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Merrill Knox is Senior Editor of TVNewser and TVSpy. She joined Mediabistro in 2011 after four years working for "Your World with Neil Cavuto" at Fox News Channel. When she's not reading or writing, Merrill is most often found trying to anticipate the next plot twist on "Homeland." Follow her on Twitter @merrillknox or email her at merrill@mediabistro.com.

Sunday Show Ratings: April 13

CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in both ratings measurements on April 13. ABC’s “This Week” came in second in total viewers and NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in second in the A25-54 demographic.

Compared to the same week last year, only “Fox News Sunday” was up in both ratings measurements, +25% in total viewers and +26% in the A25-54 demographic. “This Week” was down -5% in total viewers and up +5% in the demo, while “Meet the Press” was down -19% in total viewers and flat in the demo. “Face the Nation” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,893,000 total viewers and 462,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 913,000 total viewers and 352,000 demo viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

The numbers for April 13:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.03M 894K
ABC
“This Week” 2.29M 638K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.23M 677K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.27M 420K
Univision “Al Punto” 563K 236K

 

Natalie Morales: ‘Mind Over Matter’ During Boston Marathon

natalie moralesWith three days to go until the Boston Marathon, Natalie Morales — who is running the race as part of the “Today” show’s “Shine a Light” campaign — is dealing with a strained hamstring, the New York Daily News reports:

“It is literally a pain in my butt,” says Morales, who is running the 26.2 miles to raise money for The One Fund and the Challenged Athletes Foundation charities to benefit victims. “It really is painful, but I’m hoping that with all of the adrenaline and the support of the crowd, that it will be mind over matter.”

On “Today” this morning, Morales showed off the shoes she will wear while she runs — custom-made Adidas with inspirational quotes on them.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, April 16

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 249 | MSNBC: 115 | CNN: 141 | HLN: 88
  • Primetime: FNC: 391 | MSNBC: 182 | CNN: 177 | HLN: 107

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

221

TheFive:

309

Baier:

323

Greta:

371

O’Reilly:

447

Megyn:

401

Hannity:

323

Hannity:

247

Megyn:

260

MSNBC
Wagner:

65

EdShow:

136

Sharpton:

187

Matthews:

245

Hayes:

171

Maddow:

229

O’Donnell:

148

Hayes:

111

Maddow:

107

CNN
Tapper:

124

Blitzer:

151

Blitzer:

173

Burnett:

185

Cooper:

220

Tonight:

150

SpcRpt:

162

SpcRpt:

189

Cooper:

125

HLN
News:

36

Detect.:

35

Detect.:

43

Jane:

50

Grace:

102

DrDrew:

87

Files:

133

Files:

190

Files:

177

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President Obama Takes Questions From White House Briefing Room

President Obama visited the White House press briefing room this afternoon to speak about the new enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act and take questions from the press. The broadcast and cable networks all had live coverage of the press conference, which began at 3:40pmET.

On the broadcast networks, Brian Williams anchored for NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored for ABC and Jeff Glor anchored for CBS.

First question goes to Kathleen Hennessey of the LA Times, who asks about Ukraine.

Second question goes to Maria Pena of La Opinion, who asks about immigration reform.

Third question goes to Tamara Keith of NPR, who asks about the ACA.

Fourth question goes to Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico, who asks about military options in Ukraine.

Fifth and final question goes to David Jackson of USA Today, who asks about problems with the ACA rollout.

Chris Wallace Re-Signs With Fox News

chris wallaceFox News has re-signed Chris Wallace to a multi-year deal to continue as the anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” the network announced this afternoon.

“Chris is a renowned journalist whose hard-hitting interviews and lifetime of dedication to the news have established him as one of the best in the industry,” Fox News chairman Roger Ailes said in a statement. “We are pleased he will continue his exceptional work on FOX News for years to come.”

Wallace has anchored “Fox News Sunday” and contributed to Fox News’ political and election coverage since joining the network in 2003. 2014 marks his 50th year in the broadcasting industry.

“It is the high point of my career to work at FOX News,” Wallace said. “I am delighted and grateful for the opportunity Roger Ailes has given me and look forward to many more years of bringing interesting guests and provocative conversations to our audience.”

Aereo CEO to Katie Couric: Broadcasters Are Fairly Compensated

With just days to go before the Supreme Court takes up the Aereo case, CEO Chet Kanojia sat down with Yahoo! global anchor Katie Couric for a wide-ranging interview about the streaming TV service. Couric asked Kanojia to respond to comments from News Corp. COO Chase Carey, who said recently: “We need to be able to be fairly compensated for our content. We can’t sit idly by and let an entity steal our signal.”

