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‘World News Tonight with David Muir’ Gets First Overall Weekly Win in 6 Years

Update 10/14/14: Nielsen has corrected error-plagued ratings data for the week of Sept. 29. “NBC Nightly News” is now No. 1 and the show’s winning streak among total viewers remains unbroken for 264 consecutive weeks. (265 weeks including the week of Oct. 6)

Original Story: With the latest Nielsen evening news ratings just in, ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” had its first outright win in 6 years. The ABC evening newscast finished first among the two younger demos, A25-54 and A18-49, and breaks the 5-year Total Viewer winning streak held by “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.”

This was “World News Tonight’s” first win among total viewers since the week of Sept. 7, 2009. And it’s the first time the program has been #1 in total viewers and both younger demos since the week of Sept. 8, 2008. Muir took over the anchor chair four weeks ago and had been consistently winning the A25-54 demo. For the week of Sept. 29, 2014, “World News Tonight” led “Nightly News” by +166,000 total viewers or 2%. We’ll post the full weekly ratings soon.

MediabistroTV recently sat down with Muir for a “My First Big Break” interview, which we’ll post tomorrow. In this outtake Muir talked about the competition and how he approaches his show: “I’ve watched a lot of Brian Williams on DVR, probably more than he has,” Muir says. “I tell the team here, ‘we don’t look sideways, we hit the ground running.’ And at the end of the day… it’s really about the viewers at home.”

Robin Roberts Receives Walter Cronkite Award

RobinRobertsCronkite“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts accepted the 2014 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism today.

The award, presented by Arizona State University, recognizes a journalist who embodies the values of the school’s namesake.

Instead of giving a speech, Roberts was interviewed by Cronkite students Analise Ortiz and Megan Thompson (below) in front of 1,100 luncheon attendees. On Sunday, Roberts toured the Cronkite School and spoke to 200 students during a Q&A session.

“I had a quick tour of the facility — wow — you are so blessed, so fortunate. I hope you know that,” said Roberts who also watched part of the school’s newscast. “To have the hands-on experience that you are receiving is paramount,” she said.

Cronkite was a fixture at the luncheons until his death in 2009. Previous honorees include CBS’s Bob Schieffer, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, NBC’s Brian Williams, and Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, longtime anchors of PBS’s “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report.”

Brian Williams Gets Social; Holds First Facebook Q&A

WilliamsFacebookFollowing “Nightly News” Thursday, Brian Williams conducted his first Facebook Q&A. Many of the questions came from his NBC News colleagues, including Carson Daly who asked him about his drinking habits while he travels.

“Carson Daly, ladies and gentlemen! The man, the myth, the LEGEND. I love me some Today Show Carson, but I REALLY love the nighttime show…”

Matt Lauer asked Williams about his choice of movies: Blazing Saddles or GhostbustersSavannah Guthrie gave him a hard time about some missing lip gloss and Natalie Morales asked him about what other job he might have pursued and he replied “any opportunity to work with Willie Geist.”

Geist chimed in and asked him who his favorite member of NWA is.

Speaking of rap, Williams was asked what he thinks of the Jimmy Fallon mashups.

“They’ve been amazing. Never before have so many words been re-purposed so outside their original meaning. We have interviewed the profoundly talented video editor and will put it on the web before long.”

The Morning Ticker: Williams, Hinojosa, Beck

  • Brian Williams picked up the tab last night for his “Nightly News” team at Rosa Mexicano celebrating their Emmy wins. “Nightly” won for breaking news coverage of the tornado in Moore, OK and, along with CBS, was honored for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.

  • Former CNN correspondent Maria Hinojosa has a new TV series debuting tomorrow night on PBS World. In “America by the Numbers” Honojosa travels around the country to examine the shifts in culture, diversity and demographic trends.

  • Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze has launched on Suddenlink, the nation’s 7th largest cable operator. TheBlaze is now available on 77 television providers nationwide including 10 of the top 25.

CBS News, PBS Score Big at News and Documentary Emmys

EmmysPBS and CBS News were the big winners at last night’s News and Documentary Emmys at the Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

PBS took home 11 Emmys while CBS won 10. ABC News won three; NBC News and BBC News two, and CNN and Al Jazeera America both earned one.

“60 Minutes” was the top single show, winning five Emmys for stories on Africa Mercy; China’s real estate bubble; Guantanamo Bay and Gitmo; imminent danger caused by mental illness, and recyclers making music from trash. The network also took home honors for its Boston Marathon bombing coverage, Charlie Rose‘s interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and “Face the Nation’s” coverage of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. “48 Hours” won two Emmys for stories on art theft and the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing perpetrator.

ABC News’ “Nightline” took home all three trophies for the network. The newsmagazine earned honors for a Brian Ross investigation into fraud in China and U.S. markets, a story about underage prostitution rings in the Philippines; and an investigation into Rio’s drug gangs. NBC News earned honors for specials on the Boston Marathon bombings and “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams‘” reporting on the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

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The Evening Ticker: Ramos, Carlson, Slattery

  • The Committee to Protect Journalists today announced that Fusion’s Jorge Ramos will be honored with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom at the 2014 International Press Freedom Awards in November.

  • “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” celebrated one year on the air today with a best-of video. Carlson says the best part of leaving the morning shift for the afternoons is, “I no longer have to set three alarms for the middle of the night and I am home in the morning with my kids.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of Sept. 22

evening news_2014Update 10/11/14: the numbers have been updated following a Nielsen ratings data glitch.

Another split in the evenings: “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams takes total viewers while “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir” takes the A25-54 demo. Compared to the same week last year Muir’s broadcast showed the most across-the-board growth: up +11% in viewers and up +9% in the demo.

“Nightly’s” lead on “World News Tonight” last week was 158,000 viewers (less than 2%). That’s the closest ABC has gotten to NBC in four weeks, which was Diane Sawyer‘s final week, and “WNT” got within 40,000 viewers.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up in both measurements: up +3% in viewers and up +4% in the demo. “Nightly News” was up in viewers (+2%) but down in the demo (-7%) year-over-year.

Numbers for the week of Sept. 22, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,239,000 7,793,000 6,375,000
• A25-54: 1,821,000 1,900,000 1,513,000

 

The Morning Ticker: Kroft, Williams, Romano

  • CBS’s Steve Kroft sits down with President Obama at the White House today for an interview airing Sunday on “60 Minutes.”

  • Former Telemundo president Emilio Romano has joined Bank of America as CEO for Mexico. Romano is a former Mexican Ministry of Finance negotiator.

The Week of the International Gets

With world leaders in New York for the U.N. General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative happening at the same time, TV news anchors have been busy getting gets.

Who did we miss?

Only ‘World News Tonight’ Sees Growth in Viewers and Demo For 2013-2014 Season

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While all three network newscasts can celebrate audience growth in the just-completed 2013-2014 season, only “World News Tonight with David Muir” has seen growth among both total viewers and the preferred news demo of Adult 25-54 viewers.

Compared to the 2012-2013 season, “World News Tonight,” which spent most of the season as “World News with Diane Sawyer,” grew +4% in viewers and +5% in the demo.

“Nightly News with Brian Williams” saw the most viewership growth: up +6%, but was down the most in the demo: -3%. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” which saw an executive producer change in the spring, was up +5% in viewers and down -2% in the demo.

“Nightly News” won the season in both total viewers and the demo, though “World News,” took the demo in the second half of the season, winning both Q2 and Q3.

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Numbers for the 2013-2014 season:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,849,000 7,995,000 6,752,000
• A25-54: 2,175,000 2,075,000 1,658,000


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