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Archives: December 2008

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, Dec. 30

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 266 | CNN: 186 | MSNBC: 151 | HLN: 154

Prime: FNC: 382 | CNN: 262 | MSNBC: 256 | HLN: 334

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC NewsHQ: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  333 386 275 415 382 350 329
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  191 238 276 265 227 295 201
MSNBC Hardball: 1600: Hardball: Countdown: Maddow: Countdown: Maddow:
  104 145 249 303 292 173 147
HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
  128 114 189 526 160 333 191


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

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TVNewser Challenge 2009: Vote Now!

2008: Looking Back at the News About the News

If you haven’t voted yet… here’s your chance:

What Was the Biggest TV News Story of 2008?
( surveys)

2008 Ratings: FNC’s Best Year Ever

fnc_12-31.JPGFor the 7th year in a row, Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable news network. This year it was also the fourth highest-rated network in all of basic cable, and had its best year in total day and prime time.

The O’Reilly Factor, now #1 for 97 consecutive months at 8pmET, was the top program on cable news in 2008, with a 2,918,000 Total Viewer average — its best year ever.

Also in Total Viewers, Fox & Friends, Special Report with Brit Hume, Hannity & Colmes and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren had their highest rated years ever.

FNC had 12 out of the top 15 programs in cable news in Total Viewers as well.

2008 Ratings: MSNBC Fastest Growing Once Again

msnbc_12-31.JPGMSNBC was the fastest growing channel in all of television in 2008 when measured in Total Viewers for both total day and prime time. The NBC cable news channel was the third fastest in growth in the A25-54 demo behind BBC America and History International.

The Rachel Maddow Show beat Larry King Live from its premiere-to-date (9/8-12/28) in the demo for second place at 9pmET. Countdown with Keith Olbermann at 8pmET delivered MSNBC its strongest ratings ever at the hour, also finishing second in the demo.

Click continued to see more from MSNBC’s release…

Related: The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough talks with MSNBC president Phil Griffin about MSNBC’s past and present: “We were the also-ran. We were the place where people wondered what they could do with the channel if they shut down MSNBC. Now people are crying out, ‘I want my MSNBC.’ That’s great.”
msnbc_12-31.JPGMSNBC was the fastest growing channel in all of television in 2008 when measured in Total Viewers for both total day and prime time. The NBC cable news channel was the third fastest in growth in the A25-54 demo behind BBC America and History International.

The Rachel Maddow Show beat Larry King Live from its premiere-to-date (9/8-12/28) in the demo for second place at 9pmET. Countdown with Keith Olbermann at 8pmET delivered MSNBC its strongest ratings ever at the hour, also finishing second in the demo.

Click continued to see more from MSNBC’s release…

Related: The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough talks with MSNBC president Phil Griffin about MSNBC’s past and present: “We were the also-ran. We were the place where people wondered what they could do with the channel if they shut down MSNBC. Now people are crying out, ‘I want my MSNBC.’ That’s great.”

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2008 Ratings: CNN Wins Demo At 5pm and 10pmET

cnn_12-31.jpgCNN had averaged a higher Total Viewer and A25-54 demo rating during 2008 in prime time than any other year in its history.

It also topped FNC at 5pmET (The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer) and at 10pmET (Anderson Cooper 360) in the demo.

On HLN, Nancy Grace had her best ratings ever at 8 and 10pmET.

Click continued for more from CNN’s 2008 ratings release…

Related: The Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold talks with CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein about the network’s strong year and big Election Night win: “I think we established very clearly that CNN is the network to watch for reliable information.”

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Top 10 TVNewser Stories of ’08

From a Matt Lauer tease to a disturbing Glenn Beck video (and his new place of employment). From what David Shuster said on-air to what Jesse Jackson said off-air, here are the top 10 TVNewser stories, by page view, from 2008.

And since it’s the holiday season, we included a little thank you in parentheses to the sites that made these page views possible.

