TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

McManus Toasts Evening News Crew

EN_1.29.jpg

CBS Evening News EP Rick Kaplan, CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus, and Evening News anchor and managing editor Katie Couric in the newsroom this afternoon.

CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus dropped in to the newsroom about an hour ago to toast the Evening News crew for last night’s double newscasts: one at the regular time and the first-ever prime time newscast at 8pm. “It was just his way of saying thanks to everyone for this run we’ve had,” says an insider. “We weren’t even prepared to get a 1 rating up against ‘American Idol, and it wasn’t even about the ratings.”

Turns out, in younger viewers (A18-49) the 8pm newscast drew a 2.0 rating/5 share to Idol’s 7.3 rating/18 share.

(Photo: Mo Cashin/CBS News)

Couric 2nd in Total Viewers, 5th in Demo in Prime Time

The “First Ever Evening Newscast in Prime Time”

> Update: Final national Nielsen ratings (Household Rating/Share, 18-49 Rating/Share):

American Idol
14.2/22 9.4/25

CBS Evening News
3.9/6 1.1/3

Knight Rider
3.7/6 1.8/5

Lost
3.4/5 1.7/4

Mediabistro Course

Mediabistro Job Fair

Mediabistro Job FairLand your next big gig! Join us on January 27 at the Altman Building in New York City for an incredible opportunity to meet with hiring managers from the top New York media companies, network with other professionals and industry leaders, and land your next job. Register now!