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As Missing Plane Coverage Continues, ‘Crossfire’ Vanishes

Crossfire304x200One of CNN’s signature political shows remains off the air, despite the easing up of near-nonstop coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Today marks one month since “Crossfire” last aired. But it’s not for a lack of political news: the Affordable Care Act sign-up deadline, which lends itself to fiery debate, came and went; there have been primaries in several states leading up to the 2014 midterms, not to mention the jockeying for 2016, and then there’s the politics of foreign policy: Russia, Ukraine, the Middle East and beyond.

A CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser the 6:30pmET show “will remain on hiatus this week, but will be back soon.”

CNN clearly sees value in the brand. Today at its Upfront, which TVNewser will be attending, the network will announce that “Crossfire Reloaded” is among the series from the new CNN Digital Studios.

The TV version of “Crossfire,” however, “is not easily adaptable to a single breaking news story, especially a missing airliner,” former senior executive at CBS, Fox, and Telemundo, Joe Peyronnin, tells TVNewser. Peyronnin says there’s a difference between “Crossfire” and news shows like those anchored by Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer, and Anderson Cooper.

“To allow ‘Crossfire’ to run at the height of viewer interest [in the missing plane story] would risk losing many viewers and break CNN’s coverage momentum,” Peyronnin says.

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The Scoreboard: Monday, April 7

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 238 | MSNBC: 101 | CNN: 178 | HLN: 66
  • Primetime: FNC: 374 | MSNBC: 154 | CNN: 219 | HLN: 92

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

149

TheFive:

319

Baier:

308

Greta:

294

O’Reilly:

465

Megyn:

332

Hannity:

322

Hannity:

287

Megyn:

228

MSNBC
Wagner:

48

EdShow:

114

Sharpton:

167

Matthews:

226

Hayes:

151

Maddow:

187

O’Donnell:

125

Hayes:

62

Maddow:

101

CNN
Tapper:

132

Blitzer:

215

Blitzer:

174

Burnett:

233

Cooper:

228

Tapper:

208

Spc.Rpt:

220

Spc.Rpt:

267

Cooper:

207

HLN
News:

19

Files:

55

Files:

74

Jane:

90

Grace:

143

DrDrew:

77

Files:

54

Files:

110

Files:

124

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Awards Season: Peabodys, Headliners, Christophers

PeabodyIn addition to the Peabody Awards announced today on “CBS This Morning,” the Christopher Awards, which honor media “that affirm the highest values of the human spirit,” were announced. And earlier this week the National Headliner Awards “recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry,” were announced by the Press Club of Atlantic City. Here are some highlights of all three:

  • Peabody Awards: CBS for Charlie Rose‘s interview with Bashar Assad; CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown;” Al Jazeera America for “Faultlines;” PBS won multiple Peabodys and a personal award is going to Tom Brokaw: “the anchor emeritus has only enhanced his reputation since he left the desk in 2004,” Peabody judges found.

  • National Headliner Awards: CNN and Al Jazeera America will take home several awards in the broadcast category. CNN wins first place awards for coverage of a major news event for Jake Tapper‘s coverage of the Boston bombing, for continuing coverage of a major news event for coverage of Egypt Unrest, and for news magazine program for Gloria Borger‘s “Marriage Warriors: Showdown at the Supreme Court.” AJAM wins multiple first place awards for investigative, business/consumer, environmental and health/science reporting.

Q1 2014 Ratings: Despite Strong March, CNN Third For the Quarter

CNN had its third-lowest overall quarter in primetime total viewers in 23 years (since 1991), ranking behind only the second quarter of 2012 and the final quarter of last year.

The ratings for Q1, 2014:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 498K Total Viewers / 169K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 383K Total Viewers / 122K A25-54

Compared to Q1 2013, CNN lost ground in both total day and primetime viewers. In total day, the network was down -5% in total viewers and flat in A25-54 viewers. For primetime, the net was down -16% in total viewers and down -3% in A25-54 viewers. Last year’s first quarter was CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker‘s first at the helm, as Jake Tapper premiered as host of “The Lead,” and the network drew strong ratings for its Carnival Cruise incident coverage.

Although CNN was down overall for Q1, the month of March produced strong ratings thanks to nonstop coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The strong month propelled CNN past MSNBC into second place in the total day and primetime demo category. For the month, CNN averaged 655,000 total viewers and 231,000 A25-54 viewers in total day. In primetime, the network averaged 498,000 total viewers and 164,000 A25-54 viewers.

Compared to March 2013, the network was up +42% in total viewers and up +53% demo viewers for total day. In primetime, the net was up +37% in total viewers and up +65% in the demo year-over-year. Tapper’s “The Lead,” “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” and “Anderson Cooper 360″ all moved up to the #2 spot in both total and demo viewers, passing their MSNBC counterparts, Alex Wagner, Ed Schultz, and Chris Hayes, respectively.

CNN’s full press release after the jump.

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Here’s the Reason Behind CNN’s ‘Poaching’ From ABC

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The New York Post reports on a Disney shareholder who asked Disney CEO Bob Iger whether his ABC News division is becoming a “training ground” for talent who eventually flee to CNN. Jake Tapper, Chris Cuomo, Bill Weir, and John Berman have all left ABC for CNN in the last 18 months. Rachel Nichols also left Disney-owned ESPN for CNN.

