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President Obama’s Year-End News Conference Features ‘Naughty or Nice’ List

ObamaPresident Obama’s year-end news conference comes on the heels of an action-packed news week, including a breakthrough with Cuba and elevated tension with North Korea.

As usual, all of the cable news networks have been fixated on the news conference. MSNBC is airing a special report with Chris Matthews.

NBC News will provide a Special Report with Chuck Todd and Senior White House Correspondent Chris Jansing providing insight from D.C. Over on CBS,  Anthony Mason is anchoring from New York with Major Garrett at the White House and Bob Schieffer in Washington.

On ABC, George Stephanopoulos leads a special report from New York and Jonathan Karl report from the White House with Pierre Thomas from Washington. We will provide information on the coverage by other networks as we receive it.

After an opening statement, President Obama revealed that his “naughty or nice” list will determine who gets to ask questions.

The first question went to Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico, who asked about cyber attacks.

President Obama made it clear he isn’t happy with Sony pulling “The Interview” and said the United States “will respond” to North Korea. He also joked about Seth Rogen and James “Flacco.” Obama went on to ask Budoff Brown about her upcoming move to Europe.

The second question goes to Cheryl Bolen of Bloomberg. Up third, Julie Pace from the AP asked about Cuba and whether or not North Korea was acting with another country. The fourth question goes to Lesley Clark of McClatchy Newspapers. ”World news Tonight” anchor David Muir just received a shout out from the president.

The fifth question goes to Roberta Rampton of Reuters. Colleen McCain Nelson was up next, asking about executive actions. Juliet Eilperin gets the next question, asking about the Keystone pipeline. April Ryan of Urban Radio Networks gets the last question, asking about the “state of black America.”

It appears only women will be allowed to ask questions, forcing us to assume that all the male reporters in D.C. were “naughty” in Obama’s eyes.

Time political reporter Zeke Miller sent the following Tweet regarding the all-women presser.

 

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Bob Schieffer ‘Stunned’ Cuba News Wasn’t Leaked: ‘This is Just a Bombshell’

SchiefferCubaBob Schieffer says he’s not only “stunned” by the news that the U.S. is normalizing relations with Cuba, but by the fact that no news organization saw it coming.

“I’m as stunned as everybody else is around here,” said Schieffer during CBS’s special report. “Washington is not good at keeping secrets, but this is a secret that obviously held. The few people who knew this was going on certainly held it to themselves and it did not leak.”

“I came of age when Fidel Castro was the enemy,” said Schieffer who’s been with the network since 1969. His first big story came at the age of 26, as reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, covering the assassination of Pres. Kennedy.

“This is just a bombshell. I’ve never seen something quite as unexpected as this happen in a long, long time around here,” said Schieffer.

Sunday Show Ratings: November 30

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” was first among Sunday shows in viewers and in the A25-54 demo on Sunday, Nov. 30.

Compared to the same week last year CBS also showed the most growth: up +15% in viewers and up +57% in the demo. NBC’s “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” was second in both viewers and the demo. MTP was up +12% in the demo, and flat in viewers. ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” was up +4% in the demo, but down -2% in viewers. “FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace” also saw double digit growth in both measurements: +15% in viewers and +26% in the demo. Univision’s “Al Punto” also saw year-over-year growth: up +2% in viewers and up +36% in the demo.

Replays of “Fox News Sunday” on FNC averaged a combined 1,781,000 total viewers and 280,000 in the demo.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 55% of the country.

The numbers for November 30:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.388M 1.145M
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.799M 806,000
ABC
“This Week” 2.636M 769,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.388M 456,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 757,000 417,000

Sunday Show Ratings: Nov. 23 and Sweeps

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” was first among Sunday shows in viewers and in the key A25-54 demo last week, despite  being down -3% overall and -8% in the demo compared to the same week last year.

ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos“ was second in both categories, up +5% in the demo. NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in third and was preempted a year ago for coverage of Formula 1 racing.

“Fox News Sunday” was down -9% in the demo but totaled 3.4M viewers when combining broadcast numbers with cable replay. Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” on Fox News Channel averaged a combined 2.06 million total viewers and 397,000 in the demo.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 55% of the country.

The numbers for November 23:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.79M 1.04M
ABC
“This Week” 2.99M 923,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.83M 868,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.40M 413,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 1.09M 622,000

As for November Sweeps, “Face the Nation” finished first in total viewers and the demo, although it was down -7% in the demo since November sweeps in 2013. By contrast, “This Week” was up +7% in the demo and claimed its first November sweeps Total Viewers victory over “Meet the Press” in 18 years.

“Face the Nation” was first in all these measures for the third consecutive November sweep.

