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2014 Year in Review: Best of MediabistroTV

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MediabistroTV had a big year in 2014, producing feature videos on major industry players, including Keith Olbermann, David Muir, Erin Burnett and Jim Cramer just to name a few. We’ve also profiled shows, giving a behind-the-scenes look at programs such as ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and “Shepard Smith Reporting.” Check out some of MediabistroTV’s best moments from 2014:

Back in March, “What’s Your Show?” launched with an episode featuring FNC’s Shepard Smith.

Next up was “What’s Your Show?” with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

Yahoo! News global news anchor Katie Couric told us her story in April.

In May, we visited Maria Bartiromo‘s FBN showRead more

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Evening News Ratings: Week of December 15

eveningnews2015“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” won another week in both total viewers and the demo, delivering its biggest total viewer win over ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” in four months.

But compared to the same week last year Muir’s newscast showed the biggest growth in both total viewers and the demo. “WNT” was up +8% in viewers and up +11% in the demo.

“Nightly” was up +2% in viewers and down -4% in the demo. No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley“ was up +4% in viewers and up +2% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Dec. 15, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,360,000 8,520,000 7,333,000
• A25-54: 2,150,000 2,116,000 1,672,000

 

President Obama’s Year-End News Conference Features ‘Naughty or Nice’ List

ObamaPresident Obama’s year-end news conference comes on the heels of an action-packed news week, including a breakthrough with Cuba and elevated tension with North Korea.

As usual, all of the cable news networks have been fixated on the news conference. MSNBC is airing a special report with Chris Matthews.

NBC News will provide a Special Report with Chuck Todd and Senior White House Correspondent Chris Jansing providing insight from D.C. Over on CBS,  Anthony Mason is anchoring from New York with Major Garrett at the White House and Bob Schieffer in Washington.

On ABC, George Stephanopoulos leads a special report from New York and Jonathan Karl report from the White House with Pierre Thomas from Washington. We will provide information on the coverage by other networks as we receive it.

After an opening statement, President Obama revealed that his “naughty or nice” list will determine who gets to ask questions.

The first question went to Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico, who asked about cyber attacks.

President Obama made it clear he isn’t happy with Sony pulling “The Interview” and said the United States “will respond” to North Korea. He also joked about Seth Rogen and James “Flacco.” Obama went on to ask Budoff Brown about her upcoming move to Europe.

The second question goes to Cheryl Bolen of Bloomberg. Up third, Julie Pace from the AP asked about Cuba and whether or not North Korea was acting with another country. The fourth question goes to Lesley Clark of McClatchy Newspapers. ”World news Tonight” anchor David Muir just received a shout out from the president.

The fifth question goes to Roberta Rampton of Reuters. Colleen McCain Nelson was up next, asking about executive actions. Juliet Eilperin gets the next question, asking about the Keystone pipeline. April Ryan of Urban Radio Networks gets the last question, asking about the “state of black America.”

It appears only women will be allowed to ask questions, forcing us to assume that all the male reporters in D.C. were “naughty” in Obama’s eyes.

Time political reporter Zeke Miller sent the following Tweet regarding the all-women presser.

 

How ABC’s Jim Avila Broke the News of the Release of Alan Gross

AvilaJimMore than 20 trips in nearly 20 years of covering Cuba paid off for ABC’s Jim Avila this morning when he broke the news that American contractor Alan Gross would be released from a Cuban prison.

But it didn’t stop there. Gross’s freedom, in exchange for the release of the remaining so-called “Cuban Five” was the key to re-starting diplomatic relations with the island nation just 90 miles from Key West.

“I was told early on that this was not just going to be a prisoner exchange,” Avila told TVNewser from Havana, where he’d just arrived.

“We had information that Gross would be released this week, for about a month,” Avila says. “We held it back at the request of both the White House and the attorney representing Alan Gross for fear that it would cost him his life. That’s why were were able to break it first.”

Avila, a White House correspondent for ABC News, has been closely following Gross’s case. He’s made two trips to Havana in an effort to speak to him. Those requests were denied, but Avila saw something big on the horizon. Read more

Evening News Ratings: Week of December 8

eveningnews2015“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” won another week in both total viewers and the demo, and is up +2% season-to-date in viewers: its best seasonal start in 9 years.

No. 2 ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” showed the most growth of the three evening newscasts compared to the same week last year: +5% in viewers and up +4% in the demo, and has narrowed the gap with “Nightly” -41% in total viewers.

NBC was up +1% in viewers and down -10% in the demo. No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was flat in viewers and down -8% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Dec. 8, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,371,000 8,693,000 7,345,000
• A25-54: 2,133,000 2,118,000 1,730,000

 

Evening News Ratings: Week of Dec. 1

evening news_2014For the week  Brian Williams celebrated his 10th anniversary as “Nightly News” anchor, the NBC newscast took wins in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. This is NBC’s third win in the demo in the last five weeks, and its biggest win in the demo over ABC since March.

