Sweeping Up in Orlando

WFTV in Orlando came out the big winner in the May book.

The Orlando Sentinel writes that WFTV’s dominance was evident across the board and reflected the success of its news coverage and promotion. WFTV was way out in front in early morning, at noon, in early evening and at 11 p.m.

WFTV said it drew 47 percent of the 25-to-54 audience for all newscasts to WESH’s 24 percent, WKMG-Channel 6’s 16 percent and WOFL-Channel 35’s 13 percent.

At 6 p.m. WFTV averaged 34,891 viewers to WESH’s 18,808, WKMG’s 9,127 and WOFL’s 6,380. (The Sentinel has a content-sharing agreement with WOFL.)

WFTV had major help from ABC, whose “Dancing With the Stars,” “Scandal” and “Modern Family” helped make the network first in prime time locally across all counts. The CBS lineup on WKMG was a close second in total viewers.

At 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday, WFTV averaged 33,000 viewers to NBC affiliate WESH’s 21,244 and WKMG’s 15,324. With a Monday-Friday 11 p.m. news, Fox-owned WOFL averaged 9,514.

The best news for WOFL was its first-place finish at 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. WOFL averaged 11,274 viewers in the age group. The half-hour WESH news on sister station WKCF-Channel 18 brought in 9,830. The hour WFTV news on sister station WRDQ-Channel 27 averaged 9,786, but in the 10 p.m. half-hour, WRDQ actually edged WOFL.  

Megyn Kelly Grills Donald Trump

Every Presidential Election, Donald Trump likes to make some noise like he is going to run for President.

He will not.

But, he knows the media likes to fall for his charade every time and it gets his orange face on camera, which is all Trump wants.

Trump stopped by Fox News and talked to Megyn Kelly about his fictional run for office.

He told Kelly that he will make an announcement in June about his plans. He told Kelly she might be surprised at what he has to say. 

"I will only be surprised if you announce that you ARE running," Kelly told Trump. 

Kelly cited numbers from Bloomberg poll from April showing that 62 percent of Republicans and independents would "never consider" voting for Trump if he were to run. 

"That's because they don't think I'm running," Trump replied.

And he's not. 

But that won't stop the media for falling for his act just like they have in the past. 

Wow! CBS Didn't Even Wait for the Body to get Cold

If you want an example of how cold the broadcast business can be....check this out.

ust hours after David Letterman said farewell after 33 years on late-night TV, Ed Sullivan Theater crews hauled off blocks of blue stage and hacked up pieces of the iconic New York City bridges that made up the set of the “Late Sho.”

Fans and passers-by gathered around a police barricade cordoning off the Ed Sullivan to watch workers unceremoniously chuck red theater chairs into an overflowing Dumpster and ake reciprocating saws to his miniature Brooklyn Bridge.

“It’s an end of an era,” commented onlooker Alex Lafreniere, 24, a fan visiting from Oklahoma.

The complete breakdown of the set is expected to take about a week.

The eorge ashington Bridge appeared to be one of the few relics spared; it was carefully loaded into a van intact.

“I was literally sitting in one of those seats last night,” said Stephanie Strausz, of Manhattan, who score second-row icket t Wednesday’s star-studded finale.

“I can’t believe they’re just demolishing the whole thing. It’s shocking,” she said.

As stagehands stamped pieces of set into debris, the Letterman lover was able to snatch a bit of dilapidated bridge.

It belongs in the Smithsonian, not the dump, Strausz said.

Obviously CBS has never heard of Ebay....they could have made a small fortune. 

H/T NY Post

Dave Signs Off

David Letterman closed his 33-year late-night TV career Wednesday with a star-studded, emotional episode of “Late Show” that featured Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Tina Fey and a musical performance by the Foo Fighters.

The episode opened with a video clip from former Gerald Ford’s inaugural address: “Our long national nightmare is over,” Ford said. George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and President Obama followed in pre-taped appearances to repeat Ford’s statement.

“Our long national nightmare is over – Letterman is retiring,” President Obama said. Letterman appeared next to him. “You’re just kidding, right?” Letterman said.

As to what he plans to do now that he's retired? " I hope to become the new face of Scientology,” Letterman quipped. 

