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Archives: September 2008

Fox Business Bumps O’Reilly From the Schedule

FBNonFNC_9.30.jpgSo, it was only the 5amET re-air of The Factor, but this morning, and for the second time in three days, Fox Business Network was simulcast on Fox News Channel. From 5:30-6amET an FBN special report aired without commercials on FNC. The special report was produced due to the wild fluctuations in the Asian markets – and Americans waking up to yesterday’s 777 point drop in the Dow.

Evening News Ratings: Week of Sept. 22

ABC’s World News comes in first beating NBC Nightly News by just 90,000 Total Viewers. The broadcasts tied in the A25-54 demo. All three shows were up during the busy news week which saw the bailout bill debate, the on-again off-again presidential debate and Katie Couric‘s interview with Gov. Sarah Palin. The CBS Evening News was up 10% in Total Viewers from the prior week.

Total Viewers: ABC: 8,070,000 / NBC: 7,980,000 / CBS: 5,990,000

25-54 demo: ABC: 2,570,000 / NBC: 2,570,000 / CBS: 1,910,000

25-54 rating: ABC: 2.1/9 / NBC: 2.1/9 / CBS: 1.5/6

Brokaw on Olbermann, MTP’s Future and McCain

brokaw_9-30.jpgIn a wide-ranging profile of NBC News’ Tom Brokaw, as well as an analysis of his Meet the Press moderation thus far, the New York Times’ Jacques Steinberg delves into a variety of topics.

Brokaw tells Steinberg he “advocated” for a modification to the anchor duties of MSNBC hosts Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews during election nights. His reasoning came with praise for the Countdown host. “Keith is an articulate guy who writes well and doesn’t make his arguments in a ‘So’s your old mother’ kind of way,” he said. “The mistake was to think he could fill both roles. The other mistake was to think he wouldn’t be tempted to use the anchor position to engage in commentary. That’s who he is.”

As Brokaw told TVNewser in St. Paul, he echoed the claim he would be ending his Meet the Press moderating duties shortly after November’s election. Steinberg quotes a “person who had been briefed on the proposal” regarding what will happen after Brokaw leaves the chair: “[NBC] is leaning toward an ensemble of hosts that would be led by Chuck Todd, NBC’s political director, and include David Gregory.”

Click continued to see how Brokaw has “conducted some shuttle diplomacy” between NBC News and the McCain campaign…

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CNBC v. FBN: It’s On

Kernen_9.30.jpgAs you know by now, Fox Business is giving CNBC the business. FBN rushed a promo to air, and has taken out an ad in The New York Times and the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal. Well, CNBC isn’t taking it lying down.

This morning during the 6am hour of Squawk Box, Joe Kernen was talking with CNBC’s CBOT on-air editor, Rick Santelli prior to Santelli’s Today show live shot.

Kernen: Thanks Rick. Stick around, I know you have big network things that you are doing today, but this is the network of record for this story.

Santelli: This is the network. Everything else is just elevator business music.

Kernen: Bingo

Fox Biz: “We Own This Story”


You’ll see it in tomorrow’s New York Times and Wall Street Journal. But here’s your first look at an ad Fox Business Network has taken out to promote their weekend coverage, while taking a classic Fox shot at their competitor.

While CNBC Heads to Europe, FBN Goes Down Under

SKYFBN_9.29.jpgWhile CNBC will be simulcasting the pre-market hours on CNBC Europe beginning at 1amET, Fox Business Network has been simulcasting Sky Business News Australia. In the first half hour of trading the ASX 200 was down 5.3%. But as of this writing it’s down just 2.5%. And here’s something we learned from Aussie anchors, they don’t say “we’ll be going to…” they say “we’ll cross to…” when teasing upcoming correspondents.

FNC & CNN Share Ratings Victories for First Presidential Debate

8.211 million Total Viewers watched Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama debate on Fox News Channel, enough for first place on cable. [ABC drew more than 11 million viewers. More on that tomorrow.] But more younger viewers watched the debate on CNN. (Maybe it was that Obama text message).

CNN ranked #1 in the A25-54 demo with 3.272 million viewers, a 25% advantage over FNC’s 2.612 million and 93% more than MSNBC’s 1.691 million.

Back to Total Viewers, CNN ranked second with 7.140 million. MSNBC followed with 3.922 million.

The hour-by-hour breakdown is in The Scoreboard

The Scoreboard: Friday, Sept. 26

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 633 | CNN: 716 | MSNBC: 444 | HLN: 359

Prime: FNC: 2129 | CNN: 2439 | MSNBC: 1372 | HLN: 267

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p:* 11p:
FNC ElectionHQ: Hume: Shep: Fctr/Pre: Debate: Greta: Analysis:
  372 415 547 1088 2612 2614 1255
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: Debate: Cooper: Cooper:
  428 455 539 924 3272 2827 1916
MSNBC Hardball: Gregory: Hardball: Countdown: Debate: Analysis: Countdown:
  359 334 453 848 1691 1398 943
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  146 171 183 494 110 228 229

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

*The 10pm hour average for FNC, CNN and MSNBC is post-debate coverage which began at 10:38pm.

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Couric Asks Palin About “Our Last Interview”

CBS News sent us a transcript of a portion of Katie Couric‘s interview with Gov. Sarah Palin airing tonight on the Evening News.

Couric: Gov. Palin, since our last interview, you’ve gotten a lot of flak. Some Republicans have said you’re not prepared; you’re not ready for prime-time. People have questioned your readiness since that interview. And I’m curious…

Palin: Yeah.

Couric: …to hear your reaction.

Palin: Well, not only am I ready but willing and able to serve as Vice President with Sen. McCain if Americans so bless us and privilege us with the opportunity of serving them, ready with my executive experience as a city mayor and manager, as a governor, as a commissioner, a regulator of oil and gas.

After the jump, the SNL parody of the Couric/Palin interview…

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Police Suggest Headline News Anchor Should Seek Restraining Order

Meade_9.29.jpgAtlanta police have told Headline News anchor Robin Meade to get a restraining order against a man who has e-mailed her more than 30 times since last November. The case took a turn when the man, Gregory Fitzgerald of Lewiston, Maine, showed up outside CNN’s headquarters two weeks ago.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Fitzgerald has also called several times, requesting to meet with Meade.

In one of his recent e-mails, Fitzgerald wrote that he was flying to Atlanta on Sept. 16, and included his flight itinerary and lodging information. Meade said that, to her knowledge, she has never met Fitzgerald.