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Armisen vs. Pharoah: Which 'SNL' President Obama do you prefer? POLL

Which Barack Obama has got your vote?

As EW previously reported, there was a shift for commander-in-chief Saturday on Saturday Night Live as Jay Pharoah made his debut as President Obama with an introduction (“Who’d want his job?”) by former Obama Fred Armisen.

As many have remarked, Obama’s no Bill Clinton or Sarah Palin – he’s not the easiest guy to impersonate. But with a skilled impressionist in the cast, many wondered how long we would have to wait for Pharoah (whose Obama impression from his stand-up already had quite a few fans) to tackle SNL‘s buzziest role.


Ratings: Bill Clinton scores for Democrats, edging NFL and Republicans

With the National Football League season’s first game on NBC, the Democrats were battling more than just the Republicans on Wednesday night — at least in the ratings war. And while more than 20.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the Giants and the Cowboys face off, Bill Clinton’s speech drew virtually an identical amount, 20.6 million — though he couldn’t match Michelle Obama’s television audience from Day 1. Moreover, for the second night in a row, the Democrats edged the Republicans in the number of eyeballs that tuned in to this year’s conventions. (Twenty million people tuned in to see Paul Ryan give his convention speech last week.)

The figures were down, however, compared to Day 2 of the 2008 convention, when 22.2 million people tuned in to hear Hillary Clinton make her address, endorsing her one-time rival, Barack Obama.

With Brian Williams and the NBC team taking the night off, the biggest beneficiaries were ABC and Fox News. During the prime speaking hour of 10 o’clock, ABC’s total viewers were up 42 percent, while Fox News scored a 29 percent uptick. ABC and CBS both leapfrogged over MSNBC to finish first and second for the night. READ FULL STORY

Ratings: Michelle Obama lifts ratings, gives MSNBC a boost

NBC and MSNBC were the most watched networks during last night’s Democratic National Convention, which was highlighted by a well-received speech from First Lady Michelle Obama. According to Nielsen Media Research, 5.0 million watched on NBC during the 10 o’clock hour while another 4.1 million tuned in to MSNBC’s coverage.

While Fox News dominated the Republican National Convention last week, surpassing the major networks each night, last night was a big win for MSNBC, which saw its viewership nearly double from opening night of the 2008 DNC. In what might be considered a surprise, the total audience for all six major news organizations’ coverage held steady from four years ago — up a tick, actually, from 21.7 million to 21.9 million — and slightly topped Night 1 of the Republican’s convention in Tampa.

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Ratings: Mitt Romney (and Clint Eastwood) help Fox News win the night, but it's not 2008 anymore

Mitt Romney has always had to work hard to prove himself to the heart of the Republican Party, but more than 25.2 million people tuned in to the major networks and cable news stations to witness his well-received acceptance speech, making his the most watched hour of the convention, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Enthusiasm — at least from a television perspective — continued to lag behind 2008, when John McCain and Sarah Palin were on the Republican ticket. McCain spoke to almost 39 million television viewers when he accepted his party’s nomination four years ago. This isn’t the 2008 election, which was unusual and highly contentious, in part because it was the first election that did not feature an incumbent or sitting vice-president in 40 years and in part because it featured two trailblazing candidates: Palin and Barack Obama. It will be interesting to see how the softer ratings impact the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. next week.

In the race for ratings, Fox News was again the big winner, drawing 9.1 million viewers during the 10 o’clock window that featured special guest Clint Eastwood, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and Romney. In a distant second, ABC received a huge boost, with 55 percent more viewers — 4.4 million — tuning in compared to Wednesday night’s audience, when Rep. Paul Ryan made his speech. Their gains seemed to be at the cost of NBC, which surprisingly saw its viewership sag from Wednesday night.

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Ratings: Fox News scores another big victory, but Paul Ryan fails to top Sarah Palin

Fox News was once again the big winner at the Republican National Convention, but Paul Ryan could not equal the allure of 2008’s Republican star, Sarah Palin. The young Wisconsin congressman and vice-presidential candidate made a big splash in his first speech in the national spotlight, and despite some disagreements with the fact-checkers, his words played extremely well inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Overall, viewership was relatively steady compared to the convention’s first night, when Ann Romney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie set the tone for the event, but Fox News expanded upon its domination during the 10 p.m. window — when the networks joined the cable stations with coverage of the major speeches. More than 7.7 million viewers tuned in to Fox News, more than 3 million more than NBC, its nearest competitor. For the entire night, Fox News dwarfed CNN and MSNBC, with an average of 5.8 million viewers, more than twice their rivals combined audience.

Yet Ryan didn’t surpass his predecessor, Palin, who fueled a culture of fascination leading up to her enormously successful convention speech in 2008. More than 37 million people tuned in for her national introduction, including 9.2 million Fox News viewers. Ryan drew just over 20 million from the same networks.

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Ratings: Fox News convention coverage tops rivals

Fox News dominated its cable rivals and even topped the three major networks during last night’s coverage of the Republican National Convention, according to Nielsen Media Research. More than 6.8 million viewers tuned in to Fox News to see Ann Romney and New Jersey governor Chris Christie make their speeches during the 10-11 p.m. ET window, more than twice as many who tuned in to CNN (1.5 million) and MSNBC (1.5 million) combined. NBC was the only outfit within striking distance during that hour, averaging 4.8 million viewers — though Brian Williams and his team did edge Fox News in the crucial 25-54 demo by about 50,000 viewers.

