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Evening News Ratings: Week of December 8

eveningnews2015“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” won another week in both total viewers and the demo, and is up +2% season-to-date in viewers: its best seasonal start in 9 years.

No. 2 ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” showed the most growth of the three evening newscasts compared to the same week last year: +5% in viewers and up +4% in the demo, and has narrowed the gap with “Nightly” -41% in total viewers.

NBC was up +1% in viewers and down -10% in the demo. No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was flat in viewers and down -8% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Dec. 8, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,371,000 8,693,000 7,345,000
• A25-54: 2,133,000 2,118,000 1,730,000

 

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Brian Williams Signs New Deal with NBC

WilliamsBrian2NBC’s Brian Williams, who just celebrated 10 years as anchor of “NBC Nightly News” has signed a new long-term deal with the network.

The Los Angeles Times‘ Stephen Battaglio reports the deal will keep Williams in the chair at least another half decade:

[I]nsiders at the network say it will keep him at the helm of the “NBC Nightly News” for at least five more years. He didn’t disclose his financial compensation, but it’s said to be more than $10 million a year.

“It’s probably time I admit that I am a one-trick pony,” Williams tells Battaglio. “I am, I think, designed and put on this Earth to do what I’m doing now — and that is to eat, sleep and breathe nonfiction and the news going on in the world. And then at 6:30 every night I get to deliver it, and I get to hear from the audience, and I get to know them.”

NBC News president Deborah Turness calls Williams “one of the most trusted journalists of our time.”

“Under Brian’s leadership, ‘Nightly’ has solidified its position as America’s most watched news broadcast, and is off to its best start of the season in nine years,” Turness writes.

Her full note after the jump…

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Evening News Ratings: Week of Dec. 1

evening news_2014For the week  Brian Williams celebrated his 10th anniversary as “Nightly News” anchor, the NBC newscast took wins in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. This is NBC’s third win in the demo in the last five weeks, and its biggest win in the demo over ABC since March.

Compared to the same week last year “Nightly” lost viewers in the demo (-3%) while growing +1% in total viewers.

ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” showed the most growth of the three evening newscasts: +11% in viewers and +5% in the demo. Season to date, the ABC broadcast is No. 1 in the demo, leading “Nightly News” by 20,000 viewers. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up in the demo (+4%) and flat in viewers.

Numbers for the week of Dec. 1, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,649,000 8,840,000 7,485,000
• A25-54: 2,313,000 2,140,000 1,877,000

 

MSNBC Promo Describes Rachel Maddow As a ‘News Anchor’

140305_2754126_Rachel_Maddow__Ike_BarinholtzYou won’t likely see MSNBC host Rachel Maddow filling in for Brian Williams on “NBC Nightly News.” While Maddow is usually described as the “host” of a cable news show, she is rarely called a “news anchor.” Her own NBC bio describes her as a “host”–and never even uses the word “journalist.”

So it’s worth noting that a new MSNBC promo flips the script, describing Maddow as a “news anchor with a big personality. She’s smart, funny and passionate.” Conservative critics immediately jumped on the promo, noting that previous “Lean Forward” promos for MSNBC included hosts like Maddow talking about their passion for progressive issues. “Given the MSNBC host’s long track record of pushing her agenda it’s hard to imagine anyone seriously considering Rachel Maddow anything more than a liberal commentator with a cable news show,” writes Jeffrey Meyer at NewsBusters.

A story by NBC News on MSNBC’s “Lean Forward” promos noted that “left-leaning anchors” like Maddow and Ed Schultz have made the network “increasingly identified with a rising tide of progressive political sentiment. The new branding campaign, while not overtly political, implicitly embraces the network’s progressive identity.”

In a 2011 Glamour interview with Katie Couric, Maddow dodged the question of whether she’s a journalist or not: Read more

‘Peter Pan Live’ Viewership Half That of ‘Sound of Music Live’

PeterPan2The 3-hour “Peter Pan Live!” on NBC last night averaged 9.12 million viewers in its live airing. Its biggest half hour was its first with 11.36 million tuning in. It petered out with just 6.99 million in the last half hour. The telecast averaged a 2.4 rating in A18-49 viewers.

That pales in comparison to last year’s “Sound of Music Live!” which drew 18.47 million viewers and a 4.3 in the A18-49 rating.

