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Sunday Show Ratings: March 2

ABC’s “This Week” wins for a second straight week in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. The win was ABC’s first back-to-back win in total viewers in close to 16 years (since 4/19/98 and 4/26/98).

CBS’ “Face the Nation” was second, with “Meet the Press” in third as most of the Sunday shows covered the tumultuous situation between Russia and Ukraine. “Fox News Sunday” was fourth in total viewers and fifth in the demo, and Univision’s “Al Punto” was fifth in total viewers and fourth in the demo.

Compared to the same week last year, all of the networks are up in both ratings measurements, with “Al Punto” showing the most growth in total viewers, up +48%, and “This Week” showing the most growth in the demo, +51% in A25-54 viewers.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,202,000 total viewers and 545,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” averaged 1,270,000 total viewers and 699,000 A25-54 viewers (some rebroadcasts were preempted for coverage of the Olympics).

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

The numbers for March 2:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“This Week” 3.67M 1.28M
“Face the Nation” 3.34M 953K
NBC “Meet the Press” 3.19M 946K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.32M 416K
Univision “Al Punto” 1.08M 507K
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N.S. Bienstock Acquired by United Talent Agency

BienstockN.S. Bienstock, one of the nation’s biggest and most well-known agencies for TV news talent, has been acquired by United Talent Agency (UTA). Bienstock agents represent more than 600 TV news anchors, reporters and producers including Bill O’Reilly, Anderson Cooper, Robin Roberts, Megyn Kelly, Bob Scheiffer, Norah O’Donnell, David Muir, Glenn Beck, and Lara Logan.

N.S. Bienstock founders and co-presidents Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper will remain co-presidents of the company, managing day-to-day operations.

“Aligning with UTA and utilizing their global reach and resources while still retaining our personal touch is a significant step forward in the growth and evolution of N.S. Bienstock,” says Leibner.

UTA represents talent from the worlds of movies, television, digital media, video games, books, music and theatre. UTA will now be the largest agency in the TV news space.

Nate Bienstock started N.S. Bienstock in the 1940s as a life insurance business. His client list included a number of journalists, including Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid. Richard Leibner’s father Sol, bought into (and later bought) the business and, as TV news began to take off, Richard Liebner began negotiating contracts for clients. Liebner married Carole Cooper in 1964. She joined the firm and became an agent in 1976.

Full news release after the jump…

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Savannah Guthrie’s Journey With Jackie Kennedy’s Secret Service Agent

Clint HillThe news networks have begun what will be a week of stories about the Kennedy assassination, leading up to Friday’s 50th anniversary.

This morning on “Today,” Savannah Guthrie talked with Clint Hill, who was Jackie Kennedy‘s secret service agent at the time.

Guthrie traveled with Hill back to Dallas, starting at Love Field where President and Mrs. Kennedy landed, then traveling seven miles to downtown Dallas, and ending in Dealey Plaza. Hill was the man seen jumping onto the back of Kennedy’s limousine after he was shot. He tells Guthrie about the deep depression he fell into after the events in Dallas.

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Sunday Show Ratings: November 13

It was another close ratings day on Sunday, with NBC’s “Meet the Press with David Gregory” barely edging CBS’ “Face the Nation with Bob Scheiffer” in total viewers, and “Face” barely topping “MTP” in the key 25-54 demo.

ABC’s “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” placed third in both categories, with ‘Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” and Univision’s “Al Punto con Jorge Ramos” (which we’re adding to the weekly ratings report) trading off for fourth and fifth place in total and demo viewers.

All five programs were up compared to the same week last year in the demo, while “MTP” was the only program to decline in total viewers compares to last year.

The numbers for November 13:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“Meet the Press” 3.02M 1.02M
“Face the Nation” 2.93M 1.03M
ABC “This Week” 2.32M 808K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.14M 505K
Univision “Al Punto” 1.03M 525K

Comedy Central Taking ‘The Daily Show’ to DC for Midterms

dailyshow_logo081610.jpgComedy Central is taking “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to Washington DC, leading up to the 2010 midterm elections.

The special week of shows, which it is calling “When Grizzlies Attack: The Daily Show Midterm Teapartyganza” will tape from Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall October 25-28.

Stewart and his motley crew of correspondents will “feature news and analysis on heated races across the country,” the network says.

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The Reviews: “Across the Dial, the Rhetoric Shifted from Politics to History”

The New York Times

“Sets were as colorful and cluttered as Web sites, a sign of insecurity perhaps for networks worried about bloggers eclipsing their relevance.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

“ABC swept to victory by wisely relying on the tested triumvirate of anchor Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and Orange High School graduate George Stephanopoulos.”

NY Daily News

“Cable and network news kept things lively for more than two hours by pumping the notion of a close race, which is the way to keep viewers watching.”

Miami Herald

“As CBS cameras showed the crowd amassing for Obama’s victory speech in Chicago, Bob Scheiffer — practically the only person on the air Tuesday night to remember it — noted the historical irony of the site: Grant Park, where antiwar riots 40 years ago shattered the bonds of a Democratic Party coalition that had won seven of the previous nine presidential elections.

Boston Herald

“The presidential race drew unprecedented media coverage that ended last night with an all-out orgy of bloviating TV punditry – capping an election season that brought out the best, but mostly the worst, in broadcast journalism.”

Boston Globe

“For all the feverish analysis the TV networks have spun in the past hours, days, and weeks, something changed the moment an Obama victory became clear. Across the dial, the rhetoric shifted from politics to history.”

Houston Chronicle

“Each of the major networks called the election for Obama as the polls closed on the West Coast at 10 p.m. CNN and MSNBC commemorated the moment with whip-around video coverage of celebrating supporters in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, then turned to analysis, sometimes of an emotional nature, from their studio contributors.”

Hartford Courant

“Holograms walked the studio. Reporters roamed virtual answer chambers. Maps flashed and revolved and zoomed in and were painted on ice with what looked like exterminator’s gear.”


Presidential Debate Moderators Set

Breaking: Drudge reports that the 2008 presidential debate moderators have been named.

According the the site, the moderators will be Jim Lehrer of PBS, Tom Brokaw of NBC, Gwen Ifill of PBS and Bob Scheiffer of CBS.

There is no announcement yet on the Commission on Presidential Debates website.

We’ll have more information as we get it…

> Update: It’s official. September 26 — Lehrer from Mississippi, VP debate October 2 — Ifill from Missouri, October 7 — Brokaw from Tennessee, October 15 — Schieffer from New York. The full press release, after the jump.

> Update, update: FishbowlDC reports Lehrer has hosted the first presidential debate every cycle since 1988.

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