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Sunday Show Ratings: August 24

sunday shows_304CBS’ “Face the Nation” notched a win in total viewers on August 24, besting ABC’s “This Week” by +242,000 total viewers. “This Week” won in the A25-54 demo beating the CBS broadcast by 28,000 viewers.  ”Meet the Press,” guest hosted by Chris Jansing was third. “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Compared to the same week last year, every show but “Al Punto”(-3%) was up in total viewers. “Face the Nation” was up the most in total viewers (+30%) and the A25-54 demo (+20%).  ”Fox News Sunday” was the lone program to lose ground in the demo (-4%).

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,644,000 total viewers and 560,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for August 17:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS “Face the Nation” 3.053M 829K
ABC “This Week” 2.811M 857K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.442M 712K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.298M 401K
UNI “Al Punto” 718K 399K
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Diane Sawyer Voices New David Muir ‘World News Tonight’ Promo

TVNewser got its hands on the first promo for “World News Tonight with David Muir,” which officially debuts Tuesday night. The promotional spot is voiced by former “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer.


The Morning Ticker: Wagner Wedding, Turner Move, Rivers’ Health

  • Politico reports President Obama will attend the wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner to the Obama family chef Sam Kass on Saturday. The couple will marry at at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY. Kass is also the executive director of the “Let’s Move” campaign.

  • Broadcasting & Cable reports Michael Wright, president and head of programming at TNT, TBS and TCM, is leaving Turner. Wright has been with the company since joining TNT in 2002. The move comes as Turner offers buyouts to hundreds of employees.

  • Joan Rivers remains in a medically induced coma at a New York Hospital following complications of an endoscopy Thursday morning. The three network morning shows all updated Rivers’s condition in the first 10 minutes of their shows this morning.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, August 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 278 | MSNBC: 88 | CNN: 150 | HLN: 112
  • Primetime: FNC: 459 | MSNBC: 172 | CNN: 210 | HLN: 85

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

119

TheFive:

249

Baier:

320

Greta:

290

O’Reilly:

498

Kelly:

467

Hannity:

412

Smith:

245

Kelly:

273

MSNBC
Wagner:

77

EdShow:

60

Sharpton:

125

Matthews:

126

Hayes:

161

Maddow:

199

O’Donnell:

158

Hayes:

96

Maddow:

90

CNN
Tapper:

127

Blitzer:

153

Blitzer:

141

Burnett:

128

Cooper:

181

Cooper:

237

Tonight:

212

Tonight:

186

CNNI:

142

HLN
Now:

75

Files:

23

Files:

48

Jane:

66

Grace:

74

Dr.Drew:

54

Files:

126

Files:

255

Files:

252

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Pres. Obama Calls on ‘Big Cheese’ Chuck Todd First, In Todd’s Last Briefing for NBC News

The broadcast networks broke in Thursday afternoon to carry remarks from President Obama. Lester Holt anchored for NBC, Amy Robach for ABC and Maurice DuBois anchored on CBS as Pres. Obama delivered a statement on the U.S. economy, the continued ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria and the crisis in Ukraine. The president then opened it up to questions:

ToddBriefing“I’m going to start with somebody who, I guess, is now a big cheese. He’s moved on. But I understand this is go to be his last chance to ask me a question in the press room. I want to congratulate Chuck Todd and give him first dibs.” (Watch after the jump) Todd, who is moving on to “Meet the Press,” asked about Syria/ISIS.

The Wall Street Journal‘s Colleen McCain Nelson got the second question, asking the president whether today’s military action by Russia is considered to be an invasion of Ukraine. After three more questions, the president started to leave the briefing room, but returned to take a question on whether he’d make any executive actions on immigration reform. Obama: “It continues to be my belief that if I can’t see congressional action, that I need to do at least what I can in order to make the system work better.”

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Bill Wolff Named EP of ‘The View;’ Brian Balthazar Joining ABC Show as co-EP

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A week after signing off as EP of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Bill Wolff (above left) has been announced as the new executive producer of “The View.”

The show also made other behind-the-scenes changes including the addition of another TV news veteran, Brian Balthazar (above right) as co-executive producer. Ashley S. Gorman will be the show’s director in the new season, and Kathleen Rajsp has been named senior supervising producer.

