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Evening News Ratings: Week of March 31

EveningNewsNewThe “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” showed the most year-over-year growth in viewers last week: +7% over the same week last year. But “Evening News” also lost -7% in the A25-54 demo.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was once again the most-watched newscast in both measurements, but also experienced a split vs. last year. “Nightly” was up +3% in viewers, but down -4% in the demo.

“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer,” which trailed “Nightly” by 899,000 viewers, saw growth in both measurements: +4% in viewers and the demo. And for the third time in the four weeks, “World News” came in first on Friday in the demo by 10,000 viewers, which is less than 1%.

Numbers for the week of March 31, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,625,000 7,726,000 6,847,000
• A25-54: 2,137,000 1,964,000 1,592,000

How the Evening Newscasts Reported David Letterman’s Retirement Announcement

GlorCBSThursday’s stunner from David Letterman, announcing that he’s retiring next year, was news on the network newscasts last night. “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley reported the story at 6:36, calling it “breaking news here at CBS.” Correspondent Jeff Glor packaged the news and reported live in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater. On NBC, Brian Williams, often a guest on the “Late Show,” reported the news at 6:51 as a voice over, without using a soundbite from Letterman’s announcement. ABC’s “World News” ran the story as part of their Instant Index at 6:52, and did include a soundbite.

Hillary Clinton Sees Media Double Standard Toward Women

abc_hillary_clinton_nightline_interview_lpl_130129_mnAt a “Women in the World” event in New York City last night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her view of a double standard in how women are talked about in the media, Politico’s Maggie Haberman reports.

“There is a double standard,” Clinton said. “The double standard is alive and well, and I think in many respects the media is the principal propagator of its persistence,” she added.

She added advice for women, suggesting they not take criticism personally, but instead seriously. Clinton’s comments about the media’s gender double standard come a day after a new Women’s Media Center report showed a different issue when it comes to females and the media: a wide gap between the number of female media figures and their male counterparts.

We tallied the cable and brodcast news ratios for you (after the jump).

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Mass Shooting at Ft. Hood, TX; Ivan Lopez Identified as Shooter

A mass shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas this afternoon has the news networks in continuing coverage tonight. The shots rang out at 4:50pmCT. The gunman has been identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, an enlisted soldier, who killed himself. At least four people are dead, including Lopez, and 14 others wounded.

On Fox News, Bret Baier first reported the news at 6:08pmET, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer broke in at 6:13 and MSNBC’s Al Sharpton reported the news at 6:15. The story was the lead of the first feeds of the three evening network newscasts, with updates throughout and for later feeds. Brian Williams also updated NBC primetime viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones at 9:07pmET. As the incident took place on a military base, DC-based Justice and Pentagon correspondents led the reporting: Pierre Thomas for ABC, Bob Orr for CBS, Jim Miklaszewski for NBC, Barbara Starr for CNN and Jennifer Griffin for Fox News.

Fox News pre-empted “The O”Reilly Factor” and had Shepard Smith at the Fox News Deck at 8pmET. Megyn Kelly picked up at 9. John Berman was in for Anderson Cooper at 8pm and Blitzer was back at 9pm. Alex Wagner was in for Chris Hayes at 8 and Rachel Maddow picked up at 9 on MSNBC.

“We’re heartbroken something like this might have happened again,” Pres. Obama said in a statement from Chicago, adding investigators will ”get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

Developing…

At a 10:45pm news conference, Ft. Hood Commanding General Mark Milley said the assailant had served four months in Iraq in 2011 and was “undergoing behavioral health and psychiatric treatment” for depression and anxiety, but had not been diagnosed with PTSD. Armed with a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson, which was not registered on the base, the gunman killed three military personal. Sixteen others were wounded. The gunman was stopped by a female officer who drew her weapon, at which point Lopez turned the gun on himself.

Evening News Ratings: Week of March 24 and Q1 2014

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week and the just-completed first quarter of 2014.

Compared to the same week last year all three newscasts saw significant growth. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up the most in viewers: +19%, also up +14% in the demo. “Nightly News” was also up +14% in the demo and up +15% in viewers. “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was up +8% in viewers and up +13% in the demo.

For the second straight week, “Nightly” topped “World News” by over 1 million viewers, meanwhile, “Evening News” closed the viewer deficit with “World News” by more than half a million viewers, compared to the same week last year. And with Sawyer’s interview with Gov. Chris Christie, “World News” was No. 1 in the demo Thursday, leading “Nightly” by +47,000 viewers.

Due to live coverage of NCAA basketball, CBS’s ratings are based on a three-day average (Mon-Wed). ABC and NBC are based on five days.

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For the first quarter of 2014, with a boost from the Sochi Olympics, “Nightly News” saw the most total viewer growth: up +12% vs. Q1 2013. “World News” had the most demo viewer growth, up +10%. “Nightly” was also up in the demo +6% while “World News” was up the same amount in viewers. “World News” had its best performance in total viewers in six years and in the A25-54 Demo in three years in the quarter. “Evening News” was up +9% in viewers vs. Q1 2013 and flat in the demo.

