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Fox4’s Mike Doocy & new NFL Network hire Jane Slater

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The Dallas Cowboys officially arrived at training camp Thursday. And for the first time since 1993, lead Fox4 sports anchor Mike Doocy wasn’t there to file a first-hand report.

Instead, Fox4 photojournalist Chris Hanks will be “handling our coverage,” Doocy said on his Facebook page Thursday. “He’ll be feeding back all the sights and sounds.”

Four summers ago, the Dallas-based station required Doocy to drive the nearly 1,500 miles to Oxnard while his competitors at NBC5, TEGNA8 and CBS11 all flew in as usual. He had a photojournalist in tow for the roughly 22-hour trip.

“I must admit, it’s an odd feeling to be missing camp for the first time in 23 years,” Doocy said on his Facebook page. “But I hope you’ll stay with us as we begin a ‘new era’ in the way we cover this summertime sports tradition.”

A New York-based Fox corporate spokesperson said Friday that Fox4 is trying something different this time around. The decision to keep Doocy in Dallas is not due to budget concerns and he may return to future Cowboys’ training camps, the spokesperson said. By staying in Dallas, Doocy will have more time to experiment with different kinds of coverage, according to the spokesperson.

Doocy noted in his Facebook post that the station will be teaming with radio personalities from “The Ticket” (1310 AM) for on-camera commentaries from Cowboys camp. That will start this weekend when “The Musers” (George Dunham and Craig Miller) join him on Fox4’s 10 p.m. Sports Sunday program, Doocy said.

Still, his heart may have sank at least slightly if he watched any of Thursday’s 6 p.m. newscasts on rival stations. NBC5’s Newy Scruggs, TEGNA8’s Mike Leslie and CBS11’s Bill Jones all reported live from the tarmac just after the Cowboys team plane had landed.

***Meanwhile, former CBS11/TXA21 sports anchor/reporter Jane Slater will be at the Cowboys’ Oxnard training camp in her new position with the NFL Network. Slater told unclebarky.com that she starts next Friday, when head coach Jason Garrett is scheduled to address the media. She’ll otherwise be based in Dallas and also is assigned to cover the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints as part of her new beat.

Slater is parting ways with the Austin-based, ESPN-owned Longhorn Network after two years.

***KRLD radio (1080 AM) chief meteorologist Bob Goosmann has resigned that position in the wake of a racially charged post about the “Mothers of the Movement” segment at Tuesday night’s Democratic National Convention. “His resignation is effective immediately,” a spokesperson confirmed to unclebarky.com Friday afternoon.

Goosmann, who previously did weathercasts at Dallas-based stations KDAF-TV (Ch. 33) and KTVT-TV (Ch. 11), said in a since deleted post, “As many of you have probably noticed, I’ve stayed away from politics on FB. The DNC parading the mothers of slain thugs around on their stage has me furious.”

Among them were the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Some delegates chanted “Black Lives Matter!” during their remarks.

Goosmann, who also works in real estate, joined KRLD in October, 2012. He so far has not returned an email asking for comment.

Email comments or questions to: unclebarky@verizon.net

Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., July 28) -- CNN wins big on Dem's closing night

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Hill and Bill ride again at close of convention. Photo: Ed Bark

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
The Democrats went into “overtime” for the fourth straight night of their convention, with presidential nominee Hillary Clinton winding up her speech at 10:27 p.m.

She started at 9:30 p.m., leaving Hillary 18 minutes shy of Donald Trump’s 75-minute acceptance speech on the climactic night of last week’s Republican convention. As they did on the three previous nights, ABC, CBS and NBC started their convention telecasts at 9 p.m. while the cable news networks and PBS had full prime-time coverage.

CNN dominated the convention ratings Thursday night in both total D-FW viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). As it did for Trump’s finishing touches, Fox4 broke away from its 9 p.m. local newscast to air Hillary’s speech in its entirety.

Here are D-FW’s convention ratings from 9 to 10:30 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds. (Fox4’s numbers are only for the 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. hour in which the station covered the Democratic nominee’s closing remarks.)

