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RNC CAN’T CRACK TOP 20 IN RATINGS

September 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

So far as the individual broadcast networks were concerned, their expensive coverage of the Republican National Convention was pretty much a bust. No network managed to place a single night of convention coverage in the top 20. That list was dominated primarily by reruns, reality shows, and ABC’s Saturday Night Football. Once again, NBC’s America’s […]

STEWART MOCKS EASTWOOD’S “OLD MAN AND THE SEAT”

September 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With late-night TV comedians virtually ignoring Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention and focusing instead on mocking Clint Eastwood’s “empty chair” performance earlier in the evening, President Obama undoubtedly must have felt that the actor made his day. In an interview with USA Today, the president said that he was a “huge […]

FEW KUDOS FOR EASTWOOD AT RNC

August 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Republican National Convention may have had one of Hollywood’s biggest stars on its podium Thursday night prior to the appearance of its candidate for president, but even some of Mitt Romney’s most ardent supporters were questioning whether Clint Eastwood’s performance helped their candidate or hurt him. Joe Scarborough, the conservative MSNBC host, tweeted that […]

RATINGS FOR RNC COVERAGE SLIPS

August 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Coverage of the Republican National Convention by all three major networks combined was watched by nearly as many viewers as tuned in to the results episode of America’s Got Talent Wednesday night. NBC led the convention coverage with 4.5 million viewers, followed by CBS with 2.8 million and ABC with 2.6 million. But AGT grabbed […]

ISAAC DAMPENS GOP FESTIVITIES IN TAMPA

August 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

As many Republicans no doubt feared, Isaac drew attention away from Mitt Romney on the day he was officially declared the party’s candidate for president in 2012. On cable news coverage during the day, in particular, it was the gathering hurricane that produced the drama, while the goings on in Tampa, mostly devoted to procedural […]

WHOM TO COVER — ISAAC OR MITT? (Updated)

August 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Television news producers were wrestling with the question of how to apportion coverage of the Republican National Convention on the one hand and Tropical Storm Isaac on the other. Over the weekend, they began sending some reporters and crew members to New Orleans, which is expected to take the brunt of the storm, which is […]

REPUBLICANS, TV EXECS WORRY, WHAT WILL ISAAC DO? (Updated)

August 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hurricane experts were saying on Friday that it’s still too early to forecast the likely path of Tropical Storm Isaac, let alone its strength, if and when it hits the U.S. on Monday. Network executives are continuing to make contingency plans in case the Republican National Convention is forced to move from Tampa, which could […]

WILL NETWORKS BE COVERING THE RNC OR ISAAC?

August 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The anchors of the three major evening newscasts — Brian Williams of NBC, Diane Sawyer of ABC, and Scott Pelley of CBS — are set to command the troops of network reporters who will be covering the Republican and Democratic conventions beginning next week. None of them will be covering the opening night of the […]