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February 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Remains #2 in Primetime, Total Day

MSNBC remained in second place, ahead of CNN, in total day and primetime in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

The ratings for February 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 722,000 Total Viewers / 230,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 408,000 Total Viewers / 144,000 A25-54

Compared to February 2013, MSNBC is down -5% in viewers and up +3% in the demo for total day viewing. In primetime, the network is down -9% in viewers and down -2% in the demo. “The Rachel Maddow Show” finishes February as the 6th most-watched cable news show in the demo. Maddow remained flat in total viewers but was up +7% in the demo vs. February 2013, the first full month of Pres. Obama’s second term.

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 7pmET was up +22% in total viewers +27% in demo viewers, year-over-year (last year, the 7pm was re-airing the live 5pm “Hardball”).  “Morning Joe,” “All In with Chris Hayes” and “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton” all came in second in their time periods.

More details in MSNBC’s release, after the jump…

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Bill Maher: ‘I Had Some Extensive Talks With MSNBC’

Bill MaherIn an interview with Forbes.com, HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher reveals there was a time when hosting on MSNBC was a possibility.

“A while back I had some extensive talks with MSNBC and ultimately we all looked around the room and we all just knew with advertisers to worry about, we’d never be able to make it work,” Maher said.

Maher has appeared as a guest on shows like “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” over the years, but recently criticized the network for what he called “obsessive” coverage of the New Jersey bridge fiasco.

On whether he’d ever take his brand of outspoken comedy to CNN, Maher was unequivocal: “Never, going to happen.”

Maher’s “Real Time” EP Scott Carter recently spoke to our sister-site Lost Remote about Maher’s #flipadistirct social media campaign to unseat a member of Congress.

Matthews, Maddow Win Demo Last Week

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With the Chris Christie bridge scandal still simmering, two MSNBC shows –”Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” — placed first in A25-54 viewers for the week of February 3.

Matthews’ 7pmET program averaged 285,000 viewers in the demo, narrowly edging out “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” which had 282,000 A25-54 viewers. It was the first weekly demo win for MSNBC at 7 p.m. since September 3, 2012, the week of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Maddow’s show delivered 341,000 viewers in the demo, while Megyn Kelly‘s 9pmET Fox News show averaged 335,000 A25-54 viewers. Martha MacCallum subbed for Kelly on Wednesday and Friday’s “Kelly File” was a special. This marks the second week this year that Maddow has delivered a weekly demo win at 9pmET.

Despite the A25-54 wins, Fox News was still far out front of MSNBC in total viewers. We’ll post the full scoreboard shortly.

Michael Smerconish Joins CNN

SmerconishThe staffing and programming changes continue at CNN with the hire of Michael Smerconish, who will host a weekly Saturday morning show from New York.

Smerconish, an MSNBC contributor who has served as the guest host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” for the past four years, will join CNN this month. In his new role, he will also appear across all CNN’s programming.

“We are thrilled to have Michael join CNN,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in a statement. “At a time when the cable news landscape has become increasingly polarized, his independence and passion for reasoned dialogue makes him the perfect fit for CNN.”

The show’s name and debut date have not yet been announced. More from CNN after the jump.

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Bill O’Reilly Slams MSNBC’s ‘Jihad Against Christie’

O'Reilly ChristieAfter taking time earlier this week to defend his own Super Bowl interview with President Obama, Bill O’Reilly took issue with MSNBC’s coverage of the New Jersey bridge scandal on last night’s “O’Reilly Factor.”

“They’re getting a little ratings bump over there, but it’s surprising,” O’Reilly said. “It’s just night after night…there’s nothing new. They’re on a jihad against Christie.”

O’Reilly acknowledged it will be a big story if it’s proven Christie lied.

He’s right about the network’s ratings bump: they won the primetime A25-54 demo the day Governor Christie gave a two-hour press conference on the bridge scandal earlier this month.

They also won the primetime demo in a few individual hours earlier this week as Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell all edged their counterparts at Fox News.

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Joy Reid: ‘Fascinated’ by Conservative POV, ‘Cable Should Be a Debate’

Joy_Reid-304From her early career working in radio and TV in Miami, to running the African-American site TheGrio.com, to most recently serving as one of MSNBC’s go-to guests and fill-in hosts, Joy Reid says she’s ready for “The Reid Report.” And she has some MSNBCers to thank.

“When I first started off, my ultimate goal was to get on ‘Hardball, ‘” Reid told us during an interview at 30 Rock Thursday. “I love Chris Matthews. We sort of have a mutual admiration thing going on,” Reid says. She is also proud to be one of a handful of African-American hosts in cable news and praises MSNBC for having the most diverse audience. “Providing that is not niche marketing, it’s just smart business,” she says.

