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Tom Brokaw to Interview Angelina Jolie, Louis Zamperini about ‘Unbroken’

JolieZamperiniNBC’s Tom Brokaw bridges the Greatest Generation and Generation X as he interviews actor/director Angelina Jolie and 97-year-old Louis Zamperini, a 1936 Olympian, WWII prisoner of war and subject of “Unbroken,” Laura Hillenbrand‘s best-selling book. Jolie is directing the film version of “Unbroken,” which will be released Christmas Day.

With Brokaw, Jolie opens up about her determination to direct this film, made during a challenging time in her own life. Brokaw’s interview, which airs tomorrow on “Today,” follows a 3-minute film preview Brokaw narrated that aired during the Sochi games.

“Unbroken” was produced by NBCU’s Universal Pictures. In the past, Ann Curry has been Jolie’s go-to NBC reporter when discussing her humanitarian work.

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Most-Watched Week in 9 Years for the Network Evening Newscasts

EveningNewsNewNearly 29 million people tuned in to the evening newscasts last week, making it the most-watched week in more than 9 years, since Jan. 17, 2005, when a combined 29.937 million tuned in during a week which included Pres. George W. Bush‘s second inauguration.

The most-recent high water mark was 28.460 million who watched during the week of January 31, 2011.

It was the most-watched week for both “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” since that week in 2011 which was the beginning of the uprising in Cairo.

It was the most-watched week for “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelleysince Sept. 2006, the week Katie Couric debuted on that broadcast.

Williams and Pelley tied in year-over-year viewership growth: both up +14%. Sawyer was up the most among younger viewers, growing ABC’s audience by +19% vs. the same week last year.

Williams began anchoring from Sochi, Russia on Thursday. Ann Curry filled in during Williams’ travels on Wednesday. “Nightly” is down slightly versus the week before the Vancouver Olympics: down -1% in viewers and down -17% in the demo. But it was during that week in 2010, that “Nightly News” drew its biggest audience in 5 years.

Numbers for the week of February 3, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 10,973,000 9,491,000 8,522,000
• A25-54: 2,951,000 2,763,000 2,266,000

2013 TVNewser Challege: The Results

At the beginning of the year, we asked you to predict what would happen in the television news industry in 2013, and thousands of you responded with your thoughts on the year ahead. We’ll have a new set of questions in the 2014 TVNewser Challenge tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s how you did.

Will the three evening newscasts increase or decrease in viewership in 2013?

82% of you thought the evening newscasts would decrease in viewership, compared to just 18% of you who thought viewership would go up. As it turns out, you were all right: year-to-date, the three-network annual total is up +2% in total viewers and down -4% in the A25-54 demographic compared to 2012. “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” remained on top this year. “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was second and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was third.

By this time next year, which CNN daypart will see the biggest change under Jeff Zucker?

The majority of you (57%) believed CNN’s primetime programming would see the biggest changes under Jeff Zucker‘s leadership. There have been a few changes in primetime, but the major programming overhaul was in the mornings, which 30% of voters predicted. “New Day” debuted in June.

Which broadcast morning show is likely to see an anchor change in 2013?

Only 12% of responders saw an anchor change in the cards for “Good Morning America,” which had weather anchor Sam Champion depart for The Weather Channel this month. 61% of you thought the anchor change would be at “Today” and 27% thought it would be at “CBS This Morning.”

Will Megyn Kelly still be with Fox News at this time next year?

44% of you correctly predicted Megyn Kelly‘s move to primetime, which took place after she returned from maternity leave in October. Read more

Your Cast for ‘Top of the Morning’ Movie Is…

top_of_the_morning_book_cover_a_pWith the news coming out last week about Brian Stelter‘s book “Top of the Morning” being developed as a made-for-TV movie on Lifetime, we gave you the task of casting some of the main parts of the movie: Matt Lauer, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, and Ann Curry.

For the role of Lauer, 32% of you wanted “Hostages” star Dylan McDermott. “The Good Wife’s” Chris Noth came in second with 23%. “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston was next at 20%, with “other” coming in fourth at 12%. Some of those “others” include Woody Allen and Tom Hanks. Current made-for-TV anchorman, “The Newsroom’s” Jeff Daniels earned 12% of the vote.

The overwhelming majority of you wanted John Stamos to play Stephanopoulos, with 47% of you voting for the former “Full House” star. Mike Myers of “Austin Powers” fame was second at 20%, with “Karate Kid’s” Ralph Macchio a tick behind at 19%. The “other” selection and “Saved by the Bell’s” Mario Lopez finished at 9% and 6%.  Some of those “others” include Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, and even Mickey Mouse. Read more

Casting Call: Who Should Play Ann Curry in the ‘Top of the Morning’ Movie?

