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Broadcast Evening Newscasts Lose More than 1 Million Viewers in Past Year

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Even as the oil continues to gush from the sea floor, and the networks shuttle their anchors to points along the Gulf coast, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News and the CBS Evening News continue to lose viewers. All three broadcasts were down in Q2 2010 compared to the same period last year.

In numbers released today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams lost -440,000 viewers (-140k in A25-54 demo) compared to Q2 2009. ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer lost -260,000 viewers (-80k demo) (Charlie Gibson was anchor in 2009). The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric lost the most, based on a percentage, losing -340,000 viewers (30k demo) compared to Q2 2009. ABC and CBS were also down when Q2 2008 is compared to Q2 2009.

Numbers for Q2 2010:

  NBC ABC CBS
• Total: 7,620,000 6,990,000 5,210,000
• A25-54: 2,260,000 1,980,000 1,600,000

Numbers for Q2 2009

  NBC ABC CBS
• Total: 8,060,000 7,260,000 5,550,000
• A25-54: 2,400,000 2,060,000 1,630,000

Q1 2010 was not kind to the evening newscasts either. World News and Evening News saw their lowest averages ever for the first three months of 2010. And it was ’round about this time last year those two broadcasts hit all-time ratings lows. It should be noted the anchors, CBS’ Couric and ABC’s Gibson, were off that week.

We’ll have last week’s Evening News ratings later this afternoon…

Abbie Boudreau Wins Livingston Award

CNN investigative correspondent Abbie Boudreau received a Livingston Award today, bestowed for excellence in reporting by journalists under the age of 35. Boudreau won for last fall’s Killings at the Canal: The Army Tapes. Via Twitter, Boudreau reports that the award was presented by a former CNN colleague, ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, and that NBC’s Tom Brokaw and former ABCer Charlie Gibson were in attendance at today’s ceremony.

Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams Team Up

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“CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric, “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, and “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams appeared together on all three networks for the first time this morning. Each of their network’s morning shows aired a special segment earlier today featuring the three anchors who are promoting the “Stand Up to Cancer” cause.

On September 10th, a one-hour commercial-free fundraiser will appear on ABC, CBS, and NBC as well as a handful of cable nets. The trio host the broadcast, which is set to feature celebrities, athletes, and musicians.

In 2008, Couric, Williams, and then-ABC anchor Charlie Gibson did a similar set of rounds for that year’s event and TVNewser was behind the scenes.

After the jump, watch the segment that appeared across all three morning shows this AM…

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Evening News Ratings: Week of April 5

ENLogos_4.13.jpg“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was again the #1 evening news broadcast last week topping #2 “World News with Diane Sawyer” by 780K Total Viewers.

For the fourth straight week, “World News” was able to narrow the demo gap with “Nightly” — its smallest weekly demo gap since November, when Charlie Gibson was anchor.

“Nightly” and “World News” were up week-to-week while the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” was flat.

Numbers for the week of Apr. 5:

  NBC ABC CBS
• Total: 8,050,000 7,270,000 5,160,000
• A25-54: 2,400,000 2,040,000 1,610,000

Diane Sawyer Discusses Her Transition to ‘World News’ with Regis & Kelly

sawyerregis_2-23.jpg“ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer popped in across the way for a chat with Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa on their program this morning.

Sawyer admitted that she was nervous on her first day anchoring “World News with Diane Sawyer,” but said outgoing anchor Charlie Gibson gave her some parting advice: “The best thing he said to me was make sure before the broadcast, you spend some time by yourself. just sit and think in a room by yourself a little bit about what you want to do. I think that was great.”

She also told them her husband, director Mike Nichols, is particularly happy about the switch. “He really loves it,” she told Regis. “He said there’s so much more of you now.”

Sawyer and Philbin had a long chat about the time she kissed him on the lips. “It was just one of those issues where two adult people got carried away,” Philbin joked.

Diane Sawyer to Interview Obama on Monday

sawyerobama_1-22.jpg“ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer will sit-down with President Obama on Monday for an interview ahead of the State of the Union, according to the show’s producer Jon Banner.

Banner writes, “We have had a long standing request to talk to the President before his State of the Union speech Wednesday night and it comes after arguably the most difficult week for his administration.”

The interview will air on Monday Evening’s “World News,” which Sawyer will anchor from Washington.

Says a network insider, “Really? Obama’s third interview with ABC in 40 days — two in less than one week. This is starting to look very suspicious.”

