14 items from 2016
Fox News Channel anchor Sean Hannity will interview Donald Trump on Monday as part of a series of conversations with the Republican candidates for President across the evening. All three interviews will be done in front of a live audience.
Greta Van Susteren will interview Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 7 p.m. on “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” after a campaign event in Huntington, N.Y. ahead of the state’s primary. Kasich will take questions from Van Susteren and supporters around New York’s Long Island.
Bill O’Reilly will hold forth with analysis and commentary on “The O’Reilly Factor” at 8 p.m.
- Variety Staff
MSNBC scored a rare weeknight ratings victory over its cable news rivals Wednesday, prevailing in the key news demo during primetime thanks to interviews with four of the candidates remaining in the presidential race.
According to Nielsen estimates, MSNBC’s “Place for Politics” special averaged 400,000 adults 25-54 from 8 to 11 p.m., edging out Fox News Channel (391,000) and also ahead of CNN (340,000). In total viewers, MSNBC’s 1.582 million put it in second place behind Fnc (2.201 million) but well ahead of CNN (996,000).
Specifically at 8 p.m. Et, Chris Matthews’ news-making interview with Donald Trump won in the demo with 428,000 viewers, followed by Fox News (400,000) and CNN (299,000). Fnc again easily led in total viewers (2.421 million), with MSNBC second (1.691 million) and CNN third (994,000).
And at 9 p.m., Rachel Maddow’s long-form interview with Hillary Clinton averaged 441,000 adults 25-54 (and 1.692 million) to win in the demo over Fnc (372,000, with a timeslot-leading 2.261 million total viewers) and »
- Rick Kissell
As the presidential primary races heated up, cable news networks scored some big ratings achievements this winter, highlighted by Fox News Channel’s first-ever quarterly total-viewer victory among all cable networks and CNN’s most-watched quarter in seven years. All three cable news networks saw nice spikes, but CNN’s were by far the largest, as the network — buoyed by more debates and town hall events than its rivals — closed the demo gap with Fox News and pulled away from MSNBC.
The first quarter of 2016 was highlighted by surprisingly strong performances in primary races by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the former the Republican front-runner and the latter giving Hillary Clinton a tougher battle than expected on the Democratic side. Both are credited with bringing millions of new voters to this primary season, and some of that heightened interest in the races has clearly resulted in higher ratings across the cable news board. »
- Rick Kissell
Fox News dominated Tuesday night’s ratings when networks had to juggle breaking news following the terrorist attacks in Brussels with “Western Tuesday” political coverage. Fnc finished No. 1 in prime time among both total viewers and in the key demographic of viewers age 25-54. The network averaged 3.55 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Et, beating the combined total of CNN (1.87 million) and MSNBC (1.32 million). “The O’Reilly Factor” topped the night in viewers with 3.8 million, while “Hannity” was No. 1 in the demo with 833,000. Tuesday also marked Sean Hannity‘s highest-rated show of the year in »
- Brian Flood
Several major TV-news outlets will change or expand their programming to devote coverage to the terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels.
CBS, ABC and NBC will all broadcast hour-long versions of their evening-news programs, “The CBS Evening News,” “World News Tonight” and “NBC Nightly News.” All three programs typically last just 30 minutes. Fox News Channel plans to broadcast live versions of both “The O’Reilly Factor” at 8 p.m. and “Hannity” at 10 p.m., while Bret Baier will anchor the 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. hours for the cable-news network. Shep Smith, who will hold forth from London, then Brussels, will hold forth at various points during coverage. “Nightline,” the ABC News late-night program, will devote its entire program to the attacks as well.
Explosions burst out at Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek subway station, killing 30 people, if not more. More than 230 have been reported wounded.
The programming changes »
- Brian Steinberg
Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity says he doesn’t favor Donald Trump as he prepares to host an event with Ted Cruz. Hannity responded on Twitter to followers who agreed with an International Business Times piece that suggested he gives special treatment to the Gop frontrunner. Hannity said on Twitter that he’s “fair” to both Trump and Cruz and will support whoever emerges as the Gop nominee, because he supports Hillary Clinton’s defeat. He said he “can make a case” for both Trump and Cruz. Also Read: Charles Barkley, Kasich Backer, Bashes Gop: 'I'm Gonna Vote Democrat' »
- Brian Flood
ABC announced this season's Dancing with the Stars cast live on Good Morning America. The hit series returned for Season 22 With a Live Premiere on Monday, March 21, 8:00-10:01 p.m. The celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars are slipping into their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance with a lineup of celebrity dancers that includes a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a Peabody Award winner, a Ufc fighter, and Super Bowl 50's Mvp, just to name a few.