1. January 4 — Beck Surgery Goes Horribly Awry — 907,286 (Drudge)

2. July 16 — Breaking: What Else Jesse Jackson Said on That FNC Tape — 366,611 (Drudge)

3. February 8 — Shuster Suspended For Pimped Out Comment — 334,182 (Drudge)

4. January 28 — Clinton Cancels on the Cablers — 214,524 (Drudge)

5. October 16 — Glenn Beck To Join Fox News Channel — 167,721 (Glennbeck.com)

6. May 28 — May Ratings: FNC Stays on Top — 76,480 (Drudge)

7. May 27 — Couric to Make Major Announcement on Today — 60,999 (Drudge)

8. November 23, 2007 — Glenn Beck’s Road Ahead: “A Doctor Told Me, ‘You Keep Treating Your Body Like This, You’ll Be Dead in 6 Months’” — 57,060 (TVNewser link from #1)

9. March 15 — Laurie Dhue Leaves FNC — 47,113 (Fark, HotAir)

10. February 8 — “Pimped Out” Comment Could Jeopardize Dem Debate on MSNBC — 46,892 (TVNewser link from #3)

TVNewser’s Top 10 of 2007

TVNewser Challenge ’08: A Look Back

Last year at this time we brought you the 2008 TVNewser Challenge — eight questions about what will happen in the coming year. With more than 25,000 total votes cast, the results were set. In a year of some sketchy predicting ability by the “experts,” how did you do with your predictions?

• In the closest vote of the Challenge, 47.83% of you thought NBC Nightly News would finish first while 47.60% thought it would be ABC. In the end, although it was close, the NBC’s have it.

leave_12-31.bmpNone of our five choices left the anchor chair during 2008; in fact, two got a contract extension. Maybe we should have put Alan Colmes in.

• We asked whether the Today show would “maintain its dominance” or “lose ground to GMA.” 49.29% of you thought “Today” would maintain its dominance while while 37.63% thought the program would lose ground. In fact, the “Today” show had a very strong 2008 consistently beating second place GMA by more than a million viewers. The Total Viewer gap increased from 13% (616,000) in 2007 to 26% (1,134,000) in 2008.

• 71.34% of you were right that Shepard Smith will continue what he’s doing (but in a new studio) at 7pmET.

• Despite a big push by Nancy Grace in December, 45.42% had it right that Campbell Brown‘s 8pmET show on CNN would finish #3 in the time slot.

cancel_12-31.bmpThe cable news show most likely to be canceled was a runaway in the voting, and the majority got it right: 57.67% of you thought it would be “Tucker” and an additional 10.19% were sort of right about CNBC’s “The Big Idea.” (Shelved, not canceled.)

• Then there’s Fox Business Network. 52.46% thought the new net would not be close to CNBC in the ratings, and although that’s somewhat vague, it’s probably closer to the truth than “competitive with CNBC.” So we’ll keep an eye after year two.

• The Weekend Today anchor race was decided, by not being decided. We asked who would be the co-anchor with Lester Holt: 34.4% said it would be Amy Robach, 31.67% said Jenna Wolfe and 33.92% voted “Neither.” In the end nothing has changed — Robach anchors Saturday, Wolfe on Sunday. Should we vote again?

Which brings us to 2009.

Later today — The 2009 TVNewser Challenge!

Morning Media Menu: December 31

mmm_12-8.gifToday on the final mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu of 2008: a lobbyist sues the Gray Lady, Consumerist is sold by Gawker Media and What We Learned This Year (featuring Rod Blagojevich, Sarah Palin and pessimism).

You can listen to the podcast live every morning at 9amET on BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321. We’ll be back with more Menus on January 5.

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Weather Plus, Minus Four More

meretsky_12-30.jpgTVNewser has learned today is the last day on the job for most of the remaining on-air talent of the former NBC Weather Plus: Jackie Meretsky (pictured), Gary Achibald, Todd Santos and Britta Merwin. Meretsky, who provided forecasts for MSNBC mornings including “Morning Joe” is currently on maternity leave. Archibald, Santos and Merwin worked mainly on MSNBC or CNBC programs as well as for the now shuttered 24-hour digital channel.

That leaves just Weather Plus originals Bill Karins and Jeff Ranieri as on-air meteorologists for the networks of NBC.

NBC announced in October it would shut down Weather Plus, following the acquisition by NBCU of The Weather Channel. “We’re going to look at everybody and make a determination about what we’re going to do,” said NBC News president Steve Capus at the time.

NBC, MSNBC and CNBC have been using Weather Channel meteorologists more and more in recent weeks.

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