For the 10 o’clock hour, Fox News’ ratings were up 11 percent compared to their coverage of the opening night of the 2008 Republican National Convention. That bump might be attributed to the one-day delay caused by Hurricane Isaac, which may have indirectly heightened anticipation, and a general surge in Republican enthusiasm to unseat a Democratic incumbent.

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'2016: Obama's America' producer says CNN rejected ad -- EXCLUSIVE

UPDATE: CNN has received a new 2016: Obama’s America ad which the network has approved for air, a spokesperson said. The promo is a different cut than the previous disputed version. More to come…

PREVIOUS: The producer of the highest-grossing conservative documentary of all time claims CNN rejected the film’s ad because it was “too political.”

John Sullivan, executive producer and co-director of the breakout documentary 2016: Obama’s America, says the film’s ad has run on Fox News, MSNBC, Discovery Channel, A&E and other networks, but that it was turned away by CNN. “They rejected our ad, actually,” Sullivan told “A really weird situation. That was really funny. They said it was ‘too political,’ which is very odd because we have no affiliation with any political party of any sort, or PAC, or anything of that nature.”

CNN (which, like EW, is owned by Time Warner) confirms the filmmakers submitted the ad, but denies the commercial was “rejected.” “CNN did not reject the ad,” a network spokesperson said. “We asked them to explain why they believe the ad is not subject to political advertising disclosure requirements, and we did not hear back from them with any explanation.” READ FULL STORY

Nets to broadcast Ann Romney speech at RNC

The Republican National Convention rearranged its schedule to make sure Ann Romney’s keynote speech would be televised in primetime on ABC, NBC and CBS on Tuesday.

The RNC had hoped the nets would bump reruns like Grimm and Hawaii Five-0 on Monday to broadcast Romney’s speech at the start of its four-day convention in Tampa, Fla., according to the Los Angeles Times. But the Big Three only committed to airing three nights of coverage to the RNC because that’s all it is giving to the Democratic National Convention from Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C. So the Republicans scrambled to change their schedule to make sure Mitt Romney’s wife would get a prime berth.

Now, RNC speakers like former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will speak on Monday, instead — when the Big Three cameras won’t be rolling. Bummer, dudes!

Michelle Obama to make return visit to 'Late Show with David Letterman'

First Lady Michelle Obama is set for another chat with David Letterman.

Her next appearance on Late Show with David Letterman will air on Wednesday, Aug. 29, right in the middle of the Republican National Convention, which runs Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

As for where the interview falls in Obama’s schedule, she will be in the midst of her back-to-school media tour “where she will discuss helping parents get their children ready to return to the classroom as well as important changes to school lunch programs nationwide to provide healthier, more nutritious food,” according to a CBS press release.

Next week’s show will be Obama’s third visit to the Late Show. She took on the program’s Top 10 duties in June when she presented the “Top Ten Fun Facts about Gardening,” and in March, she talked to Letterman about her Joining Forces initiative and which stores are worth “sneaking out” of the White House for (Target, of course! And PetCo too).

The episode will air at Aug. 29 at 11:35p.m. on CBS.

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'Key and Peele': How Luther the Obama Translator came to be -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Monday we posted an exclusive clip from Key & Peele — featuring “Luther, the Obama Anger Translator” — called “S*** Mitt Romney Doesn’t Say.” EW was on set during the shoot and spoke to MADtv vets Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele about the origin of the Luther character…and a very special “I approve this message” from the president himself. READ FULL STORY

'Key and Peele': Watch an all-new Obama Anger Translator sketch, 'S*** Mitt Romney Doesn't Say' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

As the presidential race heats up, so does President Obama’s purely fictional RAGE — as seen on Comedy Central’s Key and Peele. In a sketch series that went viral earlier this year, Keegan-Michael Key plays Luther, the “Anger Translator” for Jordan Peele’s even-keeled Obama. It’s some pretty saucy stuff, but rest assured even the real Obama is a fan. Watch an exclusive clip — “S*** Mitt Romney Doesn’t Say” — below. READ FULL STORY

Jim Lehrer, Bob Schieffer, and Candy Crowley will moderate 2012 presidential debates


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Three news veterans -- including the first woman in 20 years -- will moderate presidential debates this October.
Politico identifies them as debate mainstay Jim Lehrer of PBS, Face the Nation moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS, and State of the Union anchor Candy Crowley of CNN, though the Commission on Presidential Debates has not yet confirmed Politico's report. [Update: The Commission has confirmed these names.]

Crowley’s inclusion comes two decades after ABC News anchor Carole Simpson moderated a presidential debate in 1992. (Barbara Walters also moderated presidential debates in 1976 and 1984.) Her selection may have been influenced by a pair of petitions launched by three New Jersey high school students, which urged the Commission on Presidential Debates to select a female. The petitions garnered support by high-profile figures including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as over 180,000 signatures.

According to Politico, Lehrer will moderate the first debate Oct. 3 in Denver, Colo. Crowley will host the second town hall-style debate Oct. 16 in Hempstead, N.Y. The final debate, moderated by Schieffer, will be held Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla.

Martha Raddatz of ABC will moderate the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan on Oct. 11 in Danville, Ky.

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Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan set for first joint interview on '60 Minutes'

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his newly-named running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), will appear in their first joint interview on Sunday’s 60 Minutes. Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer will conduct the interview, CBS News tweeted Sunday morning.

Schieffer is taping the interview with the G.O.P. running mates in High Point, N.C. today, and the conversation will subsequently air on the news magazine’s 7 p.m. ET broadcast tonight.

CBS had been pursuing the interview “for months,” The New York Times reported Sunday morning. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager told the times that the interview will last approximately 15 minutes, similar to other segments on the show.

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