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In Search Of Unique Identities, Evening Newscasts Break The Mold

The New York TimesBrian Stelter examines the diverging interests of the evening news programs today, noting the three newscasts “are shaking up conventions that stretch back 50 years” in search of unique identities:

On some days, the differences at 6:30 p.m. are substantive; on a Thursday in December, CBS led with Iran’s capture of a United States drone surveillance aircraft, NBC opened with an investigation into the mishandling of soldiers’ remains, and ABC with the mysterious shooting of a police officer at Virginia Tech.

On other days, they are stylistic; on Tuesday, as the Iowa caucus commenced, ABC led with a piece on Rick Santorum’s surge, CBS led with a news-making interview of Newt Gingrich, and NBC with a recap of the day’s campaigning. Read more

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: CBS News, PBS NewsHour, Fox News

This week, CBS News is looking for a new producer/writer, while PBS NewsHour is hiring a digital news editor. Fox News is seeking a freelance foreign desk editor, and MTV2 needs a freelance project manager. Get the details on these TV gigs and more below, and find additional just-posted jobs on mediabistro.com.

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Weekend Morning Show Ratings: Q3 2011 and 2010-11 Season

It has been a solid Q3 2011, as well as a solid 2010-11 season for the weekend network morning shows. Compared to the third quarter of last year, both editions of NBC’s “Today,” both editions of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’ “Saturday Early Show” and CBS’ “Sunday Morning” all experienced total viewer growth.

NBC’s “Today” is #1 on Saturday while CBS’ “Sunday Morning” takes the top spot on Sundays. ABC’s “Good Morning America” posted the largest total viewer growth compared — +12% on Saturday and +24% on Sunday.

It’s a similar story for the 2010-11 season. NBC’s “Today” finishes #1 on Saturdays and CBS’ “Sunday Morning” is #1 on Sundays. Both shows enjoy a large total viewer separation from their closest competitor: on Saturdays, NBC bested ABC by 960,000 total viewers and on Sundays, CBS outperforms NBC by 1.41 million viewers, drawing the largest audience of any edition of the weekend morning shows.

The averages for Saturday Q3 2011:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 3.61M / ABC: 2.95M / CBS: 1.62M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 1.36M / ABC: 1.08M / CBS: 575K

The averages for Sunday Q3 2011:

  • Total Viewers: CBS: 4.51M / NBC: 3.35M / ABC: 2.96M
  • A25-54 viewers: CBS: 1.44M /NBC: 1.28M / ABC: 1.08M

The averages for the Saturday 2010-11 Season:

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For First Time in 18 Seasons, Network Morning Shows Add Younger Viewers; Add Total Viewers for First Time in 7 Seasons

What is going on with the broadcast networks? They’re adding viewers when cable and the Internets say they shouldn’t be.

On Tuesday we told you about how the broadcast evening newscasts had grown their total viewership year-over-year, after 8 seasons of declining viewership.

And now, with the numbers complete for the 2010-11 season, Nielsen reports that for the first time since the 1992-93 TV season, all 3 morning newscasts grew in A25-54 viewers. And for the first time since the 2003-04 TV season, all 3 morning newscasts grew in Total Viewers.

NBC’s “Today” remains the leader in the mornings with a 744,00 total viewer lead on #2 ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “GMA” shows the most growth season-to-season: +10% in Total Viewers and +3% in A25-54 viewers. “Today” is up +2% in both measurements and CBS’s “Early Show” was up +1% in Total Viewers and up slightly in younger viewers.

One more note, the 9am hour of the “Today” show topped ABC’s “The View” in Total Viewers for the season. That’s the first time that’s happened since the 2006-07 season.

We’ll have the complete numbers a little later today…

Chargers-Cowboys Replaces Hall Of Fame Game On NBC

The NFL announced Tuesday that the San Diego Chargers-Dallas Cowboys game has been moved from Saturday, Aug. 20 to Sunday, Aug. 21.

It will be televised nationally on NBC as a replacement to the Aug. 7 Pro Football Hall of Fame game, that was cancelled last week.

There you go, preseason football fans. You can’t say NBC or the NFL cheated you out of a nationally televised game.

