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ABC News is the news gathering and program production division of the ABC TV network, a subsidiary of the Disney/ABC TV Group. ABC News programs include “Good Morning America,” “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Nightline,” “20/20,” and “This Week.” James Goldston is the president of ABC News. He succeeded Ben Sherwood who was elevated to the position of co-president of the Disney/ABC TV Group in March 2014.

ABC ‘World News’ Introduces In-Break Teases

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ABC News is now running promotional teases during paid advertisements. The one-line teases promote upcoming stories in the newscast including last night’s “Mystery Ride: Why Did A Man Ride On The Hood Of A Car?” and “New Movie Magic: Watching Movies in 4-D”

Cable business networks often run news around commercial spots. Cable news channels often do so on election nights or other ongoing news coverage. But this is the first time we’ve noticed one of the big three evening newscasts promote their upcoming stories as commercials air. ABC, which has been running the in-break teases since early May, tells us advertisers are fine with it.

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World Cup Ratings Soar; Univision Has Most-Viewed Telecast in History

mexiconetherlandsAs the clock ticks down to the 4pmET start for the Round of 16 USA/Belgium World Cup match, the TV ratings for other World Cup games continue to score big in the U.S.

Univision’s airing of the Mexico vs. Netherlands match Sunday afternoon was the most-viewed telecast in U.S. Spanish-language television history. The match drew 10.4 million Total Viewers and 5.8 million Adults 18-49.

Univision’s coverage of Mexico vs. Netherlands out-delivered ESPN. Still, the English-language airing on ESPN drew 6.571 million Total Viewers making it the highest-rated men’s World Cup match, in any round not involving a U.S. team.

ABC also posted large audiences for its weekend telecasts. ABC’s coverage of Brazil beating Chile on Saturday, ranks as the third highest-rated non-U.S. men’s World Cup Round of 16 match on ESPN or ABC drawing 6.142 million Total Viewers.

For Univision, the Mexico vs. Netherlands match, with a late scoring win for the Dutch, reached 16.2 million Total Viewers who tuned into all or part of the broadcast.

The World Cup continues to score on social media, with Facebook topping 1 billion mentions from 220 million users.

Barbara Walters’ Return to ABC Wins the Night

WaltersRodger304Barbara Walters’ exclusive interview with Peter Rodger on “20/20″ Friday was the #1 broadcast program of the night in the two young demos: A18-49 and A25-54. With. 6.2 million viewers it came in second among total viewers to a repeat of CBS’ “Blue Bloods” which drew 6.3 million.

“20/20″ grew by double digits week-to-week in Total Viewers (+24%), Adults 18-49 (+18%) and Adults 25-54 (+13%).

“20/20′s” lead-in, the ABC News program “What Would You Do?” won its time period in A18-49, and was the second-most watched show in that demo of the night. “What Would You Do?” was also up week-to-week in Total Viewers (+16% – 4.4 million vs. 3.8 million), Adults 18-49 (+20% – 1.2/5 vs. 1.0/4) and Adults 25-54 (+33% – 1.6/6 vs. 1.2/4) topping a Meredith Vieira 2-hour special which averaged 3.82 million Total Viewers.

This Cable News Host Isn’t Headed to ‘The View’

Mika Brzezinski at Fortune Summit_304x200As speculation about who will replace Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy on “The View” grows, you can scratch at least one name off the list.

We’ve been hearing that MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski could potentially be headed to the ABC chat show, so we asked MSNBC. The network tells us there’s no truth to the rumor.

Meanwhile, Meredith Vieira, one of the original “The View” co-hosts was on NBC’s “Today” show giving her thoughts on last night’s firing of Shepherd and McCarthy. “It’s practically broken down the show, it’s just Whoopi [Goldberg] who’s left,” said Vieira.

Vieira said she’s heard rumors of former host Rosie O’Donnell returning as well as the potential for male hosts. Al Roker asked Vieira if she can make a call and get the inside scoop. “I don’t have enough to do, that I have to do your homework…I don’t work on the show anymore!” Vieira said (watch after the jump).

A couple hours later, Barbara Walters returned to “The View” to discuss her interview with the father of the Isla Vista shooter, which will air tonight in a “20/20″ special. The segment was pre-taped Wednesday, before Shepherd and McCarthy’s exits.

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‘NY Med’ Season Two Premiere Draws Show’s Best-Ever Ratings

NY MEDABC’s medical docu-series “NY Med” premiered its second season last night to its best ratings ever.

The episode, which featured Dr. Mehmet Oz dealing with a patient’s aorta tearing, won its 10pmET timeslot in total viewers.

