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Networks Call Massachusetts Special Election for Scott Brown. Republican Wins Ted Kennedy’s Senate Seat


At 9:21pmET, the Associated Press called the Massachusetts special election for the late Ted Kennedy‘s Senate seat for Republican Scott Brown. Fox News, which was airing “Hannity” and MSNBC airing “The Rachel Maddow Show” have been going wall-to-wall with coverage and sourced the AP with the call. Bret Baier made the call on Fox News.

CNNMass_1.19.jpgAt 9:24pmET on CNN, Larry King interrupted a Dr. Sanjay Gupta live report from Haiti and tossed to Wolf Blitzer in Washington who called the race for Brown. John King and Jessica Yellin are reporting from Boston.

NBC’s Norah O’Donnell reported at 9:47pm that Pres. Obama phoned Scott Brown to congratulate him on his win.

At 9:54pm, Sean Hannity reported that Senate leader Harry Reid has recognized the win and announced that Brown “will be seated when the proper paperwork is received.”

Still to come tonight: at 10pmET on Fox News, two hours of “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” live from Boston.

MSNBC will produce live hours of Countdown at 10pmET, Maddow at 11 and Hardball at Midnight. Maddow and Chris Matthews are in Boston.

After two hours of AC360, Larry King will return live at Midnight.

And ABC’s George Stephanopoulos heads back to Washington and will get the first post-special election interview with President Obama. The interview happens tomorrow and will air first on “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

> More: In his acceptance speech, Brown said of his wife Gail, who is a reporter at ABC affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston and was not allowed to campaign with him, “She didn’t stay neutral today. She actually voted for the winner!” Sen.-Elect Brown also said his two daughters were “available,” then clarified saying only Ayla (a former “American Idol” contestant) was available.

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Covering the Massachusetts Senate Race

CNNMass_1.18.jpgHere’s who’s heading to — or already in — Massachusetts for tomorrow’s close Senate race to fill Ted Kennedy‘s seat.

• Fox News – Molly Line and Carl Cameron are in Massachusetts today. Greta Van Susteren will anchor “On the Record” from Boston tonight and tomorrow night. Bret Baier anchors “Special Report” from Boston tomorrow night.

• NBC/MSNBC – Kelly O’Donnell and Norah O’Donnell are covering in Boston. Chris Matthews heads to Boston after tonight’s Town Hall in Houston (live on MSNBC 10pm-12amET).

• CNN – Jim Acosta and Jessica Yellin are in Boston. They’ll be joined tomorrow by Dan Lothian and John King.

• CBS – Nancy Cordes is in Cambridge, Mass.

• ABC – John Berman is in Massachusetts.

Fox News and Its Historic Ratings For a “Historical Event”

fncpanel_9-8.jpgFox News Channel didn’t just have the top rated cable news broadcast of a convention in history last week — they had it twice.

Just as in 2004, all three nights of the RNC saw FNC topping all broadcast and cable networks, But this time for FNC, just as it was for many networks, the numbers were even higher, and 9.2 million people watching FNC proved the most ever.

“It’s been a pretty amazing couple of weeks,” FNC VP of news editorial Jay Wallace told TVNewser.

“When it comes to news, now people are coming to cable news channels on various news stories. Not to toot our own horn, but it proves again we’re very fortunate to have Brit Hume, Chris Wallace, our political team. People do tune in when there’s a big political story.”

One of the things Wallace credits with FNC’s success is separation. “We’ve been very careful to keep our opinion separate. Our news division takes care of that,” he says. “That’s done us well and I think that’s why you see these numbers. See, when Brit or Shepard Smith are on, that’s our news division talking. That’s the way we’ve always done it.”

FNC’s three wins didn’t achieve the one thing CNN had on Thursday of the DNC — the top broadcast on all of television for the night. But FNC had strong DNC ratings as well, as the 2nd rated cable broadcast and sometimes even beating some of the networks.

What does Wallace credit that to?

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CNN Beats CBS & ABC in 10pmET Hour

Breaking: On the first night of the DNC, CNN was the big winner of the cable networks (8-11pm Live +SD) drawing an average of 3.7M viewers. But CNN was able to take the momentum built in the 9pm hour (4.53M viewers), during which a tribute to Ted Kennedy aired, and beat two of its broadcast competitors, ABC and CBS in the 10pm hour.

At 10pmET CNN drew 4.26M Total Viewers while ABC drew 4.17M and CBS drew 3.46M. NBC was first of all networks with 4.71 milion Total Viewers.

Additionally, ABC gained 1.8 million viewers from its lead in “Samantha Who” while CBS lost 3 million viewers from its lead in “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

Charlie Gibson Gets on the Blogwagon

WorldNewser_8.25.bmpThere’s the Daily Nightly, Couric & Company and now Charlie Gibson is getting into the blog game with the revamped WorldNewser. It’s part of a redesign for the World News page on

Right now, WorldNewser includes posts from George Stephanopoulos on what Michelle Obama “needs to do tonight” in her keynote speech. There are also posts on the morning meeting and the news that Ted Kennedy will attend tonight’s proceedings which will include a tribute to him.

Other features of the redesign: web-exclusive content, political resources, and the continuing “World News” Webcast.

WorldNewser…that has a familiar ring to it.

> Update: Without further adieu, we give you Charlie Gibson’s first blog post: “And so it begins. The conventions…and my participation in this blog.” Can’t wait for the first time Gibson has to write “NSFW”