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News Pro Names ’12 to Watch in TV News’

12 to watch in TV NewsTV Week’s News Pro magazine is out with its forward-looking “12 to Watch in TV News” list. Unsurprisingly, HLN president Albie Hecht is on the list, as he’s expected to make major changes to the network early on in the new year.

Other network executives featured are NBC News President Deborah Turness—who is rumored to be eyeing major shakeups, including cutting on-air talent and possibly even making changes to “Meet the Press”—and Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian, who told TVNewser AJAM aims to become the top news division in America. Whether she can lift the new network from its ratings woes in an interesting storyline to watch in 2014.

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly made the list after she was moved to the 9pmET primetime slot earlier this year. Kelly has generated both strong ratings and holiday controversy on FNC. Read more

Cable Network Ranker: Week of December 9

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of December 9, placing seventh in primetime and sixth in total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,758,000 primetime viewers and 1,130,000 total day viewers.

MSNBC placed 29th in primetime, with 612,000 viewers, and 28th in total day, with 373,000 viewers. CNN placed 34th in primetime and 33rd in total day, averaging 419,000 and 324,000 viewers, respectively.

ESPN, USA Network, the Hallmark Channel, A&E and FX were the top five cable networks in primetime. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

Cable Network Ranker: Week of December 2

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of December 2, placing fifth in both primetime and total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,850,000 primetime viewers and 1,129,000 total day viewers.

MSNBC placed 30th in primetime, with 596,000 viewers, and 26th in total day, with 393,000 viewers. CNN placed 37th in both primetime and total day, with 392,000 viewers and 295,000 viewers, respectively.

ESPN, ABC Family, USA Network and the History Channel rounded out the top five primetime cable networks for the week. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

Broadcast, Cable Networks Up Early For Mandela Memorial Service

The broadcast and cable networks were up early this morning as international leaders, dignitaries and thousands of South Africans filled FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to honor Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.

Brian Williams, who as we noted yesterday is the only network anchor to be in South Africa, opened up NBC News’ special report at 4amET noting the “absolutely miserable weather” in Johannesburg. Williams’ special report lasted until the conclusion of the service shortly before 7amET, and he and Lester Holt, who was reporting from FNB Stadium, appeared at the top of the “Today” show.

ABC News also began their special report, anchored by George Stephanopoulos and from New York, at 4amET. Robin Roberts joined Stephanpoulos at the conclusion of the service, just before “Good Morning America” began, and chief foreign affairs correspondent Terry Moran was at FNB Stadium for ABC News.

CBS News also had a special report beginning at 4amET, with Anne-Marie Green anchoring from New York. Debra Patta reported from Soweto for the network. Unlike ABC and NBC, CBS News’ special report lasted just eight minutes. The network went back on the air with two more special reports, for the start of the ceremony and for President Barack Obama‘s remarks, then stayed on through “CBS This Morning.”

As for the cable networks: Read more

Coverage Plans for Mandela Memorial Service

Nelson Mandela memorial serviceInternational leaders, including President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, will honor Nelson Mandela at a public memorial service at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg tomorrow. The memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. local time (4amET).

Brian Williams will anchor a special report for NBC News beginning at 4amET Tuesday. Williams will also anchor “Nightly News” from Pretoria tonight and tomorrow.

CBS News will have coverage of the memorial service during “Up to the Minute,” the early morning newscast, beginning at 4amET. CBSNews.com will have a live stream of the service.

ABC News will air a special report from Times Square beginning at 4amET. George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts will anchor from New York, with Terry Moran and Byron Pitts from South Africa.

Fox News will cover the memorial service when it begins at 4amET, with coverage continuing through “Fox & Friends First” and “Fox & Friends.” Greg Palkot and producer Paul Tilsley will contribute to the network’s coverage from the FNB Stadium in South Africa.

CNN has Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Christiane Amanpour reporting from South Africa. Cooper will anchor both editions of “AC360″ live from outside Mandela’s home tonight.

MSNBC will simulcast NBC News’ special report, with the “Morning Joe” team taking over at 6amET. The full memorial service will stream on msnbc.com.

We’ll update this post with further coverage plans from the other networks when we get them.

Norah O’Donnell, Brianna Keilar Moderate Panels at Politico’s ‘Women Rule’ Event

A handful of television anchors and reporters participated this week in Politico’s “Women Rule” summit held in Washington, D.C. Norah O’Donnell and Nancy Cordes of CBS News, Katty Kay of the BBC and Brianna Keilar and S.E. Cupp of CNN all moderated panels at the event.

O’Donnell talked with Tory Burch and Jean Case about philanthropy, while Cordes moderated a panel on male-dominated fields with Carly Fiorina and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Kay’s panel was called “Turning Cliches into Dollars,” Keilar’s was “The New Network” and Cupp’s was “Making it Work: The New Balancing Act.”

Cable Network Ranker: Week of November 25

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It was a slow holiday week for the cable news networks. Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of November 25, placing eighth in both primetime and total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,476,000 primetime viewers and 991,000 total day viewers.

MSNBC placed 32nd in both primetime and total day, with 548,000 viewers and 344,000 viewers, respectively. CNN placed 39th in primetime, with 393,000 viewers, and and 36th in total day, with 316,000 viewers.

ESPN, USA, the Hallmark Channel, AMC and TBS were the top five cable networks for the week. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

The Top Cable News Shows in November Were…

In October, Fox News had the top 14 programs in total viewers and the top 11 programs in the key A25-54 demographic. As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,934,000 total viewers and 476,000 demo viewers. Megyn Kelly‘s “The Kelly File” was second in both total viewers and demo viewers, averaging 2,495,000 and 430,000, respectively.

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” led MSNBC in total viewers, placing 15th overall and averaging 937,000 viewers. “MSNBC Investigates” was the network’s top rated program in the demo, placing 12th overall and averaging 226,000 viewers.

Anderson Cooper 360″ was the top CNN program in total viewers and the demo, placing 22nd and 24th, respectively. The show averaged 505,000 total viewers and 137,000 A25-54 viewers for the month of October.

“Weekend Mysteries” led HLN in total viewers and the demo, placing 37th and 26th, respectively. The show averaged 356,000 total viewers and 120,000 demo viewers.

The 3pmET hour of “Closing Bell,” anchored by the Fox Business-bound Maria Bartiromo, led CNBC in total viewers. “The Car Chasers” was the network’s top show in the demo. “Varney & Company” led FBN in total viewers and “Stossel” topped in the demo.

The full rankers, after the jump. Read more

Cable Network Ranker: November 2013

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Fox News placed second in primetime among all ad-supported cable networks for the month of November, averaging 2,011,000 viewers between 8 and 11pmET.  FNC was fourth in total day, with 1,201,000 viewers.

MSNBC placed 31st in primetime, with 645,000 viewers, and 26th in total day, with 401,000 viewers. CNN placed 35th in primetime and 33rd in total day, averaging 481,000 and 335,000 viewers, respectively.

ESPN, USA, the Hallmark Channel and TBS rounded out the top five cable networks for the month. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

On Cable News Today, Honoring Freedom and Remembering JFK

The cable networks are keeping their cameras trained on Washington DC today.

This morning President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 recipients, including Loretta Lynn, Oprah Winfrey, Ben Bradlee and former Pres. Bill Clinton.

Then this afternoon at Arlingon National Cemetery the president and First Lady along with the Bill and Hillary Clinton laid at wreath the grave of Pres. Kennedy ahead of Friday’s 50th anniversary of his assassination. Members of the Kennedy family were also on hand. Kennedy’s only surviving child, Caroline, arrived in Japan this week where she takes up the Ambassadorship there.

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