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Mike Rowe Makes CNN History With Debut of Somebody’s Gotta Do It (TVNewser)
According to Nielsen Fast National Data, Mike Rowe‘s Somebody’s Gotta Do It is CNN Original Series’ best premiere ever in the adults 25-54 demo, averaging 507,000 viewers Wednesday night, coming in second to The Kelly File, which drew 544,000. THR / The Live Feed Somebody’s Gotta Do It marked a 255 percent advantage over MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show — which hit an all-time low during the third quarter. The series also averaged 943,000 total viewers, besting MSNBC by 25 percent. NYT Somebody’s Gotta Do It easily topped CNN‘s previous best result in its recent introduction of original series. The Hunt With John Walsh pulled in 330,000 viewers in the 25-54 group with its premiere in July. Deadline Hollywood Rowe’s opening represented a 152 percent hike in the news demo compared with the time slot’s average the prior four Wednesdays (201,000), and a 77 percent jump in overall crowd (534,000). CNNMoney Shows like Rowe’s — what CNN calls “original series,” distinguishing from newscasts or talk shows — cost more to produce than newscasts do, but tend to be more popular and can be replayed many times. They are a centerpiece of CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker’s strategy to improve the ratings performance of the company’s American cable channel. One of CNN’s first originals, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, opened to 282,000 in the same age demographic back in April 2013.

CNN Accuses Piers Morgan of ‘Sad’ Effort to Attack Anderson Cooper (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Former CNN host Piers Morgan has spent the past week publicly criticizing his former colleague Anderson Cooper, even blaming the silver-haired anchor’s poor ratings for his own show’s failure. “Could I have done with a better lead-in? Yes,” Morgan told Dylan Byers last week. “Anderson is a great field reporter, but does he drive big ratings at CNN, outside of a big news cycle? I don’t see any evidence of it.” In an interview with Access Hollywood earlier this week, Morgan described Cooper as “not really what CNN needs.” Then, on Wednesday, he penned a column for The Hollywood Reporter suggesting that CNN should have hired Megyn Kelly instead. TVNewser And now CNN is responding. A CNN spokesperson shot back Thursday, saying Cooper had consistently better ratings than Morgan’s. “For the two-and-a-half years that AC 360 served as the lead in to Piers Morgan’s program on CNN, it always delivered a higher rating than Piers’ program,” spokesperson Megan Rivers said. “And for the 7 months that Piers Morgan’s program led into AC 360, 360 always delivered a higher rating than Piers’ program.” THR / The Live Feed Morgan responded to CNN’s claims in a statement. “I have no wish to get into a Reservoir Dogs sequel with CNN,” Morgan wrote. “However, let me just respond by saying I’m not remotely sad, I have a great new job at MailOnline, and when I came off air in March, Jeff Zucker congratulated me on a ‘splendid, terrific run’ and formally offered me a seven-figure sum to make 40 interview shows over the next two years. I didn’t realize he was joking! As for Anderson, I thought he was terrific on The Mole.”

Time Warner Cable Shareholders Approve Comcast Deal (THR)
Time Warner Cable shareholders on Thursday approved the planned $45 billion takeover of the company by Comcast and so-called “golden parachute” payments to top executives. HuffPost / AP In February, Comcast said it agreed to buy rival Time Warner in an all-stock deal. The deal will make Comcast, which also owns NBCUniversal, a dominant force in both creating and delivering entertainment to U.S. homes. The news comes a day after Comcast shareholders approved the deal, which is still awaiting clearance from regulators. Deadline Hollywood The FCC recently paused its unofficial 180-day “shot-clock” to rule on the deal, which began in July. Although that happens routinely in big deals, it gives critics additional time to weigh in. Variety Replies to Comcast’s filing had initially been due by Oct. 8, but because Comcast’s reply came in at nearly 850 pages, the FCC extended that deadline to Oct. 29. The strenuous opposition to the merger has heightened speculation that the feds may wind up imposing significant conditions or entirely block the deal between the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 cable operators.

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The Massive Millennial Poll (Fusion)
Millennial voters like Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan for 2016. In the midterm elections, the majority will give Republican candidates a thumbs down. And in the wake of Ferguson, a majority of young voters oppose the militarization of police. Those are some of the findings in Fusion’s first-ever Massive Millennial Poll, which surveyed 1,200 likely voters ages 18-34 on their attitudes about everything from the midterm elections to police tactics in Ferguson to smoking pot. FishbowlDC Fifty-eight percent of young Democrats polled by Fusion said they plan to support Hillary Clinton if she were to run for president in 2016, while 16 percent of young Republicans support Paul Ryan as the 2016 Republican presidential candidate, compared to 11 percent who favor Jeb Bush and 9 percent that choose Rand Paul. TVNewser In a separate poll, NiemanLab collected data geared for millennials and reports is their favorite website for news and information, with 21 percent saying they visit it the most often. Ten percent of millennial voters surveyed favored Fox News. According to the Fusion poll of likely millennial voters, 30 percent get their political news from TV, while only 12 percent favor social media for political news. Only 14 percent of millennials will actually Google a topic and 10 percent rely on asking friends and family when it comes to seeking political news.

