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The 10 Biggest TV News Stories of 2013

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How to describe a year in which TV news had more turnovers than Pepperidge Farm? Business as usual.

The dramatic departures and arrivals of A-List talent weren’t the only big story of 2013, of course. Two new networks launched. Fox News made some major changes in its prime-time lineup. Serious health issues affected at least three anchors. And CBS’s venerable ‘Sunday Morning’ continued to kick ass on the Sabbath.

Herewith my choices for TV news’ Top 10, in no particular order:

Open mouth, insert foot.

Hosts Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin both left MSNBC after making what could charitably be called offensive comments.

On his November 15 broadcast, Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in the mouth of ex-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin because of remarks she had made about slavery. Instead, it was Bashir who was forced to eat doo-doo. He resigned Dec. 4.

Actor-activist Baldwin hit the bricks Nov. 26, two weeks after he was caught on video calling a paparazzi a ‘cocksucking fag.’ His weekly show, ‘Up Late,’ lasted exactly five episodes. Maybe replacing ‘Lockup’ was bad karma.

Lara’s theme.

Ace ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Lara Logan was forced to take a leave of absence after her October 27 piece on the Benghazi attack was discredited. Politico says she’ll return early next month. CBS isn’t talking.

A CBS internal inquiry labeled Logan’s report ‘deficient in several respects.’ Among them: Over a full year’s reporting, she and her team somehow missed the fact that her major source, security contractor Dylan Davies, was a liar. Oops.

In a dubious distinction, Logan’s story led to ‘60’ winning Poynter’s Error of the Year award. If you call that winning.

A pair of newbies.

While other networks endured layoffs, two new cable channels debuted — Al Jazeera America on August 20 and Fusion on October 28.

AJA hired hundreds of journalists and staff – including many from U.S. networks. Among them: CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi, its first big-name hire; CNN International’s Joie Chen; MSNBC exile David Shuster and NBC’s John Seigenthaler.

AJA, whose corporate parent is based in Qatar, boasts 12 domestic bureaus and three broadcast centers. It reaches about 48 million homes.

Fusion, a joint production of Disney-ABC and Univision, features news and pop-culture fare targeted at English-speaking millenials. Based outside of Miami, it represents Univision’s first major foray into English-language programming.

Would you like your anchors scrambled or poached?

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Greta Van Susteren Visits Syrian Refugee Camp in Iraq

greta at refugee campGreta Van Susteren visited a Syrian refugee camp in Iraq with Reverend Franklin Graham and his aid organization, Samaritan’s Purse, this weekend. Van Susteren documents the trip on Gretawire, writing, “Perhaps the best part of my job is that with my platform on Fox News and on GretaWire, I am able to put a spotlight on stories — whether in the USA or overseas — so that we can each make a decision about what we think about the events of the nation / world or even how we can help.”

On the bright side of a very grim situation, I don’t think I have ever seen such kindness as the people of Kurdistan to the refugees in their camp.  Kurds know what it means to be refugees — they fled Saddam and lived in refugee camps in Iran.  The Kurds have not forgotten the misery of being a refugee and they are trying very hard to help the refugees of Syria.  Having now met many Kurds — including the President of Kurdistan — I now am in awe of them.  They are doing their best to give safe haven to these refugees.

[Image via Gretawire]

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, December 11

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 283 | MSNBC: 126 | CNN: 85 | HLN: 66
  • Primetime: FNC: 367 | MSNBC: 177 | CNN: 118 | HLN: 71

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

297

TheFive:

459

Baier:

399

Greta:

320

O’Reilly:

493

Megyn:

355

Hannity:

251

O’Reilly:

269

Megyn:

238

MSNBC
Live:

110

EdShow:

160

Sharpton:

187

Matthews:

189

Hayes:

162

Maddow:

204

O’Donnell:

163

Hayes:

112

Maddow:

104

CNN
Tapper:

73

Blitzer:

86

Blitz/Cross:

103/93

Burnett:

85

Cooper:

135

Morgan:

118

Cooper:

101

11th/ICYMI:

74/48

Morgan:

67

HLN
News:

44

WWYD:

32

Showbiz:

36

Jane:

70

Grace:

91

DrDrew:

73

WWYD:

48

Showbiz:

33

DrDrew:

53

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo Defends Interview With Brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo Cuomo“New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo defended himself against scrutiny that he shouldn’t have interviewed his older brother New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this morning about yesterday’s tragic train derailment in New York City.

“Obviously I did the intv because it was non political, and frankly, I invite the criticism—because it exposes the hollowness of a lot of what is out there,” Cuomo emailed The Daily Beast. “Critics say my intv was no diff than any other and then criticize anyway,” adding, “Think about that. I get the obvious suspicion, but the media has to do better than simply cater to the obvious…and pawn off negativity as a proxy for insight.”

Among those catering to the obvious…
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Nov. 2013 Ratings: Fox News Primetime #2 Among All Cable Networks

Fox News finished its 143rd consecutive month as the number one cable news network in November, beating MSNBC and CNN combined in both total day and primetime. FNC was second in all of cable news in primetime this month, finishing behind only ESPN. But like its competitors, Fox News saw double-digit declines compared to the same month last year, when the Presidential election was held.

The ratings for November 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 2,011,000 total viewers / 348,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,201,000 total viewers / 248,000 A25-54

In primetime, Fox News was down -21% in total viewers and -41% in the A25-54 demographic compared to November 2012. In total day, FNC is down -18% and -30%, respectively.