NBC had stiff competition last night from comedies on CBS, breaking news on cable and the Chicago Bears-Dallas Cowboys game in the 3rd and 5th largest TV markets, respectively.

Playing Peter Pan was Allison Williams, daughter of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams who told TVNewser yesterday that he and his wife were watching from “an undisclosed location — close enough to the production as to burst through the stage door the moment the credits roll.”

More data: according to Nielsen, 5.3 million people saw one or more of the 475,000 tweets about last’s night broadcast. More than 147,000 Unique Authors sent tweets, which were seen 106.9 million times. By comparison, last year’s “Sound of Music Live!” tweets were seen 68.7 million times.

Proud Father Brian Williams Will Skip Thursday’s ‘Nightly News’

WilliamsPeterPanWith Allison Williams starring in tonight’s “Peter Pan Live!” event, Brian Williams is taking the night off from “NBC Nightly News” to be a proud dad. Lester Holt will anchor in his absence and Williams will be back in his usual chair on Friday.

The special does not have a studio audience, but that won’t stop the NBC newser, who Jimmy Fallon recently called “Pater Pan Senior,” from being front and center for his daughter’s big night.

“We will be watching the broadcast — immediate family only — sequestered in an undisclosed location — close enough to the production as to burst through the stage door the moment the credits roll,” Williams told TVNewser.

“Peter Pan Live!” airs tonight at 8 pm ET on NBC.

Evening News Ratings: Week of Nov. 24

evening news_2014For millions, Black Friday ended by sitting down and watching the network evening news. “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” drew a whopping 12.59 million viewers for its Friday night telecast. “Nightly News” won the holiday-shortened week in total viewers, while ABC “World News Tonight with David Muir” won in the A25-54 demo.

Compared to the same week last year “World News Tonight” saw the most growth: up +8% in viewers and up +11% in the demo. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up: +2 in viewers and +9% in the demo. “Nightly News” was up +1% in viewers and down -9% in the demo.

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, NBC is based on a four-day average (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri) while ABC and CBS are based on two-day averages (Mon, Tue).

Numbers for the week of Nov. 24, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 10,375,000 9,781,000 7,609,000
• A25-54: 2,347,000 2,575,000 1,986,000

 

ABC ‘World News Tonight’ Wins First November Sweep in Younger Demo in 18 Years

DavidMuirABC’s “World News Tonight” won its first November Sweep in the A25-54 demo in 18 years. November also saw the lowest Sweep in that younger demo for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” since at least 1991, when electronic records began.

This is the first sweeps month with anchor David Muir in the “World News Tonight” chair and the third consecutive sweeps win in the younger demo for the ABC newscast. Former anchor Diane Sawyer took wins in May and again in July.

“Nightly News” wins the month among total viewers with a +565,000 lead on “World News Tonight.” But ABC has cut that lead nearly in half. Last November, “Nightly” had a 1.095 million total viewer lead.

“World News Tonight” also saw the most growth of the three evening newscasts compared to the Nov. 2013 Sweep. ABC was up +9% in viewers and up +12% in the demo; “Nightly” was up +2% in viewers but down -4% in the demo; and No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up +1% in viewers and up +3% in the demo.

Numbers for Nov. 2014 Sweep:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,548,000 8,983,000 7,369,000
• A25-54: 2,259,000 2,286,000 1,844,000

Brian Williams, Jimmy Fallon Slow Jam the News on ‘The Tonight Show’

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams celebrated his 10th anniversary as NBC’s top newser by joining “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to slow jam the news. With help from The Roots, Williams and Fallon sing about all the latest immigration developments. Fallon even slips in a jab at Williams, calling him “Peter Pan Senior.”

Brian Williams Thanks ‘Nightly News’ Viewers: ‘We’ve Been Meeting Like This for 10 Years’

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At the end of Tuesday evening’s “Nightly News”, anchor and managing editor Brian Williams took a moment to note the decade he’s led the network’s flagship newscast. “A check of the calendar today revealed we’ve been meeting like this now for ten years,” Williams said. “And my thanks go to you. Without you, there would be no ‘Nightly News’.”

Williams thanked his “work family” at NBC News, and said “most nights, we wish we had better news to report. I can only promise to continue to do our dead level best at reporting the news.”

Watch it, after the jump: Read more

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