One key reason for the departures, which was not mentioned in the NYPost story, is that former ABC News VP of talent and strategy Amy Entelis is now head of talent and content development at CNN. Others who’ve made the move to CNN include SVP Vinnie Malhotra who spent 15 years at ABC and ESPN, and Andrew Morse who also spent 15 years at ABC and is now CNN’s SVP of domestic newsgathering.

Iger is unfazed by the departures, telling shareholders ABC has “a deep bench,” adding “in some cases we were trying to make way for a new generation, a new crop of talent.” The Post reports Iger singled out ABC News reporter David Muir, who is rumored to be a contender to replace Diane Sawyer on “World News.”

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, March 12

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 284 | MSNBC: 138 | CNN: 229 | HLN: 97
  • Primetime: FNC: 360 | MSNBC: 213 | CNN: 309 | HLN: 93

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

300

TheFive:

396

Baier:

352

Greta:

344

O’Reilly:

386

Megyn:

326

Hannity:

368

O’Reilly:

282

Megyn:

226

MSNBC
Wagner:

141

EdShow:

166

Sharpton:

186

Matthews:

218

Hayes:

158

Maddow:

282

O’Donnell:

198

Hayes:

48

Maddow:

51

CNN
Tapper:

305

Blitzer:

310

Blitzer:

286

Burnett:

289

Cooper:

431

Morgan:

297

DeathRow:

200

Burnett:

223

Morgan:

204

HLN
News:

76

Files:

71

Files:

50

Jane:

68

Grace:

114

DrDrew:

108

Minute:

57

Files:

138

Files:

216

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Jake Tapper and ‘The Lead’ Adopt an American Soldier

CNN’s Jake Tapper and his show “The Lead” have adopted an American soldier serving in Afghanistan through the “Homefront Hugs” program.

Tapper tweeted out the care package being sent to one of America’s servicemen.

“@HomefrontHugs tweeted me about it and it seemed like a cool thing to do—send care packages to troops abroad,” Tapper tells TVNewser about helping “The Lead’s” adoptee, who just turned 19. They sent him, upon request, vanilla Oreos, a pillow, razors, Army socks, gummies and a hunting magazine.

“It’s a small thing to do, but I know from traveling to Afghanistan that the troops appreciate the care packages and hang up the letters they get from civilians back home,” he added, urging people to adopt a soldier through homefronthugs.com, “or help give back in some other way.”

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, February 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 235 | MSNBC: 112 | CNN: 75 | HLN: 62
  • Primetime: FNC: 319 | MSNBC: 165 | CNN: 87 | HLN: 71

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

179

TheFive:

368

Baier:

316

Greta:

294

O’Reilly:

417

Megyn:

266

Hannity:

273

O’Reilly:

231

Megyn:

148

MSNBC
Wagner:

113

EdShow:

161

Sharpton:

174

Matthews:

255

Hayes:

210

Maddow:

172

O’Donnell:

111

Hayes:

63

Maddow:

76

CNN
Tapper:

58

Blitzer:

64

Blitzer/Cross:

72/67

Burnett:

74

Cooper:

70

Morgan:

84

Cooper:

107

Burnett:

89

Morgan:

62

HLN
News:

40

WWYD:

16

WWYD:

67

Jane:

84

Grace:

107

DrDrew:

61

Minute:

43

Files:

61

Files:

116

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February 2014 Ratings: CNN Down in Total Day, Primetime

CNN continues to struggle finding its footing without major breaking news: the network lost a quarter of its audience in total day and a third of its audience in primetime in February. This month was the network’s third-lowest rated month ever in primetime total viewers.

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

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 399,000 Total Viewers / 134,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 307,000 Total Viewers / 96,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, CNN is down double digits across the board: -27% in total viewers and -26% in the demo in total day and -39% and -31%, respectively, in primetime. Every CNN program is down in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic year-over-year. CNN has recently said it is planning to acquire more documentaries as a way to attract viewers when there is no major breaking news events, which typically boost ratings.

In primetime, “Anderson Cooper 360″ was down -47% in total viewers and -46% in the A25-54 demographic compared to February 2014. “Piers Morgan Live,” which has been canceled, is going out on a low note: the show is posting its lowest ratings in both ratings measurements ever, down -46% in total viewers and -38% in the demo year-over-year. Jeff Zucker has said that the primetime lineup will see changes this year.

“Crossfire” had its lowest-rated month since launch in total viewers. “OutFront with Erin Burnett” hit a 22-year low in total viewers for the 7pmET timeslot.

Jake Tapper’s Biggest Twitter Regret

Jake TapperCNN anchor (and prolific Tweeter) Jake Tapper talks to Zap2it about Twitter, calling it “irreplaceable as a source of information.” Tapper says he finds it most useful when people suggest interview questions to him: “I’m a collaborative person — it makes me better — and sometimes taking that collaboration to Twitter is helpful,” he says.

Tapper also reveals his biggest Twitter regret:

There was a politician who was scandalized whom I used to re-Tweet on occasion, until one tweep asked me to stop. I told him if he gave $100 to a kids charity, I would stop. Then we got others involved. Ultimately we raised $2,800, and I stopped RT-ing the politician in question. My regret is, I should have held out for more!

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