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Overturned Evening News Win Gets Personal

From the interesting tweets department this afternoon, College Humor co-founder Ricky Van Veen tweeted at ABC News anchor Dan Harris, wondering if he was going to correct a comment about David Muir‘s “amazing win.” That win, as we reported earlier, has been overturned following Nielsen’s restated data. Why does Van Veen care about the evening news race? Well, his father-in-law to be is “NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.” Van Veen is engaged to actress Allison Williams, Brian’s daughter.

And more…

With Nielsen Ratings Revision, ‘NBC Nightly News’ Winning Streak Continues

MuirWilliams2Just in: Revised Nielsen data for the week of Sept. 29, 2014 shows “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was No. 1 in total viewers while “World News Tonight with David Muir” remains No. 1 in the A25-54 demo.

This means the NBC broadcast’s weekly winning streak remains unbroken for 265 consecutive weeks (including the week of Oct. 6.)

With the revisions, NBC gained .4% in viewers and .3% in the demo while ABC lost -3.6% in viewers and lost -6.3% in the demo.

“We are pleased that the corrected numbers confirm that ‘NBC Nightly News’ is the #1 news broadcast in America, and has been for the last 265 weeks,” says NBC spokesperson Erika Masonhall. “We remain, first and foremost, committed to our viewers and bringing them a broadcast with credible, authoritative news they can trust.”

ABC News spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser, “The restatement in numbers in no way changes the obvious momentum at ‘World News Tonight.’ We’ve always said this is a very long game and we’re proud to put on the best broadcast every night with first rate journalism and information that helps our viewers better understand the world.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of Oct. 6

evening news_2014As we await updated Nielsen evening news ratings data for the week of Sept. 29, we’ve just received the numbers for last week, Oct. 6.

As has been the trend, ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” has won the A25-54 news demo while “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” is first among total viewers.

Initially, ABC took the week of Sept. 29 in all measurements, but their total viewer win — which would be the first in 5 years — is in doubt. The week of Sept. 22 was restated over the weekend. The numbers being significantly different, but it did not affect the overall standings.

The trend lines are still positive for Muir’s broadcast. Compared to the same week last year “World News Tonight” was up the most: +13% in viewers and up +14% in the A25-54 demo. “Nightly News” was up +5% in viewers but down -11% in the demo. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is down -2% in viewers and up +1% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Oct. 6, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,561,000 8,213,000 6,220,000
• A25-54: 2,010,000 2,072,000 1,470,000

 

Dr. Nancy Snyderman ‘Deeply Sorry;’ Maintains She Poses ‘No Risk to the Public’

Snyderman304On “NBC Nightly News” tonight, Brian Williams read a statement from NBC News chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman who was spotted out and about near her Hopewell, NJ home Thursday despite being under voluntary quarantine due to possible exposure to Ebola. When the state of New Jersey Health Dept. found out about it, it required Snyderman and her crew be placed in a mandatory quarantine. Here’s the statement:

While under voluntary quarantine guidelines which called for our team to avoid public contact for 21 days, members of our group violated those guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days have passed. We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal. As a health professional, I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused.

Dr. Snyderman returned from Africa a week ago tonight after an NBC News colleague, cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, tested positive for Ebola. He’s responding favorably to treatment in Nebraska.

Nielsen Releases Revised Evening News Ratings Following Error

EveningNews304Following a glitch that led to months of inaccurate Nielsen ratings results, the company today released updated data for the week of Sept. 22, which was the first week of 2014-15 TV season. As suspected, the inaccurate data favored ABC programs while hurting ABC’s competitors.

The restated numbers are being most closely watched for revisions to the primetime ratings as new fall shows had their premieres. In the tight evening news race, “World News Tonight with David Muir,” had its numbers revised down, but it didn’t change the outcome. Muir’s newscast still won the week in the demo, and “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” won among total viewers.

In the demo, Muir drew 1.9 million viewers, down from the 2.002 million Nielsen had originally reported, a difference of -5%. “Nightly News” drew 1.821 million vs. the previously-reported 1.811, a gain of .6%.

Among total viewers, the ABC broadcast drew 7.793 million vs. the 8,029,000 first reported, a drop of -2.9%. NBC drew 8.239 million vs. 8.187 million, a gain of +.6%. This is significant because during the following week, Sept. 29, ABC overtook NBC for the first time in five years among total viewers, but by just +2%. Restated numbers could take that win away. Revised results for the week of Sept. 29, will be released next week. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also revised up.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” was revised down as well: down -2.6% in viewers (5.531M vs. 5.677M) and down: -3% in the demo (2.105M vs. 2.168M). The morning show still holds the No. 1 spot in total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Report: NBC News Holding Crisis Meetings

MuirWilliams2The New York Post’s “Page Six” is reporting that NBC is holding “crisis meetings” after ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” passed the “Nightly News” in ratings.

“The NBC News morning call was very somber. A meeting was held with the ‘Nightly News’ executive producer to try to motivate the staff. There will be further crisis meetings,” according to the “Page Six” source.

The alleged meetings are a result of NBC’s newscast getting surpassed by ABC in total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49 in ratings for the week of Sept. 29. This was ABC’s first across-the-board victory in six years and comes only four weeks after Muir took over the anchor chair at “World News.”

There are also rumors being floated regarding the relationship between Brian Williams and NBC News president Deborah Turness. While one “Page Six” insider called the relationship “icy,” and NBC rep told the paper, “That is absolutely false. They talk all the time and meet multiple times a week. In fact, Deborah just drove to Philadelphia to see Brian accept an award at a lunch two weeks ago.”

David Muir and Team Celebrate Ratings Victory

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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: ABC News celebrated the first ratings win in more than six years for “World News Tonight” this afternoon with lunch on the house. Joining anchor David Muir and EP Almin Karamehmedovic was Muir’s predecessor Diane Sawyer, who, we’re told, gave a rousing tribute to the staff. ABC News President James Goldston, SVP Tom Cibrowski and former “World News” EP and current “Good Morning America” EP Michael Corn joined in on the celebration.

While Muir feels that the show can continue to improve, he took the time to thank his staff for all the hard work that helped them pass “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of September 29

evening news_2014Update 10/14/14:  Nielsen has restated the data for the week of Sept. 29, 2014. The numbers below are correct. With the updated numbers, “NBC Nightly News” is No. 1 in total viewers while ABC’s “World News Tonight” is No. 1 in the A25-54 demo.

Earlier story: As we reported earlier, ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” has won the week — its first in more than 6 years — among total viewers and the A25-54 news demo. ABC’s gains came at the expense of “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.”

While Muir’s show was up +10% in viewers and up +16% in the demo compared to the same week last year, Williams’s broadcast was down -3% in viewers and down -13% in the demo.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is flat in total viewers and down -2% in the demo vs. last year.

Numbers for the week of Sept. 29, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,283,000 8,113,000 6,614,000
• A25-54: 1,942,000 2,065,000 1,602,000

 

‘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.”

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