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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 240 | MSNBC: 113 | CNN: 142 | HLN: 91
  • Primetime: FNC: 379 | MSNBC: 211 | CNN: 217 | HLN: 127

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

205

TheFive:

335

Baier:

360

Greta:

263

O’Reilly:

432

Megyn:

385

Hannity:

319

O’Reilly:

292

Megyn:

240

MSNBC
Wagner:

58

EdShow:

149

Sharpton:

163

Matthews:

168

Hayes:

192

Maddow:

235

O’Donnell:

202

Hayes:

126

Maddow:

118

CNN
Tapper:

142

Blitzer:

175

Blitzer:

199

Burnett:

211

Cooper:

266

Tonight:

176

Spc.Report:

211

Cooper:

155

CNNI:

111

HLN
News:

25

Files:

27

Files:

29

Jane:

55

Grace:

140

DrDrew:

123

Files:

117

Files:

179

Files:

272

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Maria Bartiromo Honored By Italian Embassy

Maria Bartiromo Urbino awardMaria Bartiromo celebrated Tax Day yesterday with a trip to Washington, D.C. to accept the 2014 Urbino Press Award, an Italian prize given annually to an American journalist. The Italian ambassador to the U.S., Claudio Bisogniero, presented Bartiromo with the award at the Italian Embassy.

Bartiromo joined Fox News and Fox Business this year after more than 20 years at CNBC.

“The unmistakable style and exceptional professionalism that she has brought onto the screens of millions of viewers around the world are synonymous with high-quality American and international financial and economic journalism,” Bisogniero said in a statement.

Previous winners of the award include ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Barbara Walters to Don Lemon: CNN Wouldn’t Do Nonstop MH370 Coverage If Not for Ratings

WaltersWhile sitting in as a co-host on “The View” today, CNN’s Don Lemon fielded an onslaught of questions from the chat show’s ladies about his network’s nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Flight 370.

“You’ve covered this more than any other story that I can remember,” Barbara Walters said. “CNN would not do this if it were not for the ratings.”

“Well, I don’t know if we would do it just for the ratings; we do a lot of things that don’t rate well, but we still do it,” Lemon responded, adding that CNN is giving the audience what it wants.

Co-host Jenny McCarthy asked how Lemon finds the words to continue talking about the missing airliner, day after day. Lemon tipped his hat to a great group of CNN aviation experts. “I rely on them, I don’t pretend that I’m an expert,” he said.

“We [CNN] may not have taken the plane, but we might certainly find it,” Lemon concluded.

Lemon’s colleagues, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, and Wolf Blitzer echoed his sentiments while speaking to TVNewser last week. Cooper conceded the network has covered the story a lot, but called it a very “human” story involving “239 souls.” Burnett pointed to security concerns the story raises, while Blitzer raised the still-unknown question of whether criminal activity or mechanical failure was the reason behind the plane’s disappearance.

CNN Anchors Defend Missing Malaysia Airlines Coverage

Some of CNN’s top anchors are defending the network’s decision to produce near non-stop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 for the last month.

“I know it’s received a fair amount of criticism from some folks, and I understand that… it’s a lot of coverage,” Anderson Cooper told TVNewser after the network’s upfront presentation yesterday. At the same time, he said, the story is resonating with viewers because it’s a very “human” story. “We’re talking about 239 souls on board, and their families.”

Wolf Blitzer agrees. “Look, 239 people are missing, they’ve been missing now for several weeks,” Blitzer told us, adding that a $250 million, American-made Boeing 777 simply vanishing is an intriguing mystery. “We don’t know if it’s because of criminal activity, or mechanical failure.” Blitzer has produced strong ratings anchoring a full-hour of “The Situation Room” at 6pmET pre-empting “Crossfire.”

Erin Burnett acknowledged the network has had internal discussions about the amount of coverage. “I’m not going to deny we haven’t,” she said, adding that ultimately, this story is a mystery that brings to light other issues in the post-9/11 era.