Total Viewers
CNN -- 177,060
MSNBC -- 113,318
NBC -- 106,236
PBS -- 84,989
ABC -- 70,824
Fox News Channel/Fox4 -- 56,659 apiece
CBS -- 49,577

25-to-54-Year-Olds
CNN -- 95,242
NBC -- 50,597
MSNBC -- 38,692
PBS -- 32,739
ABC -- 29,763
CBS -- 23,810
Fox4 -- 20,834
Fox News Channel -- 17,858

The combined numbers for the Democrats’ closing night add up to 715,322 total viewers and 300,535 in the 25-to-54 age range. In both cases, Night 4 of the Republicans nipped the Democrats in D-FW with respective totals of 722,104 and 303,583 viewers.

On Fox Sports Southwest, the Texas Rangers’ 3-2 home win over Oakland drew 127,483 total viewers.

Here are Thursday’s local news derby numbers, with the 10 p.m. editions once again omitted due to convention overruns.

For the first time during convention week, a station other than Fox4 or NBC5 broke through for a ratings victory. TEGNA8 edged the Peacock for the most 25-to-54-year-olds at 6 p.m.

Otherwise, Fox4 again ran the table at 6 a.m. while NBC5 swept the 5 p.m. competitions and had the most total viewers at 6 p.m.

Email comments or questions to: unclebarky@verizon.net

Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., July 27) -- Fox News Channel crashes to last on Night 3 of Dem convention

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The Big Embrace climaxed Night 3 of Dem convention. Photo: Ed Bark

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Fox News Channel’s descent from the penthouse to the outhouse escalated to a free fall Wednesday night when its coverage of the Democratic National Convention wound up last in the D-FW Nielsen ratings in both key measurements.

FNC led in total viewers for all four nights of last week’s Republican convention and was tops among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming) on Nights 3 and 4. But the conservative-leaning network, which has been interviewing Republicans during a good part of the Democratic convention, hit the ratings basement Wednesday despite a technical glitch that short-circuited PBS affiliate KERA13’s coverage in the early minutes of President Obama’s featured speech. The station quickly recovered but the Nielsen numbers show that many viewers never returned after coverage was restored shortly after 10 p.m.

The Democrats again went well past prime-time, with Obama beginning his speech at 9:55 p.m. and ending it at 10:40 p.m. Then came an even bigger finish, with nominee Hillary Clinton taking the stage and embracing the president after he had said, among other things, that no man or woman has ever been more qualified for the job.

ABC, CBS and NBC as usual began their coverage at 9 p.m. -- and signed off by 10:45 p.m. -- while the three cable news networks and PBS again offered a full night of coverage.

Here are the D-FW numbers from 9 to 10:45 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds.

Total Viewers
NBC -- 120,401
CNN/MSNBC -- 106,236 apiece
CBS/PBS -- 56,659 apiece
ABC -- 49,577
Fox News Channel -- 28,330

25-to-54-Year-Olds
CNN -- 56,550
NBC -- 38,692
MSNBC -- 32,739
ABC -- 23,810
CBS/PBS -- 17,858 apiece
Fox News Channel -- 8,929

KERA13, the PBS station, had been rolling along pretty well in total viewers, peaking at 84,989 between 9:45 and 10 p.m. But then came the technical issue, plunging PBS’ audience to 28,330 total viewers between 10 and 10:15 p.m. The station recovered somewhat, but the damage had been done. From 1:15 to 10:45 p.m., KERA13 averaged 49,577 viewers.

On all seven networks, Night 3 of the Democratic convention had 524,093 total viewers and 196,436 in the 25-to-54 age range. For the first time, that put it below the Republican convention in total viewers, with Night 3 drawing 559,510. The Dems still had more 25-to-54-year-olds than the GOP (184,531 on their Night 3).

On Fox Sports Southwest, the first-place Texas Rangers continued to struggle, blowing a late-inning lead to the Oakland A’s and losing 6-4. The game averaged 162,895 total viewers.

Wednesday’s biggest single network draw again was NBC’s America’s Got Talent, which had 233,719 total viewers in the 7 p.m. hour.

Here are Wednesday’s local news derby results, with the 10 p.m. editions again omitted because of convention run-overs.

It was the same story as the previous two convention days. Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 ruled at 5 and 6 p.m. in both ratings measurements.

Email comments or questions to; unclebarky@verizon.net

Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Tues., July 26) -- CNN's is biggest winner on Night 2 of Democratic convention while CBS again craters

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Bill Clinton tried to sell a love story as Tuesday’s featured speaker. Photo: Ed Bark

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Tuesday’s 9 to 10 p.m. convention “window” -- where ABC, CBS and NBC grudgingly join in -- was primarily consumed by Bill Clinton’s typically elongated speech on behalf of his wife.

