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Evening News Ratings: Week of Sept. 1

evening news_2014In David Muir‘s first week at the helm of “World News Tonight,” the ABC newscast once again took the younger demo while “NBC Nightly News” with Brian Williams” led among total viewers. This is ABC’s 5th consecutive weekly win and 9th of the last 10 weeks in the demo. And this was a milestone week for Williams as well. “Nightly News” marks 5 years straight at No. 1.

All three newscasts were up among total viewers compared to the same week last year, with “Nightly” up the most (+9%). “Nightly” was also the only newscast down in the demo (-2%). “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up the most in the demo (+11%) and up +7% in viewers. “World News Tonight” was up +8% in viewers and up +10% in the demo.

On Tuesday, Muir’s first official day as anchor and the first day NBC and ABC were rated head-to-head “Nightly” topped “World News Tonight” by +529,000 total viewers and +111,000 A25-54 viewers.

Because of Labor Day and sports coverage, NBC is based on three days: Tue, Wed, Fri. CBS is based on thee days: Tue, Wed, Thu. ABC is based on four days: Tue-Fri.

Numbers for the week of Sept. 1, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,471,000 8,265,000 6,497,000
• A25-54: 1,967,000 2,040,000 1,613,000

The Afternoon Ticker: Pelley & Iraq, Williams & ‘Nightly,’ Costas & Kelly, Dunn & Big Bird

  • Scott Pelley is in Iraq on assignment for CBS News. On the “CBS Evening News” this week he’ll report on the ongoing crisis in Iraq and the state of ISIS.

  • NBC News will begin a promotional push this fall marking Brian Williams‘ 10th anniversary as “Nightly News” anchor. Williams took over the show from Tom Brokaw Dec. 2, 2004.

  • Jeffrey Dunn has been named CEO of Sesame Workshop, producer of “Sesame Street.” Dunn succeeds Mel Ming who announced his retirement earlier this year.

It’s Homecoming Week at ‘Today’

Pauley Brokaw 304As Savannah Guthrie continues her maternity leave, “Today” is calling up some other NBCNewsers to fill in. As we’ve reported, Meredith Vieira subs tomorrow, the same day her syndicated show debuts.

Brian Williams pulls double-duty on Tuesday anchoring in the morning and “NBC Nightly News.” On Wednesday, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will have an earlier call time as they join Matt Lauer. On  Thursday, Tom Brokaw returns to the “Today” anchor chair. Brokaw (above, with Jane Pauley) co-hosted the show from 1976-1981.

On Friday, Maria Shriver will be behind the desk. Shriver co-anchored the “Today” Sunday edition from 1987-1990. NBC is calling this “Homecoming Week” on “Today.”

President Obama: We’re Going to ‘Degrade and Ultimately Defeat ISIS’

Broadcast networks provided special coverage this morning as President Obama held a press conference from the NATO Summit in Newport, Wales.

The president first made a statement about the 28 NATO countries sending more resources to Ukraine including security assistance, body armor, and medical care. He also announced the U.S. and Europe are finalizing increased sanctions against Russia’s financial and energy sectors. Obama also spoke about NATO countries uniting against ISIS in Iraq.

“There was unanimity over the last two days that ISIS poses a significant threat to NATO members and there was a recognition that we have to take action,” the president said. “We’re going to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS the same way we have gone after Al-Qaeda.”

ABC News cut in at 11:44amET with  George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from from the NATO Summit in Wales. NBC News cut in at 11:44amET with Brian Williams anchoring in New York and Chuck Todd reporting from Washington, DC . CBS cut in with Scott Pelley anchoring in New York and “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer reporting from Washington, DC.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Julie Pace. The second to Bloomberg’s Angela Greiling Kane; the next to  the New York TimesJulie Davis; the next to the Wall Street Journal‘s Colleen McCain Nelson. The president spoke for 24 minutes.

Evening News Ratings: Week of August 25

EveningNewsNewIn Diane Sawyer’s final week, which was actually a half-week since her last day was Wednesday, “World News” came within 40,000 viewers of No. 1 “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” with Lester Holt sitting in for the vacationing Williams.

That’s the closest ABC has come to NBC in 5 years, since the week of September 7, 2009, which was the last week ABC topped NBC in the total viewer measurement. Brian Williams has been on a winning streak since.

“World News” took the younger viewer demo for the eighth time in nine weeks, with a +272,000 lead on “Nightly,” its biggest gap in 7 years, since the week of July 2, 2007. Compared to the same week last year only “World News” showed growth.

NBC’s average is based on four days, with Monday excluded because of the Emmy awards. ABC and CBS are based on five days.

