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Evening News Ratings: Week of August 18

EveningNewsNewFrom continuing coverage of the protests in Ferguson, MO to the murder of an American journalist by ISIS militants, all three evening newscasts saw a jump in viewership last week, compared to the same week last year.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” were up the most in total viewers, each up +12% while Pelley’s broadcast was also up the most in the demo, +11%. “World News with Diane Sawyer,” in her penultimate week, once again won the week among younger viewers with a +3% lead on “Nightly News,” that’s the 7th win in the last 8 weeks.

“Nightly” continues its winning streak — now nearing five years — as the No. 1 program among total viewers with a +10% lead on “World News.”

Numbers for the week of August 18, 2014:

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• Total Viewers: 8,021,000 7,325,000 6,532,000
• A25-54: 1,860,000 1,918,000 1,635,000


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NBC News Boss Says More Change is Ahead

Deborah TurnessBrian Williams calls her “a dynamo” and “a relentless journalist.” Matt Lauer has been “impressed by how she is able to focus on every aspect of the organization.”

The two main anchors of NBC News are talking about their boss, NBC News president Deborah Turness, now one year on the job. Turness tells the New York Times Bill Carter that for as much change as has already occurred, there’s more to come. “Some change isn’t easy. It’s painful, but an organization has to go through it. And a lot of that is still ahead,” Turness says.

“People in the organization from top to bottom recognized that NBC News hadn’t kept up with the times in all sorts of ways, for maybe 15 years,” Turness tells Carter. “I think the organization had gone to sleep.”

Insiders tell us that line is ruffling some feathers of longtime NBC Newsers. But then, maybe that’s her point.

Evening News Ratings: Week of August 11

EveningNewsNewAnother split week for the evening newscasts: “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams wins its 257th straight week among total viewers, while ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” wins its 6th of the last 7 weeks among younger viewers.

All three newscasts were up in both measurements from last week, and from last year, as breaking news from the Midwest and the Middle East factored in to increasing viewership.

ABC and NBC were up +11% in viewers vs. the same week last year, while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up +8%. In the A25-54 demographic, NBC was up +2%, ABC was up +11% and CBS was up +6%.

Numbers for the week of August 11, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,987,000 7,675,000 6,213,000
• A25-54: 1,906,000 1,978,000 1,465,000

Tonight’s Ferguson Coverage Plans

As the National Guard arrives in Ferguson, where the overnight curfew has been lifted, the broadcast and cable networks have set plans to continue coverage of the escalating violence there. Here’s an update on who will be in Ferguson tonight:

As we told you earlier, Shepard Smith will anchor the 11pmET hour on Fox News tonight. We’ll continue to update as plans are set.

Brian Williams Selects Stories for Air ‘With Blinders On’

BRIAN-WILLIAMSAs “NBC Nightly News” and “ABC World News” square off in a fierce battle for the top spot among the A25-54 demographic, “Nightly” anchor Brian Williams — whose broadcast still tops in total viewers — talks to the AP’s David Bauder about the competition:

While he’s anchoring, TV monitors out of sight of the cameras keep Williams informed of what ABC and CBS are doing on their simultaneous newscasts. Despite this, Williams said it’s important to program his broadcast “with blinders on.

“We don’t know what the competition is going to do,” he said. “While it is true that I am sometimes surprised at the alternatives being offered, it will in no way affect the choices I’m going to make the next day or the day after that.”

Bauder also includes a funny anecdote about Williams getting mistaken for one of his NBC News colleagues: Read more

Evening News Ratings: Week of August 4

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins another week in total viewers; “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” wins another week (5 of the last 6) in the A25-54 demo; and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is the only evening newscast to grow compared to the same week last year.

“Nightly” held a +441,000 viewer lead (+6%) on “World News,” while the ABC show’s lead on NBC in the demo was +77,000 (+5%). As for CBS, their broadcast was up +4% in viewers vs. the same week in 2013 but down -1% in the demo.