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Pew Report: Network News Viewership Up, Cable News Viewership Down

pew report network evening news audienceIn addition to cable news revenues and local news consolidation, this year’s Pew Research State of the News Media report looks at average viewership for both network and cable news.

An average of 22.6 million viewers watched one of the three network newscasts in 2013, a 2.3% increase from 2012. Last year, evening news viewership was the highest it has been since 2008.

Both “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” grew their audiences compared to the previous year, while ratings leader “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” dipped slightly compared to 2012.

Morning news viewership is also up: the three broadcasts averaged 13.4 million viewers in 2013, an increase of 6.7% compared to 2012. Mirroring the evening newscasts, ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning” were both up compared to the previous year, while NBC’s “Today” was down.

After the jump, the report’s findings on cable news ratings. Read more

Evening News Ratings: Week of March 17

EveningNewsNewWith continuing coverage of the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was the lead story every night last week, the three evening newscasts saw viewer growth compared to the same week last year. All three broadcasts were also up week-to-week in viewers.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” which has topped No. 2 “World News with Diane Sawyer” by more than 1 million viewers for 16 of the past 20 weeks, also saw the most year-over-year growth, +11%. “World News” was up +5% and the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up +7%.

All three broadcasts increased their A25-54 average year-over-year by +5%. For the second straight week, “World News” was No. 1 in the demo Friday, leading “Nightly News” by +31,000 viewers.

CBS’s average represents three days (Mon.-Wed.) due to live coverage of NCAA basketball Thursday and Friday.

Numbers for the week of March 17, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,314,000 8,264,000 7,114,000
• A25-54: 2,244,000 2,087,000 1,815,000

 

Evening News Ratings: Week of March 10

EveningNewsNew“Word News with Diane Sawyer” showed the most growth of the evening newscasts last week, when compared to the same week last year.

Sawyer’s broadcast, which remains 960,000 viewers behind “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” was up +12% in both viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Williams broadcast, too, was up in both measurements: +12% and +6%, respectively (he was off Wednesday-Friday). And for the fourth consecutive week, “World News” narrowed its week-to-week gaps with “Nightly” in total viewers.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up +4% in viewers but down -7% in the demo vs. last year.

Numbers for the week of March 10, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,019,000 8,059,000 6,649,000
• A25-54: 2,199,000 2,100,000 1,652,000

 

Evening News Ratings: Week of March 3

EveningNewsNew“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” showed the most growth of the evening newscasts last week, when compared to the same week last year.

Pelley’s broadcast, which remains two million viewers behind “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and one million behind “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer,” was up +8% in viewers and up +7% in the A25-54 demo.

Sawyer’s broadcast, too, was up in both measurements: +5% and +6%, respectively. And for the third consecutive week, “World News” narrowed its week-to-week gaps with “Nightly” in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54.

“Nightly News” continues its grip a the top, up +6% in viewers but down -9% in the demo vs. last year.  “Nightly” has not lost week in Total Viewers in four-and-a-half years.

Numbers for the week of March 3, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,740,000 8,547,000 7,581,000
• A25-54: 2,361,000 2,284,000 2,033,000


Coverage of Missing Malaysian Flight Continues on Cable News

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 2.11.21 PMThe cable networks continue coverage of downed Malaysian Airlines flight 370 which lost contact with  air traffic control off the coast of Vietnam enroute to Beijing Saturday morning. The search  for the aircraft, with 239 people on board, including at least three Americans, continues into the night.

Fox News began reporting the story at 7:45 last night on Greta Van Susteren‘s show. Coverage continued with Megyn Kelly and into “Hannity.” FNC’s David Piper is reporting from the region. CNN/U.S. reported the news at 7:58pm and continued through Friday primetime with Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan along with aviation expert Richard Quest and, in the overnight hours, a CNNI simulcast. MSNBC reported the news at 8:14 during Chris Hayes‘ show with further updates in primetime.

Brian Williams updated “Nighlty News” for the West Coast with aviation correspondent Tom Costello reporting from Washington. Diane Sawyer updated “ABC World News” with Cynthia McFadden reporting. McFadden also anchored a West Coast special report around 10:15pmPT. ”Nightline” lead with the news as well.

woodruffABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff is in Beijing. He attended a news conference earlier today where he thought he might, in his words,” knocked over” (left) by the Chinese media during the tense newsier. Correspondent Gloria Riviera is also in Beijing for ABC, and digital correspondent Joohee Cho is in Vietnam.

NBC News is reporting that two men who had their passports stolen were on the manifest, but are alive and well. An Italian man, currently in Thailand, had his passport stolen a year ago and an Austrian citizen reported his passport stolen two years ago while traveling in Asia.

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