TV briefs: Steve Harvey deals, Trump’s SOTU ratings up, CNN origin book

Originally filed Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Steve Harvey has teamed up with an Atlanta-based firm Rhythmic Ventures to create a special "Steve Harvey Deals" website.

The entire concept leverages Harvey’s huge popularity and reach with his daily morning radio show and multiple television programs.

It has a handful of initial major corporations: 1-800-Flowers, PureTalk, Budget and Holiday Inn Express. They provide breaks for anyone who simply goes to (An app is coming later.)

“You buy whatever you were going to buy and you get a discount,” said Harvey at a press conference at Crown Plaza Atlanta Midtown this past Saturday before he hosted NFL Honors at the Fox Theatre. “The best way to have money is to keep it. When I’m in a store, I’m hustling, looking for bargains.”

He will promote the deals primarily through social media.

Steve Gertz, CEO of Rhythmic Ventures, said he has 15 more partners in the pipeline.


Credit: Bob Andres

Credit: Bob Andres

Lisa Napoli, an author who began her career at CNN in its early days, is working on a book about the origins of CNN, according to Brian Stelter, CNN media writer.

The title: “Up All Night: CNN and the Birth of 24 Hour News.” He said Abrams Press is picking up the book. He said she’s been working on the project for months.


Credit: Zach Gibson

Credit: Zach Gibson

Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday night drew 1 million more viewers than his last one in 2018.

Adding up viewership on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, PBS, CNN, CNNe, FOX Business, Fox News and MSNBC from 9 to 10:30 p.m., he attracted 46.8 million viewers. This doesn’t count streaming viewers, which would increase that number even more.

Fox News drew the biggest audience: 11.2 million. CNN drew just 3.4 million.

Stacey Abrams' Democratic response brought in 6.4 million on Fox News, a drop of 43 percent after Trump's speech ended. MSNBC actually saw viewership jump from 3.7 million with Trump to 4.7 million. CNN's numbers were about the same with Abrams bringing in 3.3 million.

TVNewser noted that viewership skewed older. Of the 46.8 milion viewers, 29.9 million were 55 plus. Only 3.7 million came from viewers 18 to 34.