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Evening News Ratings: Week of July 14

EveningNewsNewWith two international crises happening in Gaza and Ukraine, ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer” widened its A25-54 demo lead with a +123,000-viewer victory over “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” (David Muir was in for Sawyer all week).

The demo win marks three weeks in a row for ABC, its longest winning streak since March, 2008. Williams led Sawyer’s broadcast by 327,000 among total viewers extending its No. 1 streak to 253 weeks.

Compared to the same week last year “World News” is the only broadcast to grow in the younger demo, up +5%. “Nightly” was down -6% while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -5%. For total viewers year-over-year, ABC was up +6%, CBS was up +2%, and NBC was flat.

Numbers for the week of July 14, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,767,000 7,440,000 6,176,000
• A25-54: 1,794,000 1,917,000 1,477,000

 

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Evening Newscasts Juggle Dueling Breaking News Stories

The three evening newscasts were each expanded to an hour tonight following a busy news day that included the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, shot down near the Russia-Ukraine border, and the launch of Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza following 10 days of heavy violence there.

NBC’s Brian Williams began with a report from Tom Costello on the Malaysia Airlines jet. “Nightly” stayed with the plane crash news until 6:47 p.m. when Williams went to Richard Engel in Gaza for a live report on the ground war.

Nightly Newscasts

ABC also began with the plane crash, leading with a report from chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz. With David Muir anchoring, “World News” turned to Gaza at 6:43 p.m. with a report from Hamish MacDonald.

On CBS, Scott Pelley began with a brief synopsis of the Malaysian jet crash before bringing in a team of correspondents, including David Martin, Bob Orr, Margaret Brennan, Major Garrett and Jeff Pegues. “CBS Evening News” turned to Gaza at 6:42 p.m. with a report from Holly Williams.

The cable and business networks also have continuing coverage of both stories tonight and into tomorrow morning.

Expanded Evening, Morning Newscasts for Malaysia Flight 17, Israeli Ground Offensive

NBC News plane crashAs wall-to-wall coverage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 and the launch of the Israeli ground offensive in Gaza continues, the broadcast and cable networks are planning special coverage for the evening newscasts tonight and the morning newscasts tomorrow.

All three evening newscasts will be expanded to an hour tonight. “ABC World News” will be anchored by David Muir, while “CBS Evening News” and “NBC Nightly News” will be helmed by their respective regular anchors, Scott Pelley and Brian Williams.

On CNN, Anderson Cooper will anchor from 8-10pmET and Don Lemon will anchor from 10-12pmET. After that, CNN will simulcast four hours of CNN International. In the morning, “Early Start” will be live at 4amET. CNN has several correspondents en route to Ukraine, Moscow and Amsterdam.

All three Fox News primetime shows — “The O’Reilly Factor,” “The Kelly File” and “Hannity” — will be live tonight. After “Hannity,” Megyn Kelly will host another live hour of “The Kelly File” from 11-12pmET. Steve Harrigan is en route to Ukraine for FNC. Jennifer Griffin will report from Washington and Amy Kellogg will report from London. Tomorrow morning, “Fox & Friends First” will be live an hour early at 4amET. Read more

Malaysia Airlines Jet Shot Down in Ukraine

Malaysia AirlinesCable news networks scrambled this morning to cover a Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down along the Ukraine/Russia border.

All three broadcast networks provided special coverage of the crash. NBC News cut in at 11:39amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring in New York and Tom Costello reporting from Washington, DC.

CBS News cut in at 11:40amET with Margaret Brennan anchoring in New York and Bob Orr reporting from Washington, DC. ABC News cut in at 11:41amET with David Muir anchoring in New York.

CNN’s John Berman first reported on the crash at 11:22amET. Fox News’ Jon Scott first reported the news at 11:27amET. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall broke the news at 11:33amET. Al Jazeera America has switched to Al Jazeera English to cover the plane crash, live from Moscow.

Developing

>>Update: Reuters is reporting the plane was shot down by militants killing all 295 passengers aboard.
>>Update: Scott Pelley took over for Margaret Brennan at 11:57amET.
>>Update: George Stephanopoulos took over for David Muir at 12:08pmET.
>>Update: Anderson Cooper took over coverage from John Berman at 12:17pmET. Shepard Smith took over coverage from “Outnumbered” at 12:30pmET.
>>Update: Brian Williams took over for Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie at 12:59pmET.
>>Update: CNN’s Nic Robertson, Ivan Watson, and Phil Black are en route to Ukraine; Erin McLaughlin is heading to Amsterdam; Matthew Chance is en route to Moscow.
>>Update: CNN is preempting “The Sixties” tonight for special coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash with Anderson Cooper anchoring from 8pm-10pmET.
>>Update: Malaysia Airlines will hold a press conference at 4pmET.
>>Update: CBS News is sending Foreign Correspondent Mark Phillips to Ukraine; CBS News Correspondent Seth Doane to Malaysia; and CBS News Foreign Correspondent Elizabeth Palmer to Amsterdam.
>>Update: President Obama made a statement at 2:10pmET. The president said the U.S. is currently trying to find out whether there were American citizens on board.
>>Update: CBS ended its special report at 2:30pmET.
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Ayman Mohyeldin Witnesses Gaza Airstrike, but Richard Engel Reports for ‘Nightly News’

EngelNBC News foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and his crew witnessed the Israeli airstrike that killed four children at a Gaza port earlier today. But hours later, it was chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel who reported the story for “Nightly News.”

