Morning Media Newsfeed: 16 Million Watch Ferguson Grand Jury | Orman to Leave CNBC

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16 Million Tune in to Cable News for Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement (TVNewser)
The news surrounding the grand jury’s decision in the Darren Wilson case gave cable news channels a ratings surge Monday. While the decision had been reached by mid-afternoon, news channels had seven hours to consider the result as it was not announced until the 9 p.m. ET hour, when daytime viewership peaked. Capital New York During the 9 p.m. hour, when the decision was revealed, Fox News averaged 7.26 million total viewers, including 2.19 million adults 25 to 54. CNN averaged 6.26 million total viewers, including 3.16 million adults 25-54, and MSNBC averaged 2.20 million total viewers, including 742,000 adults aged 25 to 54. Mediaite The peak for CNN came not at 9 p.m. when the decision was announced, but instead during the second half of the 10 p.m. hour when the network reached 3.558 million demo viewers. With 7.256 million viewers during the 9 p.m. hour, Fox’s The Kelly File was the overall winner for the night. Variety Both The Kelly File and Hannity scored all-time highs in terms of overall viewers and audience in the advertiser-desired demo of 25 to 54. CNN’s Anderson Cooper was able to trump Fox News’ Megyn Kelly in the 25-to-54 demo at 9 p.m. In late-night viewership, CNN lured more viewers overall and in the demo at both 11 p.m. and midnight, according to Nielsen. THR / The Live Feed Many TV networks chimed in, with some broadcast nets interrupting primetime with President Obama’s remarks on the matter and each of the cable news outlets covering it well into the night. Some segments from the center of the embattled town even got too close, with CNN’s Sara Sidner being hit with a rock on air.

Suze Orman Leaving CNBC (TVNewser)
Suze Orman will be moving on from CNBC after 14 years. THR Orman is developing a daily show called Suze Orman’s Money Wars for Warner Bros. Telepictures, it was announced Tuesday. Orman’s long-running CNBC program, The Suze Orman Show, will end in March 2015, the business-news network confirmed. It will conclude as the longest-running show in CNBC history. Variety It’s not clear yet if the project will be distributed via first-run syndication or shopped to cable outlets. The series is in the very early stages of development, meaning that it’s too soon to target a fall 2015 debut in syndication should Telepictures go that route. The Money Wars concept has Orman helping families, friends and couples tackle the financial and personal issues that are wrapped up in disputes over money. Deadline A two-time Emmy winner, eight-time Gracie Award winner and magazine/online columnist, Orman is also the author of nine consecutive New York Times bestsellers. She has co-produced and hosted eight specials for PBS based on her bestselling books and is currently a contributing editor to O: The Oprah Magazine.

NYT Names First Innovation, Strategy Editor (FishbowlNY)
The New York Times has named Kinsey Wilson editor for innovation and strategy, a new role at the paper. Wilson comes to the Times from NPR, where he served as executive VP and chief content officer since 2008. He was ousted last month. FishbowlDC Wilson, who has served in top roles at other major national media publications like USA Today, Newsday and Congressional Quarterly, will take on a newly created position that focuses on expanding the Times’ mobile and digital strategy. He starts his new role in February. Capital New York The move reflects a renewed push for smart digital thinking at the Times, which is working hard to scale the audience that reads — and pays for — its content on desktop and mobile platforms. It also comes as the brand is battling print advertising hardships while enjoying growth in digital advertising and reader-based revenues. The Times is in the process of cutting 100 positions from the newsroom through buyouts and, most likely, layoffs. At the same time, it has promised to continue adding new talent to meet the needs of its ongoing digital transformation. NYT Wilson, 58, will collaborate with the editorial and business sides of the organization, the company said in a statement, and will report to the executive editor, Dean Baquet.