November was the first full month for Fox News’ revamped primetime lineup. “The O’Reilly Factor” was down -17% in total viewers and -31% in the demo compared to the same month last year. The 9pmET hour of “The Kelly File” was down -10% in total viewers and -27% in the demo compared to November 2012, when Sean Hannity held the timeslot, and “Hannity” was down -21% and 31%, respectively, compared to the 10pmET hour of “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” last year.

Since the debut of the new primetime lineup, “The Kelly File” is up +41% in total viewers and +29% in the demo and “Hannity” is up +21% and +26%, respectively. Read more

Chris Matthews Thrives Live at 7: ‘Loyalty Counts For A Lot With Me’

Chris MatthewsThree months ago today MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” moved out of its 5pm timeslot — making way for Ed Schultz — to a single 7pmET airing. In the process, the one-a-day has given the 7pm hour a boost. Three of the four nights it was on last week (pre-empted Friday for JFK coverage) “Hardball” was MSNBC’s No. 1 show in the demo, ahead of Rachel Maddow. It is consistently No. 2 in cable news at that hour, behind FNC’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

The 7pm hour is up +47% in total viewers and up +29% in the A25-54 demo compared to the first eight months of 2013 before the change was made. Compared to August alone, “Hardball” at 7pm ET is up +92% in total viewers and up +69% in the demo.

“I’ve asked Hardball fans to adjust their evening viewing habit and I’m gratified that so many have,” Matthews told TVNewser. “These are obviously very important times and loyalty counts for a lot with me.”

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Ratings: Fox News Delivers Second-Highest Primetime Week of the Year

Fox News primetimeFox News had its second-highest rated week of the year in primetime last week, second only to the week of the Boston Marathon bombing in April. From 8pm to 11pmET, the network averaged 2,098,000 total viewers and 376,000 A25-54 viewers, ranking second in all of cable.

By comparison, MSNBC averaged 716,000 total viewers and 202,000 A25-54 viewers, while CNN had 433,000 viewers and 146,000 viewers, respectively.

It was also the second-highest week of the year for Fox News in the network’s expanded primetime block, which includes Greta Van Susteren‘s “On the Record.”  From 7pm to 11pmET, FNC averaged 2,377,000 total viewers and 442,000 A25-54 viewers.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, October 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 312 | MSNBC: 106 | CNN: 75 | HLN: 86
  • Primetime: FNC: 396 | MSNBC: 127 | CNN: 67 | HLN: 93

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11/11:30p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

199

TheFive:

353

Baier:

352

Greta:

294

O’Reilly:

433

Megyn:

445

Hannity:

305

O’Reilly:

381

Megyn:

340

MSNBC
Bashir:

94

EdShow:

129

Sharpton:

142

Matthews:

163

Hayes:

107

Maddow:

136

O’Donnell:

139

Hayes:

78

Maddow:

86

CNN
Tapper:

69

Blitzer:

61

Blitz/Cross:

75/96

Burnett:

82

Cooper:

66

Morgan:

83

Cooper:

52

Blitz/Cross:

47/50

Morgan:

49

HLN
News:

63

Express:

58

Express:

63

Jane:

60

Grace:

94

DrDrew:

88

AfterDark:

96

Showbiz:

104

DrDrew:

126

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October 2013 Ratings: Fox News #1 For 142 Consecutive Months

As usual, Fox News was the top-rated cable news channel in October, closing in on 12 straight years at number one in total day and primetime. Fox News ranked third in primetime and fourth in total day among all ad-supported cable channels for the month. But like its competition, the network was down across the board year-over-year.

The ratings for October 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,862,000 total viewers / 323,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,143,000 total viewers / 238,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, Fox News is down -28% in total viewers and -37% in the A25-54 demographic in total day. In primetime, the network is down -46% and -59%, respectively. October 2012 was a busy news month with final weeks of the 2012 elections and the start of Hurricane Sandy coverage (though landfall occurred outside the Oct. 2012 ratings period), propelling Fox News to the top cable channel for the month for the first time in seven years.

Since FNC’s new primetime lineup debuted October 7, the network is up across the board compared to the third quarter of 2013. In total day, Fox News is up +12% in total viewers and +10% in the A25-54 demographic, and in primetime, it is up +17% and +14%, respectively. In the same time period, “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” at 7pmET is up +20% in total viewers and +19% in the demo and “Hannity” at 10pmET  is up +23% and +26%, respectively, compared to Q3 2013.

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Fox News Primetime Delivers Highest-Rated Night Since Launch of New Lineup

FNCPrime304Fox News’ expanded primetime delivered its most-watched night Tuesday since the new lineup debuted, averaging 2,534,000 total viewers and 454,000 A25-54 viewers from 7 to 11pmET. FNC beat MSNBC, CNN and HLN combined by +8% among younger viewers.

“The O’Reilly Factor” and “The Kelly File” both had the most total viewers since the new primetime lineup debuted October 7. “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” and “Hannity” posted their second-highest ratings in both total viewers and the demo since launch.

Kelly’s top night in the demo remains her second show — also a Tuesday — when “The Kelly File” drew 623,000 viewers, more than doubling her A25-54 audience from the previous night.

The averages from 7pm-11pmET:

Fox News: 2,534,000 total viewers / 454,000 A25-54

MSNBC: 941,000 total viewers / 214,000 A25-54

CNN: 397,000 total viewers / 134,000 A25-54

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