Taking a page from most other cable news shows, Reid says “The Reid Report,” debuting at 2pmET on Feb. 24, will play to a specific audience that wants more than headlines.

“The cable landscape is difficult. You have a polarized audience. You have an audience that is looking for alternatives to television and cable, including the internet and social.”

CNN is still trying to do “voice of God news,” while Fox News has carved out ownership of a “very Republican” audience, Reid says.

MSNBC’s tilt to the left, which began in the waning days of the George W. Bush administration, doesn’t mean her show will be all liberal, all the time. As Reid tells us in the video portion of our interview, she’s looking forward to bringing on conservative voices: Read more

O’Reilly’s Obama Interview Gets 4M Viewers, Maddow and O’Donnell Deliver Demo Wins

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Some ratings notes from primetime Monday night: the second part of Bill O’Reilly‘s interview with President Obama delivered strong numbers for Fox News, while MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” won their respective timeslots among younger viewers.

As usual, “The O’Reilly Factor” was the top-rated cable news program for the night, delivering 4,204,000 viewers and 626,000 A25-54 viewers. Fox News more than tripled the combined ratings of CNN and MSNBC in total viewers during the 8pmET hour, delivering its best performance since the week of the Boston Marathon bombing.

That said, it was also a good night for MSNBC, which continued its coverage of the Chris Christie scandal throughout primetime. The network won in the demo at 7pmET, 9pmET and 10pmET. “Hardball with Chris Matthews” beat “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” by +31,000 A25-54 viewers. Rachel Maddow‘s program beat Megyn Kelly‘s by +100,000 demo viewers, and “The Last Word” beat “Hannity” by +82,000.

January 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Back to #2

MSNBC had its best month since last January and was back in second place, ahead of CNN, in total day and in primetime in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. The network finished 2013 in third behind CNN in total day viewership.

The ratings for January 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 677,000 Total Viewers / 231,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 404,000 Total Viewers / 148,000 A25-54

Compared to last January, MSNBC is down -17% in viewers and down -8% in the demo for total day viewing. In primetime, the network is down -14% in viewers and down -2% in the demo. “The Rachel Maddow Show” finishes January as the 5th most-watched cable news show in the demo (Fox News programs took the top 4 spots). Maddow was down -4% in viewers and down -1% in the demo vs. January 2013, which featured the start of Pres. Obama’s second term.

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” had the best A25-54 share in the program’s 14 year history on MSNBC, and was up +11% in the demo and up +2% in viewers, year-over-year. “Morning Joe,” “All In with Chris Hayes” and “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton” all came in second in their time periods.

More details in MSNBC’s release, after the jump…

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State of the Union Coverage Plans: Cable Networks

obama state of the union 2 Here’s what the cable news networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Fox News: Bret Baier will take over from Bill O’Reilly at 8:55pmET. Baier will be joined by chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, chief Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel and Shannon Bream, who will report on Bing Pulse results throughout the night. Baier will anchor until 11pmET, at which point Megyn Kelly will take over with a live edition of “The Kelly File.”

CNN: Chris Cuomo will host “New Day” live from Capitol Hill Tuesday morning. For the network’s evening coverage, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will anchor beginning at 7pmET. They will be joined by a host of CNN correspondents, including Jim Sciutto from Iran, Tom Foreman from the virtual studio and Suzanne Malveaux, who will moderate a focus group in Des Moines. Tapper will helm late night SOTU coverage solo. CNN en Español will also broadcast the address with anchor Fernando del Rincón and correspondent Juan Carlos López.

MSNBC: Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will host beginning at 9pmET. They will be joined by Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton, Steve Schmidt and Ed Schultz, who will be live from Washington, D.C. Matthews will anchor an additional hour of live coverage from 12am-1amET.

The business networks and more are after the jump. Read more

‘The Newsroom’ Ending After Third Season

The-Newsroom-HBO-The-112th-Congress-Episode-3-4-550x366The third season of “The Newsroom” will be its last, HBO announced this afternoon. The Aaron Sorkin series will begin production on its last season this spring and debut in the fall.

“The Newsroom” debuted in 2012 to mostly negative reviews. The second season followed the “News Night” staff as they reported (and then retracted) “Operation Genoa,” a fake story about a U.S. military operation that was inspired by a similar situation at CNN, “Operation Tailwind,” in the late 1990s.

A number of cable news personalities, including MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield and S.E. Cupp, acted as consultants for season two.

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