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Fox News Channel No. 1 for Election Week 2014 (TVNewser)
Midterm elections translated to a big victory for Fox News Channel. FNC marked its highest-rated week of 2014 in both total day and primetime (Monday to Friday). Variety Its average around-the-clock viewership of 1.43 million — its highest for any week of 2014 — put it ahead of runners-up ESPN and Nickelodeon, both of which drew 1.28 million. This is the first time since the week of the Boston Marathon bombings that FNC has been No. 1 on cable in total day. Deadline Hollywood In primetime, FNC finished the week in second place among total viewers, behind ESPN. CNN and MSNBC ranked No. 25 and No. 24, respectively, in total day among cable networks, and No. 26 and No. 24, respectively, in primetime. TVNewser The return to Standard Time and the midterm elections combined to give all three network newscasts week-to-week gains. NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams also retook the lead in the adult 25-54 demo, which ABC’s World News Tonight With David Muir had owned for the last 11 weeks. Deadline Hollywood In the demo, Williams’ newscast clocked 2.19 million viewers to Muir’s 2.18 million; CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley drew 1.84 million demo viewers. NBC’s newscast also led among viewers of all ages: 9.45 million to ABC’s 8.76 million and CBS’ 7.25 million.

Yahoo! Buys Video Ad Service BrightRoll for $640 Million (Re/code / Reuters)
Yahoo! will pay about $640 million for automated advertising service BrightRoll, beefing up its ability to sell video ads in real-time to marketers. Adweek The acquisition ends three weeks of speculation that such a deal was in the making. It is the second-largest acquisition of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s tenure, coming nearly 17 months after buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion. In a prepared statement, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Internet giant said it expected BrightRoll to reach $100 million in revenue this year, which is lucrative to Yahoo! since it’s suffered lagging ad sales in recent quarters. WSJ BrightRoll, an eight-year-old San Francisco startup, could help Yahoo! catch up to competitors Google Inc. and AOL Inc. in online video advertising, an area which eMarketer Inc. predicts will grow 56 percent to $5.96 billion this year in the U.S. GigaOM comScore lists BrightRoll as the ad platform with the widest reach, serving ads to 52.4 percent of all U.S. Internet users in September.

Amazon to Debut New Yorker Series (FishbowlNY)
Amazon.com has announced seven new pilots, and one that caught our eye was The New Yorker Presents. According to Amazon, it will be a “docu-series,” which is a fancy way of saying the show will feature both fiction and documentary elements. HuffPost Slated to premiere exclusively on Amazon Instant Video in early-2015 along with six other pilots, the series will “bring the pages of America’s most award-winning magazine to life,” under the guidance of executive producer and Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney. Joseph Libonati, vice president of corporate branding and communications at Condé Nast, said that it was Condé Nast Entertainment executive Michael Klein who first brought the idea to Gibney, and then together the pair approached Amazon with the project. FishbowlNY The magazine has also relaunched its paywall, which locks out non-subscribers after they read six articles per month. Non-subscribers will still be able to view the New Yorker’s homepage, content sections, video hub and the Goings On About Town listings. Poynter / Top Stories “We studied reader patterns,” newyorker.com editor Nicholas Thompson said in a phone call. There was no magic spot, just “what seemed fair and what felt right.”

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Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die Seeks Serious Money in Sale (Bloomberg)
Funny or Die, the comedy website founded by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, has hired a financial adviser to evaluate options including a possible sale, CEO Dick Glover said in a memo to employees. The asking price is $100 million to $300 million, people with knowledge of the matter said. THR The memo to staff on Tuesday afternoon indicated that the company has received inbound interest from a number of suitors and is exploring its options. In the email, Glover notes that the activity surrounding the online video space following the recent sales of Maker Studios, Fullscreen and StyleHaul and investments in Vice and BuzzFeed has led Funny or Die to receive “unsolicited interest from a number of companies.” Variety Among Funny or Die’s most popular segments is “Between Two Ferns” hosted by Zach Galifianakis. Earlier this year, the website scored a sit-down with President Obama, who was there in deadpan mode to promote enrollment in the government’s health care plan.

Obama Net-Neutrality Stance May Spur Fight With GOP (WSJ)
President Obama’s call Monday for strong net-neutrality rules has hardened the political and ideological lines on government regulation of Internet traffic and increased the likelihood of a standoff with newly ascendant congressional Republicans. NYT Under the guidelines suggested by Obama, broadband Internet service would be treated as a utility by the Federal Communications Commission, similar to traditional phone service. But many of the rules that regulate utilities, born of an earlier era, should be ignored, Obama said. In particular, he said, the government should not try to regulate or dictate the prices that broadband companies charge for their services. Variety In favoring the reclassification of the Internet as a Title II service — akin to that of a utility — Obama is betting that public will is on his side. More than 3.7 million comments flooded the FCC over the summer and early fall, many of them fueled by campaigns by progressive and public interest groups calling for a robust approach. That’s a record number of comments for an FCC proceeding, and it’s likely that a majority of them favor stronger rules.