November 2014 Sweeps:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.45M 970,000
ABC
“This Week” 2.78M 822,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.73M 746,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.37M 439,000
UNIV “Al Punto”*  —–  —–

*TVNewser will add “Al Punto” Sweeps information once it becomes available.

Sunday Show Ratings: November 9

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation” was first among Sunday shows in viewers last week and was up +23% in total viewers, despite a -3% drop in the A25-54 demo, compared to the same week last year.

This past Sunday’s episode of ”Face the Nation”marked the 60th anniversary of the show and featured interviews with President Barack Obama and President George W. BushBob Schieffer‘s program beat its competitors by more than one million total viewers.

ABC’s “This Week” was up +8% in the demo, finishing second. NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in third in the demo and was down -13% in total viewers.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” on Fox News Channel averaged a combined 1.79 million total viewers and 339,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 55% of the country.

The numbers for November 9:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.68M 987,000
ABC
“This Week” 2.59M 748,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.50M 684,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.28M 359,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 1.13M 491,000

 

Happy 60th Birthday ‘Face the Nation’

FTN60Pres. Barack Obama and his predecessor President George W. Bush will be Bob Schieffer‘s guests Sunday as “Face the Nation” celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The CBS News public affairs show debuted 60 years ago today, Nov. 7, 1954. It was originally broadcast Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm. The first host was Tedd Koop. The first guest was Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy, a month before McCarthy was censured by the Senate.

Schieffer has moderated the show for more than a third of its existence, since 1991. Previous hosts include Lesley Stahl (1983-1991) and Howard K. Smith (1960-1961). Yesterday NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the longest running show on television, celebrated its 67th anniversary.

Sunday Show Ratings: October 12

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” was No.1 in total viewers and the A25-54 demo among the Sunday public affairs shows on Sunday, Oct. 12.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” was down the most: -19% in viewers and down -30% in the demo vs. the same Sunday last year which was the midst of the government shutdown.

ABC’s “This Week” was slightly down in total viewers but up +8% in the demo while “Face the Nation” was up +9% in total viewers and +13% in the demo.

Univision’s “Al Punto” was up the most, +27% in the A25-54 demo compared to last year.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,969,000 total viewers and 275,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 53% of the country.

The numbers for October 12:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.53M 904,000
ABC
“This Week” 2.81M 809,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.48M 619,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.15M 447,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 1.05M 501,000

 

Kathie Lee Gifford Accepts Regis Philbin’s ‘Giant of Broadcasting’ Award

chuckTVNewser attended the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York City today. Prominent members of the broadcasting, media and corporate communities attended the event, which honors distinguished leadership or performance in TV and radio.

“Today” show fourth hour co-host Kathie Lee Gifford spoke on behalf of her former “LIVE” partner, Regis Philbin, who could not accept his award in person.

She joked that Regis asked, “Am I’m not already a Giant of Broadcasting?” Chuck Scarborough longtime anchor of  WNBC’s “News 4 New York” was also honored and jokingly thanked NBC for “not firing me.”

Sylvester L. “Pat” Weaver, a pioneer who created the “Today” show and “The Tonight Show” among others, was honored posthumously. His daughter and Academy Award nominated actress Sigourney Weaver spoke on his behalf.

Other honorees included Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill – co-anchors and managing editors of PBS “NewsHour,” and Fred Silverman, former CBS, ABC, and NBC executive who brought some of the most iconic programs of the 1970s and 1980s to broadcast TV.

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Sunday Show Ratings: October 5

sunday shows_304With revised Nielsen data in for Sunday, Oct. 5, “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” is now No.1 in total viewers and the A25-54 demo. And compared to the same week last year it was the only broadcast to show both total viewer and demo growth.

With the restated Nielsen data, “Meet the Press” and “Fox News Sunday” both added total viewers, while “This Week” lost viewers.

“Meet the Press” was down the most of the Sunday public affairs shows: -15% in viewers and down -34% in the demo vs. the same Sunday last year which was the beginning of the government shutdown. “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday” were also down double digits in the demo.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,734,000 total viewers and 376,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for October 5:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.337M 935,000
ABC
“This Week” 2.91M 840,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.51M 663,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.18M 365,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 815,000 409,000

 

The Evening Ticker: Cooper, Cantore, Schieffer

  • Anderson Cooper will anchor his CNN show from Dallas tonight following the latest on the case of nurse Nina Pham, who was diagnosed with Ebola over the weekend. She’s the first person to contract Ebola within the United States.

  • Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore has been elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The honor, bestowed on only a handful of AMS members, is in recognition for his contribution to the atmospheric, oceanic, or hydrologic sciences.

  • As Nielsen continues to restate ratings data following a software error, CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” moves from second place, to first place in the ratings for Sunday, Sept. 28. We expect to get updated data for Sunday, Oct. 5, later this week.

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