In the final poll that gives you the role of casting director for the in-development Lifetime original movie based on Brian Stelter‘s book “Top of the Morning,” we need you to cast the role of Ann Curry.

Polls are still open for Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, and Thursday’s casting calls for Matt Lauer, George Stephanopoulos, and Robin Roberts. We’ll keep them open through Monday.

What’s Next For Ann Curry?

PNC FINANCIAL SERVICES ANN CURRYThe Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie reports on what could be next for Ann Curry, who has a window in her NBC News contract that opens in early 2014:

Curry’s representative, Washington lawyer Robert Barnett, has made NBC News’ competitors, including CBS News, aware she will be available. (He declined comment.) A CBS News executive tells THR he respects Curry’s journalistic chops but that there really isn’t a place for her at that division. Sources say Curry, 57, also has not had talks with CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, her former Today producer. Al Jazeera America, the Qatar emirate-backed network that launched in August and has struggled to lure viewers, did express interest in Curry this year when executives reached out to numerous anchors and producers to gauge availability … But sources there say there are no current discussions with Curry or her reps.

Bryant Gumbel: ‘Today’ Had ‘A Lot of Missteps’ With Ann Curry Transition

Among the topics that came up when former “Today” host Bryant Gumbel appeared on Katie Couric‘s talk show this week was the drama surrounding Ann Curry‘s exit from the “Today” show. Gumbel said “there were a lot of missteps,” noting that in his opinion, Matt Lauer shouldn’t have gotten the blame.

“I don’t get why it’s such a big deal when somebody in this business is let go. As you know, it happens to all of us at some point,” Gumbel said. “It’s a big boy league and you move on.” Watch:

[h/t Huffington Post]

Iran Nuclear Deal Keeps Cablers Up Late

The cable news networks went into overtime last night as a multi-national deal requiring Iran to temporarily halt its nuclear program came together.

NBC’s David Gregory anchored for MSNBC. The network also produced a special report for NBC stations and had Ann Curry in Geneva where, as Gregory put it, she had “exclusive access to these talks.” Harris Faulkner anchored for Fox News. She too anchored a special report for FOX stations, also seen on FBN, during the president’s remarks just after 10:30pm. Wolf Blitzer was in for CNN. Blitzer wrapped up at 11pmET. MSNBC remained in breaking news coverage until 11:07 and FNC stayed with the story until 11:25pm.

Networks Plan Sandy Anniversary Coverage

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News networks are planning special coverage ahead of the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The storm made landfall Oct. 29, 2012.

NBC

Brian Williams will join David Gregory on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” On the “Today” show, Matt Lauer reports from the  Rockaways area of New York City and Al Roker will be live along the Jersey Shore. Williams will anchor “Nightly News” Tuesday from Breezy Point in Queens, much of which burned to the ground on the night of Oct. 29. Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Stephanie Gosk, Katy Tur and Dylan Dryer will all contribute reporting for NBC News.

ABC

Amy Robach will report from Breezy Point and Ginger Zee will be at the Jersey Shore for all ABC News programs and platforms. David Muir, Aaron Katersky and Dan Kloeffler will contribute reports as well.

CBS

A spokesperson says the network will cover the anniversary “within our regularly scheduled news broadcasts.”

FNC

FNC senior correspondent Rick Leventhal will report from several New Jersey towns, providing updates on the rebuilding process. Additionally, “Special Report with Bret Baier” will provide coverage Monday and Tuesday looking back on the devastation and its aftermath.

FBN

Elizabeth MacDonald will host “Sandy: One Year Later,” a day-long, special on Monday. MacDonald will be live from Belle Harbor, NY to explore what homeowners are facing a year after the disastrous storm.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of September 30

AMShowAnchorsIt was around this time last year that the “Today” show bottomed out. The NBC morning show was already looking in the rear-view mirror at its 16-year unbeaten streak. That was followed by the departure of Ann Curry from the anchor desk, then months of negative publicity which hastened a loss of viewers.

New anchors, an emboldened production team, and a shiny new set seem to be working, as “Today” saw the most growth among younger viewers last week among the three network morning shows.

For the second week in a row, “Today” saw the biggest growth among the morning shows. “Today” was up +20% in the A25-54 demo compared to same week last year and up +14% in total viewers. No.1 “Good Morning America” was up +15% in the demo and also up +14% in total viewers. “CBS This Morning,” which was up +3% in the demo, showed the biggest growth among total viewers, up +17%.

1.71 million more people tuned into one of the three mornings shows last week, than last year.

The averages for the week of September 30, 2013:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.607M / NBC: 4.878M / CBS: 2.969M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.153M / NBC: 2.044M / CBS: 1.039M

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