He began at 9:11 p.m. and ended at 9:53 p.m., out-talking his much-ridiculed, 33-minute 1988 convention keynote address by 9 minutes. With daughter Chelsea in attendance, it in large part amounted to a flowery “How I Met Your Mother” speech. Hillary’s climactic one-minute address to Democratic delegates via satellite again ended up taking the broadcast networks into “overtime,” as NBC anchor Lester Holt put it. But they all had signed off by 10:15 p.m. on a night when CNN ruled the overall ratings roost.

Here are the 9 to 10:15 p.m. D-FW Nielsen ratings in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).

Total Viewers
CNN -- 162,895
NBC -- 113,318
Fox News Channel -- 77,906
ABC/MSNBC -- 63,742 apiece
PBS -- 49,577
CBS -- 35,412

25-to-54-Year-Olds
NBC -- 59,526
CNN -- 53,573
ABC/FNC/MSNBC -- 26,787 apiece
PBS -- 8,929
CBS -- 5,953

As with the Republican convention, NBC was greatly aided by a big lead-in from America’s Got Talent, which had 283,296 total viewers in the 7 to 9 p.m. slot. That easily made AGT the most-watched program on any single network.

The 9 to 10:15 p.m. portion of the convention on all seven networks added up to 566,592 total viewers and 208,342 in the 25-to-54 age range. That easily blew past Night 2 of the Republican convention, which drew 432,027 total viewers and 148,816 in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic.

The CW’s 8 p.m. relaunch of Mad TV fizzled with just 14,165 total viewers. But a big percentage of them -- 12,703 -- were 18-to-49-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for non-news programming).

Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results, with the 10 p.m. editions again omitted due to convention over-runs.

TEGNA8 and CBS11 again were left out of the money via the same outcomes as Monday. Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 had twin wins at both 5 and 6 p.m.

Email comments or questions to: unclebarky@verizon.net

Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Mon., July 25) -- numbers for Night 1 of Dem convention reflect rampant viewer polarization

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Stephen Colbert went psychedelic on his live post-convention show. Photo: Ed Bark

By ED BARK
@unclebarkycom on Twitter
Fox News Channel fell from first to last among the three cable news networks while MSNBC vaulted from an overall last to first for Monday’s Night 1 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Such are the times we live in, with many viewers opting for their “home team” network while CNN remains firmly but solidly caught in the middle. Last week’s Republican convention coverage had put FNC in the ratings driver’s seat, particularly on closing night.

ABC, CBS and NBC again waited until 9 p.m. to join MSNBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and PBS in covering the Dems. Everyone went long when the night’s climactic speech from Bernie Sanders began late and stretched to 10:22 p.m. The Big Three broadcast networks all had exited by 10:25 p.m. while the cable networks plowed on deep into the night.

Nielsen measures in 15-minute increments. Here are the D-FW ratings in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming) for the convention coverage from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

Total Viewers
NBC/MSNBC -- 106,236 apiece
CNN -- 99,154
Fox News Channel -- 77,906
ABC -- 70,824
CBS -- 56,659
PBS -- 35,412

25-to-54-Year-Olds
MSNBC/CNN -- 50,597 apiece
NBC -- 47,621
ABC/FNC -- 29,763
CBS -- 17,858
PBS -- 8,929

On Fox Sports Southwest, the Texas Rangers returned home and delivered a dramatic walk-off homer win to beat the Oakland A’s. Adrian Beltre hit it and the Rangers averaged 141,648 total viewers. But the biggest single-network number came from NBC’s 7 to 9 p.m. edition of American Ninja Warrior, which had 198,307 total viewers.

Monday night’s 9 to 10:30 p.m. Democratic convention coverage on all seven networks drew 552,427 total viewers and 205,365 in the 25-to-54 age range. Both exceeded the respective Night 1 numbers for the Republican convention, which had 524,098 total viewers and 181,533 in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic.

Here are Monday’s local news derby numbers, with the 10 p.m. editions not counted due to the convention run-overs.

Two stations collected all of the gold. Fox4 as usual won at 6 a.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5 swept the 5 and 6 p.m. competitions in both ratings measurements.

Email comments or questions to: unclebarky@verizon.net