first recipient of the Dan Rather Chair in Mass Communications.

Sonia Sotomayor Sworn In

Sonia Sotomayor is now an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The cable news networks and ABC News broadcast the swearing-in which occurred just after 11amET at the Supreme Court — the first swearing-in at the high court in more than 70 years. More recently the associate justices have been sworn-in at the White House.

NBC’s justice correspondent Pete Williams took part in MSNBC’s coverage. On Fox News, Chris Wallace participated in FNC coverage and CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin phoned in for CNN’s coverage.

Kate Snow anchored a special report on ABC, the only broadcaster to produce a special. In New York, Sotomayor’s hometown, WNBC carried the swearing-in as did Time Warner’s 24-hour newschannels NY1 and NY1 Noticias.

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Rachel Maddow: “Pat, I Don’t Need a Lecture From You”

It’s been a while since Pat Buchanan has been on “The Rachel Maddow Show”, and last night didn’t disappoint. Maddow and Buchanan proved once again opposites attract, at least on cable news. At issue last night: Sonia Sotomayor.

The 10-minute interview was personal but pointed, heated but civil. But at one point Maddow declared, “Pat, I don’t need a lecture from you.” And for anyone out there who would use this interview as reasoning for MSNBC to show Buchanan the door, think again. This is exactly the kind of programming they’re looking for.

Go here to see the whole thing. The clip below is the last five minutes:

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FNC Wins With Sotomayor Hearing; Viewership Down Overall

From 10am-3pmET Monday, when the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings were ongoing, Fox News was the most-watched network for coverage. FNC even beat CNN and MSNBC combined, in younger viewers during that time period.

10-3pmET A25-54 / Total Viewers

FNC 153K / 788K
CNN 104K / 576K
MSNBC 47K / 366K

But interestingly, those daytime averages are down for Fox News and for CNN and down for MSNBC in younger viewers. Only MSNBC saw an increase in Total Viewers. For comparison, we looked at the 10am-3pm averages last Wednesday and Thursday (Tuesday was the Jackson funeral which is not a fair comparison.) Here’s what we found:

10-3pmET 7/8/09 — A25-54 / Total Viewers

FNC 254K / 1.197M
CNN 221K / 783K
MSNBC 65K / 244K

10-3pmET 7/9/09 — A25-54 / Total Viewers

FNC 314K / 1.246M
CNN 180K / 726K
MSNBC 68K / 250K

A lot of factors can affect the numbers — more people may be on vacation this week, there may have been spot news that drove up the averages… or it could just be that people aren’t that interested in watching a Senate confirmation hearing on TV.

Blue on Blue for Kelly and Sotomayor

KellySoto_7.14.jpgThe “Above the Law” blog noticed both FNC anchor Megyn Kelly and Judge Sonia Sotomayor wore “electric blue blazers over black blouses” during day one of Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing. Kelly even joked about it on the air yesterday.

The blog is also asking, “Who wore it better?” Right now 71.5% are going with the Fox Newser.

And on Day 2 – they didn’t get the same memo. Sotomayor is in red and Kelly is wearing white.

> Update: Apparently, CNN’s Dana Bash did get the memo. Ruby Tuesday blazer day…

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Tomorrow, watch as Chris Wallace and Sen. Lindsey Graham wear the same crimson Countess Mara done in a Half Windsor.

Sotomayor Hearings Bring Kelli Arena Back On-Air

K Arena.jpgWith confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor now underway, truTV has booked former CNN Justice Department/Supreme Court correspondent Kelli Arena to help provide analysis during an on-air panel discussion today, TVNewser has learned.

Arena is scheduled to be a guest during the 9-11 amET block anchored by Ashleigh Banfield. It’ll be Arena’s second appearance on truTV, having also been a guest once earlier this year.

Arena departed CNN last December during a wave of layoffs. Insiders say CNN does not intend to replace her on the Supreme Court beat.

The “Thrill” of Sotomayor, and the Agony of a Bad Graphic

MSNBCBurris_7.13.jpgIt’s been one of those days for Chris Matthews – the kind that gets him on the blogs.

First, during coverage of the confirmation hearings of Sonia Sotomayor, Matthews said, “Well, I’m getting one of those thrills, I get about America. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t say this. But I’m getting it again.”

See the clip here… (h/t Mediaite)

Then, later on Hardball, Matthews was talking about a new Wall Street Journal survey of economists rating Pres. Obama’s handling of the economic crisis. He got a 70 out of 100. Only problem: they used an image of Obama’s Senate successor, Sen. Roland Burris instead of Obama.

Sonia Sotomayor Hearings Underway

The Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings are underway on Capitol Hill. The three cable news channels are covering them live, as is PBS. HLN is keeping a small box in the lower right corner reminding anyone watching in an airport that the hearings are on. And PBS is doing it old-school — no banners, no boxes. The cable nets are taking commercials. At 10:44am, CNN was in a break when a protester had to be removed from the hearing room. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy warned, “I will direct the police to remove anybody who does any kind of an outburst either for or against the nominee.”

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• On FNC, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier kicked off coverage at 9amET. Carl Cameron is in the hearing room with additional coverage from Major Garrett Chris Wallace, Juan Williams, and Supreme Court correspondent Shannon Bream, featured in her hometown South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Saturday, will contribute throughout the hearing.

• On CNN, Wolf Blitzer is anchoring special coverage joined by Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley, John King, Jeffrey Toobin, and Jessica Yellin. CNN has not replaced, and insiders tell us does not have plans to replace former Supreme Court correspondent Kelli Arena.

• On MSNBC, Chris Matthews is anchoring with Andrea Mitchell on set, Norah O’Donnell on the Hill and reports from NBC’s justice correspondent Pete Williams.

> Update: FNC, CNN and MSNBC went away from the Senators’ opening statements at the Sotomayor hearing to take live coverage of Pres. Obama naming Dr. Regina Benjamin as his Surgeon General nominee. CNN and MSNBC remained with the White House announcement through Dr. Benjamin’s comments.

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