Japan Protests South Korea’s Indictment of Reporter, Calls It ‘Extremely Regrettable’ (HuffPost / Reuters)
Japan lodged a stern protest with South Korea on Thursday over the indictment of a Japanese journalist for defamation of the South Korean president, but said the door for dialog between the two countries’ leaders should stay open. NYT South Korean prosecutors charged Tatsuya Kato, the former Seoul bureau chief for the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun, with defaming the South Korean president, Park Geun-hye. Kato has not been arrested, but he is barred from leaving South Korea. Kato was indicted over an article published in early August that suggested, without providing evidence, that Park was slow to respond to the deadly sinking in April of the ferry Sewol because she might have been having a romantic encounter with a former aide at the time. The Guardian Kato was indicted on Wednesday on suspicion of criminally libeling Park, a charge that could see him jailed for up to seven years. The Japanese foreign ministry summoned Kim Weon-jin, a minister at the South Korean embassy in Japan, “to convey our message that we are gravely concerned about the indictment… in light of press freedom and the Japan-South Korea relationship,” the chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters.

Amazon in Talks to Join Digital Locker for Movies (WSJ) is in talks with at least three studios to join the UltraViolet digital-movie “locker” consortium, according to several people with knowledge of the situation. Such a deal could jump-start Hollywood’s effort to expand the $2 billion-plus online movie-sales business and make Amazon a bigger threat to market leader Apple Inc. THR UltraViolet, which gives consumers access to digital copies of movies they have purchased elsewhere, was founded by the studios (with the exception of Disney) to help staunch the decline of DVD purchases, but the service hasn’t taken off, with less than 20 million registered accounts. Growth was hindered by UltraViolet’s focus on physical sales. The service also requires consumers to download third-party video players, such as Flixster, to watch the films, which makes signing up new users difficult.

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Files Detail Fox-DOJ Subpoena Showdown (Politico / Josh Gerstein)
A Fox News journalist lost a legal battle in 2011 to avoid disclosing his sources for a report about indictments against suspected terrorism supporters in Minneapolis, according to court papers unsealed Thursday. However, the grand jury subpoena to the reporter — Mike Levine, now with ABC News — was ultimately dropped by the Justice Department. NYT The court documents show how the tremendous growth of intelligence and national security agencies after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has undermined the government’s ability to keep secrets — and its ability to find leakers. More than five million people held security clearances last year.

Lionsgate Promotes Jim Packer, Ron Schwartz in Home Entertainment (Variety)
Lionsgate has promoted Jim Packer and Ron Schwartz to be co-heads of its worldwide home entertainment operation, which generates nearly $1 billion annually. Packer will keep his current title and responsibilities as president of worldwide television and digital distribution and Schwartz will serve as president of Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Deadline Hollywood The execs will have a new descriptive title, as co-heads of worldwide home entertainment, and will continue to report to co-COO and Motion Picture Group president Steve Beeks. The change will free Beeks, who has also handled home entertainment, to focus more on company strategy and operations.

Amazon to Open First Brick-And-Mortar Store (WSJ) Inc. plans to open a store in the middle of New York City, according to people familiar with the plans, the first brick-and-mortar outlet in its 20-year history and an experiment to provide the type of face-to-face experience found at traditional retailers. THR The Amazon store that is planned to open in Midtown Manhattan during the holiday season “would function as a mini-warehouse, with limited inventory for same-day delivery within New York, product returns and exchanges, and pickups of online orders,” according to sources. Amazon hasn’t yet announced the news and a company rep did not yet respond to confirm the news.

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WCP’s Jonathan Fischer to Slate (FishbowlDC)
The Washington City Paper’s managing editor Jonathan Fischer is headed to Slate as a senior editor. Starting out, Fischer will cover business and technology, eventually transitioning to editing Slate political coverage.

HarperCollins to Establish HarperCollins Germany (GalleyCat)
HarperCollins plans to expand the existing Harlequin publishing program in Hamburg to establish HarperCollins Germany. Harlequin’s Hamburg office will continue its regular operations. The inaugural list for HarperCollins Germany will feature approximately 50 titles and launch in Fall 2015; it includes The List by bestselling thriller writer Daniel Silva.

Women’s Health Taps Executive Editor (WWD / Memo Pad)
Women’s Health has tapped Theresa O’Rourke as executive editor. O’Rourke comes to the Rodale-owned title from Victoria’s Secret, where she served as editorial director for a year and a half. While at Victoria’s Secret, O’Rourke developed the retailer’s brand voice through seasonal campaigns for the lingerie, sport, swim and active lifestyle categories.

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Liberty Media CEO Doesn’t Rule Out Takeover of SiriusXM (THR)
Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei on Thursday gently tweaked those at SiriusXM Radio who spurned a buyout offer earlier this year by pointing out the stock price of the satellite firm, and also didn’t rule out pursuing SiriusXM in the future. He added that while he’d like Liberty to fully absorb SiriusXM, he’s satisfied with the position his company already has and he likes the radio company’s growth prospects.

National Geographic Channels Names Julia Rao CFO (Variety)
National Geographic Channels U.S. and Fox Networks Group named Julia K. Rao as chief financial officer. Rao joins NGC from 3net, a global media joint venture with Sony Corporation, Discovery Communications and IMAX Corporation, where she served as CFO.

David Plotz Named CEO of Travel Site (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
David Plotz, the former Slate editor-in-chief, has been named chief executive of the travel site Atlas Obscura. Plotz announced in July that he planned to step down after six years at Slate’s helm and move to an editor-at-large position while pursuing new opportunities.

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