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Archives: October 2009

Geraldo Rivera – John Stossel: ‘Stache Bash ’09

Sunday Show Ratings: October 25

sunday-shows3.jpgThe Sunday show ratings were close this week with NBC’s “Meet the Press” in first and ABC’s “This Week” in second by approximately 50,000 Total Viewers. CBS’ “Face the Nation” tied “This Week” in 25-54 demo viewers.

No one from the White House appeared this Sunday. In Washington, D.C., NBC experienced transmitter issues during the broadcast, affecting viewing numbers, which were its lowest since May 31st. This Sunday, “MTP” will air early in New York due to coverage of the New York City Marathon.

Network Program Total
Viewers
A25-54
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.72M 910K
ABC “This Week” 2.67M 830K
CBS “Face the Nation” 2.46M 830k
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.09M 400K

Is Keith Olbermann Hurting America?

Update: Bill George now apologizes and says he did not write the article excerpted below.

Bill George, author, former Medtronic CEO, Harvard Business School professor, blogger, thinks Keith Olbermann is hurting America (Updated link).

Olbermann perpetuates the single-mindedness and inflexible partisanship that now roil the country, both on and off Capitol Hill.

George, who voted for Barack Obama, says he never watches Fox News.

Granted, his rivals at FOX News drum up discord just as effectively and dangerously as Mr. Olberman. But the President has called time and time again for our country’s leaders to rise above pettiness and assume the mantle of dispassionate, consensus-centric leadership.

Olbermann cheapens discourse. He touts easy solutions. He speaks in truculent soundbites. His invective is hurting America!

(h/t ICN)

‘GMA’ Redesigns Site

WebNewser has the details of the “Good Morning America” website redesign that’s recently launched. The new design has widescreen video, new navigation, and, among other things, a section on Pets (finally!). That makes the third redesign this week.

Jane Velez-Mitchell: ‘This Is the Dialogue That Needs to Happen about Addiction’

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Peter Max artwork based on the book jacket

In NYC last night, HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell celebrated the release of her new memoir, iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life, at the gallery of artist Peter Max. Velez-Mitchell, host of “Issues,” joked, “I just think this is a — first of all — fabulous concept, ‘Let’s have a cocktail party to celebrate a book about recovering from alcoholism.’”

Velez-Mitchell is the third HLN host to publish a book in the last few months, with Nancy Grace and Robin Meade also releasing books recently. TVNewser asked CNN Worldwide EVP Ken Jautz, who heads HLN, why his employees have been writing so much “It’s hosts who have an ability to communicate with audiences,” he said. “I think they see the opportunity to do so on another platform, employ the skills they’re proving so successful at on television on another platform, and we’re happy to support that.”

Also in attendance: HLN VP of programming Bill Galvin, “Issues” EP Stephanie Todd and Senior Producer Jennifer Williams, “Showbiz Tonight” host AJ Hammer, and Senior EP of CNN Entertainment and “Showbiz Tonight” David Levine. “Nancy Grace” Senior EP Dean Sicoli made a brief appearance to congratulate Velez-Mitchell, whose career he’d been instrumental in launching by featuring her as a guest host on “Nancy Grace,” before hustling back to the studio for Grace’s broadcast.

CNN anchors John Roberts and Kyra Phillips were also there (together) and CNN’s Gerri Willis and Jeanne Moos stopped by.

Velez-Mitchell took some time to talk with TVNewser about why she decided to write the memoir (apologies for the crowd noise):

‘Nightline’ on Top with Letterman, Conan in Repeats

nightline.jpgWith David Letterman and Conan O’Brien in repeats, ABC’s “Nightline” returned to first place in Total Viewers ahead of CBS’ “Late Show” and NBC’s “Tonight” show, a position it last held in early September. Letterman remained in first place in the A25-54 demo. All three programs were down in viewers from the previous week.

Last week, “Nightline” ran a series of episodes about Scientology, which culminated in a spokesperson walking off during an interview with Martin Bashir. That episode drew 4.25 million viewers Friday night.

The numbers for the week of October 19:

Show Network A25-54 A18-49 Total Viewers
Nightline ABC 1.53M 1.25M 3.87M
Late Show CBS 1.56M 1.25M 3.69M
Tonight Show NBC 1.28M 1.21M 2.39M

Bloomberg Premieres ‘Innovators’

Bloomberg TV debuts the new series “Innovators” tomorrow night at 9pmET and 11pmET. According to the network, the new show “takes a look into the revolutions in computing, space travel, genomics, finance, manufacturing and entertainment are upon us.”

One Year Post-Election: The Cable Ratings Drop-Off

CNN_blitzer_election10-28.jpgWe took a look at October ratings for Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and HLN earlier this week. Much of cable news viewing is tied to public interest in the world events covered by the networks, and the lack of a major event like last year’s presidential election has not been kind to MSNBC and CNN.

Neither HLN nor Fox News has seen near the drop-off year-to-year that the other two networks have. CNBC has also seen audiences shrink compared to last October, when so much public attention was placed on the financial crisis. Here’s a chart of the percentage changes among those five networks comparing this October and last October, when the campaigns were in full swing:

Total Day (M-Su) Total
Viewers
25-54
Demo
Prime (M-F) Total
Viewers
25-54
Demo
CNN -52% -63% CNN -71% -80%
MSNBC -48% -51% MSNBC -59% -67%
CNBC -49% -45% CNBC -45% -36%
Fox News -18% -16% Fox News -35% -36%
HLN   -8%    0% HLN -23% -29%

Bill O’Reilly: ‘I Thought Campbell Brown’s Questioning was Excellent’

While Campbell Brown was playing more of her Valerie Jarrett interview on CNN last night, over on Fox News Bill O’Reilly was congratulating his competitor: “I thought Campbell Brown’s questioning was excellent,” said O’Reilly. He then brought in Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik to talk about the “White House hypocrisy.”

Police Investigating Shot Fired at Lou Dobbs’ Home

On his radio show this week, Lou Dobbs told his listeners that someone fired a shot at his remote New Jersey home earlier this month, while his wife was standing outside.

“My house has been shot and hit… This shot was fired, with my wife not 15 feet away,” said Dobbs. “It’s part of life. The anger, the hate, the vitriol.”

Somehow the story turned to “little fools like Geraldo Rivera.”

There is no comment from CNN on the security scare.

(h/t Newsbusters)

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