 


 

MLB Marks 48 Balls for Jeter's Potential Milestone

Four dozen Rawlings baseballs have been rubbed with dirt and numbered sequentially, ready to enter the game when Derek Jeter comes to the plate resting on 2999 hits. The balls, one of which will be hit for the milestone 3000th of the Yankee captain’s career, also carry a hidden marking to establish authenticity. Inexplicably the balls have not been sprayed with Driven, Jeter’s perfume.

Once Derek Jeter reaches 2,999 career hits, the marked ball will be deployed during his at-bats, one at a time, and each ball’s outcome is tracked by an Authentication staffer. The home-plate umpire and a bat boy will have the process down pat for each game. Start with four or six balls — usually four, but depending on the ump — and then go through them meticulously until Jeter strokes his 3,000th hit.

How do you decide on four dozen balls?

“It’s as needed,” said Howie Shelton, program manager for MLB Authentication, and the person who actually marked the balls. “If he takes a while, he gets maybe 12 balls into it, we’d have to mark up some more. Derek’s a contact hitter. He could foul off five, six or seven pitches, and we have to be ready.”

After 2,999, any balls are removed from play under normal circumstances — tossed out after a pitch in the dirt, or perhaps Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira comes off the field after a 4-3 putout and flips the ball into the crowd behind the Yankees’ dugout. In that case, let’s say it’s ball No. 20 after hit 2,999. The MLB Authenticator simply marks: “20 — Teixeira throws into crowd.”

More changes at CBSNews.com

Eric Schurenberg has left BNET, the CBS Interactive site geared toward business professionals. Schurenberg had been BNET’s editor-in-chief and editorial director of CBSMoneyWatch.com. Content from CBSMoneyWatch.com and BNET will now be incorporated into CBSNews.com and those staffers will now report to Dan Farber who, on Friday, added CNET News to his editorial duties in addition to overseeing CBSNews.com.

Tiger Woods Takes His Talents To Apple App Store

PGA golfer Tiger Woods entered the mobile app world on Wednesday with “Tiger Woods: My Swing.”

Woods teamed up with developer Shotzoom on the app, which is intended for golfers of all skill levels. For $9.99 in the Apple App Store, golfers looking to improve their game will receive the following:

  • Enhanced video capture
  • Side-by-side swing comparison with Tiger Woods
  • Advanced golf swing analysis and how-to demonstrated by Woods
  • Ability to see progress over time
  • Sharing and feedback tools tied to friends and community members
  • Exclusive updates from Woods Read more

The SportsNewser Interview: Harold Reynolds

It’s been nearly five years since Harold Reynolds‘s life changed forever.

The former second baseman was a mainstay of ESPN’s baseball coverage, serving as the lead studio analyst for Baseball Tonight.

But Reynolds, 50, was fired in 2006 from ESPN for giving an intern a hug.

Yes, a hug.

Reynolds filed a lawsuit against ESPN for breaching his million-dollar contract. In April 2008, ESPN settled the lawsuit, giving Reynolds a seven figure settlement.

There’s no denying Reynolds talent, and after gigs with MLB.com and SportsNet New York, he was hired by the MLB Network in 2009.

SportsNewser talked to Reynolds at the MLB Urban Invitational a couple of weeks ago about how his feelings towards ESPN and the day-to-day grind of being an analyst during baseball season.

SportsNewser: Do you have a preference to working in the booth or back in the studio? Read more

Katie Couric talks with ABC News

Two new reports on the future of Katie Couric, including a meeting held with ABC News president Ben Sherwood last month, reports the New York Post:

TV news personalities as famous as Couric do not become available very often and [Diane] Sawyer, who flew to Japan over the weekend to anchor the evening newscast from the site of last week’s tsunami disaster, just turned 65 last December. It is not known how long she may want to stay on the job.

An ABC insider confirms Sherwood met once, but is not having ongoing meetings, with Couric. The two worked at NBC News at the same time, though not on the same show.

A second source tells TVNewser the meeting was “serious” and that “there was legitimate interest.”

Besides the fact there is no obvious opening for her at ABC, Couric has discussed the confining nature of the traditional network news model. Which is why she may still go the syndicated route while still being attached to a network with a news division. And for that, a deal with NBC or CBS is more likely. She has relationships with both networks and they each have a powerful syndicated production and distribution infrastructure.

Which brings us to Paige Albiniak‘s story in Broadcasting & Cable in which it is revealed Couric is working with not one, but two former NBC colleagues.

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