Thursday, November 10, 2011

Station Breaks: Leno Beaten by Kimmel, Buchanan in Hot Water, Anderson Renewed

In the first week of November sweeps, Nightline was the top rated show in late night in both total viewers and those 25-54 and 18-49.  The program beat both Leno (The Tonight Show) and Letterman (Late Show).

Pat Buchanan is in hot water with MSNBC, which was using him as an analyst almost daily and sometimes on more than one program per day.  It seems that in his new book, "Suicide of a Superpower," Buchanan said the following, which didn't sit too well with the MSNBC folks:

"America was born a Western Christian republic but is being transformed into a multiracial, multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic stew of a nation that has no successful precedent in the history of the world."

Buchanan has been on CNN and Fox promoting the book.

Anderson, the new syndicated talk show with Anderson Cooper, has been renewed for a second season beginning in Fall 2013. Fox stations, LIN, Meredith and Gannett, which all own stations throughout the U.S., will keep the show going into next year. (In New York, the show will move from WPIX, the CW station, to Fox next year.)

“This is a terrific testament to these strong stations who, like us, see Anderson as the next early-fringe syndication franchise,” said Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution president Ken Werner in a statement.“Since its launch, the series has continued to grow and find its voice in a very competitive and fragmented landscape. We have great faith in Anderson and with strong station partners, we believe we are well on the way to creating a valuable news lead-in.”

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