So much to share with you tonight so we'll keep the recap short and then get to the goodies of the day.• Joe Johns is Keeping Them Honest about the banks that were bailed out and are now overspending. The follow up was with my favorite Representative, Barney Frank (D Mass).• Erica Hill and Dr. Sanjay Gupta joined John King to discuss H1N1. There was not a lot of new information but more talk of the frustration over the slow roll out of the inoculations.• Nothing makes headlines like a juicy sex scandal and the ESPN one has it all. Both Phillips and the production assistant have lost their jobs and Phillips has entered rehab. Lori Brown (Assoc. Professor of Sociology, Meredith College) and Dr. Reef Karim (addiction specialist) did the follow up discussion.• Anderson Cooper interviewed Christina Turner, a sexual abuse survivor, who was dropped by her medical insurance company after she submitted bills for preventative anti-HIV medication. To see more of the interview check out the AC360 website.'Digging Deeper' into the issue of gender discrimination in health care insurance was Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Candy Crowley and Marcia Greenburger (Nat'l Woman's Law Center). All of the participants seemed to recognized that health care reform would go a long way to address these gender discrimination issues. • Erica Hill told us the latest on the 18 year old amnesiac found in NYC and identified by a CNN viewer. Seems there might be more to unfold with this story, lots of loose ends.
•Erica also told John King, and viewers, that Levi Johnson is more than likely to show 'full frontal nudity' in his Playgirl spread. King didn't seem to be interested, nor am I. But it gave me a great idea....maybe Playgirl could do a feature on 'The Men of CNN'? Surely that would get those ratings up......
Speaking of ratings,I'm curious to hear your opinions on the article in Monday's New York Times about CNN finishing dead last in prime time for October. To quote a bit of the article:
"Individually, the CNN shows were beaten resoundingly by all the Fox News programs, but also lost to all of the MSNBC programs, including a repeat of Keith Olbermann's 8 p.m. edition of Countdown,'which beat the 10 p.m. hour of CNN’s signature prime-time program, Anderson Cooper 360.Again that was a first.
Mr. Cooper had 211,000 viewers to 223,000 for Mr. Olbermann’s repeat. That meant Mr. Cooper finished fourth and last in the 10 p.m. hour because, besides being well behind the leader, Greta Van Susteren, who had 538,000 viewers, he was also beaten by a repeat of Nancy Grace’s 8 p.m. show on HLN, which averaged 222,000.
CNN executives emphasized that the network continues to draw more viewers than all its competitors except Fox News when all hours of the day are counted.
CNN released a statement Monday saying, “CNN’s ratings are always going to be more dependent on the news environment, much more so than opinion-based programming especially in prime time.”
•Anderson Cooper will emcee The Elton John AIDS Foundation Annual Benefit on November 16th at the Cipriani Wall Street. Donna Summer will be the events musical guest and President Bill Clinton and actor Sharon Stone will be among the honorees.
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It was wonderful to have John King at the helm of AC360 on Monday night. Great mix of news and interviews and the hour just flew by. If AC has to be away this week at least he left us in very capable hands. ~Phebe
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