Numbers for the week of August 25, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,423,000 7,383,000 6,116,000
• A25-54: 1,671,000 1,942,000 1,448,000

The Morning Ticker: Justice, Gnazzo, Gifford

  • At a 5amET news conference in Estonia, carried live on the cable news networks, Pres. Obama vowed that “justice will be served” in the deaths of two journalists beheaded by ISIS militants. “Those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget,” said Obama.
  • Cory Gnazzo has been named EP of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” taking over for Bill Wolff who joined “The View” last week. Gnazzo, senior producer of TRMS, has been with the show since launch in 2008. He joined MSNBC in 2000 as a producer of “The News with Brian Williams.”
  • “Now with Alex Wagner” senior producer Rob Gifford has left MSNBC for Bloomberg where he’ll be senior broadcast producer of the new politics vertical run by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Previously, Gifford was a senior producer with “Morning Joe” and a producer of  FNC’s “Studio B w/ Shepard Smith.”

‘NBC Nightly News’ Gets a Studio Refresh

If you watched “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” tonight, you may have noticed a few changes to the broadcast. “‘Nightly’ is making a few updates within Studio 3B to better take advantage of our space and graphics capabilities,” an NBC News spokesperson tells TVNewser. Among the changes, the show open and story introductions make use of studio monitors — and wider camera shots —  rather than over-the-shoulder graphics.

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This is the first update since “Nightly” moved into Studio 3B in 2011. The studio was built at the time to house both “Nightly News” and “Rock Center, ” which was canceled last summer. We’re told the show will be experimenting with other camera angles and styles over the coming weeks. The “Nightly” updates come during the same week that ABC’s “World News Tonight” gets a new anchor in David Muir.

American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS

Steven SotloffTwo weeks after James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by the same group.

In a new video posted online today, Sotloff, in the same orange Foley wore, addressed the camera: “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing,” he said before being beheaded.

ABC News cut into broadcast coverage with George Stephanopoulos anchoring and Brian Ross reporting. Ross reported the executioner said, “Obama, I’m back” while Sotloff asked the president why he was paying the price for American “interference in Iraq.” NBC News cut in at 1:48pmET with Brian Williams anchoring and Andrea Mitchell reporting. CBS News didn’t provide special coverage.

Wolf Blitzer first reported the news on CNN at 1:24pmET, going to foreign correspondent Karl Penhaul while showing stills of Sotloff next to a man who seems to be the same British ISIS member who executed Foley. “Obama back off and just leave us alone,” Penhaul reports the executioner said in the video. ABC News’ Foreign Editor Jon Williams tweets the executioner threatened British citizen David Haines‘ life at the end of the video. MSNBC’s Krystal Ball, filling in for Ronan Farrow, reported the news at 1:28pmET; Fox News’ Jon Scott reported at 1:33pmET. None of the networks aired the video.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest sent his condolences to the Sotloff family during an afternoon briefing while also stipulating the U.S. government has not yet verified the video’s authenticity. Last week, Sotloff’s mother, Shirley, sent a video message to ISIS pleading for her son’s life. Foley was a freelance journalist for TIME magazine and Foreign Policy.

Who Is Chuck Todd Anyway?

This morning, “Meet the Press” introduced viewers to Chuck Todd, with reflections from his mother, his wife, Tom Brokaw from Montana and Brian Williams at the Jersey Shore. Todd and substitute host Andrea Mitchell discussed the legacy of the show and the coverage of politics today. Todd then got the signature last word, “If it’s Sunday. It’s Meet the Press.” Todd takes over as host next Sunday.

Chelsea Clinton Leaving NBC News

chelsea-clinton-articleChelsea Clinton is leaving NBC News. People magazine was first with the story this morning. Clinton tells the mag she plans “to continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation and as Marc and I look forward to welcoming our first child.”

Clinton joined NBC News in 2011 on a short-term contract to report “Making a Difference” stories for “NBC Nightly News.” She extended the contract in the spring of 2012 and also began reporting for “Rock Center.”

On Facebook, Clinton thanked the NBCNewsers she worked with: “I admire the work and dedication that their reporters, producers, crews, editors and studio teams deliver every day, particularly as I personally experienced through the stewardship of Brian Williams at Nightly News and Rock Center.”

NBC got some flak earlier this summer when it was reported that Clinton earned an annual salary of $600,000.

Clinton is leaving the door open to working with NBC in some way. “While my role with NBC News may be coming to an end, I look forward to working with the NBC family well into the future,” Clinton wrote on Facebook. See her full note after the jump…

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