The show drew 5.5 million viewers and 0.9 A18-49 viewers. At the preview screening of the first episode two weeks ago, EP Terry Wrong told TVNewser: “We see this show as far more than entertainment.”

George Stephanopoulos Runs a Jeopardy! Category

GeorgeJeopardyOn Jeopardy! last night, ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos was the focus of an entire category. In the category, “A Visit with George Stephanopoulos,” the “GMA” and “This Week” host played the part of Alex Trebek reading all the clues. Most of them were about interviews Stephanopoulos has conducted. However, “Who is Diane Sawyer?” was the $400 clue.

Stephanopoulos taped them a few months ago on the “World News” set in New York. Insiders tell us anyone who attended the taping had to sign confidentiality agreements not to discuss it until the show aired. Jeopardy! producers didn’t ask for input on questions nor did they run them by Stephanopoulos’ team beforehand. Still, some of the clues were reworded during the taping, but without changing the substance.

Two different contestants answered all of the clues correctly.

Shakeup at ‘The View’

As Barbara Walters makes her return to “The View” tomorrow to promote her “20/20″ special, two other cast members are making their way toward the exit. Earlier this evening TMZ reported Sherri Shepherd was being pushed out. Not long after, Jenny McCarthy Tweeted, “If Sherri goes… I go too. #sisters.” Later, McCarthy posted this picture with Sheperd and Co-Executive Producer Bill Geddie. (Walters remains an Co-EP on the show.)

Tomorrow’s “The View” was pre-taped Wednesday, so it will be business as usual on the show. In hindsight, Walters’ splashy farewell last month presaged bigger changes for the daytime show. While Whoopi Goldberg is staying, TMZ reports former “Tonight Show” intern Ross Mathews and former NFL quarterback Jesse Palmer are on the short-list to join.

Update: B&C reports the show will be moving from its studio on the West Side of Manhattan to ABC headquarters near Central Park West, occupying Katie Couric’s former studio. For a glimpse at that studio’s green room, check out Couric’s “My First Big Break” video produced by MediabistroTV in April.

More: Statement from ABC: “The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively.”

More, More: Statement from Sherri Shepherd: “It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.”

Families of Elliot Rodger’s Victims Upset By Media Attention Given to Killer

UCSBParentsThe parents of David Wang and George Chen, two of the first victims of Elliot Rodger during his killing spree last month, tell CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy no one from Rodger’s family has reached out to them.

“We want to hear some personal condolence and apologize, and this is the minimum they should do,” says George Chen’s father Johnny Chen. Tracy reached out to Elliot Rodger’s father Peter Rodger last night, who has now sent a letter of condolence. That’s too late for the families, who say the killer and his family have been given too much media attention, including Barbara Walters‘ sit-down with Peter Rodger scheduled to air as a “20/20″ special tomorrow night.

Tracy says the couples hadn’t planned on speaking to the media, but felt a responsibility in hopes of preventing future similar tragedies. WATCH: Read more

ABC’s ‘NY Med’ About ‘Far More Than Entertainment’

OzAfter almost two years of production, ABC’s high-stakes medical docu-series “NY Med” returns tonight at 10pmET.

TVNewser was at the new season’s preview screening two weeks ago, where doctors, nurses, and patients spoke about their experiences on the show.

“We see this show as far more than entertainment,” EP Terry Wrong told us. “We often have had doctors and nurses come up to us and say they went to medical or nursing school because of our shows.”

One doctor part of the show definitely went to medical school: Dr. Mehmet Oz is in the right place at the right time during tonight’s premiere, when a patient’s condition worsens to the point where Oz doesn’t know whether he’ll live past the next ten minutes.

From life-threatening ER crises to a more lighthearted case involving an older gentleman hell-bent on having sex again, the show offers a little bit of everything.

“There are points where a story gets so hard, that I don’t want to see it, and I don’t think the viewer wants to see it,” Wrong said about deciding what to include in episodes and what to leave on the cutting room floor. “You have to use your own gut check, not just as a producer, but as a human being.”

The show works by not “lecturing audiences about some issue like healthcare,” Wrong says.  “Tell them a story with strong doctors, nurses or patients and they will absorb the information as it relates to the characters they become invested in.”

‘World News’ Handoff Begins

SawyerMuirAt the end of tonight’s “World News,” Diane Sawyer talked about her upcoming transition off the show and introduced her replacement. “I love every night I get to spend with you,” said Sawyer, “and I’m so happy that someone you know well is going to be at the helm of ‘World News’ starting September 2nd. David Muir is going to be anchor, managing editor sitting right here at this desk.”

Added Muir, “For everyone in this studio, everyone in the control room, down in the newsroom, they know that you’re the captain here, they know you have led us.”

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