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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, Sept. 23

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 306 | MSNBC: 61 | CNN: 189 | HLN: 110
  • Primetime: FNC: 388 | MSNBC: 103 | CNN: 273 | HLN: 114

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

213

TheFive:

316

Baier:

250

Greta:

310

O’Reilly:

458

Kelly:

406

Hannity:

299

O’Reilly:

338

Kelly:

246

MSNBC
Wagner:

46

EdShow:

32

Sharpton:

74

Matthews:

91

Hayes:

81

Maddow:

124

O’Donnell:

98

Hayes:

54

Maddow:

59

CNN
Tapper:

161

Blitzer:

182

Blitzer:

211

Burnett:

171

Cooper:

246

Cooper:

329

Tonight:

241

Tonight:

156

CNNI:

164

HLN
Now:

35

Files:

31

Files:

86

Jane:

80

Grace:

117

Dr.Drew:

115

Files:

111

Files:

184

Files:

282

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‘Fox & Friends’ Is Most-Watched Hour in the Demo Friday

FandF919The 8amET hour of “Fox & Friends” was the most watched hour of any cable news show on Friday in the A25-54 demo. Averaging 367,000 viewers, the hour topped only the 7amET hour which averaged 364,000 viewers. As usual “The O’Reilly Factor” was the most watched among total viewers for the day, with 2.287 million.

Over on CNN, a daytime hour was also the most-watched on that network: the 5pmET edition of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” drew 558,000 viewers, more than any other hour on CNN Friday. That hour was the second most-watched, after Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown at 9pmET.

Pres. Obama’s ISIS Speech Ratings: FNC #1

ObamaISIS304During President Obama’s speech last night, which lasted just shy of 15 minutes, Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers and tied them combined in the A25-54 demo.

Megyn Kelly anchored with Bret Baier appearing before the speech. On CNN, Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper co-anchored. On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow anchored with a panel featuring Chris Hayes, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, and Andrea Mitchell.

Here are the numbers. FNC and MSNBC’s are from 9-9:15pmET; CNN’s from 9:02-9:16pmET

Network Anchor Total Viewers A25-54
Fox
Megyn Kelly 4,447,000M 994K
MSNBC
Rachel Maddow 1,890,000M 361K
CNN Wolf Blitzer/Cooper 1,827,000M 633K

And our full scoreboard is here.

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

Cable News Covers Wayward Plane with ‘Unconscious and Slumped Over’ Pilot

ScottCable news networks have been covering the story of an unresponsive single-engine turboprop plane that eventually crashed near Jamaica.

Two F-15 fighter jets scrambled over the Atlantic Ocean trailing the plane, which U.S. officials said was being flown by a pilot “unconscious and slumped over” in the cockpit. The plane departed Rochester, NY this morning heading to Naples, FL. It was last heard from at 1oamET, flying off course and into Cuban airspace, ultimately crashing in the ocean just north of Jamaica.

Fox News’ Jon Scott, a licensed pilot, first reported the news at the top of “Happening Now” at 1pmET. Scott went to former pilot and Fox News correspondent Leland Vittert for a report on the plane, later talking to another former pilot, correspondent Trace Gallagher. Wolf Blitzer first reported the news at 1:14pmET, speaking with Aviation Correspondent Rene Marsh. Ronan Farrow reported the news at 1:20pmET. Scott also first reported the plane’s crash at 2:37pmET. Joy Reid reported the news at 2:46pmET; Brooke Baldwin reported the crash at 2:51pmET. The cause of the crash is unknown at this point.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, September 3

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 296 | MSNBC: 68 | CNN: 132 | HLN: 102
  • Primetime: FNC: 476 | MSNBC: 112 | CNN: 151 | HLN: 138

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

159

TheFive:

308

Baier:

310

Greta:

297

O’Reilly:

529

Kelly:

405

Hannity:

492

O’Reilly:

360

Kelly:

