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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.”

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Brian Williams Marks 10 Years of ‘Nightly News’

BrianWilliams120204Ten years ago tonight, Brian Williams took over as anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News.”

After last night’s show, the staff gathered in Studio 3B for a champagne toast and cookies. After remarks from executive producer Pat Burkey and SVP Alex Wallace, who is a a former “Nightly” EP, Williams talked about how the job “has always been about everybody else.”

The midweek anchor change — Dec. 2, 2004 was a Thursday night — came after many years of planning. Williams rode the bench, and frequently filled in for Tom Brokaw who’d been “Nightly News” anchor for 22 years.

“It is now our job from this day forward to endeavor each evening to put the finest work of this organization on the air,” said Williams, on his first night in the chair, (video after the jump). “We can do that best by working harder than anyone else, just the way Tom did for so many years.”

For the last five years, “Nightly News” has not been beaten in the ratings. The broadcast, however, has seen their A25-54 viewership — the one that matters most to advertisers — being chipped away by ABC’s “World News Tonight” and its new anchor David Muir. In the most recent week, Nov. 17, Williams’ broadcast reclaimed the top spot in that demo.

“I’m in the debt of everyone in this room and a lot of people who couldn’t be here, and it’s an extraordinary feeling,” Williams said to his team last night.

It’s a big week for Williams. His son Doug started a new job with “SportsNite” on SNY and, as he told his staff, on Thursday night, “I become the father of Peter Pan.”

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NBC News Produces ‘Peter Pan’ Special

PeterPanNBC News’ Peacock Productions has produced a behind-the-scenes look at next’s week’s “Peter Pan Live!”

“The Making of Peter Pan Live!” airs tonight at 8pmET/PT and takes viewers behind the preparations the special, which stars Allison Williams, daughter of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, as Peter Pan.

Williams and Christopher Walken prepare for the Dec. 4 television event by learning the art of swordplay and singing classics such as as “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” “Never Never Land” and “I’ve Gotta Crow.”

When Allison Williams was cast back in July, Brian Williams said on “Nightly News,” “family members confirm she’s been rehearsing for this role since the age of three.”

The Ticker: Williams, Finney, ’60′

  • Brian Williams will anchor “NBC Nightly News” from Ferguson, Missouri tonight following the grand jury’s decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson.

  • Former MSNBC host Karen Finney is joining Media Matters as a Senior Fellow and consultant. She will write commentary pieces for the progressive research and information site.

  • “60 Minutes” was the No. 3 TV program of the week drawing 17.2 million viewers. The show got a lift from the Dolphins-Broncos game which drew 25 million viewers in its final half hour.

Evening News Ratings: Week of November 17

evening news_2014“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” reclaimed the top spot in total viewers and the A25-54 demo for the week of Nov. 17 while ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” showed the most growth of the three evening newscasts.

“Nightly News” edged “World News Tonight” by 30,000 viewers or +1% in the demo. The ABC broadcast had won the younger demo in 12 of the last 13 weeks. NBC was up +5% in viewers and up +7% in the demo. ABC grew +12% in viewers and +18% in the demo. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up over last year: +1% in viewers and +4% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Nov. 17, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 9,789,000 9,247,000 7,615,000
• A25-54: 2,451,000 2,421,000 1,905,000

Ferguson Grand Jury Reaches Decision

This afternoon MSNBC and CNN have been in wall-to-wall coverage of the grand jury decision in the Darren Wilson case, even though the decision hasn’t yet been made public. Fox News has been more tempered with its coverage, reporting that there is a decision and that it will be released sometime after 5pmCT.

Broadcast networks are also planning special reports once the decision is handed down. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos will anchor coverage that will feature live reports from Ferguson. Fox will offer a special report to affiliates anchored by Trace Gallagher and Shepard Smith will anchor coverage on FNC. Brian Williams will anchor an NBC News special report to cover the announcement, while CBS will have Scott Pelley live from New York.

Fox Business will be covering the economic impact of the decision with a special edition of “Cavuto” at 8 pm ET. Fusion is on the ground with Mariana Atencio anchoring “Fusion Live” from Ferguson. We’ll let you know about the other broadcasters when we hear from them.

The 12-person grand jury, made up of 7 men (1 black and 6 white) and 5 women (2 black and 3 white), is deciding whether Wilson, a white police officer from Ferguson, MO, should be criminally indicted for the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown.


Evening News Ratings: Week of November 10

evening news_2014As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, more Americans are tuning into the evening newscasts. Last week all three network broadcasts grew in both total viewers and the demo from the prior week.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” holds first place in viewers and was up +3% compared to the same week last year, but down -5% in the A25-54 demo.

ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” regained the No. 1 spot in the A25-54 demo, and saw the most overall growth: up +9% in viewers and up a whopping +16% in the demo vs. last year.

The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” experienced +4% viewer growth, but was down -1% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Nov. 10, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 9,638,000 8,989,000 7,435,000
• A25-54: 2,270,000 2,283,000 1,818,000


The Fox Ticker: Ratings, Greta, Gruber,

  • Greta Van Susteren traveled to Midland, Texas today to interview President George W. Bush at his childhood home. The interviews airs tonight “On the Record” at 7pmET.

  • Sean Hannity sent a camera crew to MIT to talk with Jonathan Gruber, whose comments about Obamacare have made up much of Fox News’s coverage over the last week. Here’s some of what they got on campus, more tonight on “Hannity.”

‘If Walter Cronkite and Jon Stewart had a Baby its Name Would be Brian Douglas Williams’

Brian Williams has been immortalized in the Garden State.

At an event in Asbury Park last night, the “NBC Nightly News” anchor was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, by none other than the state’s most famous resident (not Chris Christie) Bruce Springsteen.

“He first worked in broadcasting at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas… didn’t know that existed,” said Springsteen. “Then Washington, Philadelphia and finally New York City.”

“To paraphrase a friend of mine,” said Springsteen, “if Walter Cronkite and Jon Stewart had a baby, and due to the ongoing controversy over same sex-marriage they had to abandon that baby on the New Jersey turnpike, and it grew up to be a news anchor, its name would be Brian Douglas Williams.”

“I wouldn’t trade growing up where I did, how I did, with anyone, anywhere,” said Williams. WATCH:

Evening News Ratings: Week of November 3

evening news_2014The return to Standard Time and the midterm elections combined to give all three newscasts week-to-week gains.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” also retakes the lead in the A25-54 demo, which ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” had owned for the last 11 weeks.

Compared to the same week last only Muir’s newscast is up in both viewers and the demo: +9% in viewers and +6% in the demo. “Nightly News” was up +2% in viewers but down -6% in the demo while the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -2% in viewers and up +2% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Nov. 3, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 9,453,000 8,756,000 7,245,000
• A25-54: 2,191,000 2,179,000 1,837,000