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Archives: May 2014

Sunday Show Ratings: May 25

CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic over Memorial Day weekend, taking home the top spot for the second week straight. ABC’s “This Week” was second; NBC’s “Meet the Press” was preempted due to coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Compared to the same week last year, only “This Week” is up in both ratings measurements, growing +18% in total viewers and +21% in the A25-54 demo. “Face the Nation” is down -11% in total viewers and flat in the demo, “Fox News Sunday” is flat in total viewers and down -9% in the demo, and Univision’s “Al Punto” is down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,368,000 total viewers and 282,000 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. “This Week” was re-titled due to ABC’s coverage of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.

The numbers for May 25:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.986M 915K
ABC
“This Week” 2.490M 778K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.134M 338K
UNI “Al Punto” 601K 262K
NBC “Meet the Press”

Morning Show Ratings: Week of May 19 and May Sweeps

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” won in total viewers and the A25-54 demo for both the week of May 19 and the May sweeps period. As we told you earlier, “GMA” finished the month with its largest sweeps advantage in the demo in 20 years.

“CBS This Morning” posted its best total viewer-delivery in a May sweep since 1994. But compared to the year-ago sweep, only NBC’s “Today” was up in both ratings measurements. ABC was down in total viewers and up in the demo and CBS was up in total viewers and down in younger viewers.

For the week of May 19, ABC and NBC are both flat in total viewers and up in the A25-54 demographic compared to the same week last year. CBS is up in total viewers, but down in the demo.

The averages for the week of May 19, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.653M / NBC: 4.850M / CBS: 3.099M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.135M / NBC: 2.012M / CBS: 954,000

The averages for May sweeps:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.678M / NBC: 4.939M / CBS: 3.144M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.149M / NBC: 2.013M / CBS: 967,000

 

Broadcast of D-Day +70 Commemoration In Jeopardy

DDay7070 years ago next week, American and allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to begin freeing Western Europe from Hitler’s grip. 70 years later, the commemoration of those events is not coming free.

The AP reports French broadcasters France Televisions and TF1 are demanding that news providers including the AP, and Reuters pay nearly $265,000 for live broadcast and online streaming coverage of the official ceremonies. The decision comes from French President Francois Hollande who has given those networks exclusive rights to the main international ceremony.

A request by the news agencies to cover the main international ceremony live themselves was denied. The decision means that millions of people around the world may not be able to see next Friday’s ceremonies, including D-Day veterans who may be too frail to travel to France for the anniversary.

Pres. Obama Accepts VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s Resignation

Broadcast networks provided special coverage this morning for President Obama’s statement on the VA scandal investigation, in which he announced his acceptance of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki‘s resignation.

CBS News broke in at 11:14amET with Margaret Brennan anchoring from New York and CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. ABC News broke in at 11:15amET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House. NBC News broke in at 11:15amET with Savannah Guthrie anchoring alongside “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory in New York; NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd reported from the White House.

“Secretary Shinseki offered me his own resignation. With considerable regret, I accepted,” President Obama said, going on to list Shinseki’s accomplishments as a U.S. soldier and VA Secretary. The president announced Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson will serve as acting VA Secretary until a permanent replacement is found.

The first question went to Leo Shane from the Military Times. The second went to Bloomberg TV’s Phil Mattingly.

ABC News Has Best May Sweep Since Roone Arledge was In Charge

Goldston_Sawyer_Walters304ABC News is taking a victory lap after the network’s newscasts finished in first place in either the key news demo or total viewers, or, in the case of “Good Morning America,” both.

It was ABC’s best May sweep since since 1995, when legendary ABC News president Roone Arledge was in charge. As we reported earlier this week, “World News” won the A25-54 demo for the first time in more than six years. “Good Morning America” won the month in both Total Viewers and A25-54, with the largest demo lead over NBC’s “Today” in 20 years.

“This Week with George Stephanopoulos” finishes #1 in the A25-54 demo, its first win in that demo in nearly 21 years.

“Nightline” won its first sweeps period ever in Total Viewers in its new time slot out-delivering NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” (Meyers still takes the younger demos).

And “20/20″ wins the A18-49 demo in the Friday 10pm time slot and had its strongest May sweep in 7 years in Total Viewers, since May 2007.

Arledge is credited with building a formidable team of on-air journalists including Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, and David Brinkley during his tenure as president of ABC News from 1977 – 1998, putting ABC News in a competitive position for the first time with stalwarts CBS News and NBC News. Arledge passed away in 2002.

