On Jeopardy! tonight, there was a category called TV Anchors Aweigh. The contestants left the entire category almost to the end, not a good sign for their knowledge of news talent. Four of the five clues were revealed, and only one was answered correctly. It was the $200 clue to the left. Know the answer?
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Following their split with Dow Jones, digital dynamos Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg and their team are partnering with the NBCUniversal News Group for their new venture called Revere Digital. Swisher and Mossberg are the co-CEOs of the new, technology-focused media company which will publish under the name Re/code . Windsor Media will also join Revere as an investing partner.
As part of the deal Swisher, Mossberg and other Revere journalists will appear across all of the News Group properties including CNBC, MSNBC, “Today,” and “Nightly News with Brian Williams.” CNBC will become Revere’s media partner for its global conferences. The first “Code” conference is set for late May in Southern California.
Mossberg and Swisher formerly partnered with Dow Jones for the AllThingsD site and conferences. They split in September when the two sought to go out on their own, with a partner.
Release after the jump…
“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” caps off 2013 atop the evening news broadcasts, leading “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” by +1,107,000 total viewers and +236,0000 A25-54 viewers for the week of December 23. Sawyer’s broadcast leads “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” by +1,018,000 and +884,000, respectively.
“World News” and “Evening News” were both down compared to the same week last year: Sawyer’s broadcast was down -4% in total viewers and -38% in the A25-54 demographic, while Pelley’s was down -3% and -43%, respectively. “Nightly News” was up slightly, +1%, in total viewers and down -32% in the demo.
Note: the averages are based on three days (Monday, Thursday and Friday) due to the Christmas holiday.
Numbers for the week of December 23, 2013:
|• Total Viewers:||8,725,000||7,618,000||6,537,000|
As for the fourth quarter: Read more
At the beginning of the year, we asked you to predict what would happen in the television news industry in 2013, and thousands of you responded with your thoughts on the year ahead. We’ll have a new set of questions in the 2014 TVNewser Challenge tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s how you did.
Will the three evening newscasts increase or decrease in viewership in 2013?
82% of you thought the evening newscasts would decrease in viewership, compared to just 18% of you who thought viewership would go up. As it turns out, you were all right: year-to-date, the three-network annual total is up +2% in total viewers and down -4% in the A25-54 demographic compared to 2012. “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” remained on top this year. “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was second and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was third.
By this time next year, which CNN daypart will see the biggest change under Jeff Zucker?
The majority of you (57%) believed CNN’s primetime programming would see the biggest changes under Jeff Zucker‘s leadership. There have been a few changes in primetime, but the major programming overhaul was in the mornings, which 30% of voters predicted. “New Day” debuted in June.
Which broadcast morning show is likely to see an anchor change in 2013?
Only 12% of responders saw an anchor change in the cards for “Good Morning America,” which had weather anchor Sam Champion depart for The Weather Channel this month. 61% of you thought the anchor change would be at “Today” and 27% thought it would be at “CBS This Morning.”
Will Megyn Kelly still be with Fox News at this time next year?
“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” had a 1.3 million viewer lead on No. 2 “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer,” while Sawyer kept a 870,000 viewer lead on No. 3. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” last week.
Compared to the same week last year, all three broadcasts are flat in total viewers and down in the A25-54 demographic: NBC is down -29%, ABC is down -37% and CBS is down -41%.
All three broadcasts were also down compared to last week.
Numbers for the week of December 16, 2013:
|• Total Viewers:||9,211,000||7,919,000||7,049,000|
“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” had a one million viewer lead on No. 2 “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer,” while Sawyer kept a 900,000 viewer lead on No. 3. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” last week.
Only Pelley’s broadcast saw viewership growth compared to the same week last year: up +3% in total viewers but down -7% in the demo.
NBC and ABC were down as well in the demo compared to last year. NBC was down -12% and ABC was down -6%.
Numbers for the week of December 9, 2013:
|• Total Viewers:||9,299,000||8,286,000||7,364,000|
- Beginning today, Bloomberg TV is available on Apple TV. The app provides a live feed of the network, as well as on-demand videos, GigaOM reports. A live feed of News Corp.’s Sky News is also available on Apple TV.
- MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is joining the Washington Post’s opinion section as a monthly columnist. Her first column will be published this week, Erik Wemple reports.
- The ISS astronauts haven’t forgotten about Brian Williams‘ recent request for a picture of a house decorated for the holidays with a half million Christmas lights. One of the astronauts tweeted a daytime picture of the house yesterday, noting that no nighttime passes have yet been made. “We hope that their nighttime travels will soon show it in its full wattage and Christmas glory,” Williams said on “Nightly” Tuesday.
The broadcast and cable networks were up early this morning as international leaders, dignitaries and thousands of South Africans filled FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to honor Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.
Brian Williams, who as we noted yesterday is the only network anchor to be in South Africa, opened up NBC News’ special report at 4amET noting the “absolutely miserable weather” in Johannesburg. Williams’ special report lasted until the conclusion of the service shortly before 7amET, and he and Lester Holt, who was reporting from FNB Stadium, appeared at the top of the “Today” show.
ABC News also began their special report, anchored by George Stephanopoulos and from New York, at 4amET. Robin Roberts joined Stephanpoulos at the conclusion of the service, just before “Good Morning America” began, and chief foreign affairs correspondent Terry Moran was at FNB Stadium for ABC News.
CBS News also had a special report beginning at 4amET, with Anne-Marie Green anchoring from New York. Debra Patta reported from Soweto for the network. Unlike ABC and NBC, CBS News’ special report lasted just eight minutes. The network went back on the air with two more special reports, for the start of the ceremony and for President Barack Obama‘s remarks, then stayed on through “CBS This Morning.”
As for the cable networks: Read more
“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the evenings once again and does so by growing its total viewer and demo audience compared to the same week last year, the only broadcast to do so. It also enjoyed a 1.58 million viewer lead on its closest competitor, ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer”
“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up the most in total viewers: +15%, and even topped “World News” on two nights last week: by 148,000 viewers on Wednesday and by 91,000 viewers on Thursday.
CBS was down -4% year-over-year in the demo while ABC was up +1% in viewers and down -1% in the demo.
Numbers for the week of December 2, 2013:
|• Total Viewers:||9,572,000||7,985,000||7,487,000|
International leaders, including President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, will honor Nelson Mandela at a public memorial service at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg tomorrow. The memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. local time (4amET).
Brian Williams will anchor a special report for NBC News beginning at 4amET Tuesday. Williams will also anchor “Nightly News” from Pretoria tonight and tomorrow.
CBS News will have coverage of the memorial service during “Up to the Minute,” the early morning newscast, beginning at 4amET. CBSNews.com will have a live stream of the service.
Fox News will cover the memorial service when it begins at 4amET, with coverage continuing through “Fox & Friends First” and “Fox & Friends.” Greg Palkot and producer Paul Tilsley will contribute to the network’s coverage from the FNB Stadium in South Africa.
MSNBC will simulcast NBC News’ special report, with the “Morning Joe” team taking over at 6amET. The full memorial service will stream on msnbc.com.
We’ll update this post with further coverage plans from the other networks when we get them.