“You can’t lose an iPhone, but you can lose a plane,” she wondered. “It’s a security story. It’s a safety story. It’s a personal story, and it’s a mystery.”

CNN Doubles Down on a Mix of Live News, Original Series and Films

photoCNN wants viewers to “go there.” And for CNN, “there” is everywhere.

The network announced today it is going to continue pushing the boundaries of traditional cable news by launching more exploratory programs weeknights at 9pmET hosted by proven TV talent: Mike Rowe, John Walsh and Lisa Ling, among them.

“What we did over the course of the last year was test that out,” CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker told TVNewser in an interview after his upfront presentation. He touted shows hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Morgan Spurlock, paired with documentaries like “Blackfish,” and “Chicagoland,” which complemented CNN’s breaking news coverage. “We were able to test out our ability to do both at the same time and that’s how we feel that it all works together,” Zucker says.

“As you see, none of this is about prison lockups,” Zucker joked, taking a jab at MSNBC’s popular “Lockup” franchise.

“Nobody should ever be confused about our commitment to live breaking news when it happens, as witnessed by the last six weeks,” Zucker said, refering to the network’s coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Zucker acknowledged a drop in live ratings when coverage of a breaking story stops, and a documentary begins. “Frankly, at the end of the day, we get paid on the DVR playback,” he says. Still, he vowed to pre-empt the new 9pm block when big news breaks.

We asked several CNN anchors what they thought of the new primetime lineup, “I think it’s cool,” Anderson Cooper told us. “There’s a lot of different ways to tell a story. To me, the storytelling makes sense the way it’s going to work.”

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As Missing Plane Coverage Continues, ‘Crossfire’ Vanishes

Crossfire304x200One of CNN’s signature political shows remains off the air, despite the easing up of near-nonstop coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Today marks one month since “Crossfire” last aired. But it’s not for a lack of political news: the Affordable Care Act sign-up deadline, which lends itself to fiery debate, came and went; there have been primaries in several states leading up to the 2014 midterms, not to mention the jockeying for 2016, and then there’s the politics of foreign policy: Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East and beyond.

A CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser the 6:30pmET show “will remain on hiatus this week, but will be back soon.”

CNN clearly sees value in the brand. Today at its Upfront, which TVNewser will be attending, the network will announce that “Crossfire Reloaded” is among the series from the new CNN Digital Studios.

The TV version of “Crossfire,” however, “is not easily adaptable to a single breaking news story, especially a missing airliner,” former senior executive at CBS, Fox, and Telemundo, Joe Peyronnin, tells TVNewser. Peyronnin says there’s a difference between “Crossfire” and news shows like those anchored by Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer, and Anderson Cooper.

“To allow ‘Crossfire’ to run at the height of viewer interest [in the missing plane story] would risk losing many viewers and break CNN’s coverage momentum,” Peyronnin says.

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, April 3

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 234 | MSNBC: 122 | CNN: 132 | HLN: 91
  • Primetime: FNC: 349 | MSNBC: 213 | CNN: 176 | HLN: 103

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

147

TheFive:

347

Baier:

304

Greta:

256

O’Reilly:

413

Megyn:

314

Hannity:

316

O’Reilly:

237

Megyn:

220

MSNBC
Wagner:

59

EdShow:

115

Sharpton:

166

Matthews:

254

Hayes:

200

Maddow:

249

O’Donnell:

188

Hayes:

81

Maddow:

86

CNN
Tapper:

118

Blitzer:

189

Blitzer:

171

Burnett:

212

Cooper:

196

Smerconish:

187

Chicago:

146

SpcRpt:

119

SpcRpt:

85

HLN
News:

54

Files:

48

Files:

34

Jane:

87

Grace:

110

Files:

76

Files:

122

Files:

178

Files:

150

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, April 2

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 271 | MSNBC: 109 | CNN: 200 | HLN: 85
  • Primetime: FNC: 446 | MSNBC: 166 | CNN: 430 | HLN: 85

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

130

TheFive:

302

Baier:

272

Greta:

395

Shep.:

460

Megyn:

