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The Afternoon Ticker: Zaki, Murphy, Harvey

  • Zunaira Zaki has been named Senior Business Editor and Producer of Specialized Units at ABC News. Zaki has worked at the network for 10 years, most recently as business editor and producer.

  • MSNBC contributor Patrick Murphy will host a live one-hour special on veterans issues at 1pmET Sunday. Murphy, a former congressman and Iraq War veteran, will ” examine issues affecting the veteran community as they navigate their postwar lives.”

  • Steve Harvey has landed a one-on-one interview with President Obama that will air on December 20. “Sitting down with the President is something I’ve always dreamt of doing, and I am honored to have the opportunity,” Harvey said in a statement.

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‘Katie’ Launch Draws Big Ratings

The series premiere of the new syndicated talk show “Katie” was a very solid one ratings-wise. According to Nielsen metered market ratings, Katie Couric‘s talk show debuted to a 2.8 household rating/8 share. That would make it the strongest new daytime talk show launch since 2002, when “Dr. Phil” also launched to a 2.8/8.

Compared to the other talk show competition: “Steve Harvey” debuted last week to a 1.5 rating/4 share, “Jeff Probst“ debuted yesterday to a 1 rating/3 share, “Ricki Lake“ debuted yesterday to a 0.8 rating/2 share (worth noting that Lake was affected by a retransmission dispute in the New York market, which likely affected ratings somewhat) and the second season of Anderson Cooper‘s talk show debuted to a 1.3 rating/4 share.

“Katie” even manged to improve on its “General Hospital” lead-in by +12%.

The final ratings will likely be slightly different, but don’t expect any drastic changes in the numbers. The more important numbers for Disney and Couric — the weekly ratings — will be available next week.

Between the Morning and the Evening, Katie Couric Settles In to Her Comfort Zone

If today’s long-awaited debut of Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show resembled an infomercial for Weight Watchers, that’s because it was.

The first three segments of Couric’s Disney chatfest were devoted almost entirely to guest Jessica Simpson’s post-partum weight loss — thanks to Weight Watchers. There were so many rhapsodic plugs, I kept waiting for the 800 number and my free ginzu knife.

Simpson gushed about her new role as a Weight Watchers poster girl. Then came a sneak preview of her Weight Watchers ad, followed by a full segment joined by her Weight Watchers coach. The capper was a free two-week Weight Watchers membership, via ‘Katie’s’ website.

To be kind, Jessica Simpson was no Sarah Palin, but Couric appeared to be thoroughly enjoying the absence of heavy lifting. After her hellish tenure as anchor of ‘CBS Evening News,’ ‘Katie’ must feel like a fabulous, all-expenses paid vacation. Hey, if Anderson Cooper did it, why not Couric?

Call it ‘Today Extra Lite.’

As has become the fashion, ‘Katie’ opened with a cutesy taped bit. More than a little derivative, given that she did the same thing for her guest-hosting stint on ‘Good Morning America’ in April.

She wakes up from a weird dream and proceeds to tell it to a mystery person in the other twin bed. (An homage to ‘I Love Lucy?’) “I dreamed I left ‘Today’ to anchor the evening news, and I did it for five years, and then I dreamed I was going to be hosting my own daytime talk show!”

Peeling back the covers, a jammies-clad Matt Lauer says: “That wasn’t a dream, and the talk show starts right now!” Cue hilarity.

After almost a full half-hour of Jessica Simpson and Weight Watchers, however, I was reeling from estrogen-induced boredom. Thankfully, the next guest, Sheryl Crow, who composed ‘Katie’s’ up-tempo theme song and is a good friend of the host, had some interesting things to say.

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Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper Facing Serious Challenges In Crowded Syndie Marketplace

Today former CBS and NBC news anchor Katie Couric will debut her syndicated talk show “Katie” (look for Gail Shister‘s review of the first episode later today).

Also debuting today: new talk shows hosted by “Survivor” host Jeff Probst, Steve Harvey and a return to daytime TV from Ricki Lake. That doesn’t even count the new seasons of returning shows like “Ellen” and Anderson Cooper‘s syndie show “Anderson Live.”

If last year was a slow one for syndicated daytime talk shows, this year the cup runneth over.

B&C’s ace syndication reporter Paige Albiniak breaks it down (subscription required):

After all of these months of hype, now comes the moment of truth: Which of these shows will survive to see season two? The answer is hard to predict, and each has its own factors by which to set expectations.

Katie has by far the strongest clearances and the best time slots. So while that show has the best chance to succeed, it also faces the highest expectations. That could work to the advantage of the rest of the pack, all of which have to be considered underdogs compared to Katie.

MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman argues that despite the pressure, Couric is sure to break out:
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Why Can’t a Successful Black Woman Find a Man?

That’s what ABC’s “Nightline” is going to explore tonight as part of the show’s seventh “Face-Off.”

Nightline’s Vicki Mabrey and talk show host Steve Harvey moderate a debate between
Sherri Shepherd, Jacque Reid, Hill Harper, and Jimi Izrael.

Tonight’s debate at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur, Georgia will be recorded for a “Nightline” broadcast to be aired at a later date.

The P.M. Ticker: Elizabeth & Tommy, Steve & Ben, Steve & Diane…

> Tonight on CNN’s Larry King Live, Elizabeth Edwards and former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson will debate healthcare reform. The live debate will be the first time Mrs. Edwards has debated someone on the topic…on TV.

> CNBC’s senior economics reporter Steve Liesman hosts a special from Jackson Hole, WY, site of the Federal Reserve’s annual conference. “Fed, Crisis & Recovery: Live from Jackson Hole” airs tomorrow at 8pmET on CNBC.

> Comedian Steve Harvey made his first appearance as a “Good Morning America” special correspondent this morning. At issue: “Can Men and Women Just Be Friends?”

Steve Harvey Joins Good Morning America

Harvey_8.17.jpgAuthor, actor and comedian, Steve Harvey is joining “Good Morning Amerca” as a special correspondent. Harvey, who also hosts a daily radio show, will report on topics ranging from relationships to parenting over the next few months. In a press release, ABC announced Harvey, “will bring his own unique perspective, style and humor to morning television while interacting with viewers around the country via ABCNEWS.com, Skype and live guests in-studio.”

His first report airs Wednesday.

Click continued to read the press release…

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