George Stephanopoulos interviewed Obama Wednesday. Charlie Gibson sat down with the president Dec. 15.

Update: NBC News Files Complaint with White House Over ABC’s Access

Obama_1.21.bmp> Update: An NBC News spokesperson tells us, “NBC News did not file a formal or informal complaint about this interview.”

> Earlier: TVNewser has learned that NBC News has filed a formal complaint with expressed concern to the White House press office over the distribution of presidential interviews, specifically that several of the most recent broadcast TV interviews have gone to ABC News — including George Stephanopoulos‘s interview yesterday and Charlie Gibson‘s on December 15.

Complaints reportedly stem from Stephanopoulos’ friendship with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for helping land the interviews. But insiders tell us those decisions are generally left to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

ABC News spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser, “We are always aggressive in our booking efforts and we were glad to have an interview with the President on such a big news day.”

The president hasn’t only spoken to ABC, far from it. Since the Gibson interview in mid-December, Obama has been interviewed by Tom Joyner and April Ryan of Urban Radio Networks, Scott Wilson of The Washington Post, Adam Nagourney of The New York Times, PBS’ Jim Lehrer, Roland Martin of CNN/TV One, Joe Klein of Time magazine as well as reporters from People and Essence.

Last year, NBC News got several days of access at the White House, including sit-down interviews with Pres. Obama for their “Inside the Obama White House” special — a series NBC has participated in for the last 40 years.

> More: It should be noted that complaints are often made to the White House press office when one network feels another is getting too much access.

Evening News Ratings: NBC Tops ‘World News’ in Sawyer’s First Week

Diane Sawyer made her ABC “World News” debut last Monday, and 8.97 million total viewers (2.41 million in the A25-54 demo) tuned in to watch that night. Charlie Gibson‘s final broadcast the previous week drew 8.96 million.

NBC’s “Nightly News” was again the top evening news program for the week, with Brian Williams drawing 800,000 more total viewers than Sawyer and “World News.”

Both NBC and ABC were up week-to-week, but the ratings are based on three-day (Mon-Wed) average for the holiday week.

Numbers for the week of Dec. 21:

  NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,370,000 8,560,000 6,160,000
• A25-54: 2,840,000 2,270,000 1,830,000

Evening News Ratings: 8.96 Million Tune In for Gibson’s Final Broadcast

ENLogos_11.10.jpgIt was Charlie Gibson‘s last week at “World News,” but ABC’s average for the five days still came in second to NBC’s “Nightly News.”

All three newscasts were down week-to-week and Brian Williams‘ program maintained it’s first place position by 730,000 viewers.

On Friday, however, Gibson and “World News” won the night by 250,000 viewers, drawing a total of 8.96 million, which was its largest Friday audience in nearly two years.

Also: Early Numbers for Diane Sawyer’s ‘World News’ Debut

• Total Viewers: NBC: 9,220,000 / ABC: 8,490,000 / CBS: 6,190,000

• A25-54: NBC: 2,850,000 / ABC: 2,390,000 / CBS: 1,890,000

ABC’s ‘World News with Diane Sawyer’ Debuts

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Diane Sawyer made her debut as the anchor of ABC’s “World News” this evening. Sawyer has filled-in on the newscast in the past, but this was her first night with her name in the program’s title.

“Good evening and it is so good to be here with you tonight,” she said at the start of the broadcast. She then introduced a segment, reported by Jonathan Karl, on the evening’s lead story: the health care reform bill. Sawyer was also joined on set by her “Good Morning America” successor, George Stephanopoulos, for a health care discussion. There was a slight technical glitch at the end of the first segment during Sawyer’s “tease” for segment two.

The program had a new appearance — with its first new graphics look in five years — and a new announcer, who takes over for longtime ABC News announcer Bill Rice.

Other stories included holiday travel problems and Sawyer’s interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a closing piece on whether holiday packages will make it to their destinations on time.

Sawyer closed the program acknowledging her predecessor: “And that is “World News” and for one last time for you Charlie Gibson, I hope you had a good day and a great night. I’m Diane Sawyer I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Sawyer, who previously anchored “Good Morning America,” was named Gibson’s successor after he announced his retirement from ABC News earlier this fall.

Gibson anchored his final “World News” broadcast on Friday. Sawyer’s final “GMA” broadcast was on December 11th.

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