Sunday, December 30, 2012

Your CNN/Piers Morgan Update

Speaking out: Piers Morgan angered 90,000 gun-lovers in the US when he spoke out about gun control
If Piers Morgan's ratings don't improve, CNN may deport him.











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16 comments:

  1. I am a big fan of Piers since he has shown backbone on the gun issue. I've watched him on America's Got Talent, Celebrity Apprentice and elsewhere. He is a rather capable guy. I don't think he is the perfect replacement for Larry King, but who is? Larry is one of a kind and although I never understood why his show drew me in because his style of interviewing was so...so Larry...but it worked. Piers is decent, but I wonder about the viability of the TV daily talk show format.
    Oh and although I did respond to this post of Rich's, I find this tease type format rather lazy of him. I'd like actual specific information about the ratings. Also, since Rich talks about ratings, it would be good if he explained to us how exactly they worked and how, for instance on KGO, do certain time slots and certain hosts are doing, not just tossing out a number representing a 24 hour a day for a month listenership. I don't know how to analyze these ratings.

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    1. actually Rupert Murdoch, Pier's UK newspaper boss who was so fond of him for hacking people's private conversations..etc(such a perfect moral pair), Murdoch has a deathly fear that someone in the US will shoot him. If Murdoch and Morgan had their way, only the government, criminals, government contractors, and crazies would have guns. I think Piers, not an American, should nonetheless go door to door in "Amerikur" and seize all the semi-automatic weapons..put their actions where their mouths are. They don't need to bother to learn that most American weaponry is semi-automatic. They don't get to take their armed bodyguards with them.

      As for individual show ratings on any subscribing station, the hourly information is proprietary. The specific hosts are usually told how they are doing. But releasing the information about hourly ratings, violates the contract between Arbitron and subscribers. So unless one has an insider willing to risk that breach, Rich, or anyone else onthe outside...simply doesn't know, or have a legitimate way to access it.

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    2. Go down to any southern state and ask them what they think about gun control. Let us know how it works out...if you survive.

      There are 160+ Electoral votes down there. Those people MATTER and we're gonna find out just how much, very soon.

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  2. Don't jump Piers!

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  3. Get rid of him and give the job to a citizen of the USA.

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    1. who do you suggest? however, that is not a good reason to fire him.

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  4. I'd say replace Morgan with Howard Stern. Now that's someone you can count on to ask the questions that's on people's minds.

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  5. "If Piers Morgan's ratings don't improve, CNN may deport him."

    Too bad we can't do the same with politicians.

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  6. Lieberman Live is #1December 31, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    What's more likely than termination is that CNN will move Piers Morgan from his current prime-time slot into a late-night slot. CNN needs to substantially improve its prime-time ratings against #1 Fox News and #2 MSNBC, as its lagging far behind in 3rd place.

    Morgan's ratings have been in the basement. His prime-time competition on the satellite/cable news channels have far bigger audiences. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow pulls 70% more viewers and Fox News' Sean Hannity about 2.5 times as many.

    CNN is likely to turn to other talent to boost its prime-time ratings. Morgan's three-year contract, reportedly for $8 million, expires next year.

    A late-night slot is no panacea because Morgan would find himself competing against late-night TV show hosts, including CBS-TV's David Letterman and NBC-TV's Jay Leno.

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  7. Rich,

    Can we get a year in review on all the radio talent and shows, as well as your thoughts going forward for 2013?

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  8. Piers Morgan rose from Britain’s tabloid swamps to fill one of the most coveted chairs in TV news, replacing Larry King at CNN in 2011. After more than a year and a half, his prime time cable news show hasn't made much more than in a dent in the ratings against rivals MSNBC and Fox News. In the U.K., he’s seen by many as a publicity hound. In the U.S., his problem is being seen at all.

    Morgan has made his career through a combination of fawning over and feuding with celebrities of all stripes.

    On his home turf, London journalists view him either with a certain admiration (for his sheer ability to survive and for his acknowledged solicitude as a boss) or, more commonly, complete disdain (for his journalistic methods, his extravagant self-promotion, and his apparent lack of redeeming social purpose).

    At CNN the key question is not whether the audience thinks Piers Morgan is a publicity hound whose past should raise eyebrows. The more serious question is whether the audience knows who Piers Morgan is at all.

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    1. While he can sometimes get guests to spill the beans, his deplorable and consistent habit of talking over their responses (so that you can't really HEAR them spill the beans) has made me so crazy I never watch him anymore. Never. (Colin Powell almost - and I mean almost - let him have it but unfortunately his professionalism kept him in check...too bad, as THAT woulda been truly entertaining.)

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  9. This guy is a total idiot. I hope Zucker sends him back to Britain tonight.

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