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Shepard Smith’s Ratings for New Show Declining

Smith landed with CNBC, where his highly anticipated and heavily promoted new show at CNBC is falling behind re-runs of Fox Business show Lou Dobbs Tonight.

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Former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith made news last year when he abruptly left the network.

Smith landed with CNBC, where his highly anticipated and heavily promoted new show at CNBC is falling behind re-runs of Fox Business show Lou Dobbs Tonight. Last month, CNBC launched Smith’s show The News with Shepard Smith, which has booked big-name guests like Dr. Anthony Fauci.

However, even with all that, viewership continues to decline.

The show brought in an average of 343,000 total viewers in its first week, but the numbers continue to trend downwards. Then in the 25-54 age demo ratings, which is the target audience for CNBC, Smith isn’t doing any better as he averaged a meager 48,000 in his second week.

Meanwhile, in his last month with Fox News, Smith averaged 1.3 million viewers and 195,000 in the 25-54 age demo ratings.

CNBC will try and make changes to the show as the network figures out how to improve their viewership numbers.

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CNBC’s Jim Cramer: Disney’s Purchase of Fox ‘One of the Worst’ Ever Seen

“Oh, I’m saying it was one of the worst acquisitions I’ve ever seen, not a mistake. They just got had. It’s ok. Sometimes you just get had.”

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CNBC’s Jim Cramer fired off some early morning tweets Thursday describing Disney’s purchase and takeover of Fox, before going on Squawk Box and calling the acquisition “the worst he’s ever seen”.

Cramer tweeted analysts still viewing Disney could do well in a slowdown were “out of touch” before saying it wasn’t Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s decision to “wreck the balance sheet of the company”. He later joked “Anyone been to the Netflix theme park lately? The Squid Game ride is to die for”.

During his “Cramer’s First Take” appearance on Squawk Box, Cramer didn’t hold back his criticism of former CEO Bob Iger and current analysts.

“Are you arguing against the Fox acquisition? Is that what you’re saying? You think that was a mistake?”, Andrew Ross Sorkin asked.

“Oh, I’m saying it was one of the worst acquisitions I’ve ever seen, not a mistake,” the Mad Money host said. “They just got had. It’s ok. Sometimes you just get had.”

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Shannon Bream Named ‘Fox News Sunday’ Host

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to host a Sunday show and look forward to this new role.”

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Shannon Bream will be the new host of Fox News Sunday, the network announced Thursday.

Bream will replace Chris Wallace after the longtime host left the network to join CNN in December.

“Shannon is an outstanding journalist, reporter and anchor who has cultivated a strong and enduring relationship with the Fox News Media audience,” Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said in a statement.

After joining Fox News in 2007 as Chief Legal Correspondent, Bream also worked as a contributor on the network’s election coverage. She has hosted Fox News @ Night since 2017.

“It has been an honor to cover major news throughout Washington over the last 15 years at Fox News,” Bream said. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to host a Sunday show and look forward to this new role.”

Bream, a New York Times bestselling author, will begin hosting on Sunday, September 11th.

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ABC News Promotes Ian Pannell to Chief Foreign Correspondent

Pannell joined ABC News in June 2017 following a 25-year tenure at the BBC

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Ian Pannell has a new position with ABC News as the company announced the senior foreign correspondent has been promoted to chief foreign correspondent, leading the news division’s on-air foreign coverage.

“Throughout his storied, 30-plus-year career as a journalist, Ian has been on the frontlines covering some of the most important and compelling stories across the world,” ABC News president Kim Godwin wrote in an internal staff memo on Wednesday.

“As Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year, Ian reported from Kyiv as the first missile strikes hit and has spent months on the ground there documenting the tragic developments and the devastating impact on the people inside the country.”

Pannell joined ABC News in June 2017 following a 25-year tenure at the BBC; since then, he has covered various events for ABC in his five years with the network. 

He has reported on the U.S.’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, the battle against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the fight to retake Mosul, the killing of U.S. soldiers in Niger, the Covid-19 pandemic in Mexico, and the fight and famine in Yemen.

“Despite difficult and often dangerous situations, Ian continues to deliver powerful reporting, often setting the tone and pace for our international breaking news and ongoing coverage,” Godwin added. 

“I look forward to continued excellence from Ian and the entire foreign news team, led by Katie Den Daas and Kirit Radia.”

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