CNN Wins Demo in Total Day, Prime; New Day, Highest Demo Ratings Ever
Per TVNewser fueled by continuing coverage of unrest in Ferguson, CNN won the A25-54 demographic in both total day and primetime Tuesday for the second straight day. CNN's New Day averaged 251,000 viewers in the demo Tuesday morning, beating Fox News' Fox & Friends, which had 212,000. In primetime, CNN averaged 529,000 viewers in the demo, beating Fox News' 523,000. The peak for CNN came during the 9 p.m. hour when Anderson Cooper 360's 601,000 beat The Kelly File's 530,000. FNC did not surrender its total viewership crown at any hour during the day and was the only network improved from Monday with an average 2.3 million viewers in primetime and 1.4 million viewers over the course of the day.
Apple has added the NFL Now app to its Apple TV lineup. It launched earlier this month on other devices. Launched to coincide with the first week of preseason games, the app provides free access to game highlights, press conferences and original content -- everything except live games, which you can still only watch on TV. Still, the app is designed to provide a personalized experience based on the user's favorite teams, players and fantasy rosters. Users will also have the option of upgrading NFL Now by signing up for NFL Now Plus, a $1.99-per-month service that delivers instant in-game highlights. The NFL adds to Apple TV's already robust offering of sports-content channels, including the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball TV, Major League Soccer, ACC Sports, Red Bull TV and ESPN. ESPN also reportedly updated its WatchESPN Apple TV service this week to offer more college-sports content via the Longhorn Network and the SEC Network.
Disney Strikes Output Deal With Cable Company Mediacom
The comprehensive multiyear deal with the the nation's No. 8 cable company includes the previously announced agreement to carry ESPN's new SEC Channel. As part of the new agreement, Mediacom will introduce several new services, including the full suite of authenticated WATCH and video-on-demand products, SEC Network, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater. Continuing services covered by the agreement include: ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN Deportes, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN3, Fusion and retransmission consent for ABC-owned stations.
Chris Jansing Will Fill in On Meet the Press
NBC's Senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing will host Meet the Press this Sunday. Andrea Mitchell filled in last weekend, the first without David Gregory. Chuck Todd takes over as moderator Sept. 7. reports TVNewser.
NBC's Craig Melvin Promoted
NBC's Craig Melvin, who joined NBC three years ago, has been named national correspondent for the Today show. Melvin had been anchoring MSNBC weekends as well as reporting for NBC News. This week he's been covering events in Ferguson.