“World News” was down -1% in viewers and flat in the demo. David Muir was in for Sawyer all week. “Nightly News” was down -2% in viewers and down -16% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of August 4, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,464,000 7,023,000 5,953,000
• A25-54: 1,687,000 1,764,000 1,382,000

 

Robin Williams Dead at Age 63

RobinWilliamsThe death of Robin Williams has taken over as the lead story on cable news. Williams took his own life this morning at his home near Tiburon, CA in Marin County. He was pronounced dead at 12:02pmPT. The official cause of death is asphyxia. The actor and comedian had been battling severe depression, his representative said in a statement.

The news broke just before 7pmET. CBS News anchor Scott Pelley reported the news at 6:58pmET at the end of “CBS Evening News.” CBS produced special reports at 7:04 and 7:22. Fox News’s Ed Henry, sitting in for Bret Baier, also reported the news at 6:58. CNN reported the story at 7:06. Don Lemon, filling in for Erin Burnett, then went into rolling coverage. MSNBC’s Richard Lui broke in to “Hardball” at 7:16pm.

ABC News’s David Muir anchored a special report at 7:13pm and NBC’s Brian Williams anchored a special at 7:14. All three evening newscasts will update for the leads of their west coast editions at 8:30pmET.

More: Shepard Smith will pre-empt “Hannity” at 10pm for a Fox News special on Robin Williams; ABC’s “Nightline” will devote tonight’s show to Robin Williams, and there will be a special edition of “20/20″ tomorrow night at 10pm, anchored by David Muir.

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Pres. Obama Makes Statement on Iraq Crisis

ObamaNBC News and ABC News offered special coverage this afternoon as President Obama made a statement on recent U.S. airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq. CBS News did not provide broadcast coverage.

Speaking from his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, the president spoke about the limited U.S. mission in Iraq along with humanitarian aid being issued to men, women, and children stranded on Mount Sinjar in Iraq.

NBC News cut in at 5:08pmET with Brian Williams anchoring in New York and senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing reporting from Martha’s Vineyard. ABC News presented its coverage at 5:09pmET with David Muir anchoring from New York and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from Martha’s Vineyard. The president didn’t take questions.

Presidential Primetime Address on Iraq Keeps Nets Up Late

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In a live primetime address, Pres. Obama announced he has ordered a humanitarian effort to help Iraqis threatened by the terror group ISIS and has authorized — though not yet ordered — targeted airstrikes against the group to protect U.S. personnel in Northern Iraq.

The president’s remarks began at 9:30pmET, pre-empting the summer filler sitcom “Working the Engels” on NBC and “Rookie Blue” on ABC. FOX and CBS did not offer a special reports. Some CBS stations on the West Coast produced their own special reports, while some Fox affiliates simulcast Fox News Channel.

The president ended his remarks at 6:38pmPT, eight minutes in to the network evening newscasts’ West Coast editions. NBC’s Brian Williams rolled into a live edition “Nightly News” with breaking updates from correspondents at the Pentagon and White House. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos wrapped up ABC’s special report which then joined ABC “World News,” anchored by David Muir in progress.

Evening News Ratings: Week of July 28 & July Sweeps

EveningNewsNewDiane Sawyer is stepping aside from “World News” this month with another sweeps win under her belt. “World News” has now won back-to-back sweeps, May and July, in the A25-54 demo. It’s the first time that’s happened in 7 years. “World News” also had its most-watched July sweep in 7 years. Only “World News” grew year-over-year in the demo: +5%, and was also up +6% among total viewers.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins July among total viewers, and was up +1% vs. last July. This is the show’s 28th consecutive sweeps month win in total viewers. “Nightly” was down -9% in the demo. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” also saw mixed results in July: up in viewers (+2%) and down in the demo (-5%). In fact, “Nightly News” and “Evening News” delivered the lowest sweep for any sweep period in the A25-54 demo since at least 1991, when electronic records began.

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For the week of July 28, “Nightly News” was on top in total viewers and the A25-54 demo and was the only broadcast up in both measurements: +5% in viewers and up +1% in the demo compared to the same week last year. “World News” was up in viewers (+4%) and flat in the demo while “Evening News” was flat in viewers and up +4% in the demo.

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