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How the Evening Newscasts Covered the Aereo Supreme Court Arguments

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 7.20.49 PMABC, CBS, FOX and NBC were at the Supreme Court today, on many levels. Reporters were there to cover the proceedings, lawyers argued on behalf of the networks, and executives sat in to watch the cases for and against Aereo. Two of the three evening newscasts reported on the case tonight.

“NBC Nightly News” and “CBS Evening News” each aired a story four minutes into their newscasts.

“Full disclosure right up top,” said Brian Williams, “This company (NBC) is a big player in this case, as are a lot of big names in media, who are tonight, just like us, covering it as a news story.” Stephanie Gosk then reported on what Aereo is, and what the argument is all about.

“Major networks, including CBS, are suing an an internet startup company claiming it is essentially stealing programming with a new technology,” said Scott Pelley in his introduction of a Chip Reid story.

“Nightly News” and “Evening News” also led with stories from the Supreme Court: the Court’s decision to uphold a ban on affirmative action in Michigan.

“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” did not report on the Aereo case. “World News” led with the latest out of Ukraine.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of April 14

EveningNewsNewFor the second week in a row, ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” has grabbed first place in the A25-45 news demo. It’s been more than six years since the ABC broadcast has had back-to-back demo wins: the weeks of March 17 and March 24, 2008 when Charles Gibson was anchor. Sawyer took over the show in January,  2010.

While “World News” edged “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” by 12,000 demo viewers during the week of April 7, last week the margin was 85,000 viewers. “Nightly News” continues to lead in total viewers for the 240th consecutive week with a +647,000 viewer lead on “World News.”

All three newscasts saw year-over-year drops. That’s because during the same week last year all three extensively covered the Boston marathon bombings and aftermath. While NBC and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” were down double digits, “World News:” was down the least: -7% in viewers and down -10% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of April 14, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,571,000 7,924,000 6,274,000
• A25-54: 2,008,000 2,093,000 1,498,000


Brian Williams to Jimmy Fallon: ‘Let’s Be Clear… I Have Never Said Hippety, Never’

FallonWilliamsFor years, without knowing it, Brian Williams has been uttering the lyrics of Snoop Dog’s “Gin and Juice.” It took one of Jimmy Fallon‘s producers to turn it into late night viral gold. And it’s not the first time. For his part, Williams wants everyone to know, he has no part in Fallon’s “hobby.”

“Here’s the deal,” Williams said to Fallon in his first appearance on Fallon’s “Tonight Show” last night, “Every night, I’m downstairs. I’m doing the broadct that pays for your hobby and all this,” Williams joked. “And people think I’ve somehow colluded into the making of these videos. Let’s be clear… I have never said hippety, never.”

“You’ve done this to me 7 times,” Williams continued. “We’ve done this for you,” Fallon said.

With cameos from Natalie Morales and Lester Holt, watch the Brian Williams version of “Gin and Juice” after the jump…

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President Obama Takes Questions From White House Briefing Room

President Obama visited the White House press briefing room this afternoon to speak about the new enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act and take questions from the press. The broadcast and cable networks all had live coverage of the press conference, which began at 3:40pmET.

On the broadcast networks, Brian Williams anchored for NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored for ABC and Jeff Glor anchored for CBS.

First question goes to Kathleen Hennessey of the LA Times, who asks about Ukraine.

Second question goes to Maria Pena of La Opinion, who asks about immigration reform.

Third question goes to Tamara Keith of NPR, who asks about the ACA.

Fourth question goes to Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico, who asks about military options in Ukraine.

Fifth and final question goes to David Jackson of USA Today, who asks about problems with the ACA rollout.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

Moment of Silence Marks First Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

The first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings was marked with a moment of silence at 2:49pmET, the time that the two bombs exploded near the finish line in 2013, killing three people and injuring hundreds more.

The broadcast networks presented special reports during the moment of silence: Brian Williams anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos on ABC and Scott Pelley on CBS. Pelley is in Boston, while Williams and Stephanopoulos anchored from New York.

Williams was joined by Ron Mott in Boston. ABC’s special report featured Dan Harris from Boston and former New York Police commissioner Ray Kelly, making his first appearance since joining the network.

The cable networks, which also provided live coverage of the moment of silence, have been dipping in and out of a tribute ceremony at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston since it began at noon. Fox News, MSNBC and CNN all aired Vice President Joe Biden‘s remarks live around 1:30pmET.

Read more about what the broadcast and cable networks have planned for Boston coverage this week here.

