Morning Media Newsfeed: Low Ratings for SOTU | CNN to Produce Game Show

Tuesday's State of The Union was the least-watched since 2000. CNN gets in the (game show) game. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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2015 SOTU Was Least-Watched Since 2000 (TVNewser)
Final numbers are in and Tuesday night’s was the least-watched State of The Union since 2000. Nielsen estimates viewership at 31,710,349 on 13 networks. In 2000, Bill Clinton‘s final address drew 31,478,000 on seven networks. TVNewser CBS was the most-watched broadcast network for coverage of the State of The Union Address Tuesday night, as well as for post-address analysis. NBC News coverage was most-watched in the 10:30 p.m. half hour. TVNewser NBC News’ Facebook post on President Obama’s now-memorable line, “I have no more campaigns to run. I know, because I won both of them,” has set a record for the network’s Facebook page. The video is NBC News’ best performing Facebook page post in terms of video views, currently at 5.6 million. SocialTimes The address spawned more than 13.8 million posts, likes and comments from some 5.7 million Facebook users between 3 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET Tuesday. THR / The Live Feed Fox News Channel, down from last year, delivered the night’s biggest haul with 3.47 million viewers. That’s off from last year’s spike to 4.7 million viewers. Among the news demo of adults 25-54, FNC’s 834,000 viewers during the 9 to 10:15 p.m. ET block took second place to CNN. CNN was the only cable network to improve, year-to-year, pulling 1.02 million adults 25-54 and 2.56 million viewers.

CNN to Produce Political Game Show (TVNewser)
CNN is producing a political game show. The blocking and testing of the show is happening this week at CNN’s New York studios. Mediaite If the pilot does well the cable network plans to produce further episodes. This is part of a general trend at CNN away from straight news and opinion shows and into more general interest or special feature fare, including everything from Anthony Bourdain to weed documentaries. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The show, which is set to air on Presidents’ Day, will be a quiz-style program focused on presidential politics. Variety CNN has proven more willing to test new concepts and formats under Jeff Zucker, who joined the Time Warner-owned cable-news network in 2013.

GLAAD Media Awards Recognize Newsers (TVNewser)
The GLAAD Media Award nominees were announced Wednesday and several prominent TV Newsers made the cut. The Outstanding TV Journalism — Newsmagazine category features episodes of America Tonight on Al Jazeera America, This Is Life With Lisa Ling on CNN and a pair of MSNBC shows — Morning Joe and Ronan Farrow Daily — picking up nominations. Outstanding TV Journalism Segment nominations go to MSNBC Live, Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC, Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, Fusion’s Alicia Menendez Tonight and ABC’s This Week. Variety The Weinstein Co.’s The Imitation Game, Sony Classics’ Love Is Strange, CBS Films’ Pride, Roadside’s The Skeleton Twins and Warner Bros’ Tammy have received nominations for best film in wide release for the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Deadline The organization this year expanded its nominees for Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series to 10. Among the shows going for the gold are Amazon Prime Video’s rookie series Transparent — which won star Jeffrey Tambor a surprise Golden Globe — ABC’s freshman drama How To Get Away With Murder, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, Showtime’s Masters of Sex and Shameless and HBO’s Looking and Game of Thrones. HuffPost A number of longstanding print publications such as The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, New York and GQ are nominated for awards, with Essence, Glamour, Out, Sports Illustrated and Time competing for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage.

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NBC Turns to Tumblr to Post Super Bowl Ads After They Air on TV (Variety)
NBC Sports has launched a new Super Bowl page on Yahoo!’s Tumblr that the programmer will use to feature Super Bowl XLIX’s TV ads immediately after they air on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 1. The new NBC Sports Tumblr page, accessible via, will be populated with original content ahead of Super Bowl Sunday created by the NBC Sports’ marketing media team, as well as from re-blogging NFL-related Tumblr posts. HuffPost / Reuters People who watch the Feb. 1 game through NBC’s live stream will see a different set of ads from what is shown on TV. The page on Tumblr is a way for those viewers to see all of the TV ads, NBC said in a statement on Wednesday. Adweek NBC has been pushing its digital offerings around this year’s Super Bowl, and it’s no surprise given that digital ad sales for the game have doubled since 2012, according to the network. Seth Winter, EVP of sales and marketing for NBC Sports Group and NBCUniversal News Group, said earlier during a press call that it had practically sold out its digital ad inventory around the game, and the network wished it had more assets to advertise around.

