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Archives: September 2011

Donald Rumsfeld to Al Jazeera: ‘I am delighted you are doing what you are doing’

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who once called Al Jazeera’s reporting “vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable” has apparently made amends with the broadcaster. The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone reports that in an interview to air tonight, Rumsfeld praised the channel for its recent reportage:

“Its audience has grown and it can be an important means of communication in the world,” he said of the channel.

“I am delighted you are doing what you are doing.”

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CNN Erin Burnett Ads Pop Up on Burnett’s Former Home: CNBC

Just days ahead of her debut on CNN, “Erin Burnett OutFront” ads are appearing on Burnett’s old network — CNBC, during the show she used to host “Squawk on the Street.” TVNewser spotted this commercial about 10 minutes ago. As we’ve reported in the past, it’s not uncommon for one cable network to pay for time on a competing network during local ad spots on a cable carrier — in this case Time Warner cable in New York City.

> More: From a Tipster: They’ve also been airing in heavy rotation on Fox News Channel via Time Warner Cable in NYC. Most notably, during her direct 7pm competitor, Shepard Smith‘s 3pm newscast and “The O’Reilly Factor” among other time slots.

Sunday Show Ratings: September 25

Coming off of his 20th anniversary celebration for hosting CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Bob Schieffer led the program to a ratings victory September 25. “Face” topped NBC’s Meet the Press” and ABC’s “This Week” in both total viewers and the key adults 25-54 demo.

It was a standard show for Schieffer, featuring interviews with DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and RNC chair Reince Priebus. It was a more unusual program for “Meet the Press,” which originated from New York. Moderator David Gregory interviewed Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu from the “Nightly News” studio, before moving to NBC’s “Education Nation” set for an interview with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a roundtable on education.

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS “Face the Nation” 2.52M 854K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.49M 755K
ABC “This Week” 1.98M 559K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.19M 451K

NBC’s David Gregory: ‘Meet the Press’ Moderator, Hebrew Scholar

Shana Tova dear readers, and happy Jewish new year. With Rosh Hashanah upon us, The Daily Beast profiles “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory. This time politics is not the focus, but rather Gregory’s religious routine:

Holidays like Rosh Hashanah, which begins Wednesday night, are a big deal in the Gregory household. Family and friends have joined them around the table in their northwest Washington home not just at this time of year, which marks the start of the Jewish New Year, but also to celebrate Passover. The influence of Gregory’s father, a Broadway producer, could be part of what drives him to bring history to life. “I prepare a big seder where we do the costumes and a script and basically tell the story of the Exodus,” Gregory says. After all, this is the same person who has been known to cut a rug on the Today show…

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, September 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 319 | MSNBC: 139 | CNN: 122 | HLN: 145
  • Primetime: FNC: 477 | MSNBC: 205 | CNN: 206 | HLN: 151

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC Five: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
303 429 450 572 387 471 444 356
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: O’Donnell: Maddow: EdShow: O’Donnell: Maddow:
175 143 157 157 266 193 148 160
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: KingUSA: Morgan:
139 134 122 186 214 220 157 81
HLN Special: Prime: Issues: Grace: DrDrew: Behar: Showbiz: DrDrew:
195 198 171 174 153 134 106 125

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This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: NBC News, Fox News, ESPN

This week, NBC News is looking for a cross-media marketing manager, while Fox News is on the hunt for a researcher/information specialist. The Food Network needs a manager of public relations, and ESPN is seeking an associate interactive designer on a project basis. Get the details on these gigs and more below, and find additional just-posted TV openings on mediabistro.com.

For more job listings, go to the Mediabistro job board, and to post a job, visit our employer page. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Two Years of Joy Behar on HLN

Tonight, Joy Behar celebrates two years of “The Joy Behar Show” on HLN. CNN’s Anderson Cooper turns the table on Joy to interview her, and provides a look back at the most memorable moments from the past two years, including a famous walk-off by Shannon Tweed, Alice Cooper and his “big unit” and her now infamous question to one of Casey Anthony’s attorneys, “would you let Casey babysit your kids?”

In the just-completed third quarter, Behar is up a +38% in Total Viewers year-over-year, due in part to coverage from the Anthony trial. For the month of September, vs. Sept. 2010, Behar has also improved the 10pm timelsot 13% in total viewers.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of September 19

NBC’s “Today” was the most-watched morning show for the week of September 19, topping second-place “Good Morning America” on ABC by 400,000 total viewers and 480,000 A25-54 viewers.

ABC had the smallest total-viewer gap with NBC in 16 years. Both “GMA” and “Today” improved their total-viewer growth compared to the same week last year, with “GMA” posting a +22% increase and NBC posting a +3% increase. “The Early Show” on CBS was down in total viewers -5%.

In the A25-54 demographic, “GMA” was the only show to post a year-over-year gain, increasing younger viewers by +15%. “Today” was down -3% and “The Early Show” was down -6%.

The averages for the week of September 19:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 5.24M / ABC: 4.84M / CBS: 2.45M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2.35M / ABC: 1.87M / CBS: 972K

‘Nightline’ #1 in Late Night as 2011-12 Season Begins

Despite former anchor Ted Koppel ‘s objections to the program, “Nightline” continues to be the #1 show in late night. For the first time in 18 years the ABC News program came in first in Total Viewers and the two younger demos for the premiere week.

“Nightline” is up from its year-ago premiere week performance in Total Viewers (+7%) and A25-54 viewers (+2%). NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show” are both down: Leno is down -4% in Total Viewers and down -10% in A25-54 viewers while Letterman is down -15% and down -17%, respectively.

ABC’s ratings are based on a 25-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on approximately :50 minutes (prior to the final national commercial break of each program).

  • Week of September 19, 2011:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.85M 1.56M 1.25M
Tonight Show NBC 3.64M 1.40M 1.07M
Late Show CBS 3.22M 1.34M 1.05M

Scott Pelley Heading to Afghanistan

10 years after the U.S. first launched an attack on the country to overthrow the Taliban and weed out extremists, Afghanistan is still a major story. On Monday October 3 and Tuesday October 4, “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley will be broadcasting from the country.

Pelley and the newscast will originate from the Forward Operating Base of the 10th Mountain Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where will report on the war’s impact 10 years in. It will be the anchor’s first trip to the country since taking over the evening newscast in June.

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