Here's video of his final entrance onto the Late Show stage if you missed it:

BriWi Taps Out on Gig Honoring Veterans

NBC’s lying Brian Williams has withdrawn from hosting a broadcast honoring those who support U.S. veterans and military families.

Williams was set to host the inaugural Lincoln Awards, which are scheduled to air Friday on PBS. The concert was filmed in January, Williams asked to be removed from the PBS broadcast because he didn’t want to be a distraction.

Although, it would have been a great chance for him to talk about getting shot down in Iraq again, he decided against it. 

 First lady Michelle Obama is stepping in to film an introduction instead.

H/T Page Six

Gone in an Instant

While ABC Anchor George Stephanopulos is still taking heat for his undisclosed donations to the Clinton's another network anchor did a disappearing act before another controversy started.

Up until late Tuesday afternoon, CNN's Jake Tapper was listed on the Clinton Foundation website (screen shot right)  as a "speaker" at a Clinton Global Initiative event scheduled for June 8-10 in Denver.

After USA Today called CNN to ask about Tapper's involvement, Tapper's name was swiftly removed from the Clinton Foundation website.

Tapper wouldn't comment on the record. A CNN spokesperson, who asked not to be named, said Tapper was improperly listed as a speaker on the foundation website; he is scheduled to interview former president Clinton at the event and later moderate a panel discussion. The spokesperson said the network-approved interview will be televised. There will be no restrictions on the questions, and Tapper will not be paid by the foundation. Other details are still being negotiated.

So if all of this was on the up and up, why won't Tapper comment on the record? And why doesn't the CNN spokesperson want to be named?

This one is not passing the sniff test.

Just saying.... 

Fargo Anchor Talks about Being in an Abusive Relationship

WDAY morning Anchor used the last day of the May ratings book to talk about her time as a domestic abuse victim at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. 

Lane Zyvoloski is letting people in on the yearlong verbal and physical abuse she said she endured at the hands of a now ex-boyfriend—abuse that included shoving, bruising, hair pulling, threats, put-downs and manipulation. It all resulted in a charge of domestic violence, to which he pleaded guilty.

"My parents would shudder to know this, but I do feel like there were moments that my life was on the line," said Zyvoloski, 24.

She said the abuse was in full swing when she was named to the morning show position, but no one—viewers included-- suspected anything was amiss.

No one knew of the mental games to which she was subjected—at least one occurring as she left early one morning for work.

She said her boyfriend shoved her as they argued, but he quickly tried to twist things and say she had instead slipped, and he was simply trying to catch her.

"I was like, 'What? Did we just experience the same moment?' " she recalled about the incident.

She left their apartment and cried as she drove to work in the darkness, telling herself to suck it up, get it together and do her job.

It was a composed front she maintained while trying to summon the courage to leave the relationship—something that took time and a small network of friends to accomplish.

Zyvoloski hopes talking about what happened to her will help others who feel like they're trapped.

"Staying silent is not going to help anybody," she said.

"No matter how long you've been in it and no matter what your situation is, nobody deserves to be treated that way," she added.

Friends wonder where Zyvoloski would be now if she hadn't reached out for help, and they fear it wouldn't have been a good place.

"You never know if Lane would still be here," Lebak said. "You hate to talk like that, but it's very true."

H/T InForum 

Tampa Anchor Signs Off

Longtime WFLA Anchor Gayle Sierens signed off from the station yesterday and it also happened to be the last day of May ratings. We're certain that was just a coincidence and not planned.

How big of a deal was it that Sierens signed off?

Well WFLA News Director Bill Berra posted a tweet about it and included a picture of him on the set with the retiring Anchor.

This was Berra's first tweet since January 17th.

And there are some people that don't think these old News Directors get social media.


I Need More Time

You would think that actor Danny Glover would know how satellite tours work.

The actor most likely has done hundreds of them to promote his movies.

But this time, Glover was doing satellite hits in support of the postal worker’s union, which is looking to drum up support since the contract with the USPS expires next week.

While Glover was talking to KTVU viewers about his mom and dad, who were postal workers, anchor Tori Campbell cut him off mid-thought, saying they were almost out of time. She quickly asked Glover what his goal was.

“Well, you should have given me more time. That’s the first thing,” said Glover. “So why don’t you go on. If you don’t have enough time, then why bother? Just don’t give me two minutes.”

Let's go to the video:

H/T Kevin Eck @TVSpy