“Today, sadly our cameras were there when disaster struck,” Brian Williams said at the beginning of tonight’s broadcast. Those cameras came from Mohyeldin’s crew, who witnessed the attack, and called in to the west coast edition of “Today” this morning to report on the “chaotic scene” produced by the airstrike. But it was Engel, reporting from Tel Aviv, who Williams went to for the report. Engel tossed to a package on the airstrike that included footage shot by Mohyeldin’s crew and an interview Ayman did with a wounded boy in the hospital. Almost two hours after “Nightly News,” MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” went to Mohyeldin on the story in a pre-recorded interview. Tomorrow, a five-hour cease-fire goes into effect at 10am local time to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.

We’re hearing the decision to have Engel report the story for “Nightly” instead of Mohyeldin angered some NBC News staffers.  NBC News declined to comment to TVNewser on its editorial decision.

Watch the report (first in the full broadcast), after the jump.  Read more

‘Nightly News’ Also Producing In-Break Teases

NNAds“NBC Nightly News” is the latest network evening newscast to experiment with in-break teases.

Following the first block of “Nightly News” last night, as Brian Williams took viewers to a break, commercials for the drug Eliquis and Publishers Clearing House were pushed back to reveal one-sentence teases for upcoming stories, including: “Could an Eye Exam Detect Alzheimer’s?” and “Big Scare at the Beach. Caught on Camera.” This was the first time “Nightly” has done this, but we’re told the idea has been in the works for a while and has the full support of the ad sales team.

Earlier this month, we told you about “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” which began using in-break teases in early May. We’ve reached out to CBS News to determine if “CBS Evening News” might also introduce the tactic, but we have not heard back.

In recent weeks, “World News” has been gaining on “Nightly News.” The ABC broadcast just won back-to-back weeks in the younger demo. “Nightly” has been the most-watched newscast for nearly 5 years. David Muir takes over as “World News” anchor in early September.

Matt Lauer Dares Brian Williams to Take Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s 81 degrees in New York City today, but on this morning’s “Today” show, Matt Lauer was likely quite a bit colder. Responding to a challenge issued by Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman, Lauer participated in the “ice bucket challenge,” which has fairly simple rules: record yourself getting a bucket of ice dumped on your head and call out the next three challengers. If you don’t, you have to donate $100 to charity.

Lauer went with the first option, with a little help from Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly. After it was over, he passed the challenge on to Martha Stewart, Howard Stern and “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams. We’re guessing we won’t see Williams take an ice bath on “Nightly,” but stay tuned…

At least one of Lauer’s challenges will likely go unmet: Stern, interviewing Lauer and Guthrie on his SiriusXM radio show today, said “If someone poured ice on me, I would behead them.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of July 7

EveningNewsNewFor the second week in a row, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” takes the A25-54 demo with an +85,000 viewer lead on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” Williams held a more than half a million lead on Sawyer’s broadcast among total viewers, extending its No. 1 streak to 252 weeks.

Compared to the same week last year “World News” is the only broadcast to grow in the younger demo, up a slight +1%. “Nightly” was down -8% while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -6%. “Nightly News” came in third on Friday in the A25-54 demo. The last time the broadcast came in third in that demo, on any day during the week, was nearly seven years ago.

All three broadcasts were up slightly among total viewers year-over-year: ABC was up +3%, NBC and CBS were both up +1%.

Numbers for the week of July 7, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,750,000 7,237,000 6,083,000
• A25-54: 1,757,000 1,842,000 1,467,000

Brian Williams Makes Sex Joke on ‘Nightly News’

On “Nightly News” last night, Brian Williams reported on a baby boom going on in Washington, DC, which happens to coincide with the government shutdown 9 months ago.

“How long until someone on television points out that during the shutdown the folks in Washington are apparently doing at home what Washington has been accused of doing to the American people,” Williams said. “We’re guessing someone will say that on television before long.” And he did. WATCH:

(h/t Newsblues)

Evening News Ratings: Week of June 30

EveningNewsNew“World News with Diane Sawyer,” which saw David Muir sitting in Monday through Thursday, was the only newscast to show year-over-year growth in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo compared to the same week last year: up +4% in viewers and up +7% in the demo.

The ABC broadcast also won the week in younger viewers with a +157,000 (+9%) viewer lead over “Nightly News with Brian Williams.” For the 251st week in a row, “Nightly” won among total viewers, but by its smallest gap in 21 months. Just 68,000 viewers separated “Nightly News” and “World News.” The NBC broadcast was down -2% in viewers and down -14% in the demo. The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” which this week sees a new executive producer in former NBC News president Steve Capus, was flat in viewers and down -9% in the demo year-over-year.

All three evening newscasts are based on a 4-day average (Mon-Thurs) due to the July 4th holiday.

Numbers for the week of June 30, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,506,000 7,438,000 5,746,000
• A25-54: 1,726,000 1,883,000 1,316,000

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