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‘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.

Former Fake News Correspondent Now a Real News Correspondent

Satirist Mo Rocca, who first became known to many viewers as a “correspondent” on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” is now a real TV news correspondent. Rocca has been named as a correspondent for CBS News, focusing on “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.”

Rocca has been a contributor to the program since 2006. He also contributes to the NPR program “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”

“His title is Correspondent, but we see Mo, as we see all our Sunday Morning contributors, as a ‘columnist,’ bringing his own unique – and it is unique – perspective to everything he does,”said “Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison in a statement.

Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams and More Turn Out to Remember Lane Venardos

Longtime CBS News executive Lane Venardos was fondly remembered Wednesday in a moving service at the Paley Center in New York City.

Venardos who died August 19 at his home in Maui, spent 30 years at CBS News producing live news, special events and documentaries. He would go on to produce the “Survivor” live finales for Mark Burnett on CBS.

More than 200 luminaries from across the television industry attended the memorial, including CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, News president David Rhodes; Charles Osgood, Scott Pelley, Bob Schieffer, Lesley Stahl, and Rita Braver; current “CBS Evening News” EP Pat Shevlin, CBS News VP Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews (who currently has the job Venardos once held) and “Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison.

Also Diane Sawyer, now with ABC News, who worked with Venardos during her time at CBS and from NBC: Brian Williams, News president Steve Capus and former CBSer, now EP of “Rock Center” Rome Hartman, were there, as was former CBS News president Andrew Heyward. ABC’s “This Week” EP Rick Kaplan, and former “GMA” boss Jim Murphy, both former CBS Newsers, attended.

Former CBS News and CBS, Inc. president Howard Stringer, who worked closely with Venardos during his years at CBS and who is now CEO of Sony, spoke via video. Other speakers included Pelley, Stahl, Williams and Venardos’s daughter Kelly who is a producer for “NBC Nightly News.” CBS News “48 Hours” EP Susan Zirinsky presented a video tribute (after the jump). The service concluded with a vocal solo performed by Venardos’s son, Kevin.

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‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Draws Largest Audience in 5+ Years

Last weekend, “CBS Sunday Morning” had its largest audience in more than five years. The show drew 5.62 million viewers — its largest audience since February 19, 2006 and better than last week’s average of the Monday-Friday morning shows “Today,” (5.32M) “Good Morning America,” (4.79M) and “The Early Show” (2.51M). “Sunday Morning” averaged a 1.5 rating in A25-54 viewers, its best showing in the last month.

Season-to-date, Sunday Morning is up +3% in Total Viewers (5.14m vs. 4.98m) and up +8% in the A25-54 rating (1.4/07 vs 1.3/07). The image (right) is a “Thank You” staffers posted on Sunday Morning’s Facebook page today.

This Sunday on the show newly re-hired CBS Newser Lee Cowan reports on the film “The Artist,” which is set in the silent movie era, and is itself a silent, black & white film. Cowan is also going to be the fill-in host for Charles Osgood on occasion.

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