The May wins come as a transition in leadership is underway at ABC News with James Goldston (pictured above with Sawyer and Walters on Wednesday) taking over as news president in April from Ben Sherwood who is now president of the Disney/ABC TV group.

Much more in a release, with details, after the jump…

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Greta Van Susteren on Passion for Jailed U.S. Marine: ‘In My DNA’ as Former Lawyer

Greta Van Susteren interviewed jailed U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who’s been jailed in Mexico for close to two months, last night on “On the Record.”

“I’m hoping maybe a month I’ll be out of here, that would be great,” Tahmooressi told Greta, adding that if it takes longer, it will be “sad and lonely.”  Greta urged viewers to sign a White House petition demanding Tahmooressi’s release. The Afghanistan War veteran was imprisoned when, according to him,  he accidentally crossed into Mexico possessing three firearms.

“It’s in my DNA as a former criminal defense lawyer,” Van Susteren tells TVNewser about her passion for this story, which drove her to go to the Mexican prison Tahmooressi is jailed in. “I did an old-fashioned gumshoe investigation so I could see for myself and I understand how Sgt. Tahmooressi could make an accidental turn. I’m doing my job putting a spotlight on an issue.”

The Ticker: Levy, Barbieri, Scarborough

  • Ari Levy has been named Senior Technology Reporter for CNBC, joining from Bloomberg. Levy will be based in San Francisco and responsible for day-to-day coverage of the biggest technology stories and trends. He starts June 9.

  • Rich Barbieri is the new managing editor of CNNMoney. Barbieri has been with CNNMoney for the last 6 years as deputy managing editor. In the past he’s worked for Crain’s, the AP and American Lawyer magazine.

  • MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough writes the introduction to a new TIME book on President Ronald Reagan, who passed away 10 years ago next week. TIME Reagan: His Political Life and Lasting Legacy is on sale now.

NBC News Makes Cuts to Atlanta Bureau

nbcnews130NBC News is making cuts in its Southeast Region Bureau, headquartered in Atlanta, as it moves resources to Miami. The staff in Atlanta was informed of the changes Thursday. At least 10 people are affected. They will either move to Miami or be out of a job. A reporting team will remain in Atlanta to cover the region.

“NBC News has recently made a significant investment in our Miami bureau, including building a new state of the art facility, with the purpose of making it our main presence in the southeast region,” an NBC News spokesperson tells TVNewser. “As a result, some of the staff in the Atlanta bureau will be affected and we are trying to identify other roles for them in the company.”

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, May 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 170 | MSNBC: 73 | CNN: 67 | HLN: 90
  • Primetime: FNC: 260 | MSNBC: 108 | CNN: 78 | HLN: 87

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

157

TheFive:

243

Baier:

179

Greta:

183

O’Reilly:

305

Megyn:

241

Hannity:

235

O’Reilly:

155

Megyn:

132

MSNBC
Wagner:

65

EdShow:

67

Sharpton:

102

Matthews:

104

Hayes:

125

Maddow:

111

O’Donnell:

89

Hayes:

59

Maddow:

73

CNN
Tapper:

79

Blitzer:

72

Blitz/Cross:

99/46

Burnett:

89

Cooper:

63

Bourdain:

86

Tonight:

84

Cooper:

81

Bourdain:

127

HLN
News:

57

WWYD:

55

DrDrew:

22

Jane:

42

Grace:

82

DrDrew:

76

Files:

101

Files:

203

Files:

191

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CNN Goes Back to ‘The Sixties’

In celebration of the premiere of “The Sixties,” CNN threw a ’60s themed party Wednesday night at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The party was held in the same space where the network’s exhibit of ’60s artifacts is on display this week.

The party included entertainment from Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux and 1960s-themed food, including green bean casserole, turkey meatloaf and retro candy, served on TV dinner trays. Guests posed for photos with tie-dye bandanas, retro sunglasses, and inflatable guitars. The exhibit, which features one of Keith Richards‘ guitars, a lifesize replica of Mr. Rogers, and an old television camera belonging to CBS News, was also open to guests.

TVNewser spotted Don Lemon, Ashleigh Banfield, John Berman, Brian Stelter and his wife, NY1′s Jamie Stelter, Christine Romans and Sally Kohn. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker introduced the Fab Faux before they took the stage around 8 p.m. Also in attendance: Indra Petersons, Allison Kosik, Poppy Harlow, Sam Feist, Dan Abrams, and Chris Cuomo, whose brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was on hand to open the exhibit at Grand Central on Tuesday.

“The Sixties” is a ten-part series that kicks off the network’s new primetime programming slate. The first installment airs tonight at 9pmET.

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