Compared to the same week last year “Nightly” lost viewers in the demo (-3%) while growing +1% in total viewers.

ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” showed the most growth of the three evening newscasts: +11% in viewers and +5% in the demo. Season to date, the ABC broadcast is No. 1 in the demo, leading “Nightly News” by 20,000 viewers. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up in the demo (+4%) and flat in viewers.

Numbers for the week of Dec. 1, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,649,000 8,840,000 7,485,000
• A25-54: 2,313,000 2,140,000 1,877,000

 

ABC’s David Muir: Viewers Using Social Media to ‘Dictate Where We Take Stories’

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ABC “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir had a busy day Friday, talking with Meredith Viera about his first 90 days in the ABC anchor chair on “The Meredith Viera Show,” and then appearing at the Mashable Media Summit, talking about social media and journalism with Mashable executive editor Jim Roberts.

In recent weeks, ABC News has launched a social media “newscast” posted to Facebook on weekdays, and used “curated” news alerts to send 10 million alerts–without overwhelming users–on Election Night.

According to participants who tweeted Muir’s comments, he believes social media has allowed viewers to have unprecedented involvement in making “World News” the kind of newscast they want. “I like the idea of handing over the power to them,” he said. “What’s fascinating is that our viewers are dictating where we take the stories.”

Muir does not see social media platforms like Twitter as a means of driving viewers to watch the legacy newscast. Instead, he says, “It’s to signal to them I’m like you, and hopefully you’re like me.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of Nov. 24

evening news_2014For millions, Black Friday ended by sitting down and watching the network evening news. “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” drew a whopping 12.59 million viewers for its Friday night telecast. “Nightly News” won the holiday-shortened week in total viewers, while ABC “World News Tonight with David Muir” won in the A25-54 demo.

Compared to the same week last year “World News Tonight” saw the most growth: up +8% in viewers and up +11% in the demo. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up: +2 in viewers and +9% in the demo. “Nightly News” was up +1% in viewers and down -9% in the demo.

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, NBC is based on a four-day average (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri) while ABC and CBS are based on two-day averages (Mon, Tue).

Numbers for the week of Nov. 24, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 10,375,000 9,781,000 7,609,000
• A25-54: 2,347,000 2,575,000 1,986,000

 

ABC ‘World News Tonight’ Wins First November Sweep in Younger Demo in 18 Years

DavidMuirABC’s “World News Tonight” won its first November Sweep in the A25-54 demo in 18 years. November also saw the lowest Sweep in that younger demo for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” since at least 1991, when electronic records began.

This is the first sweeps month with anchor David Muir in the “World News Tonight” chair and the third consecutive sweeps win in the younger demo for the ABC newscast. Former anchor Diane Sawyer took wins in May and again in July.

“Nightly News” wins the month among total viewers with a +565,000 lead on “World News Tonight.” But ABC has cut that lead nearly in half. Last November, “Nightly” had a 1.095 million total viewer lead.

“World News Tonight” also saw the most growth of the three evening newscasts compared to the Nov. 2013 Sweep. ABC was up +9% in viewers and up +12% in the demo; “Nightly” was up +2% in viewers but down -4% in the demo; and No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up +1% in viewers and up +3% in the demo.

Numbers for Nov. 2014 Sweep:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,548,000 8,983,000 7,369,000
• A25-54: 2,259,000 2,286,000 1,844,000

ABC News Refutes New York Post Story about Muir, Stephanopoulos Beef

MuirThe New York Post has stirred up drama at NBC News and criticized CNN’s Ferguson coverage over the past few weeks. Now, it’s apparently ABC’s turn to defend itself to the tabloid paper.

ABC News has already dismissed the Post‘s story that “World news Tonight” anchor David Muir is “fuming” over fellow ABC newser George Stephanopoulos landing the first sit-down interview with former police officer Darren Wilson. ABC News issued a statement denying the behind-the-scenes drama reported by “Page Six.”

This is totally ridiculous. David and George are a great team. And David remains focused on the viewers, giving ‘World News Tonight’ its most competitive fall in 18 years.

“Page Six” describes Muir as frustrated that the Wilson interview went to his colleague, and it goes on to claim that Muir has “expressed frustration to ABC executives that he didn’t land the interview.” Other sources tell the Post that it wasn’t ABC’s decision to have Stephanopoulos do the interview and that Muir was “extremely complimentary to George.”

The Post also reports the same source says Muir  ”has made it very clear to the suits that he doesn’t want to be just behind the desk reporting the news, he also wants to be in the field.” This is interesting, as Muir has already reported from the Syrian border, Cupertino, Atlanta, L.A., Boston, Bethlehem, Michigan and Indiana since taking the job on September 1.

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