As announced this morning, the celebrities with their professional partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are: Mischa Barton with Artem Chigvintsev. Antonio Brown with Sharna Burgess. Nyle Dimarco with Peta Murgatroyd. Kim Fields with Sasha Farber. Doug Flutie with Karina Smirnoff. Marla Maples with Tony Dovolani. Von Miller with Witney Carson. Wanya Morris with Lindsay Arnold. Geraldo Rivera with Edyta Sliwinska. Jodie Sweetin with Keo Motsepe. »
At least half a dozen people have tried to kill Michael Moore. But the attempt that really stands out in his mind is the guy with the fertilizer bomb back in 2004. "He was going to plant it under my house in Michigan and blow it up," says Moore. "But one night he was cleaning his Ak-47 and it went off. Neighbors called the cops, and when they showed up he had all this ammo, bomb-making stuff and a hit list, with me at the top. He went to the federal penitentiary. »
Hindsight always offers the best perspective. After coming in second place in Monday night's Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump is admitting that skipping the last Gop debate could have played a part in his results, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "I think it could have been the debate," the billionaire businessman said during a news conference on Tuesday. "I think some people were disappointed I didn't go in the debate." Despite his admission, Trump still said he wouldn't have changed his decision to host a veteran's fundraiser in lieu of attending the event, which would have been moderated by his longtime foe Megyn Kelly. »
- Naja Rayne, @najarayne
Donald Trump told Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” that his decision to skip the Republican debate in Iowa last week and instead hold a benefit for veterans may have worked to the advantage of his opponents.
Trump finished second to Ted Cruz, despite polls that showed the real estate mogul ahead.
“I think I would have done probably a little better in Iowa had I not, you know, gone out and wanted to do that event for the vets,” he told Sean Hannity on Tuesday night. “But, you know, I’m very happy with a second place finish in Iowa.”
Trump bowed out of Fox News/Google debate in Des Moines — the final debate before the caucuses — after objecting to co-moderator Megyn Kelly, who he contended had treated him unfairly, as well as a statement that Fox News issued as he threatened to pull out.
When Hannity asked him whether »
- Ted Johnson
Following Donald Trump’s boycott of Fox News Channel’s Gop debate last week over his beef with anchor Megyn Kelly, the presidential candidate appeared on the network’s political show “Hannity” Tuesday night. This was Trump’s second appearance since skipping the debate, also showing up on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace. Despite repeated fallout and angry altercations since, Trump claims that he and Fox News are now at peace. “We’re not re-litigating the Fox issue, but everything now is good with Fox from your end. I heard you the other night say so,” host Sean Hannity said. »
- Debbie Emery
Ted Cruz is making the most out of arch-rival Donald Trump’s decision to skip tomorrow’s Fox News Gop debate. In fact, he’s challenged his fellow Republican presidential candidate to a one-on-one debate if he’s too “afraid of Megyn Kelly” to moderate. While appearing on Fnc’s “Hannity” last night, Cruz plugged a new website DuckingDonald.com. The site actualy leads users to TedCruz.org, but not just any boring part of the presidential candidate’s site. This part of Cruz’s site is special. A picture of Trump’s head on Scrooge McDuck-like pile of money »
- Brian Flood
So let’s talk about the Robertson’s this week. In what might be called a Hollywood trend, Jep Robertson and his wife, Jessica, stars of the wildly successful Duck Dynasty franchise, recently adopted an African-American baby, Jules Augustus Robertson, or baby Gus. Baby Gus made his debut on Jep and Jessica: Growing the Dynasty on A&E this Wednesday. 2. Willie and Phil Robertson explained why they’re choosing to endorse different candidates, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, for the 2016 presidential election. Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Monday evening, the two stars of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” explained that although their family
Duck Dynasty: Latest News and Predictions for “Alan in Charge” »
- Nat Berman
Donald Trump is no stranger to hyperbole. But when he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer regarding his ongoing animosity directed at Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, “I might be the best thing that ever happened to her,” he wasn’t entirely wrong.
Kelly, obviously, was already an unqualified star in the Fox News universe, having slid into the slot between Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity and more than held her own ratings-wise. Yet Trump’s criticism of Kelly – which can be traced back to her tough questioning of him during the network’s first Republican presidential debate – has helped burnish her credentials as an impartial journalist who takes on all sides.
Kelly has benefited from largely favorable press coverage since becoming the centerpiece of Fox’s primetime lineup, most recently in a Vanity Fair profile. Yet while she clearly exhibits a more independent streak than Hannity – a self-described “rock-ribbed” conservative »
- Brian Lowry
14 items from 2016
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