“I think he’s absolutely right they have a right to be fairly compensated. And I think they are,” Kanojia responded. “The reason they are is because the deal between Congress and the broadcasters in exchange for free spectrum was to program in public interest and convenience. And they could make all the money they wanted in advertising. And in fact today, over 90% of the revenue does come from advertising, which is why they care about ratings. So they are fairly compensated.” Watch:

TVSpy has more on Couric’s interview with Kanojia.

We’ll be talking about all things Aereo at our TVNewser Show April 29. Click here for more information and to register.

Canadian Company Fires Flight Instructor Who Appeared Frequently on CNN

CNN flight simulatoruFly, a Canadian flight simulator company, has fired one of its employees who appeared frequently on CNN during the network’s coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The company said the employee, Mitchell Casado, “shamed Canadians” with the way he dressed during his television appearances, the Associated Press reports:

uFly company owner Claudio Teixeira said he fired Mitchell Casado on Wednesday in part for refusing to dress professionally and making Canadians “look very bad all over the world.”

Casado’s relaxed style of jeans and plaid shirts attracted wide attention during CNN’s constant coverage of the search for the missing flight. CNN’s Martin Savidge and Casado logged many hours reporting from the fake cockpit located at the company’s office in near the Toronto airport, which has a simulator that is the same model of the lost plane.

[...] Teixeira says he received many email complaints about the instructor’s way of dressing during the time he appeared on CNN. “Even though I let him be on TV he shamed us Canadians and shamed my company with the way he was dressing like he was 15 years old,” he said. “People were complaining that it wasn’t professional at all … If you go to any plane you don’t see them in shorts and sandals.”

Bloomberg TV’s Stephanie Ruhle Responds to On-Air Sexist Comment

stephanie ruhle cliff asnessStephanie Ruhle is speaking out about a sexist comment made by a guest on her Bloomberg TV show yesterday. AQR Capital founder Cliff Asness, who was guest co-hosting Ruhle’s show, said to her, “You’re giving me the look that I get when I talk to women about quant stuff.”

Ruhle immediately stopped the conversation and said good-naturedly, “Are you hitting me with a sexist line right there? Let me have a time out. I’m like ringing a foul ball bell here.” The comment came two minutes into the two-hour show that Asness was guest-hosting with Ruhle.

In a post on The Daily Beast today, Ruhle explains why she chose to defuse the moment with humor:

I happen to know Cliff, and the truth is he just made a dumb joke at a moment when his mouth and brain weren’t connecting. Which means the relevant issue isn’t the damage done, but the proper response. For me, in the moment, it was to stop the interview and call him out, with as much humor as possible, for a comment even the most ancient chauvinist knows is out of date. And to his credit, Cliff apologized and blushed and made all the proper gestures and noises a moral person should make when they’ve done something stupid. In the end, we both laughed.

I’m quite sure Cliff wasn’t trying to insult me specifically, or women in general. But it’s on everyone—men and women—to knock down stereotypes and outdated assumptions, even when they’re just proffered to fill a little air-time. We don’t need to respond with rage. But we still haven’t come far enough to let such things go unacknowledged.

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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.

Fox News to Debut Daytime Ensemble Show

outnumberedFox News has announced plans for a new 12pmET show called “Outnumbered” that will feature a rotating ensemble of four female hosts and one male host. The show will debut April 28.

In the new daytime lineup, “Happening Now,” anchored by Jon Scott and Jenna Lee, will split into two one-hour blocks at 11amET and 1pmET. “America’s News Headquarters,” which has had a temporary place in the lineup since the primetime shuffle last year, will no longer air on weekdays.

Harris Faulkner and FBN’s Sandra Smith will be the rotating hosts that will lead news coverage on “Outnumbered.” Other women featured will be Kimberly Guilfoyle and Andrea Tantaros, along with Fox News contributors Jedediah Bila, Katie Pavlich and Kirsten Powers. The solo male panelist will vary each day.

Outnumbered combines a distinctive group of FOX talent with unique experiences and insights that will make for compelling news programming.  We look forward to once again pushing the envelope with the addition of this new show and are confident the revised line-up will only strengthen the FNC brand,” senior vice president of news Jay Wallace said in a statement.

Fox News has seen great success with “The Five,” its 5pmET ensemble show that debuted after Glenn Beck‘s departure in 2011. The show finished the first quarter of this year third in total viewers and second in the demo among all cable news programs.

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