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Morning Show Ratings: Week of June 24

A year after Ann Curry‘s tearful departure from the “Today” show, the NBC program is seeing signs of progress in the ratings.

“Today” won last week among younger viewers for the first time in more than two months. The win, by just 6,000 viewers, included Matt Lauer‘s interview with Paula Deen,

ABC’s “Good Morning America” still took the week among total viewers, with a 437,000 lead — the narrowest since the week of March 18.

Curry’s final broadcast on June 28, 2012 came two months after the long-dominant morning program lost its first week in nearly 13 years to “GMA.” “Today’s” last weekly win in both measurements came during the London Olympics in August.

Compared to the same week last year “CBS This Morning” was up the most among total viewers jumping +19%. “GMA” was up +10% and “Today,” which, has consistently been losing viewers, actually gained +29,000 viewers from the year-ago week. In the demo, while it claims a win for the week, “Today” was down -9% vs. last year. “GMA” is up +6% and “CBS This Morning” is up +4%

The averages for the week of June 24, 2013:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.070M / NBC: 4.633M / CBS: 2.684M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.775M / NBC: 1.781M / CBS: 902,000

New Morning Show Drama… Down Under

Doyle (2nd from left) cries as she announces ‘Sunrise’ departure

A female morning show anchor, “knifed” in the back. A teary on-air resignation that had more to it than it seemed.

No, this isn’t NBC’s “Today,” this is Channel 7 Australia’s “Sunrise.”

It seems morning show drama is not a uniquely American phenomenon. Melissa Doyle, the co-anchor of “Sunrise,” broke into tears on the program two weeks ago, saying that she was leaving “with great sadness” but that she had been offered a “great opportunity.”

Now, however, The Age reports that Doyle was axed, and that executives at Channel 7 were plotting her departure for week’s as Australia’s “Today” show had been gaining ground on “Sunrise.”

Doyle was reportedly told to take a pay cut, step down from Sunrise and pretend she had been promoted to a news presenting position…

Seven executives had decided at least several weeks ago to “rejuvenate” Sunrise by replacing Doyle with Weekend Sunrise co-host Samantha Armytage. Doyle is said to have been told of the decision just a fortnight ago – and that she had no say in the matter.

The move, coincidentally, comes a year after Ann Curry‘s tearful farewell from “Today.” Of course, the drama never stops:
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The Ticker: ‘The N Word,’ Curry, Blitzer

  • CNN’s Don Lemon will anchor a special program tonight at 7 PM, called “The N Word.” The special will take the recent Paula Deen controversy and the George Zimemrman trial, and use them as a starting point for discussing and debating the word in question. Erin Burnett is on vacation.

  • Ann Curry‘s primetime special on Friday delivered for NBC. It was number one in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, and behind only fellow NBC News program “Dateline” in total viewers. More here.

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‘Today’ Show ‘Rethinking the Plaza Experience’

On Thursday, the “Today” show marks 19 years in their “Window on the World,” Studio 1A. The street-side studio, which debuted June 20, 1994, has been a gathering spot for tourists and locals alike, as celebrities and chefs, musicians and athletes discuss their newest project or sing from their latest album. But this Summer, the studio is getting its first makeover in 7 years and as part of the process the show is “rethinking the plaza experience,” reports the New York Times’ Brian Stelter.

That doesn’t mean the plaza will be used less. In fact, the show has now put an NBC News Page on the plaza acting as a sort of MC for the crowd.

The studio makeover is a continuation of changes at “Today,” which had its 16-year winning streak broken in April 2012 by ABC’s “Good Morning America.” In the tumultuous year since, anchor Ann Curry left the show, EP Jim Bell moved to NBC Sports. And now longtime director Joe Michaels is also moving on from his position. Michaels has been named senior director and one of his first tasks is implementing the new studio. Just last week, Matt Lauer presented Michaels with a distinguished alumni award from Seton Hall University.

Here’s a clip from the first day of the Window on the World studio:

The Evening Ticker: Smiley, Kroft, Curry

  • PBS host Tavis Smiley celebrates his 2,000th show tomorrow. Smiley’s diverse guest list, from musicians to presidents, authors, actors, and activists, will be highlighted in a clip reel. Smiley’s show premiered on PBS in 2004.

  • This Memorial Day Weekend CBS’s Steve Kroft, a Vietnam veteran, will host “Combat Stress: Finding the Way Home” on CBS Radio News. The one hour show explores the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on our nation’s veterans.
  • Ann Curry anchored her first newscast for NBC News in 11 months. The former “Today” co-host was filling in for Brian Williams this evening on “Nightly News.” She posted this image (above) to Instagram about 15 minutes before the show.

Broadcasters Plan Extended Evening Newscasts, Special Coverage Of Tornado Aftermath

The broadcast networks are planning to give their news organizations extra space tonight to update viewers on the aftermath of the devastating tornado that ripped through a suburb of Oklahoma City. In addition to expanded evening newscasts, NBC and ABC will have dedicated programming to coverage of the devastation and recovery.