“I am so appreciative for the privilege to work on this iconic program and to have the chance to collaborate with incredible people like Whoopi and Rosie, who each bring immense talent and boundless passion to show,” Wolff said in a statement. “I will be forever grateful to Rachel Maddow for six amazing years together. As I begin this next chapter, I cannot fully express my profound gratitude to [Disney/ABC TV president] Ben Sherwood for making it all possible.”

Balthazar, an MSNBC alum like Wolff, joins from AOL where he was head of programming. He’s also been in the talk show trenches working many years at the “Today” show. He launched the fourth hour of “Today” with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, before going to work as a director of programming at HGTV.

Gorman has directed thousands of hours of live shows in the U.K. and the U.S. including: “Hell’s Kitchen,” “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here…NOW!,” and “The Biggest Loser.”

Rajsp has worked on “Katie,” “Anderson” and “Dr. Phil,” among others.

The new season of “The View” begins Monday, Sept. 15.

ABC Brings ‘Tonight’ Back to ‘World News’

WorldNewsTonightFollowing Diane Sawyer‘s sign-off last night, the first promo to air teased what’s ahead on tonight’s show. Eagle-eyed viewers also noticed something different. As of today, ABC’s flagship broadcast is known as “World News Tonight.”

The broadcast had long been called “World News Tonight,” but ABC dropped the “Tonight” in 2006 during Charles Gibson‘s time as anchor. At the time, ABC News president David Westin explained, “Our flagship evening news broadcast has evolved well beyond thirty minutes on television. As we continue to expand ABC News and ‘World News’ into the 24-hour space created by the digital world, it makes sense for that reality to be reflected in the title of the broadcast.”

There’s no explanation this time for the change. The Twitter account for the show @abcworldnews already includes the new graphic and the Facebook link has been changed from World News to ABC World News Tonight. David Muir‘s name will be added to the title when he officially takes over as anchor next Tuesday. “World News Tonight” gets a new EP in the coming weeks as Almin Karamehmedovic moves over from “Nightline.”

Morning Show Ratings: Week of August 18

morningshowanchors2014ABC’s “Good Morning America” begins its third year as the most-watched morning show. The only weeks “GMA” has lost to NBC’s “Today” since the 2012 London Olympics, were the two weeks of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

But compared to the same week last year, only “CBS This Morning” showed total viewer growth. “CTM” was up +8%, while “GMA” was down -6% and “Today” was down -1%. In the A25-54 demo, all three shows lost viewers vs. last year: “GMA” was down -7%, “Today” down -8% and “CTM” down -3%.

The averages for the week of August 18, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4.849M / NBC: 4.359M / CBS: 2.858M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.773M / NBC: 1.622M / CBS: 880,000

 

Sean Hannity: ‘If You Shut Up, I’ll Give You An Answer’

HannityGuestSean Hannity‘s 11-minute interview with British Imam Anjem Choudary last night was both fiery and futile.

“Are you that dumb and ignorant?” Hannity asked at one point, as Choudary evaded most of Hannity’s questions.

“You want to listen to your own voice,” said Choudary. “Maybe you would learn something if you listen. Shut up for a minute! Shut up for a minute,” the Imam said. “Answer! Answer the question!” Hannity shot back. “You are the enemy of free people. You support evil and death and demise of innocent people,” Hannity added.

In the end Choudary vowed that “Sharia law is coming to a place near you.” Hannity then ended it: “All right. You’re wasting my time. Goodbye.” Watch: Read more

Wilfred Frost Follows in Father’s Footsteps

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Two new anchors are set to join CNBC’s “Worldwide Exchange.”

Wilfred Frost and Seema Mody (center) join Julia Chatterley (left) as hosts of the daily global business show next month. Broadcast from the CNBC London studio, and airing from 4-6amET weekdays, the show aims to be the “essential business and investment news from the Asian, EMEA and American markets.”

Frost, a former fund manager, is new to CNBC. He’s chosen journalism, the career of his late father, Sir David Frost, who died a year ago Sunday. Frost graduated from Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics and worked for five years at an investment house. Seema Mody has been a reporter with CNBC in New York since 2011. She was previously an anchor and reporter at CNBC-TV18 in Mumbai where she co-anchored “Power Breakfast” and “After the Bell.”

“The ensemble format, with personalities representing rich and diverse experiences, will guide our investor audience through the myriad news stories that break and develop each business day in markets all over the world,” says CNBC SVP & Editor-in-Chief, Nikhil Deogun. “The show provides our viewers with a curated selection of the events that most affect their investment decisions.”

Frost joins Monday. Mody will join in mid-September.

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