Wired Hires David Pierce, Makes Several Promotions (FishbowlNY)
Wired’s editor-in-chief Scott Dadich announced several moves Wednesday. David Pierce is joining as a senior writer. Poynter / MediaWireWired also announced changes to its executive ranks, promoting deputy editor Robert Capps to head of editorial for the magazine. Mark McClusky, currently editor of, will be head of operations, in charge of supervising the magazine’s shared services team.

The Interview to Stream on Crackle (Deadline)
This has been rumored for a while, and Wednesday Sony-owned Crackle announced it will stream The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The controversial Sony comedy that was the target of an unprecedented hack attack against the studio has pulled in more than $40 million in VOD sales since its limited Christmas Day release. Variety Crackle did not say when the film would be available but it is not expected to hit the service until 2016. On Tuesday, Netflix announced a deal with Sony Pictures to offer The Interview to U.S. and Canadian subscribers starting Jan. 24. Sony has set Feb. 17 for the “Freedom Edition” release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray.

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IBT Media to Launch Newsweek Middle East (FishbowlNY)
IBT Media does not want to hear about print fading into the sunset. The company brought Newsweek back from the dead last March, and it’s expanding Newsweek again, with the launch of Newsweek Middle East. Yahoo! Finance A historically strong licensing brand, Newsweek has already established international editions through foreign licensing partnerships to meet the growing global demand for Newsweek. Newsweek Middle East will be the eighth international edition; other international editions are distributed in Japan, South Korea, Latin America, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia and the U.K.

Exclusive: Charles Spencer on His ‘Killer’ New Book, Memories of Princess Diana (FishbowlNY / Lunch)
There are Michael’s lunches and then there are Michael’s lunches. In the nine years I’ve been coming to 55th and Fifth to document the doings of the famous and fabulous, rarely have I been this excited about dishing with my dining companion. I wasn’t disappointed. I scored an exclusive sit-down with Charles Spencer (the ninth Earl Spencer and brother of the late Princess Diana) on the occasion of the U.S. publication of his latest book, Killers of The King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I, a best-seller across the pond, which hit shelves here on Tuesday.

Fortune Names Michael Lawton Creative Director (FishbowlNY)
Fortune has hired Michael Lawton as its new creative director. Lawton most recently served as Popular Mechanics’ design director. During his time at Hearst Magazines, Lawton oversaw the company’s first iPad magazine app. He revamped PopMech in 2012 and 2013 and garnered silver and gold medals, respectively, from the Society of Publication Designers.

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Bloomberg, Good Housekeeping Add to Teams (FishbowlNY)
Michael Aneiro is leaving Barron’s to join Bloomberg News. Aneiro had been with Barron’s since 2011. He founded’s Income Investing blog and served as its editor. Julia Edelstein is joining Good Housekeeping as health editor, a new role at the magazine. She comes to Good Housekeeping from Real Simple, where she served as staff health editor.

Hulu Moves NYC Team (FishbowlNY)
Hulu — the site for people who somehow haven’t seen enough episodes of The Simpsons — is growing. The company expects that its New York-based sales team will increase by about 20 percent this year, and so they’re getting brand new digs.

MarketShare Study: In U.K., Twitter A Major Driver of Movie Ticket Sales (LostRemote)
A recent study by marketing analytics software provider MarketShare shows that Twitter contributed to 18 percent of U.K. film ticket sales over a three-year period.

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Five More Resign From TNR (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Five more high-level staffers have resigned from The New Republic: COO Sloan Eddleston, production director Trina Robertson, design director Erick Fletes and communications director Annie Augustine resigned this week, and story editor James Burnett left last week.

Can Ratter Turn Local News Into National Headlines? (Nieman Lab)
Between early rumblings around who would run for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat and the 49ers ending their search for a new head coach, there was no shortage of news coming out of San Francisco last week. Those kinds of stories are the bread and butter of local media: topical and substantial enough to grab readers who care. Will Kane, on the other hand, was spending his time tracking — and writing about — poop. Literally. Kane is the editor of Ratter SF, and he’s been trying to get to the bottom of why the city seems to have a different kind of waste problem.

Bloomberg Forced to Postpone Latest Business Launch (New York Post / Media Ink)
Bloomberg LP suffered a PR black eye this week when the company, built on a finely tuned tech chassis, postponed its newest Bloomberg Business product launch which was expected to showcase a major overhaul of its website.

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