496

Hannity:

383

Hannity:

316

Megyn:

216

MSNBC
Wagner:

67

EdShow:

103

Sharpton:

146

Matthews:

191

Hayes:

169

Maddow:

175

O’Donnell:

153

Hayes:

124

Maddow:

114

CNN
Tapper:

116

Blitzer:

131

Blitzer:

243

Burnett:

326

Cooper:

381

Cooper:

401

Spc.Rpt:

509

Spc.Rpt:

345

Spc.Rpt:

224

HLN
News:

11

Files:

17

Files:

52

Jane:

77

Grace:

115

DrDrew:

113

Files:

174

Files:

185

Files:

142

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Mass Shooting at Ft. Hood, TX; Ivan Lopez Identified as Shooter

A mass shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas this afternoon has the news networks in continuing coverage tonight. The shots rang out at 4:50pmCT. The gunman has been identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, an enlisted soldier, who killed himself. At least four people are dead, including Lopez, and 14 others wounded.

On Fox News, Bret Baier first reported the news at 6:08pmET, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer broke in at 6:13 and MSNBC’s Al Sharpton reported the news at 6:15. The story was the lead of the first feeds of the three evening network newscasts, with updates throughout and for later feeds. Brian Williams also updated NBC primetime viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones at 9:07pmET. As the incident took place on a military base, DC-based Justice and Pentagon correspondents led the reporting: Pierre Thomas for ABC, Bob Orr for CBS, Jim Miklaszewski for NBC, Barbara Starr for CNN and Jennifer Griffin for Fox News.

Fox News pre-empted “The O”Reilly Factor” and had Shepard Smith at the Fox News Deck at 8pmET. Megyn Kelly picked up at 9. John Berman was in for Anderson Cooper at 8pm and Blitzer was back at 9pm. Alex Wagner was in for Chris Hayes at 8 and Rachel Maddow picked up at 9 on MSNBC.

“We’re heartbroken something like this might have happened again,” Pres. Obama said in a statement from Chicago, adding investigators will ”get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

Developing…

At a 10:45pm news conference, Ft. Hood Commanding General Mark Milley said the assailant had served four months in Iraq in 2011 and was “undergoing behavioral health and psychiatric treatment” for depression and anxiety, but had not been diagnosed with PTSD. Armed with a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson, which was not registered on the base, the gunman killed three military personal. Sixteen others were wounded. The gunman was stopped by a female officer who drew her weapon, at which point Lopez turned the gun on himself.

Q1 2014 Ratings: Despite Strong March, CNN Third For the Quarter

CNN had its third-lowest overall quarter in primetime total viewers in 23 years (since 1991), ranking behind only the second quarter of 2012 and the final quarter of last year.

The ratings for Q1, 2014:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 498K Total Viewers / 169K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 383K Total Viewers / 122K A25-54

Compared to Q1 2013, CNN lost ground in both total day and primetime viewers. In total day, the network was down -5% in total viewers and flat in A25-54 viewers. For primetime, the net was down -16% in total viewers and down -3% in A25-54 viewers. Last year’s first quarter was CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker‘s first at the helm, as Jake Tapper premiered as host of “The Lead,” and the network drew strong ratings for its Carnival Cruise incident coverage.

Although CNN was down overall for Q1, the month of March produced strong ratings thanks to nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The strong month propelled CNN past MSNBC into second place in the total day and primetime demo category. For the month, CNN averaged 655,000 total viewers and 231,000 A25-54 viewers in total day. In primetime, the network averaged 498,000 total viewers and 164,000 A25-54 viewers.

Compared to March 2013, the network was up +42% in total viewers and up +53% demo viewers for total day. In primetime, the net was up +37% in total viewers and up +65% in the demo year-over-year. Tapper’s “The Lead,” “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” and “Anderson Cooper 360″ all moved up to the #2 spot in both total and demo viewers, passing their MSNBC counterparts, Alex Wagner, Ed Schultz, and Chris Hayes, respectively.

CNN’s full press release after the jump.

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