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Evening News Ratings: Week of June 9

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week of June 9 in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo, with its best younger viewer delivery since late April.

ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” showed the most viewership growth compared to the same week last year (+7%), and was the only broadcast to grow in the younger demo (+11%).

“Nightly News” was up +4% in viewers and down -11% in the demo, while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up +4% in viewers and down -7% in the demo.

NBC’s average is based on three days (Mon.-Wed.) because of sports coverage. ABC’s average is based on three days (Mon., Wed. and Fri.) because of the NBC finals. CBS is based on five days.

Numbers for the week of June 9, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 8,440,000 7,265,000 6,048,000
• A25-54: 2,005,000 1,902,000 1,371,000

Subrata De Leaves MSNBC for ABC News

SubrataDeABCSubrata De is joining ABC News as VP of newsgathering, TVNewser has learned.  De takes over for Kate O’Brian who left ABC last year after being named president of Al Jazeera America.

De joins from MSNBC where she had been the EP of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” since January 2012. “It has been an extraordinary privilege to work with her,” Mitchell said on De’s final show May 23. Before joining MSNBC, De was Brian Williams‘ producer, traveling with him across the country and around the world.

De started at NBC News in 1998.

More: A note from ABC News president James Goldston, which includes expanded roles for two other ABCNewsers, after the jump…

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Evening News Ratings: Week of June 2

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week in total viewers while ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer wins again in the demo. It was the sixth time in the last nine weeks that ABC’s broadcast has won among younger viewers.

Sawyer also showed the most growth of the three evening newscasts in both viewers and the A25-54 demo. Compared to the same week last year “World News” was up +7% in viewers and up +13% in the demo. “Nightly” is up +2% in viewers but down -4% in the demo. The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up +4% in viewers but down -8% in the demo.

NBC is based on a 4-day average, with Wednesday excluded because of the NHL playoffs. ABC is also based on 4 days, with Thursday excluded due to the NBA playoffs.

Numbers for the week of June 2, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 7,705,000 7,471,000 5,937,000
• A25-54: 1,857,000 1,936,000 1,387,000

The Morning Ticker: Williams, Meade, Fusion

  • NBC’s Brian Williams gets the only broadcast network interview with Pres. Obama on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The interview will take place tomorrow morning in Normandy, France.

  • HLN’s ”Morning Express with Robin Meade” celebrates the CMA Music Festival with a live broadcast from Nashville tomorrow. Meade will interview music stars Big & Rich, LeAnn Rimes, and Hunter Hayes.

  • Fusion, the ABC News/Univision network, is now available on DISH, (channel 244) adding 14 million more homes to the 8-month-old channel’s distribution.

Robin Roberts to Receive 2014 Cronkite Award

RobinRobertsRobin Roberts is the 2014 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arizona State University announced today.

“I’m truly humbled to join the list of remarkable journalists who have received the Walter Cronkite Award,” said Roberts. “I’m honored to be selected and look forward to spending time with the students at Arizona State University.”

Roberts, the co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” will accept the 31st annual award, at a luncheon ceremony Oct. 6 in Phoenix.

CBS’s Bob Schieffer was presented last year’s Cronkite award. Brian Williams, was the 2009 honoree, while Diane Sawyer accepted it the following year in 2010.

Networks’ D-Day +70 Coverage Plans

D-day_Normandy_Nara_26-G-2343Broadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage this week for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is doing a weeklong series, with correspondents Jim Axelrod, Mark Phillips and Dean Reynolds speaking to World War II veterans about their stories from the invasion. Phillips and Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante, fresh off a cycling tour of France, will provide coverage from Normandy on Friday’s 70th anniversary.

Brian Williams will anchor special editions of “NBC Nightly News” from the site of the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach on Thursday and Friday. Joining Williams on-the-ground in Normandy will be special correspondent and author of “The Greatest Generation,” Tom Brokaw, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, and national correspondent Peter Alexander. And on the evening of the anniversary Friday, NBC News will air an 8pmET primetime special, “Brian Williams Reporting: Journey to Normandy,” spotlighting four World War II veterans as they make their return to Normandy.

