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’60 Minutes’ Notches Best Ratings in Nearly Two Years

Television’s most watched news program had an exceptional night Sunday, November 21. CBS’ “60 Minutes” drew 17.7 million total viewers, its best performance since December, 2008.

“60 Minutes” was the fourth most-watched program on all of television for the week, its highest spot on that ranker in nearly a year. It was the fifth time in the last nine weeks the show has cracked the Nielsen top 10.

Sunday’s edition featured Armen Keteyian‘s report on the DEA agents who lured and arrested international arms dealer Viktor Bout, Steve Kroft‘s profile of famed microbiologist and human genome-mapper Craig Venter and Lara Logan‘s profile of actor Mark Wahlberg.
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CBS News Reports Cited in Veterans Hearing

Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-AZ) is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why the VA has stopped airing a PSA which has helped raise awareness of the veteran suicide prevention hotline.

Rep. Mitchell chaired a hearing on Capitol Hill today examining the VA’s suicide prevention outreach efforts.

In his press release following the hearing (after the jump), Mitchell cites two reports from CBS News correspondent Armen Keteyian. The first in late 2007 documented the alarming rate of veteran suicides. Another, in July, 2008, about the launch of the PSA, featuring actor Gary Sinise, which was part of a three-month test to determine its effectiveness.

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CBS Report Leads to DNA Test Policy Change in San Antonio

cbsinvest11-17.jpgA 5-month CBS investigative report by CBS News’ Armen Keteyian and producer Laura Strickler led to a policy change this week within the San Antonio police department:

In response to a CBS News investigation on untested rape kits, the San Antonio Police Department made a major announcement: it will now test all rape kits in stranger cases and will also go back and test all untested stranger rape kits in storage.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus began the Monday press conference by saying, “We are here this morning to talk about the CBS story about the rape kits.” He told reporters, “We don’t want to let any case where somebody was sexually assaulted fall through the cracks…We want to raise the potential that person is going to get caught by pulling them into a database.”

Video of the CBS report, which aired earlier this month, after the jump.

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‘CBS Evening News’ Investigates CBS News Producer

The New York Post digs deeper into the CBS News investigation into CBS News employee Joe Halderman which was first reported Tuesday in the New York Observer. CBS Evening News investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian, who knows Halderman, is said to be investigating the story.

“How is this good?” asked a “48 Hours” source about the “Evening News” probe. But an “Evening News” source said the probe was spurred by a desire to avoid sitting on the sidelines while other media feast on the scandal. “CBS cannot be seen to be burying its head in the sand,” the source said.

The Post reports Keteyian has already conducted several background interviews “in the news department.”

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CBS Evening News Wins Murrow for Best Newscast

KC_6.29.jpgFor the second year in a row, the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric has won the Edward R. Murrow award for best evening newscast. CBS News submitted the broadcast of Nov. 12, 2008 to the RTNDA judges. The program led with the economic bailout coverage from correspondents Anthony Mason and Sharyl Attkisson. Other reports came from Armen Keteyian, Seth Doane, Mark Strassmann, and Steve Hartman.

Rick Kaplan is the EP of the CBS Evening News. Katie Couric is the managing editor.

CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus says the broadcast, “simply is the best daily news program on television,” adding, “once again, the industry experts are giving CBS Evening News the critical acclaim it deserves.”

Senator Calls for FEMA Official’s Resignation After CBS Report

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu called for the resignation of the chief of FEMA’s Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office today. Her comments follow last night’s CBS Evening News report from Armen Keteyian detailing the ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct, including nepotism, sexual harassment and discrimination. Landrieu:

It was very disturbing to see the CBS story about the dysfunction at the New Orleans FEMA recovery office. The people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are shocked to hear that our recovery has been slowed by the toxic environment created by the office’s management. Beyond any doubt, it would be appropriate for Doug Whitmer to step down, and I am calling for his resignation.


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CBS News Eyes Late Election Night, No Matter What

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CBS News and Sports president Sean McManu (standing) and Evening News EP Rick Kaplan (seated, third from right) in the control room.

After a stop at ABC News’ Times Square studios, we made our way uptown to West 57th Street and CBS News HQ. Katie Couric, anchoring general election campaign coverage for the first time, was joined on the set by Bob Schieffer, Jeff Greenfield, Sharyl Atkisson and Byron Pitts.

Couric’s Evening News EP, Rick Kaplan was the quarterback of tonight’s coverage. Also in the control room: CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus, SVP Paul Friedman and (no pressure) CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves. For a control room on an election night, it was remarkably quiet and calm. But then, it was early.

Back in the newsroom, political analysts Dee Dee Myers and Dan Bartlett appeared from a remote camera on one side of the newsroom (video below), while Armen Keteyian was on the other side reporting on any voting irregularities.

It will be a long night for Couric & Co. They will be staying for the Webcast on CBSNews.com and CNET.com beginning at 2amET.

After the jump, the decision desk, and see who else we spotted in the control room…

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