CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” cracked the top 10 during, not bad considering this is the time of year broadcast networks throw everything at the wall with season and series finales. “60″ drew 11.73 million Total Viewers making it the 10th most-watched show of the week. “60″ was also Sunday’s #1 show, but was the 11th most-watched in the A18-49 demo for the night. The show featured Lesley Stahl’s interview of two pilots turned military whistleblowers, Byron Pitts’ story of two young journalists who risked their lives to expose corruption and Anderson Cooper’s interview with Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps.
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“60 Minutes” — without the help of an NFL lead-in and up against the final minutes of the Giants-49ers game on FOX – finished as the 10th most-watched primetime show last week.
13.07 million Total Viewers watched Steve Kroft‘s expose on insider trading on Capitol Hill. The story is already the focus of Gov. Rick Perry‘s campaign for president. In a new ad, Perry says any Congressman or woman who trades with inside information “ought to be sent to jail.” A commenter on the 60 Minutes page on CBSNews.com adds, “Perhaps we should elect Steve Kroft as he does such a good job of finding those who are corrupt in our government.”
“60 Minutes” scored with younger demos too — up +6% in A25-54 and up +11% in A18-49 compared to last week’s show. The show also included a David Martin story about the rising use of the TASER by law enforcement and a Byron Pitts feature on Freeman Hrabowski, the president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
If you missed Kroft’s report, it’s after the jump…
CBS Newsers turned out at the Bowling Green Golf Club in Oak Ridge, NJ today to raise funds for the American Heart Association in honor of longtime CBS News editor Tom McEneny.
McEneny, who’d worked for CBS News for 35 years mostly on “Evening News,” had dreamed of working on “60 Minutes.” His dream came true last April when he edited his first piece for the show. He died the next month of a heart attack.
CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, who played in the tournament, presented a check for $10,000 to Renee Helfenstein of the northern New Jersey chapter of American Heart Association. Also pictured, is Susan McEneny, Tom McEneny’s widow. In total, $17,000 was raised.
‘Tis the graduation season once again. And that means numerous commencement speeches from TV journos and analysts.
Here now, then, is TVNewser’s fourth annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when (in alphabetical order):
(Graphic: CBS News)
- More after the jump, including Soledad O’Brien, Scott Pelley, Joe Scarborough, and Brian Williams… Read more
Russ Mitchell, anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” Sunday Edition, and correspondent for “CBS News Sunday Morning,” will emcee tonight’s Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s First Amendment Awards Dinner at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, DC. Honorees include ABC’s Martha Raddatz and Ann Compton; from CBS, Byron Pitts and Charlie Kaye; CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jeanne Meserve, FNC’s Rick Leventhal, and NBC’s Rehema Ellis. The 9/11 Tribute Awards will be presented at the 21st annual black tied dinner put on by the journalism organization.
Byron Pitts has a pretty good thing going. He’s been a CBS News correspondent since 1998, working in Miami and Atlanta before coming to New York in 2001. He’s now the chief national correspondent for the “CBS Evening News” and contributes to “60 Minutes.” But as a child he had a profound stutter. Pitts wrote about it in his memoir “Step out on Nothing” in 2009. With attention being giving to the Oscar-favorite film “The King’s Speech,” how King George VI worked through his stammer to deliver a defining speech before WWII, Pitts shares how he overcame his stutter. On HuffPost this morning, Pitts writes:
Once in grade school I was attacked by a bully outside a neighborhood fast food restaurant. I was unable to defend myself physically or verbally. He took my food and my dignity that day. The moment still haunts me. There were of course the loving relatives and dear friends who tried to help me by finishing my sentences or defended me to others. To them I will be forever grateful.
I actually didn’t get help for my stutter until I was almost out of college. A speech professor at Ohio Wesleyan University heard me struggling one day in class. It was during a group discussion about our future occupations. Other students were shouting out: Lawyer… teacher… entrepreneur. Then it was my turn. “Jour— jour— jour—jour– journalist,” I said. There was laughter.
Now that Labor Day is here, Campaign 2010 kicks in to high gear.
CBS News has announced its multi-platform plans for coverage leading up to the November midterms. Chief Political Consultant Marc Ambinder and Political Analyst and Contributor John Dickerson will join a veteran group led by CBS Evening News Anchor and Managing Editor Katie Couric that includes Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer, Senior Political Correspondent Jeff Greenfield and Correspondents Wyatt Andrews, Sharyl Attkisson, Jan Crawford, Nancy Cordes, Byron Pitts, Chip Reid, Dean Reynolds and Political Analyst Dan Bartlett.
“This already is one of the most-anticipated midterm elections in a generation, and CBS News is adding exceptional talent to offer our audiences comprehensive coverage in a complex and exciting political environment,” said News and Sports president Sean McManus.
CBSNews.com also has assembled insiders to report and analyze key races online. New features include the Hot Races Interactive Map, Hot Race of the Week and Hot Ads of the Week
“60 Minutes” correspondent Byron Pitts was on assignment last night with colleagues: “We all raised a glass for our friend,” wrote Pitts, adding, “Harold was one of the funniest men I’ve ever known. Always welcoming, always willing to share his wisdom with those of us coming along,” said Pitts.
Russ Mitchell, anchor of the “CBS Evening News” Sunday edition, added, “Harold was my Angel. And correspondent Randall Pinkston, said Dow “was a trailblazer, a great journalist, a great friend and mentor. I shall miss him enormously.”
In a press release, Dow’s “48 Hours” boss Susan Zirinsky writes, “It was his humanity, which was felt by everyone he encountered, even in his toughest interviews, that truly defined the greatness of his work. He was the most selfless man I have known.”
Boosted by a NY Jets-San Diego Chargers lead-in, CBS’ “60 Minutes” drew 15.78 million viewers and ranked #9 in all of TV last week. The episode featured Byron Pitts‘ reporting from Haiti, Scott Pelley‘s segment on Samoan football players, and Charlie Rose‘s Penelope Cruz profile. This marks eight times in 11 weeks that the program has finished in the top 10.
ABC’s “World News,” CBS’ “Evening News,” and NBC’s “Nightly News” are planning to return to half-hour broadcasts tonight. Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Brian Williams are in Haiti at this time for the broadcasts. No word on how long they plan to remain in the region.
Other notes for the broadcast networks: ABC’s Chris Cuomo travels to Haiti today for another live special edition of “20/20″ this evening. CBS’ Harry Smith will travel to Haiti this weekend, in time for Monday’s “Early Show.” Byron Pitts is in Haiti and will be reporting the lead story for CBS’ “60 Minutes” on the 82nd airborne.