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Archives: March 2008

MTP Takes First

mtplogo_2-7.jpgThe Tim Russert-moderated Meet the Press was the number one Sunday morning show in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo last week. ABC’s This Week finished second in Total Viewers, while CBS’s Face the Nation finished second in the demo. Fox News Sunday finished fourth in Total Viewers and tied for third with This week in the demo.

Meet the Press gained Total Viewers week-to-week, while the other three programs saw slight drops.

The Meet the Press tallied 4,575,000 total viewers, compared to This Week with 2,496,000, Face the Nation with 2,472,000 and Fox News Sunday with 1,484,000.

Matt Lauer: “I Like It When Things Are Where They’re Supposed To Be.”

MLauer.jpg Tomorrow’s USA Weekend features a cover story on NBC’s Matt Lauer, part of its Spring-Cleaning Guide issue. Lauer (‘Mr. Clean’, as the publication calls him), finds it “incredibly pleasing” to “clean out my drawers, my closets…I like getting rid of things. I really do. I like it when things are where they’re supposed to be.”

Lauer also shares his “one in, one out” rule for keeping an orderly closet: “If I buy something new — a piece of clothing, a tie, a shirt, a suit — something old has to go. That’s the way I avoid clutter, crammed closets and drawers. It keeps things in balance, and it really works.”

Lauer then donates the used items to an organization that helps people who need clothes for job interviews. “It does me good mentally,” Lauer says, “and it possibly does someone else good, as well.”

Asked by reporter Michele Hatty about whether he enjoys retailers like The Container Store, Lauer replies, “I love going to places like that. That is like nirvana for me.”

MSNBC’s Carlson-Gregory Switch Called “A Shame”

Gregory.jpg “It’s a shame MSNBC cancelled ‘Tucker’ to make way for David Gregory‘s headache-inducing mess” says the subheadline of a Sacha Zimmerman opinion piece in The New Republic.

Zimmerman, who had appeared “several times” on Tucker Carlson‘s now-defunct program, says it “was a fun show that addressed the topics of the day without devolving into Lou Dobbesian agendas, Chris Matthews-like scream fests, Bill O’Reilly smears, or Wolf Blitzer droning snoozers.”

TCarlson.jpg In turn, Zimmerman describes Gregory’s show, Race For The White House: “With flashy graphics a la Fox, sound bites spewed at an unnerving pace, and a dizzying constellation of floating heads orbiting Gregory’s own pate, the program looks more like an intergalactic ‘Nancy Grace‘ than the almost old-fashioned style of sitting down at a table with Carlson.”

The show, Zimmerman says, is “a misuse of Gregory’s talents as well, which are better-suited to hard-hitting interviews than the crushing personality overload of ‘Race for the White House.’”

The Scoreboard: Thursday, Mar. 27

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 209 | CNN: 166 | MSNBC: 130 | HLN: 94

Prime: FNC: 364 | CNN: 261 | MSNBC: 223 | HLN: 147

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC ElectionHQ: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  180 327 359 415 372 304 246
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  155 228 257 228 272 283 270
MSNBC Hardball: Gregory: Hardball: Countdown: Abrams: Countdown: Special:
  118 162 185 344 170 155 190
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  68 64 138 219 105 132 120


Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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Q1 2008 Ratings: CNN Expected to Win Demo Prime

First on TVNewser: With the first quarter of 2008 coming to a close this Sunday, CNN is positioned to win Prime Time (8pm-11pm / Monday-Sunday) in the key A25-54 demographic. It’ll be the first such win for CNN in six years. The strong showing is due in part to CNN’s performance on primary/caucus nights, as well as the airing of four Presidential primary debates in the first three months of the year. Fox News Channel is poised to win the quarter in Total Viewers. The final numbers come out Tuesday.

> More from a tipster: “CNN is dangerously close to finishing 3rd in the prime time demo for the month of March.”

> More, More: This is getting good…insiders tell us, with two nights to go, there is a 1,000 viewer gap between MSNBC and CNN in the battle for second place for the month of March. FNC will take the crown in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Win Ben Stein’s Affection on FBN

steintv_3-29.jpgIt was an all-out lovefest on Fox Business this afternoon, as actor, financial guru and FBN-obsessed Ben Stein was a guest. Stein, of course, is a big fan of the ladies of FBN, as evidenced by his recent article in Best Life magazine.

In that article he described FBN’s Dagen McDowell as, “my secret dream girl.” Today, Stein’s dreams came true, as he was interviewed by McDowell and David Asman (playing the role of third wheel).

During a technical difficulty, Stein said, “I can’t hear a word anyone is saying, but I kind of like being on the same air as Dagen because I’ve had a crush on her for many many years.”

That was just the beginning though, because when Stein could once again hear McDowell’s voice…well, the feelings could not be suppressed any longer.

Click continued to feel the love (which apparently Stein didn’t get from his mother)…

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“It’s Called Ratings, Chris”

wallace_3-28.jpgJust as he did following his Fox & Friends dust-up the week before, Chris Wallace called in to Brian & the Judge on Fox News Radio to continue the conversation from earlier in the morning with co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Andrew Napolitano. What resulted was a light, but very candid, conversation (Johnny Dollar has the audio).

First, Napolitano talked about the reaction he and Kilmeade received following their praise for the Barack Obama race speech. “Both Brian and I loved Barack Obama’s speech and we spent a week praising it and we got a lot of heat from a lot of people that listen to this show and that we work with in this building,” he said.

Wallace questioned Kilmeade as to why, after promoting the impending showdown “all morning,” the F&F anchors took it easy on him. “To be totally candid I think a lot of people feel we should have it go away, that people were very uncomfortable with us on the same team fighting each other,” said Kilmeade.

Napolitano had a different theory why the segment didn’t deliver on the tease: “It’s called ratings, Chris.”

The Ticker: Candidates, Jihad, Award…

> Adding to the growing list of presidential candidate’s appearances, Bloomberg enters with a double dose this weekend. On Political Capital with Al Hunt, both Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will appear (in separate interviews). The show airs at 7:30pmET tonight and throughout the weekend.

> E.D. Hill hosts “Jihad, USA: Homegrown Terror” on FNC this weekend. The one-hour documentary airs tomorrow at 9pmET and on Sunday at 3pmET.

> MSNBC’s documentary, “Mississippi Cold Case,” has won the 2007 IRE Medal, recognizing the most outstanding watchdog journalism of the year. The documentary first aired in June 2007.

Slow Your Roll, With Cody Willard

slowmoney_3-28.jpgFBN’s Cody Willard writes on his blog about a new segment hitting the airwaves. The competition may like their money “fast” or “mad,” but the Happy Hour co-anchor is slowing things down with a segment titled “Slow Money.”

Willard explains. “The financial discussion I have most often with people when they actually open up and talk about their lives is about how they’ve lost big money over the years in one sort of trading scheme or tip sheet or newsletter or TV show or another as they try to make the quick buck,” he writes. “There ain’t no such thing as a quick buck.”

Willard hits the streets in New York City to talk to people about how they’ve been hurt by trying to win big in the short term.

Click continued to see the first installment of “Slow Money”…

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Live? Well, It Was Yesterday

While the cable nets carried the live news conference held by Pres. Bush and new Australian PM Kevin Rudd, the ladies of The View aired yesterday’s interview with Sen. Barack Obama. Key words here: yesterday’s interview.

So it’s interesting that Barbara Walters ended the interview (her hand on his knee), during a discussion about the sub-prime mess, this way: “You know what, we’ve got to foreclose, because we’re a live show.”

Yes, Barbara you are. Except when you’re not.

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