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Archives: September 2012

CBS News Relaunches

CBS News has quietly relaunched

The new look for the site features a lighter background, larger text and bigger photos, making it less cluttered and easier to read. There are fewer stories featured at the top, but readers get more information from them.

The links to the CBS News program sub-sites are a little harder to find, but still at the top of the page. There also appears to be a new ad unit at the top of the page.

Take a look at the old layout to the left, and the new design to the right, below.

‘Nightline’ Wins 2011-2012 Season, As Overall Late Night Viewership Falls

For the third season running, “Nightline” was the #1 show in late night topping NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’s “The Late Show.” But as “Nightline” prepares for a late night shift, the show will likely see a drop-off in viewership with the hope of staying #1 against Jimmy Fallon on NBC and Craig Ferguson on CBS.

“Nightline” topped “The Tonight Show” with its largest A25-54 lead (+45,000) in 17 years – since the 1994-95 season. “Nightline” beat “The Late Show” by its largest margins in both Total Viewers (+728,000) and Adults 25-54 (+186,000) in 13 years – since the 1998-99 season.

In January, “Nightline” will move to 12:35pmET/11:35pmCT as “Jimmy Kimmel Live” gets the coveted timeslot after the late local news, going head-to-head with Jay Leno and David Letterman.

While “Nightline” gets the win, the show is down from the 2010-2011 season: down -6% in Total Viewers and -10% in both A25-54 and A18-49 viewers. But “Nightline” is not alone in seeing a drop-off. Collectively, year-over-year “Nightline,” Leno and Letterman are down -7% in total viewers and down -12% in both the A25-54 and A18-49 demos as cable programs and other media vie for consumer attention, especially among younger viewers. And the loss of younger viewers is not an anomaly: the shows are down -13% (A25-54) and -19% (A18-49) vs. the 2009-2010 season.

ABC’s ratings are based on a 25-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on approximately :50 minutes (prior to the final national commercial break of each program).

  • Averages for the 2011-2012 Season:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.70M 1.44M 1.11M
Tonight Show NBC 3.64M 1.39M 1.07M
Late Show CBS 2.97M 1.25M 957K

The numbers for the week of Sept. 17 and the third quarter of 2012 show the downward trend as all three shows are down from their season averages. Not a good sign and likely another factor in ABC’s decision to move Kimmel up a half hour.

  • Averages for the week of Sept. 17, 2012:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.52M 1.33M 960K
Tonight Show NBC 3.13M 1.15M 912K
Late Show CBS 2.89M 1.06M 802K

  • Averages for Q3 2012:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.26M 1.21M 918K
Tonight Show NBC 3.46M 1.31M 1.04M
Late Show CBS 2.35M 925K 690K

Stahl to Schwarzenegger: ‘She Gave Up Her Television Career for You. I Mean, Wow’

Arnold Schwarzenegger tells all — or most of all — in his memoir “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life,” out Monday. But first he’s sitting down with Lesley Stahl on Sunday’s “60 Minutes.” (Schwarzenegger’s book is published by CBS Corp. company Simon & Shuster). The actor and former California governor gives the understatement of the year when he tells Stahl cheating on Maria Shriver and having an out-of-wedlock child with his housekeeper was “the stupidest thing I’ve done in the whole relationship.” Stahl proclaims: “She gave up her television career for you. I mean, wow!” Shriver’s career in TV news included co-anchoring CBS’s morning show in the mid-1980s before moving to NBC and anchoring weekend “Today” and “Nightly News” and reporting for “Dateline.”

NBC News Planning Middle East Focused Reportage Next Week

 NBC News is planning substantial coverage focusing on the increasingly complicated situation in the Middle East and Afghanistan on Sunday and Monday.

Ann Curry will be reporting from the Syria/Turkey border, while Lester Holt and Richard Engel report from Afghanistan, as the U.S. military presence extends into its 12th year there.

In addition, regular Egypt-based correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and Tehran, Iran-based correspondent Ali Rouzi will contribute  while  former NBC Tel Aviv-based correspondent Martin Fletcher will be returning to the city to report. Publishes Slideshow Trashing Fox News

Here’s something you don’t see every day: has published a slideshow of political cartoons… all attacking competitor Fox News Channel.

Some of the cartoons are from cartoonist Daryl Cagle, with others culled from various cartoonists from newspapers and websites across the country.

