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NCIS Takes Weekly Top Spot; Idol Settles for Second

OK, it may not be time to cue up Dylan’s, The Times They Are A Changin,’ but there is a change at the top. American Idol was caught by CBS drama NCIS for number one in the prime time weekly survey. It had an estimated 1.1 million WCBS viewers, while Fox’s Idol landed at number two with 1 million fans on WNYW, according to Nielsen.

With that lead-in the Fox 5 News at 10 with Steve Lacy and Dari Alexander with number 24 (523,000/2.7).

The Thursday edition of Idol took fourth place for the week with 888,000 viewers and a 4.5 rating.

Modern Family wedged itself at number three with (985,000/5.0).

AMC’s Walking Dead was next at five (859,000/4.4), while 60 Minutes took hold of sixth (824,000/4.2).

WNBC’s first appearance in the weekly Top 30 was 20th with Law & Order: SVU (577,000/2.9).

The debut of History’s The Bible miniseries was 17th (589,000/3.0).

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Will the Real WCBS Morning Anchor ‘Front-Runner’ Please Stand Up?

There is a void in local news, but that is quickly and effortlessly being filled by Chris Wragge. In the wake of Rob Morrison‘s abrupt departure following the wife-beating allegations, Wragge shifted from evenings to mornings. The ugliness didn’t just rock the Morrisons, his former ”family” was hit hard too.

Related: FishbowlNY, Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert

We recall the 1994 Robert Redford film, Quiz Show, about the 1950s quiz show scandal. Congress was set to hold subcommittee hearings with former 21 contestant Herb Stempel as the star witness. But the more famous (on and off the show) Charles Van Doren, played by Ralph Fiennes, was not going to participate. Therefore, the young government lawyer (Rob Morrow) cautions Van Doren not to say anything.

A short time later as the committee convenes in DC, NBC president Robert Kintner (Allan Rich) speaks to Van Doren, who since took a self-imposed dive and was hired by the network’s Today show.

Kintner encourages Van Doren to hold a press conference. But the former game show contestant was reluctant because he hadn’t received a subpoena.

Kintner’s line echoed since Morrison’s alleged incident like someone reading a letter to themselves on a soap opera.

“Television is a public trust.”

It’s a main reason for Morrison’s resignation, although indications are high that WCBS management had an influence on his decision. It’s also the reason that following the scandal in the 1950s or today, viewers always want someone they can feel comfortable with. Wragge is that familiar, calming presence.

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And the Votes Are In for WCBS New Morning Anchor…

We asked you to take part in our poll to decide who should be named WCBS/Channel 2 new morning co-anchor.

This was becoming a landslide win for Chris Wragge. Readers were in agreement with this reporter’s assessment that the evening anchor should set his alarm clock for pre-dawn. At the time of this writing, Wragge secured 28 percent of the vote. However, that’s down from more than 40 percent.

Former WPIX anchor Jim Watkins has caught fire as a write-in, putting him second on viewers’ wish list. Watkins, now at RNN’s FiOS1, previously worked for PIX GM Betty Ellen Barlamino, who runs WCBS sister site WLNY.

Also getting some write-in support, the legendary WNBC anchor Sue Simmons, and current Channel 4 anchor David Ushery.

Alice Gainer, who made her WCBS anchoring debut yesterday, got someone’s write-in vote. Gainer did weekend anchoring at News 12 New Jersey. She joined Channel 2 as a reporter in January.

Don Dahler picked up 17 percent of the vote. Cindy Hsu settled for less than 9 percent of the vote.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

1. Cover Battle: Cosmopolitan or Vibe, February 21

2. Former Anchor Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert, February 21

3. A Truly Fantastic New York Times Obituary, February 26

4. Uncertainty Pervades Time Inc. as Meredith Talks Continue, February 22

5. (Poll): Lining Up Possible WCBS Morning Anchor Candidates, February 26

6. Ashley Morrison (above) Returns to WCBS as MoneyWatch Anchor, February 27

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WABC Claims February Sweeps Victory

WABC/Channel 7 heads into March following a successful February sweeps period. The station won early and late, starting with Eyewitness News This Morning and ending with the 11 p.m. newscast.

In every daypart, WABC was tops among households and the all-important adults 25 to 54 demographic.

The Bill Ritter-Sade Baderinwa broadcast scored a 6.3 household rating, the highest for any 11 p.m. newscast in a major sweep in nearly four years, the station says.

WCBS/Channel 2, though, was pleased with its February performance.

Its late news, anchored by Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson, had an average of 511,000,
the station’s largest 11 p.m. audience during a major sweep period since November 2010 and best February sweep performance since 2005, a station spokesperson says.

The station also saw year-to-year gains at 5 and 6 p.m.

If the final day of the sweeps period is any indication, WNBC came in third among noon newscasts in the 25 to 54 demo and households.

At 5 p.m., WNBC only beat WNYW and WPIX. The same applies for Channel 4 at 6 p.m. (minus a WPIX newscast).

However, thanks to the Ellen lead-in, WNBC may have notched a slight victory in the adults 25 to 54 demo at 5 p.m.

WNBC was third at 11 p.m.