Megyn Kelly Accidentally F-Bombs Huckabee’s Name (FishbowlDC)
What rhymes with Huckabee? Through an unfortunate slip of the tongue, Megyn Kelly found out the hard way on Monday night. Politico Fox News’ Kelly accidentally dropped an F-bomb, as she welcomed Mike Huckabee to her show Monday evening. “Joining me now, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who’s the host of F–kabee — Huckabee!” Kelly said, quickly correcting herself, as Huckabee himself was shown smiling on the split screen. TVNewser Kelly acknowledged the slip at the end of her show: “Something else that happened on the program is also getting a lot of attention on Twitter and including this tweet from some nice man named Sean who said ‘Megyn you’re a delight to watch and gave a stoic performance after your slip up with governor Huckabee’s name.’ I thought I was stoic too — I have a heart of a 12-year-old boy.”

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Tessa Gould Joins BuzzFeed (FishbowlNY)
Tessa Gould is joining BuzzFeed as its vice president of ad innovation and monetization. Gould comes to the site from The Huffington Post, where she served as director of native ad product. She also oversaw HuffPost Partner Studio, the site’s in-house creative agency. Adweek BuzzFeed has been relying on sponsored content to pay the bills and attract investors. After hiring Gould, the company hopes its wildly successful formula of original video content mixed with off-the-wall news stories, gossip, quizzes and lists will pay off even more as it expands into new types of advertising.

Reuters TV Is Unveiled, Seeks to Personalize Newscasts (LostRemote)
Reuters packed dozens of advertisers, executives and members of the media into its 30th floor office overlooking Times Square Monday night for an exclusive look at its newest product. All the hype was for the unveiling of Reuters TV. TVNewser Reuters TV will create customized newscasts, at first for iPhone and iPad, based on your location and interests.

Jonah Lehrer Working on Book About Digital Life (The Associated Press / The Big Story)
Jonah Lehrer, the best-selling author whose career was derailed after he acknowledged fabricating Bob Dylan quotes, is collaborating on a book about virtual life. FishbowlNY According to the AP, Portfolio — a Penguin Random House imprint — has acquired The Digital Mind: How We Think And Behave Differently on Screens, written by Lehrer and Shlomo Benartzi. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The book is slated for publication in May of next year. Lehrer’s previous book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, was pulled from shelves after the author admitted to attributing quotes to Dylan that he never actually said. Lehrer also resigned from The New Yorker after the magazine discovered that the majority of his columns contained material he had used in previous pieces for Wired and other publications.

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CNN’s Laura Bernardini to Be D.C. Director of News Coverage (FishbowlDC)
Long-time CNN veteran Laura Bernardini has accepted the newly created position of D.C. Director of News Coverage. She will be in charge of the D.C. assignment desk, network pool responsibilities and bureau field resources, according to an internal email.

Spotify Touts More Than 50 Million Users (WSJ)
After losing Taylor Swift ’s entire music catalog, Spotify AB chief executive Daniel Ek defended the company’s business strategy in a blog post Tuesday and said the music streaming service is growing its user base.

John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight Ratings: 796,000 Viewers in Finale’s First Run (Deadline Hollywood)
HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver wrapped its first season Sunday night with an average of 796,000 viewers tuning in to the episode’s first telecast at 11:15 p.m. — up 32 percent from last week, and the program’s most watched episode-premiere telecast since Sept. 21.

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Tribune Media Third-Quarter Earnings Exceed Expectations (THR)
Tribune Media, the entertainment company that was created by the recent split of the Tribune Co., on Tuesday reported better than expected third-quarter earnings. Tribune Media is led by CEO Peter Liguori, who previously held senior executive roles at Fox and Discovery Communications.

CNN President Jeff Zucker to Visit D.C. Amid Newsroom Discord (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
CNN president Jeff Zucker will meet with employees at the Washington, D.C. bureau on Nov. 17 to take questions and hear the concerns of staff members, he announced in a memo to the bureau on Tuesday.

Netflix Plans ‘Sizable Expansion’ to New Markets in 2015 (GigaOM)
Netflix wants to further expand into international markets next year, according to the company’s CFO David Wells, who said at an investor event Tuesday that it plans a “sizable expansion” for 2015.

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