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‘Dateline’ Cracks Top 10 in Broadcast Primetime Viewers

dateline logo_304x200For the week ending on June 1, NBC’s “Dateline” finished eighth in broadcast primetime total viewers.

7.1 million viewers tuned in on Friday, May 30, making “Dateline” the number one show in total viewers for the night; the audience was NBC’s biggest in the Friday night timeslot in two months.

Year-over-year, “Dateline” was up +18% in total viewers.  On Friday’s two-hour episode, correspondent Andrea Canning investigated the mystery behind Leslie Mueller‘s drowning, and her husband Fred’s role in the tragedy.

For the same week, fellow newsmagazine “60 Minutes” ranked #4, with 8.2 million viewers tuning in Sunday night.

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The Ticker: ’20/20,’ MacCallum, Regis

  • Among younger viewers, “20/20″ was the most-watched newsmagazine during the month of June. The ABC show topped CBS’ “60 Minutes” and NBC’s “Dateline” in adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.

  • As Regis Philbin gears up for the launch of his Fox Sports 1 show next month, he tells the New York Post he’s ready to get back to daily television. “There were times when I would get a little antsy, when I wondered what I could or should be doing,” he said.

‘I Do Not Think Showtime Was a Brand that CBS Would Have Trusted Two Years Ago’

Showtime president of entertainment David Nevins was a guest on Bloomberg TV’s “Street Smart” Friday, and he had a few words about the long-running CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes.” CBS is a sister network to Showtime, and Showtime recently started airing “60 Minutes Sports,” a spin-off of the iconic series.

“’60 Minutes’ is one of the great brands in the history of television,” Nevins said to Bloomberg’s Trish Regan. “I do not think Showtime was a brand that CBS would have trusted two years ago, but now you get in that cycle of everything feeding into each other.”

The Weekend Ticker: ’60 Minutes,’ The Onion, ‘Chained To My Ex’

  • Entertainment Weekly has named CBS newsmagaine “60 Minutes” one of its “Old Shows That Still Kick Ass.” “Expect 60 Minutes to outlive most of its audience,” the magazine quipped.

  • The Onion may be returning to TV, sort of. “The Onion News Network” may have been canceled, but CNBC reports that a new pilot, “a scripted comedy set behind the scenes of The Onion News Network,” has been picked up by Amazon. Visitors to Amazon.com will determine its fate as Amazon will pick up the shows that click with viewers.

  • Tonight at 9pmET, MSNBC will add a new program to its documentary block, “Chained To My Ex.” “Intervention” creator Sam Mettler and comedian Matt Ritter are behind the series, which profiles divorced couples who can’t move on with their lives.

’60 Minutes’ #6 Show for the Week with 14M Viewers

For the second time in three weeks, CBS’ “60 Minutes” has a place in the top 10 shows of the week. With a lead-in audience from the San Diego Chargers – Denver Broncos NFL game, Sunday’s broadcast finished at #6 in both Total Viewers (14.04 million) and households (9.0/13).

Sunday’s edition of “60 Minutes” featured Lara Logan‘s story on the takedown of a cocaine cartel, Lesley Stahl reporting on infant mortality rates and Armen Keteyian‘s examination of football as a college recruitment tool.

CBS News Won’t Release Name of Navy SEAL, But CBSNews.com Apparently Will

When “60 Minutes” scored the exclusive interview with the Navy SEAL who wrote the tell-all book about the Osama bin Laden raid, Scott Pelley promised that his anonymity would be safe:

“When word of the book came out last month, a cable news channel learned Mark Owen’s real name and reported it,” Pelley said. “Since then, others have reported his name. We will not.”

CBS News has so far stuck to that arrangement, though the AP (and subsequently CBSNews.com) has not:

In a separate account of the raid that was published last month, one member of the Navy team, Matt Bissonnette, wrote that the SEALS climbed a stairway inside the compound and opened fire when bin Laden poked his head around a doorway. Bissonnette wrote that bin Laden’s hands were concealed and the SEALS presumed he was armed so they shot him.

Update: TVNewser hears that the story will be coming down. It was an AP story that slipped through the cracks on a debate day.

Despite NFL and Emmy Competition, ’60 Minutes’ Powers To Number Six For Week

Sunday could have been a tough night in the ratings for CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

Despite interviews with President Obama and Mitt Romney, as well as a huge NFL lead-in, the newsmagazine was up against a big NFL game on NBC, and the Emmys on ABC.

Despite the tough competition (and likely thanks to the NFL lead-in and the big interviews), “60 Minutes” did just fine, drawing 12.6 million total viewers, enough to make it the number six primetime program for the week. For comparison, the Emmys drew 13.3 million viewers, while “Sunday Night Football” drew 21.3 million.

44 Candles for ’60 Minutes’

44 years ago today, “60 Minutes” debuted. “It’s a kind of a magazine for television,” Harry Reasoner described it. Like yesterday’s show, which included interviews with the two men running for president, that first episode included stories about the 1968 presidential election, with a “60 Minutes” camera capturing GOP nominee Richard Nixon discussing who his running mate might be, and Democratic nominee Hubert Humphrey securing his nomination.

’60 Minutes’ Takes Heat For Standard Practice: Trimming An Interview For Time

Some blogs and news outlets are criticizing CBS News for cutting out of last night’s “60 Minutes” a statement by President Obama regarding some of his campaign ads. Obama said that some of the ads “go overboard,” and may contain statements that aren’t true.

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CBS, as it usually does with big newsmaker interviews, posted the clip on its site, 60MinutesOvertime.com. While the critics would have readers believe that CBS cut out the segment to try and carry water for the President, the truth, as usual, is much more boring. Both Obama and Mitt Romney had long interviews with CBS, and both had to be chopped extensively for time. Anything that didn’t make it into the broadcast was posted online.

Or as a spokesperson for ’60 Minutes’ explained to Politico:

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Mitt Romney, President Obama In Dueling Interviews on CBS ’60 Minutes’ Sunday

CBS newsmagzine “60 Minutes” has finally scheduled the interview it conducted with President Obama. As expected, it will be  paired with an interview with his competitor, GOP candidate Mitt Romney. Steve Kroft interviewed President Obama for “60 Minutes” last week, and Scott Pelley speaks to Romney this week.

The interviews will air on “60 Minutes” this Sunday, September 23. Topics of discussion with both men will include the economy  jobs and healthcare.

The interviews, combined with  a NFL lead-in, should lead the program to some very strong ratings. Particularly during the main TV season, “60 Minutes” is the number one TV news program in the country, making it a very popular stop for politicians.

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