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TV battles Hurricane Sandy. Anderson Cooper can't keep day job.

October 30, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • Anderson Cooper can't keep his day job -- his syndicated talk show will be ending after this season.
Anderson Cooper can't keep his day job -- his syndicated talk show… (Warner Bros. )

After the coffee. Before seeing if I can take over Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show.

The Skinny: When did Los Angeles drivers get so bad? On Monday, I saw someone turn left from the center lane despite the fact that there was a left-turn lane. Put the phone down and pay attention!  Tuesday's headlines include how local stations are covering Hurricane Sandy, low ratings for the World Series, and Anderson Cooper's daytime show getting the ax.

Daily Dose: In the grand scheme of things, the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Nielsen ratings is a trivial matter. Still, because of the high number of local TV stations on the East Coast preempting network and syndicated programming for storm coverage, and also because of numerous power outages, the ratings company will have a heck of a time figuring out what shows actually aired and who was watching.

Struck out. The San Francisco Giants sweep of the Detroit Tigers didn't leave just the Motor City reeling. The short series also meant a record low audience for the Fall Classic for Fox Broadcasting. While the series still won each night it was on -- both in viewers and key demographics -- the numbers were very disappointing. Good thing Major League Baseball signed its new lucrative TV deals with Fox, ESPN and Turner Broadcasting before the World Series. A look at the TV performance of the series from the Los Angeles Times.

Call to duty. It's all hands on deck for local TV stations in the eye of the storm. TV stations all over the East Coast are preempting network and syndicated fare to offer local coverage on Hurricane Sandy. For all the concerns about the future of local TV, in times of crisis  people are reminded of the stations' value. More on what TV stations are doing to keep up with the storm from Broadcasting & Cable.

Over and out. Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show is going away after this season. The show never really established itself with viewers, and distributor Warner Bros. will likely try to persuade TV stations to replace Cooper with Bethenny Frankel, who rose to fame after appearing on the reality show "Real Housewives of New York City. Details from USA Today

Mr. Inside. All the folks who grumble that Comcast gets whatever it wants from D.C. regulators can thank the cable giant's executive vice president David Cohen for that. Although based in Philadelphia, Cohen spends much of his time in D.C. orchestrating Comcast's hardball regulatory strategy. A profile of Cohen from the Washington Post

Taylor's world. Apparently Taylor Swift is the only artist who can still sell a million copies of a new release in one week. Her latest, "Red," is likely to accomplish that goal. Swift also accomplished that feat with her 2010 release "Speak Now." I guess those annoying TV ads are working for her. More on her swift start (see what I did there?) from the Wall Street Journal

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas. We're not even past Halloween but Madison Avenue doesn't care. Christmas advertisements are already starting in an effort to jump-start the holiday season, according to the New York Times. Retailers looking to get the holiday season moving early is a boost for media because it will tighten ad inventory and could drive prices higher. Of course, it's bad for the sanity of everyone else.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Did last week's episode of "New Girl" take product placement too far? Norman Lear on the early days of "All in the Family."

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