On Friday, “World News with Diane Sawyer” will air the story of 90-year-old Cosmo Uttero, who is traveling to Normandy this week for the first time since he and the Allied troops invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944. Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will also report from Normandy on Friday, as he covers President Obama’s speech.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of May 26

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News Brian Williams” is back on top in the A25-54 demo after losing the month of May to ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.” “Nightly” had its biggest advantage over “World News” in the demo since the week of March 31.

But for the week, “World News” was the only broadcast to grow that younger audience, up +5%, while “Nightly” was flat and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -3% compared to the same week last year.

In total viewers, Williams’ broadcast was #1 and was up +5% vs. last year. Sawyer’s broadcast grew +3% while Pelley’s “Evening News” was down -3%.

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, all the broadcast averages are based on four days, Tuesday-Friday.

Numbers for the week of May 26, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 8,107,000 7,299,000 6,010,000
• A25-54: 2,004,000 1,903,000 1,513,000

Rep. Peter King: Brian Willliams Gave Snowden an ‘Infomercial’

KingRep. Peter King has been one of the most outspoken politicians against NSA-leaker Edward Snowden, and the New York Congressman didn’t mince words this morning about Brian Williams‘ interview with Snowden. King talked about the “myth” that Snowden has revealed an NSA abuse epidemic: “Unfortunately, Brian Williams almost added to that last night, basically giving him an infomercial,” King said on “Morning Joe.” “I really wish Brian Williams would have gone after him, and asked him if he had one piece of evidence that shows that the NSA has violated the law in any way.” (Video after the jump).

Meanwhile, The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik has a much different take, complimenting NBC News and Williams for their “best work in a long time.”

Overall, the questions Williams asked in the interview conducted in a Russian hotel room were probing, contextualized and consistently elicited revealing answers from Snowden. In one case, NBC News did try to report on something Snowden said in the interview, his claim that he had tried to go through traditional whistleblower channels before taking classified data and fleeing the country. And it was hugely important that Williams told viewers NBC was able to report that “multiple sources” confirmed Snowden’s account of expressing his concerns in writing at least once to supervisors that NSA was overstepping its legal authority in gathering vast amounts of personal data from American citizens in the form of phone and computer records.

And the ultimate source just confirmed Snowden’s claim—and NBC News’ reporting—this afternoon: the U.S. government released an email Snowden sent in April, 2013 to NSA lawyers, voicing his concerns about the agency’s domestic surveillance programs.

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Brian Williams’ Edward Snowden Interview Draws Nearly 6 Million Viewers

According to preliminary Nielsen data, the Brian Williams interview with Edward Snowden averaged 5.91 million viewers in the 10pm hour last night. (By comparison, Williams’ “Nightly News” has been averaging about 8.4 million viewers a night.)

The special was #1 in the A18-49 and A25-54 demos and #2 in viewers behind a repeat of “CSI:” on CBS. The hour-long special built on its lead-in (a repeat of “Last Comic Standing) by +48%. And the special added viewers from its first half hour to its second. Compared to the same night last year, the Snowden special improved the time period by +57% (+2,143,000) in total viewers. Final numbers will be released after 4pmET. As for why Snowden chose NBC for his first broadcast TV interview, here’s what he told Williams:

Snowden: ‘The Minute You Start Talking to a Journalist, There is No Going Back From That’

WilliamsGreenwaldSnowdenEdward Snowden said the “point of no return” in his quest to reveal NSA surveillance programs, was when it came time to tell journalists what he knew.

“It was a really intimidating moment,” Snowden told Brian Williams about meeting Glenn Greenwald, who sat for that part of the interview with Williams in Moscow last week. “It was the most real point of no return because the minute you start talking to a journalist as an intelligence officer on camera, there is really no going back from that,” Snowden said.

Snowden says he has an agreement with Greenwald, and other journalists for whom he is a source. “I demanded that they agreed to consult with the government to make sure no individuals or specific harms could be caused by any of that reporting.”

Williams said that includes NBC News, which has done its own reporting based on Snowden’s documents. Williams also revealed that NBC has a “reporting relationship” with Greenwald, which explains how the Williams interview was helped along, and is interesting given Greenwald’s past with another NBC Newser.

Williams closed the hour by teasing that Greenwald’s next story based on the Snowden documents “may be the biggest yet in terms of impact.”