NBC: NBC News will have a special from 8-9 PM live from Oklahoma, anchored by Brian WilliamsLester Holt, Ann Curry, Harry Smith and Kate Snow will be among the contributors. “NBC Nightly News” will also offer an hour-long newscast to affiliates this evening.

CBS: CBS News will not have a primetime special, however Scott Pelley will host a special edition of the “CBS Evening News” from 6:30 PM until 8 PM, offered to affiliates.

ABC: ABC News will be offering a one hour edition of “ABC World News” to affiliates. Diane Sawyer will be in New York, with David Muir in Moore. In addition at 12:35 AM “Nightline” will be special edition dedicated to Oklahoma.

Also: Muir, Ginger Zee and Mike Boettcher will reportfrom Oklahoma this afternoon on “Katie.”

President Obama To Speak at 10 AM, As More Correspondents Descend On Oklahoma

President Obama is scheduled to comment on the disaster in Oklahoma at 10 AM and it is likely that all of the broadcast networks will break into regular programming to cover it.  ”CBS This Morning” went into the 9 AM hour to cover the fallout. We hear that “CTM” will stay live until 12 PM on the east coast covering the damage, and 10 AM pacific.

Update: “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today,” Obama said. “Oklahoma needs to get everything that it needs right away.”

“If there is hope to hold onto, not just in Oklahoma but around the country, it is the knowledge that the good people there in Oklahoma are more prepared than most, and what they can be certain about is that Americans around the country will be right there with them,” he added.

Meanwhile, the news channels are sending their A-teams to Oklahoma to cover the fallout from the tornado.

As we noted yesterday, NBC has Brian Williams,  Lester HoltAnn CurryHarry SmithKate SnowAnne Thompson and Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Oklahoma, as well as the Weather Channel team of Jim CantoreMike Bettes, and Mike Seidel.

ABC News has Sam ChampionGinger ZeeDavid Muir and Alex Perez in Oklahoma. Byron Pitts, Mike Boettcher, and Cecilia Vega are also either in Moore or en route.

CBS has Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Moore, and Anna Werner on the ground, and Scott Pelley will anchor the “CBS Evening News” there this evening.
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CBS CEO Les Moonves: ‘Great Drama Belongs In Primetime… Not At 7 In The Morning’

CBS is delivering its upfront presentation to advertisers, media buyers and the press this afternoon, and CEO Les Moonves took aim squarely at NBC and “Today” in his opening statement.

“We believe that great drama belongs in primetime between 8-11 PM, not at 7 in the morning,” Moonves quipped, as a photo of Ann Curry and Matt Lauer from Curry’s departure from “Today” appeared on stage behind him (see the photo to the left).

Of course, “CBS This Morning” also had a talent change in the last year, as Erica Hill left (eventually joining NBC) and Norah O’Donnell came on board. That said, the transition was free of drama in front of the cameras.

CBS News was given prime placement at the upfront, with Moonves introducing the division. The CBS CEO said that “under the leadership of Jeff Fager and David Rhodes there is a renaissance going on,” before introducing a clip reel with news from the last year. Scott Pelley and O’Donnell then appeared on stage to talk about CBS News.

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In The Midst Of a Big News Week, Scoops Fly Under The Radar

The Cleveland kidnapping, the Boston bombing, The Benghazi hearing, the Jodi Arias verdict.

It is a big week for TV news, and as a result some big scoops are at risk of falling through the cracks.

This morning “CBS This Morning” had a pair of scoops: an interview with a Secret Service agent suspended after the now-infamous outing in Cartegena, Colombia (watch below). “CTM” also had a story about a $45 million bank heist executed by hackers.

NBC News meanwhile is touting an interview Ann Curry conducted with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime Minister of Turkey, who insists that their intelligence indicates that Syria has used chemical weapons on its own people. The interview was conducted this afternoon, and it made news in Turkey. Whether it gets substantial coverage stateside remains to be seen.

Brian Stelter On NBC’s Response to ‘Top of the Morning,’ Negative Reviews

Though the critics have skewered his first book, Brian Stelter chooses to see the coffee cup as half full.

“Honestly, I appreciate the feedback,” says Stelter, 27, author of Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, and a media reporter for the New York Times. (Full disclosure: Stelter founded TVNewser when he was a college student)

“I’m not making this up,” he continues. “I want to learn how to be a better writer and reporter. I do think normal readers come away really happy, really entertained.”

‘Normal readers’ probably don’t include a trio of power players, past and present, from NBC. ‘Morning’ paints a less than flattering portrait of ‘Today’ co-anchor Matt Lauer; his former boss, Jim Bell; and ex-NBC News president Steve Capus.

All were involved, to varying degrees, in the ham-handed – and excruciatingly public — ouster of Lauer’s co-anchor, Ann Curry, according to the book. Bell had dubbed it ‘Operation Bambi,’ not knowing, of course, that Curry would come out looking as innocent and victimized as the white-tailed fawn in his title.

Lauer is the clear villain of the piece, prompting Entertainment Weekly to accuse Stelter of having a ‘vendetta’ against the mega-millionaire anchor.

Stelter labels the accusation as ‘preposterous.’

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