294

MSNBC
Wagner:

43

EdShow:

78

Sharpton:

91

Matthews:

77

Hayes:

75

Maddow:

142

O’Donnell:

118

Hayes:

60

Maddow:

54

CNN
Tapper:

121

Blitzer:

147

Blitzer:

170

Burnett:

146

Cooper:

151

Cooper:

129

Tonight:

173

Tonight:

123

CNNI:

101

HLN
Now:

25

Files:

82

Files:

77

Jane:

131

Grace:

150

Dr.Drew:

132

Files:

133

Files:

215

Files:

254

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‘CNN Tonight’ Promo For Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota

CNN TonightAlisyn Camerota‘s role at CNN seems to be getting clearer.

This evening, we noticed a commercial running during the 5pmET hour of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” teasing tonight’s episode of “CNN Tonight” at 10pmET. The graphic (pictured left) promoted Don Lemon and Camerota as co-hosts.

CNN hasn’t made any formal announcement about the duo being named permanent co-hosts, so the commercial might spell out another weeks-long experimentation by the network in primetime. The pair co-hosted several hours together over the summer. Camerota joined CNN almost two months ago after 16 years at Fox News Channel.

American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS

Steven SotloffTwo weeks after James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by the same group.

In a new video posted online today, Sotloff, in the same orange Foley wore, addressed the camera: “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing,” he said before being beheaded.

ABC News cut into broadcast coverage with George Stephanopoulos anchoring and Brian Ross reporting. Ross reported the executioner said, “Obama, I’m back” while Sotloff asked the president why he was paying the price for American “interference in Iraq.” NBC News cut in at 1:48pmET with Brian Williams anchoring and Andrea Mitchell reporting. CBS News didn’t provide special coverage.

Wolf Blitzer first reported the news on CNN at 1:24pmET, going to foreign correspondent Karl Penhaul while showing stills of Sotloff next to a man who seems to be the same British ISIS member who executed Foley. “Obama back off and just leave us alone,” Penhaul reports the executioner said in the video. ABC News’ Foreign Editor Jon Williams tweets the executioner threatened British citizen David Haines‘ life at the end of the video. MSNBC’s Krystal Ball, filling in for Ronan Farrow, reported the news at 1:28pmET; Fox News’ Jon Scott reported at 1:33pmET. None of the networks aired the video.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest sent his condolences to the Sotloff family during an afternoon briefing while also stipulating the U.S. government has not yet verified the video’s authenticity. Last week, Sotloff’s mother, Shirley, sent a video message to ISIS pleading for her son’s life. Foley was a freelance journalist for TIME magazine and Foreign Policy.

‘Crossfire’ Missing, Again

Crossfire304x200For a show that was revived almost a year ago, CNN’s “Crossfire” doesn’t air all that much.

After an almost two-month absence beginning in early March, the political debate show returned in May only to be bumped from CNN’s lineup in mid-July following the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

In that time, there’s been no shortage of meaty political stories: the Ferguson protests and subsequent debates on police and race; the growing threat of ISIS and President Obama’s military actions against them; and of course, the midterm elections now just two months away. During the show’s most recent hiatus, co-host Van Jones has appeared as a guest on CNN during the Ferguson protests, while S.E. Cupp filled in as a guest co-host on “The View.”

CNN tells us the show will be on hiatus “for a while more.” An extended hour of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” continues to run at 6pmET.

The Ratings Ticker: Williams, Bolling, Univision

  • FNC’s “Cashin’ In” was the No. 1 cable news program in the A25-54 demo last weekend. The Eric Bolling-hosted show drew 320,000 A25-54 viewers. This is the first time the finance show has been No. 1 for a weekend since Bolling took over as host in January, 2013.

  • Univision finished as the No.1 broadcast network last week in both the A18-49 and A18-34 demos, ahead of ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. It’s the third consecutive week that Univision finished No.1 in the target A18-34 demo.

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