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NBC’s “White House” Part II Draws 9 Million Viewers

williams_6-4.jpgPart II of NBC’s “Inside the Obama White House” drew about 150,000 fewer viewers than part I. But the Brian Williams-reported special drew the biggest Total Viewer audience at 9pm for the network since last October. The show brought in just shy of 9 million Total Viewers (8.965m) and grew 14% from the first half hour to the second.

The entire two-hour special will be rebroadcast, with some added material, tomorrow night at 8pmET/PT.

The special did have its critics (in addition to John Ziegler).

Verne Gay of Newsday noticed the mentions of other NBC shows, like Saturday Night Live, and frequent appearances by NBC White House correspondent, Chuck Todd. “These little in-show NBC plugs do, I think, push the ol’ envelope,” writes Gay.

Time Magazine’s James Poniewozik thought the Tonight Show tie-in was “Kinda creepy. But kinda funny. But, yeah, kinda creepy.” “Apparently we’re all cool with this now? Am I just becoming one of those cranky old journalists? Should I pull the flask of scotch out of my desk drawer and start reminiscing about the good old days?”

(image by Antoine Sanfuentes for NBC News)

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Is MTP Now The “De Facto Safe Show on Sunday Morning”?

Newsday’s Verne Gay has some suggestions for Meet the Press anchor David Gregory:

Gregory is terrifically polished, well-informed, a good listener and has the talking points of both sides down cold. But he also seems more intent on covering the waterfront than digging for news, or in pushing the talking heads off their talking points…Gregory has been handed perhaps the most important program in television journalism. It’s time to start acting like the king who rules wisely yet ruthlessly. Otherwise, his legacy will match that of Garrick Utley or Bill Monroe — moderators who were highly respected but not highly feared. In this job, it’s vital to be both.

How To Cope With Covering the Crisis

Newsday’s Verne Gay asks various financial newsers how they cope with covering the recession on a daily basis.

FBN’s Alexis Glick:

“Some days when I look back at myself in the fall, when things started to become unraveled, and individual family members of mine started losing their jobs or homes were on the edge of foreclosure. I felt pretty depressed. It’s hard because we’re so connected to the people we’re talking to. For Glick, her refuge is family: “I shoot hoops with my boys.”

CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino:

“I work out every day for an hour and 15 minutes,” he says, and by “work out,” “Gaspo” — as he’s known to colleagues — does wind sprints by the East River near his home in Stuyvesant Town and a fast set of 36 pull-ups and sit-ups. “You just crank ‘em out,” he says. The nighttime decompression routine, however, is different: “I do occasionally include an alcoholic beverage.”

FBN’s Peter Barnes:

“Mindless movies on Friday night” are a standard outlet. “Every Monday I feel like I’m starting a marathon,” he says. His social life has evaporated: “I feel terrible about it, because I miss a lot of my friends, but realistically I’m just…fried. I don’t want to have to go out and do anything.”

Related: The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz writes about the “snap judgments” being made on the cable networks about President Obama’s first 50 days, due to the “fast-forward culture.”