Oscar Night Gives Golden Week to WABC

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As the sweeps period ends today, WABC/Channel 7 had an easy win leading up to the February ratings block. The prime time figures were released today and WABC/Channel 7 rode the Oscars to victory.

Although the approximately three-hour 45- minute broadcast didn’t end until about 12:15 a.m., enough eyes were glued to Seth MacFarlane‘s first time as emcee. The telecast had an estimated 4 million WABC viewers with a 20.6 rating, according to Nielsen.

But it didn’t stop there. WABC also found Oscar gold in the 90-minute Red Carpet special, notching number two, three, and four in half-hour intervals. The highest portion, obviously, was just prior to the awards show starting with 2.9 million viewers and a 14.7 rating. Cable network E! also charted at number 22 for its Red Carpet coverage Sunday (618,000/3.2).

NCIS was fifth for the week with 1 million viewers and a 5.2 rating.

WNBC made its first appearance in the Top 30 with Law & Order: SVU at 27 (592,000/3.0).

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Ashley Morrison Returns to WCBS as MoneyWatch Anchor

It’s been 10 days since Rob Morrison was arrested for allegedly choking his wife, CBS Money Watch anchor Ashley Morrison. One week ago, Rob resigned from WCBS as the scandal grew.

Ashley returned to her post yesterday on CBS 2 This Morning, formerly opposite her husband. Now occupied by Chris Wragge on a fill-in basis alongside Mary Calvi.

Last week, Rob took to social media and spoke to other outlets, including FishbowlNY, professing his innocence. Morrison’s attorney, Robert Skovgaard says the couple won’t be granting interviews for the foreseeable future.

“We have no further comment to make regarding Mr. Morrison.  The media need to let the Morrisons handle this personal, family matter privately.”

Rob Morrison faces a felony charge of strangulation. His next appearance in Stamford Superior Court is due on March 26.

Reporters to Converge on Vatican City for Election of New Pope

Pope Benedict made the unprecedented decision to retire. It’s the first time since 1415 that a pope has resigned. It’s a busy time at the Vatican. Benedict will make his final appearance was pope Thursday, before the conclave of cardinals pick his successor.

With the even the slightest hint that New York’s own Cardinal Dolan, dare we say it, could become the next pope, starions are flocking to wait for the puff of smoke.

Among the stations sending correspondents is WCBS/Channel 2 as reporter Tony Aiello spends the rest of week Rome.

WNBC/Channel 4 will send anchor David Ushery, who previously covered the pope, returns to the Vatican for the Conclave of Cardinals that is expected to start next week.

WABC/Channel 7 weekend anchor Joe Torres will be in Rome. The station could not confirm, though, when he will begin to file reports.

On radio, veteran reporter Rich Lamb will make his way to Rome early next week for the Conclave.

WINS is sending Juliet Papa to cover the events at the Sistine Chapel. News director Ben Mevorach tells FishbowlNY, “She has traveled to Rome to cover the Pope on several other occasions for us, so she is well prepared and will bring listeners a very experienced perspective.”

Update: WPIX is sending to reporters Dan Mannarino and Mary Murphy, according to a tweet by Mannarino.

NY1 reporter Vivian Lee is headed to Rome. She’ll cover the papal resignation Thursday. Lee will resume daily updates Sunday as the cardinals hold their Conclave to select the next pope.

 

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Next Stop for Veteran Anchor Jim Watkins: FiOS 1

When last we left Jim Watkins, he was getting some anchor shifts at News 12 Westchester. Now, he’s popped up on RNN’s FiOS1, seen on Long Island and New Jersey.

No word on when he debuted, but video clips on the station’s Web site show Watkins as of last Friday. One clip indicates a breakout for the veteran anchor, a 6 1/2-minute segment about making Oscar party themed drinks with a mixologist.

Watkins has weathered the professional storm after his bitter conclusion to 13 popular years at WPIX. He was terminated in 2011. You’ll recall the longstanding PIX anchor team of Watkins and Kaity Tong was reshuffled in 2010 when Jodi Applegate was hired.

Tong is a PIX survivor, still anchoring weekends.

Watkins could be positioning himself for another run in New York, specificially at WCBS sister site WLNY, run by former WPIX GM  Betty Ellen Barlamino.

American Idol is Back on Top of Weekly Ratings

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The Super Bowl and Grammys are long over. The Oscars are coming up this weekend. So, for now, it’s back to “normal” atop the weekly prime time ratings. Fox’s American Idol led the way with the top two programs for the week.

The Wednesday night Idol had an estimated 990,000 viewers on WNYW/Channel 5 with a 5.0 rating, according to Nielsen. The following night’s Idol registered 953,000 viewers and a 4.9 rating.

The NBA All-Star Game on TNT had a third-place finish with a 926,000 fans and a 4.7 rating. TNT’s coverage of the always entertaining All-Star Saturday night tied for eighth (807,000/4.1).

The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family also tied for third.

WNBC had just one appearance in the Top 30 with Law & Order: SVU at 27 (536,000/2.7).

PBS’ Downton Abbey finished in a 20th-place tie (570,000/2.9).

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