Fox News Wins, CNN Errs and MSNBC Stays ‘Up Late': The Week in Cable News (Video)

Fox News Wins, CNN Errs and MSNBC Stays 'Up Late': The Week in Cable News (Video)

Fox News bows big, CNN's revolving door and MSNBC bets on Baldwin

Debuts and departures, corrections and a ratings row — it was a wooly week in cable news. Here's a look:

Fox News began the week with the launch of its first primetime schedule switch in over a decade. Megyn Kelly's new 9 p.m. show “The Kelly File” narrowly lost to MSNBC's “Maddow” in the 25-54 demo Monday, only to trounce the timeslot on Tuesday when it more than doubled its demo numbers — a gain so impressive that MSNBC president Phil Griffin called for an investigation into Nielsen's accounting.

Shepard Smith also had a big debut, with his new 3 p.m. “Shepard Smith Reporting” broadcasting live from the Fox News Deck, the channel's massive new breaking news complex. The 55 inch tablet desks Smith promised TheWrap back in September were out in full force, drawing widespread derision from Fox News’ usual haters.  Time (and a few breaking news events) will tell if Smith is leading us into the future of news or more show than tell.

Also read: Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Shepard Smith Debuts Feature Giant iPads, Ted Cruz and Bob Beckel's Sex Life

CNN's revolving door was out in full force. Contributor Ari Fleischer and longtime correspondent Jessica Yellin are gone, but former “Nightline” co-anchor Bill Weir is in. And Rachel Nichols will finally get her CNN show — after a short delay, “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols” is set to premiere on Oct. 25.

CNN also had a few public relations woes. On Tuesday, CNN reported that the United States was suspending aid to Egypt — which the National Security Council's spokeswoman strongly denied, calling the report “false.” By Wednesday, the government confirmed that it was suspending some of its military aid to the country.

Also read: Bill Weir Leaves ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ For CNN

CNN updated its story to reflect the clarification, adding: “In an initial report about the announcement, CNN did not specify that these portions of the aid would continue.” A spokeswoman for the network told TheWrap: “the initial report left the impression that the U.S. was suspending all aid to Egypt. In the updated story, it was made clear that some aid including money for counter-terrorism and democracy promotion would continue.”

And CNN stalwart Wolf Blitzer made some news of his own on Wednesday, when he said Democrats “should accept the advice Republicans are giving them, delay [Obamacare] for a year.” Many — including Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus — assumed Blitzer was calling for Obamacare to be delayed, a seemingly partisan stance on a nonpartisan network.

Blitzer later tweeted that he was only talking about the Obamacare website — not the entire law.

Also read: Journalist Crashes Mika Brzezinski J-School Talk, Gets Career Assistance

MSNBC got some good press this week when “Morning Joe” host Mika Brzezinski gave a young journalist some career assistance during a talk at the Columbia Journalism School.

When its president wasn't throwing around accusations about rival networks’ ratings, MSNBC was preparing for the debut of Alec Baldwin‘s new chat show, “Up Late With Alec Baldwin,” airing Friday at 10 p.m. His first guest will be New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio; two clips of their talk are below:

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1301564078 Tom Kidd

    Don't get too delighted, Fox News. How much of those percentages are us watching you and mocking you on the social medias.

    • JF Sebastian

      Folks flip through the channels, hoping against hope that there might be substance out there. We always settle down with Fox when the surfing is done. You know this. You're doing it too.

  • Tom

    Kelly, still needs some work. The guests are fine, but her
    follow ups and remarks need some attention.

    • SamyyCiao

      Kelly is the best and most attractive news women in the business!

      • Guest

        Awww the clown likes Kelly !

        • SamyyCiao

          Hey Dummy you must be a strange following me – - get a life you fat boy!

          • Rick Eger

            You've been following me @sshole..

        • SamyyCiao

          Stalker – Rick

        • SamyyCiao

          Altoona Stalker Rick Rger

          • Rick Eger

            Wow now I'm really scared!!!

          • SamyyCiao

            Punch – you will be when you back in prision where you belong!

      • Guest

        Do you wear a funny nose and really big shoes…..drive a really small car?

        • SamyyCiao

          This guy is Rick the Stalker of men and women – watch out for this fucking guy!

          • Rick Eger

            This Sammy guy's out on parole….watch out for him…

          • Rick Eger

            And he knows how too swear!

        • SamyyCiao

          This is Rick Eger Stalker from Altonna a asshole small city of rednecks in PA

          • Rick Eger

            Still trolling there Sammy, don't you have a life? Dumb question I know….watch this guy he;s unstable.

          • Rick Eger

            Sad little man…

          • Rick Eger

            Stop around sometime we'll see how tough you are..

      • Rick Eger

        AND YOU'RE ONE OF THE UGLIEST TROLLS ON THE INTERNET.

        • SamyyCiao

          Stalker

      • Rick Eger

        Dream on little boy she wouldn't give you the time of day…

  • ITSRUF

    unfortunately, it seems that Fox is now going for more “fluff” than substance — you know, the same stuff they do in the mornings on weekends (hunky actors, country music acts, colors you never thought to paint your bathroom, ect…). They may be going for a more female audience. It's a shame.

    Finding substance in the news is getting harder and harder.

  • SamyyCiao

    Comcast gave gutter mouth MSNBC 1 year to clean up their act – in fact they got worse and more out of control – the Comcast Execuitves from Philly are not happy with the far out liberals from NYC on MSNBC biut love Brian Williams and his crew – they will gut MSNBC in 2014 like a fish – like a CNN with Brians's team you heard it first here.

    • Guest

      And possibly you?

      • SamyyCiao

        You ass – your the dumb fuck Rickk who works at the McDonalds in my building and is a stalker – all women watch out for this guy and as welll as men!

        • Rick Eger

          Sammy works at Adult World…watch out for him.

          • SamyyCiao

            Stalker!

          • Rick Eger

            Little boy..

      • SamyyCiao

        Stalker Rick Edger of shit hole Altonona

        • Rick Eger

          Altooooona!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • SamyyCiao

            Horrible place where ex-cons who are stalkers live and who like men just like you do!

          • Rick Eger

            You don't know squat about where I live…

          • Rick Eger

            You';re just another big mouthed internet tough guy…..don't have the brains God gave a rock.

          • Rick Eger

            So how long have you been out?

        • Rick Eger

          Sannyy Cheaio sleaze bag…

      • SamyyCiao

        Hey Ricky who dumb fucking stlaker tunrn yourslef in and get some help NOW!

    • Rick Eger

      You love Brian Williams…..I knew you were one of “those guys”

      • SamyyCiao

        Hey Rick – you stalker get fuck off my boards – your a shit your family is shit and you eat shit!

        • Rick Eger

          What are you gonna do cry?

        • Rick Eger

          Little boy..

          • SamyyCiao

            No but you are a fuck up always have been a fuck up and always will be a fuck up who can only manage to work at fast food places you asshole!

          • Rick Eger

            You don't know a thing about me…..

        • Rick Eger

          Your boards? lol