As an editorial cartoonist, Cagle is effectively an opinion columnist (and his blog an opinion blog), something that every news website is chock full of. That said, it is somewhat unusual for a news organization to publish such a sloppy item trashing a competitor. Fox News Digital’s Fox Nation website is often critical of competitors, but the stories and headlines are user-submitted, and the content doesn’t migrate over to

“Cagle is a freelancer whose blog appears on,” says an NBC News spokesperson. “With the upcoming launch of MSNBC’s online home, we’ll have much clearer lines between news and opinion. We’re still in transition after the acquisition from Microsoft.”

MSNBC’s ‘Last Word’ Apologizes For Confusing Satire With Truth

Earlier this week there was a satire piece published in Politico, in which one of the outlet’s reporters said that Paul Ryan referred to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail as “The Stench.” While there was some confusion on social media about whether it was a serious piece or not, most mainstream outlets realized that it was satirical. it may not have been very funny satire, but it was satire nonetheless. The same can’t be said for MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” which apparently did believe the piece was serious, with host Lawrence O’Donnell feigning incredulity at the whole affair.

On the “Last Word” blog, the staff of the show released an apology for getting it wrong:

We tried to book Roger Simon yesterday to discuss his piece but he was unavailable. Had he been a guest on the show, it obviously would have been clear that his piece was not meant to be taken literally. We regret and apologize for presenting some of the quotes in Roger Simon’s piece the way we did.

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Pew: TV Still Top News Source, But Young People Tuning Out

A new study from the Pew Research Center For The People and the Press notes that while TV is still the primary news source for a majority of Americans, it continues to decline overall. More concerning for TV is that younger people aren’t tuning in to begin with.

Every traditional news outlet, including TV, radio and newspapers, have been on the decline, according to the survey, while online news rises. Among young people however the trends look very different. While a majority of Americans 30 and over get news from TV, only around a third of those under 30 do (see graph below).

The survey also looks at cable news viewing habits, and finds that Fox News has declined slightly, CNN has declined greatly, and MSNBC has stayed flat. Regular readers may note that the poll still has CNN having more viewers than MSNBC, which doesn’t seem to gibe with the cable news ratings. That is true, but is likely due to the fact that CNN has more casual viewers (measured by Nielsen as “cume”), who tune in for a few minutes maybe once or twice a week, rather than FNC and MSNBC, who have more loyal and regular viewers.

The full survey is here.

Sunday Show Ratings: September 23

A split decision for the Sunday shows on September 23: CBS’ “Face the Nation” wins in Total Viewers and NBC’s “Meet the Press” wins in the A25-54 demographic.

ABC’s “This Week” was third, “Fox News Sunday” was fourth and Univision’s “Al Punto” was fifth.

The shows are up across the board compared to the same week last year, with ABC’s “This Week” up the most: +25% in Total Viewers and +28% in A25-54 viewers.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,985,000 Total Viewers and 384,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour airs in just 47% of the country.

The numbers for September 23:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“Face the Nation” 3.12M 898K
“Meet the Press” 2.96M 902K
ABC “This Week” 2.48M 714K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.29M 501K
Univision “Al Punto” 828K 380K

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, September 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 355 | MSNBC: 230 | CNN: 131 | HLN: 90
  • Primetime: FNC: 568 | MSNBC: 438 | CNN: 213 | HLN: 110

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
429 386 372 726 530 445 442 328
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: O’Donnell: EdShow: Maddow:
237 308 354 371 504 439 266 211
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
105 122 180 218 240 180 136 129
HLN Express: Express: VelezMitchell: Grace: DrDrew: Grace: Showbiz: DrDrew:
34 55 101 137 85 107 96 71

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Bret Baier: ‘Sometimes I think reporters in Washington get caught up in their list of questions’

With the election in the final stretch, Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier reflects on his toughest interviews in Naples Illustrated:

The toughest interviews are the ones, and usually they are politicians, who don’t answer the question you’re asking. It happens a lot, I think a lot more than people sitting at home would like. My mentor was Brit Hume as I mentioned, but I also really liked the late Tim Russert, he was a friend. I liked his style. What I learned most is that it’s about listening, not about talking. Sometimes I think reporters in Washington get caught up in their list of questions and what’s next as opposed to listening to the answer and pressing on that answer to get an answer.