Evening News Ratings: Week of April 7

EveningNewsNew“World News with Diane Sawyer” had a rare win in the A25-54 demo last week. “World News” topped NBC “Nightly News with Brian Williams” by 12,000 viewers, or less than 1%. The last time that happened was the week of July 22, 2013. Sawyer and Williams were anchoring all five days last week.

It’s not that “World News” saw a big jump over last year, in fact the program was only up +1% in the ad-friendly demo, but “Nightly” saw a big drop: down -18% year-over-year. “World News” has been getting closer to “Nightly” in the demo in recent weeks. As for programming, “World News” had a mix of breaking news — the Pennsylvania school stabbing and California college bus crash — as well as international news, including ABC’s Terry Moran reporting from the Central African Republic. Sawyer also lightened the mix with her interview with the cast of “Mad Men.”

Both programs actually lost total viewers. “Nightly” was down -2%, while “World News” was down -1% compared to the same week last year. Meanwhile, the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was the only broadcast up in total viewers, year over year: +2%. But “Evening News” shed -10% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of April 7, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,175,000 7,378,000 6,366,000
• A25-54: 1,870,000 1,882,000 1,495,000


The Evening Ticker: Baier, Bourdain, Williams

  • Bret Baier and his wife Amy co-chaired the Children’s Ball benefiting Children’s National Medical Center over the weekend. The event raised $10.8 million dollars for the hospital — the most money ever raised at a single charity event in the nation’s capital.

  • In preliminary ratings, the third season premiere of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” had its best debut in the A25-54 demo and won its 9pm Sunday timeslot on cable news. Among total viewers, the show was up +8% over the season two premiere.

  • Brian Williams has accepted an invitation to speak at Nashville’s Hillwood High School graduation next month after a group of students produced this video in response to the address he delivered at Elon University’s commencement last year.

Broadcast, Cable Networks Plan For First Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Marathon bombingThe broadcast and cable networks will devote special coverage this weekend and next week to the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Here’s what they have planned.

NBC News: Brian Williams anchors a primetime special, “108 Hours: Inside the Hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers,” at 8pmET/7pmCT tonight. The anniversary will be marked with coverage on “Nightly News,” which will report on the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; “Today,” which will feature survival stories of the bombing victims; and “Meet the Press,” which will host a panel discussion about the bombings, investigation, and security in America.

Additionally, “Today” show news anchor Natalie Morales will run the Boston Marathon on April 21 with Carmen Acabbo, whose sister and niece were injured at the marathon last year.

ABC News: Diane Sawyer, Dan Harris, Amy Robach, Bob Woodruff and Brian Ross will report for all ABC’s news platforms on the anniversary. Harris will be in Boston covering the memorial events on April 15 and this year’s marathon on April 21, while Robach will profile a family impacted by the bombings and Ross will provide updates on the investigation. “This Week” will have an interview with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Sunday.

CBS News: Sunday’s “60 Minutes” will feature a profile of Boston native Shalane Flanagan, who is aiming to be the first American in 30 years to win the Boston Marathon this year. Flanagan, who finished fourth last year, wants retribution for what she said was “a personal attack on my city.” Scott Pelley will anchor coverage of the moments of silence from the Marathon’s finish line on Tuesday. “CBS Evening News” will also originate from Boston Tuesday night.

Correspondent Jeff Glor will cover commemorative events, Chip Reid interviews the carjacking victim that helped police locate the two suspects and Elaine Quijano speaks with a Boston Globe photographer who has chronicled the recovery of a mother and daughter both hurt in the attack.

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NBC News Toasts Cheryl Gould: ‘She Came to the Newsroom With a Fresh Perspective’

NUP_163612_0024.JPGCurrent and former NBC News talent, executives and producers gathered at 30 Rock last night to celebrate Cheryl Gould, who is retiring after 37 years at the network.

Gould was toasted by Tom Brokaw, former NBC News presidents Steve Capus and Bill Wheatley, and Andrea Mitchell, who called Gould a “pioneer” and “role model” for women in journalism. Among many other roles at NBC, Gould was the first female executive producer of “Nightly News.”

“She came to the newsroom with a fresh perspective — the idea that we can constantly raise the bar, that we’ve got to be reaching for the heights in terms of our obligation to our audience on a daily basis,” Brokaw said. “…She knew what she had to do was to change the DNA of news so that it had a wider lens attached to it.”

Also in attendance: Deborah Turness, Brian Williams, Matt Lauer, Bob Hager, Alexandra Wallace, David Corvo, Patrick Burkey, Don Nash, Ken Strickland, Liz Cole and Mark Whitaker, along with Gould’s fiancé and longtime partner, attorney Reid Weingarten.

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