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Robin Roberts, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper on the OUT Power 50

OUT50Several TV news anchors and hosts have made this year’s OUT Power 50 list. It’s the brand’s annual ranking of the most influential LGBT voices in American culture. ABC’s Robin Roberts, who publicly came out late last year, is the first woman of color in the top 10. Here are some TV notables:

35. Suze Orman
27. Don Lemon
14. Anderson Cooper
10. Robin Roberts
3. Rachel Maddow

Ellen DeGeneres, who was number 2 last year, returned to the top spot on the list. Also on the list Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald at #5, Bravo’s Andy Cohen at #8, and Gawker CEO Nick Denton at #45.

(Image via OUT)

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Barbara Walters to Don Lemon: CNN Wouldn’t Do Nonstop MH370 Coverage If Not for Ratings

WaltersWhile sitting in as a co-host on “The View” today, CNN’s Don Lemon fielded an onslaught of questions from the chat show’s ladies about his network’s nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Flight 370.

“You’ve covered this more than any other story that I can remember,” Barbara Walters said. “CNN would not do this if it were not for the ratings.”

“Well, I don’t know if we would do it just for the ratings; we do a lot of things that don’t rate well, but we still do it,” Lemon responded, adding that CNN is giving the audience what it wants.

Co-host Jenny McCarthy asked how Lemon finds the words to continue talking about the missing airliner, day after day. Lemon tipped his hat to a great group of CNN aviation experts. “I rely on them, I don’t pretend that I’m an expert,” he said.

“We [CNN] may not have taken the plane, but we might certainly find it,” Lemon concluded.

Lemon’s colleagues, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, and Wolf Blitzer echoed his sentiments while speaking to TVNewser last week. Cooper conceded the network has covered the story a lot, but called it a very “human” story involving “239 souls.” Burnett pointed to security concerns the story raises, while Blitzer raised the still-unknown question of whether criminal activity or mechanical failure was the reason behind the plane’s disappearance.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, April 6

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 154 | MSNBC: 119 | CNN: 201 | HLN: 138
  • Primetime: FNC: 133 | MSNBC: 147 | CNN: 225 | HLN: 159

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/House:

113

Kurtz:

129

Wallace:

177

Faulkner:

182

Huckabee:

100

FNR:

150

Stossel:

148

Huckabee:

103

FNR:

116

MSNBC
Finney:

28

Caught:

75

Caught:

133

Caught:

196

Caught:

135

SexSlaves:

156

SexSlaves:

151

SexSlaves:

192

Lockup:

126

CNN
Nwsroom:

184

Nwsroom:

241

Nwsroom:

263

Nwsroom:

262

Nwsroom:

239

DeathRow:

204

Nwsroom:

234

Nwsroom:

209

Nwsroom:

240

HLN
Files:

173

Files:

181

Files:

200

Files:

161

Files:

213

Files:

149

Files:

116

Files:

181

Files:

164

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And The 2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Winner is…

MyersThe Connecticut Huskies are champions of the NCAA men’s basketball world, and the TVNewser bracket challenge trophy goes to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Myers squeaked out the championship victory, beating Fox News’ copy editor Martin Hill, 77 to 76.

“I’m speechless,” Myers tells TVNewser about his first bracket challenge title. “This is the proudest moment in my weather career. 43 correct and 20 wrong. That’s some kind of forecasting record. Going to Zabar’s for a bagel!”

NBC’s Bill Karins, NBC’s Betsy Fischer, and CNBC’s Todd Bonin rounded out the top five. Fox News’ Steve Doocy, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, and CNN’s Rob Kirkpatrick ranked at the bottom of the standings. Our challenge featured 42 of TV news’ biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names.

The final standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: Championship Update

championshipWe’re down to two, as the Kentucky Wildcats face the Connecticut Huskies tonight with the NCAA men’s basketball championship on the line.

The TVNewser bracket challenge title is also up for grabs. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is currently in the lead with 77 points. But Fox News copy editor Martin Hill is hot on his heels, sitting one point behind with 76 points.

NBC’s Betsy Fischer, NBC’s Bill Karins, and CNBC’s Brian Steel round out the top five.

The full standings after the jump.

