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JFK Specials a Draw for Networks; CBS Sees Biggest Numbers Since 1996

OsgoodKennedy50 years later, there’s still great interest in the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy. The networks and news shows have been producing special reports all week. And viewers are tuning in in big numbers:

  • A special edition of “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood” generated the broadcast’s largest audience since February 4, 1996 drawing 6.23m viewers. As a comparison, that’s more than the weekday averages of the morning shows.
  • CBS’s Bob Schieffer anchored “Face the Nation” from Dallas last Sunday. The show had its biggest viewership in 12 years — since Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001. 4.57m viewers watched the broadcast making it the No. 1 public affairs show last Sunday.
  • Saturday night, CBS News broadcast “As it Happened: John F. Kennedy: 50 Years,” also hosted by Schieffer. The show was first in viewers and households at 9pm drawing 4.56m viewers.
  • Sunday night CNN aired “The Assassination of President Kennedy.” Back-to-back airings at 9pmET and at 11pmET won the cable news ratings in both total viewers and the demo. The 9pm airing drew 720,000 viewers / 201,000 in the demo; and at 11pm, 648,000 viewers watched with 238,000 in the demo.

Coverage will culminate tomorrow, the actual anniversary. Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather will be live in studio on NBC’s “Today” while Brian Williams will anchor “NBC Nightly News” and Scott Pelley will anchor “CBS Evening News” from Dallas.

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Has Best Premiere Week in 20 Years

SundayMorning304After finishing the 2012-2013 season with its best performance in 25 years, “CBS Sunday Morning” begins the new season with its biggest viewership in 20 years. The Charles Osgood-hosted show drew 5.29m viewers and a 1.3 rating / 7 share in the A25-54 demo. That’s up +6% in viewers. It was the show’s largest premiere week audience since 1993.

‘Sunday Morning’ Has Best Season Since 1987

OsgoodStalwart CBS “Sunday Morning” just completed its most-watched season since the advent of people meters in 1987.

The Charles Osgood-hosted program finishes the 2012-2013 as the No. 1 Sunday morning news program, experiencing its best household delivery since 1993-1994 and its best A25-54 delivery since 2009-2010. “Sunday Morning,” which debuted on CBS in 1979, grew its audience +8% in both total viewers and A25-54 viewers vs. the year earlier period.

“Sunday Morning” also gave a boost to lead-out program CBS’s “Face the Nation” which came in first among the Sunday public affairs shows for the first time since 1987.

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Has Best Q2 Since 1987

“CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood” just had its most-watched second quarter since the advent of people meters, in Sept. 1987, when it was hosted by the late Charles Kuralt. The show had its best Q2 among A25-54 viewers since 2008. “Sunday Morning” which leads NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Sundays, averaged 5.50M total viewers, up +11% vs. Q2 2012. The show was up +8% in the demo vs. Q2 2012.

The Secret Behind ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Success

Among the Daytime Emmy nominees this weekend is “CBS Sunday Morning,” the weekend newscast that focuses on softer, longer-form stories, a far cry from the typical Sunday morning news shows. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie talks to “Sunday Morning” host Charles Osgood about what makes the show tick, so to speak.

THR: To what do you attribute the show’s success and longevity?
Osgood: Our pieces can run 12 minutes or longer on occasion, and that’s unthinkable to do during the week. It’s a special day, and our broadcast is designed for that day. We don’t yell at anybody. And we don’t let anybody yell at us. It’s not loud.

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Sees Most Viewers In a Season Since 1992-1993

“CBS Sunday Morning” has been on something of a ratings renaissance. The Sunday morning show, which differentiates itself from the Sunday competition by focusing on feature stories and culture, had its best season in total viewers since the 1992-1993 season, and its best May sweeps since Nielsen “People Meters” were first used in 1987.

“Sunday Morning” has been averaging 5.67 million viewers during the 2012-2013 season, up +8% from the 2011-2012 season. In the adults 25-54 demo, it has been averaging a 1.5 rating/07 share, up +7%. It was its best season in A25-54 since the 2009-2010 season.

For sweeps, “Sunday Morning” was handily the top Sunday morning news program, averaging 5.57 million viewers, including a 1.5 rating/07 share in A25-54. In addition to being the best total viewer delivery since at least 1987, it had its best demo performance since 2007, and was up double digits compared to May of 2012.

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Has Best Q1 Since 1994

It was a strong first quarter for “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.” The top-rated Sunday morning show averaged 5.83 million viewers, its best Q1 delivery since 1994.

“Sunday Morning” posted a 4.0/11 in households and a 1.6/08 in the A25-54 demographic for the quarter, its best Q1 delivery since 1995 and 2008, respectively. Compared to the year-ago quarter, the show was up +7% in viewers, +5% in households and +14% in the demo.

The program is also up +7% in both viewers and the demo and +8% in households season-to-date.

Among the stories this Sunday, correspondent Susan Spencer speaks with Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. Robinson’s rookie year is the subject of the upcoming film “42.”

Christiane Amanpour, Al Michaels Honored by Fordham U.

ABC/CNN’s Christiane Amanpour is among the honorees at WFUV Radio’s annual Spring Gala tonight. Amanpour is being honored with the Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism.

“I’m delighted and honored to win this award,” says Amanpour “It’s a reminder, through the example of Charles Osgood, that great storytelling as well as persistently searching for the truth is the best kind journalism.”

Al Michaels is being honored with the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting and Chris Isaak is WFUV’s “Artist of the Year.”

WFUV is Fordham University’s NPR station. The ceremony will be held tonight at Gotham Hall.

Charles Osgood: ‘It Amuses Me When People Are Surprised That We Have Younger Viewers’

In case you haven’t noticed lately, “CBS News Sunday Morning” is not just for the dentured set.

“It amuses me when people are surprised that we have younger viewers,” says Charles Osgood, 79, the show’s anchor and poet-in-residence. “They said the same thing about ’60 Minutes.’ It’s part of the reason the show is so good.”

And so popular. Week in and week out, the quirky, understated ‘Sunday Morning’ routinely beats NBC’s “Sunday Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America Sunday” in terms of households, viewers, and adults 25-54.

With a median age of 59.8, viewers of “Sunday Morning” are certainly not young, but they are the youngest of the troika, if only by a matter of months. It rankles Osgood to no end that advertisers consider adults 55 and older as the walking dead.

“It’s a mistake to think that people over 54 don’t buy anything and don’t go anywhere,” says Osgood, who succeeded the late, great Charles Kuralt in 1994. “It’s patently untrue, as all of us, including advertisers, are aware.

“Being 65 does not mean you’re old anymore. You’ve got a lot of living to do. You’re not going to sit around and watch Lawrence Welk.” (To those under 60, check Wikipedia.)

Like Osgood, executive producer Rand Morrison objects to the stereotype of “Sunday Morning” as a show for old folks. (He prefers to think of them as grown-ups.)

“I deny the allegation,” says Morrison, 61. “My niece has a “Sunday Morning” app. Younger people come up to me and voice their opinions about the show. People, at different times of

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A Charles Osgood, Darlene Love Duet that would make Bing Crosby Smile

In a special Christmas Morning performance, “CBS Sunday Morning” host Charles Osgood and singer Darlene Love will perform “White Christmas,” with Osgood at the ivories. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Love’s first appearance on David Letterman‘s show singing “Christmas, Baby Please Come Home” — now a Christmas tradition and an annual holiday event. On “Sundsy Morning” CBS’s Anthony Mason will also profile Love.

Here’s Love’s performance last night on Letterman.

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