MSNBC’s Chris Hayes host may have gotten a last minute reprieve with this morning’s news his ratings-anemic primetime program, All In With Chris Hayes had received that cable news network’s only nominations for the 36th edition of the News & Docu Emmy Awards. This morning’s noms announcement comes on the eve of what one source has called an all-hands-on-deck town hall meeting with staffers called by new-ish Chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, Andy Lack, at which it has been forecast/feared initial steps to an MSNBC overhaul will be introduced, as Lack looks to pull that network out of the ratings cellar.
Hayes’ show has been mentioned in many quarters as being vulnerable; in Q2 it clocked 540,000 total viewers, a 12% drop compared to same time last year, and 107,000 news-demo viewers, a drop of 20% and MSNBC’s lowest performing primetime show in the demo for the quarter. Hayes’ show competes for viewers in its timeslot against Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, as well as CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Speaking of Fox News Channel, it again received no News & Docu Emmy noms, having years ago announced it would not compete for the awards because it believes the Emmys are biased against it.
But PBS again led this morning’s noms announcement, this time with 57 nominations, followed most closely by CBS with 44 and then, not at all closely, by ABC’s 17, NBC’s 14, CNN’s 10 and HBO’s 10.
Of PBS’s tally, 13 noms are out to its POV series, followed by Nature’s 11, Independent Lens’s 10, and Frontline’s nine.
CBS’s Sunday newsmag 60 Minutes clocked 29 noms – the most this year for any single program. CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley took six and Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood landed three.
ABC’s 17 noms include nine to Nightline.
Of NBC’s 14, four were bestowed on NBC Nightly News which, since February, has been anchored by Lester Holt. Dateline earned four more.
CNN’s 10, includes four for Anderson Cooper 360.
And HBO’s 10 noms all are out to its Documentary Films franchise.
Also getting a shot in the arm at NBC News, Chuck Todd landed an Outstanding Interview nom for Meet The Press – its first in that category since 2006 when it was hosted by Tim Russert. Todd’s nommed for his interview with former VPOTUS Dick Cheney. Todd, who took over as host of the show just this past September, just logged MTP’s best Q2 total viewer haul in two years (2.6 million) and best news demo performance (808,000) in three. But Todd himself has been getting hammered by now leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump with tweets like this one:
though more recently, they appear to have kissed and made up:
Both of Hayes’ noms are in the Outstanding News Discussion And Analysis derby, where they will compete against broadcast Sunday Beltway shows. CBS’s Face The Nation received two noms in this race, for its 60th anniversary episode featuring President Obama and President George W. Bush, as well as now retired host Bob Schieffer; Schieffer got a second nom for his “Summer War in Gaza” episode. ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos also is nommed in this category.