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Viewers Turn to Cable News in First Hours After Fort Hood Shooting

Shep4Ratings are in for the cable news networks’ wall-to-wall coverage of the Fort Hood shooting, which left four people — including the gunman, Ivan Lopez  – dead. During the first two hours of the coverage (from 6-8pmET), Fox News was first, CNN was second and MSNBC was third in both ratings measurements.

In primetime, Fox News was first, CNN was second and MSNBC was third. Fox won in both ratings measurements every hour except for 10pmET, which was the hour of the first news conference from Fort Hood. During that hour, “Hannity” won in total viewers and a CNN special report anchored by Don Lemon won in the demo.

6-7pmET:

Fox News: 1,892,000 total viewers / 272,000 in A25-54

CNN: 667,000 total viewers / 243,000 in A25-54

MSNBC: 548,000 total viewers / 146,000 in A25-54

7-8pmET:

Fox News: 1,954,000 total viewers / 395,000 in A25-54

CNN: 873,000 total viewers / 326,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 670,000 total viewers / 191,000 in 25-54

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The Scoreboard: Sunday, March 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 172 | MSNBC: 149 | CNN: 179 | HLN: 112
  • Primetime: FNC: 137 | MSNBC: 160 | CNN: 201 | HLN: 121

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/House:

97

Kurtz:

139

Wallace:

132

Faulkner:

119

Huckabee:

170

Reporting:

133

Stossel:

109

Huckabee:

115

Reporting:

97

MSNBC
Finney:

15

Caught:

78

Caught:

112

Caught:

134

Caught:

160

Methbust:

159

Lockup:

160

Lockup:

218

Lockup:

334

CNN
Nwsroom:

161

Nwsroom:

240

Nwsroom:

226

Nwsroom:

253

Nwsroom:

215

DeathRow:

205

Nwsroom:

182

Nwsroom:

200

DeathRow:

144

HLN
Files:

83

Files:

150

Files:

158

Files:

112

Files:

106

Files:

117

Files:

139

Files:

189

Files:

116

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Final Four’

Final FourThe NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is down to four teams.

Yesterday’s conclusion to the “Elite 8″ was not the best for the state of Michigan, with both of its teams being knocked out of the tournament.  Connecticut took down Michigan St. while Kentucky defeated Michigan. The day before, Dayton’s upset streak ran out, losing to Florida, while Wisconsin beat Arizona.

As Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida, and Wisconsin square off in Texas this weekend to decide who advances to the championship game, the 2014 TVNewser March Madness bracket challenge remains close. Just six points separate the current first place TV new pro, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers, from the fifth place competitor, currently a tie between two CNBCers, Brian Steel and Todd Bonin.

Take a look at the full standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Elite 8′

NCAA march madnessWe’re down to the “Elite 8,” as the “Sweet 16″ concluded last night with Michigan St. squeaking out a victory against Virginia and Kentucky beating Louisville.

Dayton continued its upset streak the day before, this time beating Stanford.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also in full swing with the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. Unlike last round, the standings are beginning to separate after the current first and second place leaders, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers and Fox News copy editor Martin Hill.

“I feel like the smartest guy in the room…but the weather office is a very small room,” Myers tells TVNewser about his current place atop the leaderboard.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.

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Don Lemon: ‘I’m Not Afraid of Criticism. I Actually Like It’

DonLemonCNN’s Don Lemon — who takes his fair share of criticism, both on Twitter and from other cable news anchors — does a Q+A with Jet, opening up about the stories he’s passionate about, the biggest misconceptions about him and what he really thinks of the criticism:

What’s your response to critics who say you’re too negative about the Black community?

Don Lemon: A lot of it has been taken out of context; people hear what they want to hear. I am not criticizing the Black community. I was hired by the Tom Joyner Morning Show to do commentary that makes people think. I want my audience to feel like they are learning and not being pandered to.

Has the Twitter backlash ever caused you to reconsider your standards?

DL: I’m not afraid of criticism. I actually like it. I wish everyone could experience the level of assessment I get because it actually has made me a better person. I like to provoke the conversation and create a dialogue. That doesn’t always come from people preaching to the choir and having everyone in agreement.

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