A look at the Power Grid this week reveals a few fixtures that never waver: Oprah Winfrey, Rupert Murdoch, Anna Wintour — these are media gods and little can upset that balance. But just behind them in the rest of the top ten all it takes is a big scoop or scandal to send ripples through the rest of the rankings. Here are the big shake-ups from the past week and a look at what caused them:
- The TV Pundit top 5 was infiltrated last week by two big names making sizable jumps. Tom Brokaw sits as the #4 pundit, up from #17 just last week thanks to his top network/show viewership, a #5 spot in airtime and news buzz thanks to his NBC documentary American Character: Along Highway 50.
- Another familiar name made a notable move with Eliot Spitzer taking the #5 spot from his previous #10. Spitzer’s news buzz is #1 with a whirl of gossip and outrage surrounding the once-disgraced New York governor. Many have speculated about his return to politics but last week saw a fine come down on one of his top aides. Spitzer’s name was also in the news for a real estate deal: he sold a garage he owns to the tune of $10 million. A political renaissance still looks iffy, but he’s having no problem staying relevant.
- Much is brewing in the world of TV Titans, as couple of high-profiles news moments have resulted in big jumps, reshaping the top 10. NBC Universal Sports and Olympics Chairman Dick Ebersol was all over the news last week while the 2016 Summer Olympics found their home. After a disappointing loss for Chicago, Ebersol suggested that the U.S. Olympic Committee “get real leaders,” and the subsequent buzz was enough to push him from #14 to #8. Ebersol’s contemporary, NBC News president Steve Capus, meanwhile, moved from #12 to #6 and was in the news last week for his role in Newseum’s tribute to the late Tim Russert.
- Elsewhere, ESPN’s Erin Andrews completed her coup, moving from #43 to #2 among TV Reporters last week and taking the #1 spot all for herself this time around, thanks to the full swing of the football season and her ongoing nude video scandal. Another new #1 occurred within Print/Online Reporters with Andrew Ross Sorkin moving up from #6, with his Google buzz reaching a fever pitch thanks to the release of his book Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves.
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