An estimated 9.3 million people watched the ABC News “20/20″ special last night, featuring an interview with “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen.
The program placed first in its time period in the two key TV demos: adults 25-54 and adults 18-49. The interview placed second in total viewers behind CBS’ “The Good Wife.”
Sheen seemed to be doing everything in his power to undermine what was supposed to be an exclusive with ABC, granting three separate interviews to NBC’s “Today,” as well as to CNN’s Piers Morgan, TMZ.com and Howard Stern.
Got to hand it to Piers Morgan. After Charlie Sheen gave living room interviews to ABC’s Andrea Canning on Saturday, NBC’s Jeff Rossen on Sunday and a backyard interview with TMZ.com today, Sheen headed to CNN’s Hollywood studios for a sit-down with Morgan tonight.
Rossen interviewed Sheen again today for a new interview which will air tomorrow on “Today.” Then there’s the “20/20″ special tomorrow night. Had enough yet?
On his first day as EP of “Good Morning America” the show got scooped by cross-town rival NBC News. Here’s how it all went down.
ABC’s Andrea Canning got an interview with troubled actor Charlie Sheen at his LA home on Saturday. Canning paved the way for an interview by exchanging texts with Sheen last week about what led to the shut-down of his hit CBS show “Two and a Half Men.” And not long after crews packed up their gear, ABC began promoting the interview as part of a Tuesday night “20/20″ special with excerpts airing today and tomorrow on GMA.
But by that time, NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen was on his way to Los Angeles with hopes of getting an interview with the CBS star. The Sheen folks agreed to an interview Sunday morning and by Sunday afternoon, Rossen was at his front door. The NBC News PR department went into high gear calling their sit-down Sheen’s “first television interview since his contentious public comments against CBS and “Two and a Half Men” co-creator Chuck Lorre.” Which isn’t accurate since ABC’s interview was 24 hours before of NBC’s.
Anyway, we wondered if this is a story of two highly competitive, rival network correspondents. It’s not so much.
You won’t see Charlie Sheen in a new episode of “Two and a Half Men” this week — or maybe ever. But you will see him on “20/20″ Tuesday night.
ABC News correspondent Andrea Canning, who’d been texting the star in recent days about the personal and very public drama which lead to his hit CBS show being shut down last week, got an interview with Sheen which will be a part of a one hour “20/20″ to air Tuesday at 10pmET. And ABC will get the most of the interview airing excerpts on Monday and Tuesday’s “Good Morning America.”
ABC News correspondent Andrea Canning welcomed daughter Charlotte Brewster Bancroft to the family yesterday morning along with her husband USMC Major Tony Bancroft. A spokesperson tells us: “Charlotte was born at 7:21 am, May 19th (watching ‘Good Morning America’).” George Stephanopoulos and company congratulated Canning on “GMA” this morning:
TVNewser dropped by ABC News investigative correspondent Brian Ross‘ book party last night at ABC’s Times Square studios. “The Madoff Chronicles” hit store shelves this week and many of Ross’ colleagues were on hand to congratulate him last night.
ABC News President David Westin described Ross as “The premier investigative reporter working today,” and said, “I think it’s also a bigger occasion to celebrate the work, in general, that you do with all of your colleagues. We at ABC news couldn’t be prouder of the work that you do.”
Ross also addressed the crowd and thanked Westin and everyone who helped him along the way including senior investigative producer Rhonda Schwartz and the rest of her team. He also added, “Finally, we have to thank Bernie and Ruth.”
> Charlie Gibson is taking his show on the road again this month to see first-hand how the economic crisis is impacting Texas. “World News” will originate from Houston Monday and Tuesday. Gibson will also anchor coverage, from Houston, of Pres. Obama’s news conference Tuesday night.
By the time the network evening newscasts went on the air Friday night, the democratic veepstakes had been narrowed to one name. But it would take another six hours to confirm Barack Obama had chosen Joe Biden to be his running mate; and CNN would be first with the news. John King confirmed the choice with two sources at 12:42amET, nearly five minutes before the AP.
FNC’s Shepard Smith reported the news with Fox News confirmation at 12:50amET.
David Shuster on MSNBC reported the news at 12:51amET sourcing the AP. NBC News confirmed the story at 1:17amET.