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Posts Tagged ‘David Muir’

In Profile: Muir, Dobbs, Kohn

ABC “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir has a spread in People magazine’s new issue. Much like his episode of MediabistroTV “My First Big Break,” Muir talks about his dream job and when he realized he would be a news anchor.

I get to take on this adventure, and it’s a huge responsibility, but I love it…. I started when I was 13, they kept a growth chart for me in the newsroom [at Syracuse station WTVH-TV].

Fox Business Network anchor Lou Dobbs is featured in the The Boston Globe sharing his secret love affair with the “rancid, thick coffee.”

The most memorable cup I ever had is the first one each morning. That is the start of consciousness. I have to have it. It sets the stage for the day. And without it, it sets an entirely different tone for the day. I’m deeply grateful for that first cup. We have a Keurig coffee maker. We throw the little cups in and off we go. Nothing could be simpler.

CNN contributor and Daily Beast columnist Sally Kohn sat down with Breitbart News Network to talk about big business, the government and why people don’t want to be on welfare.

 I’m actually not a fan of big business and I think we can agree that the greed of some American corporations and some of America’s wealthy is appalling. That includes some CEO pay. Taking that kind of compensation and rigging that kind of golden parachute for yourself is not something I would personally do — especially in this economy. Where we disagree is Read more

Evening News Ratings: Week of October 20

evening news_2014Another split in the evenings as “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” takes total viewers while ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” wins in the A25-54 demo. Muir’s newscast was the only one to show growth: +2% in the demo compared to the same week last year. “Nightly” was down -10% in the demo while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down less than -1% in the demo.

All three newscasts shed total viewership: NBC was down -2%, ABC down -1% and CBS down -5%.

With three World Series games and Thursday Night Football, overall evening news viewership was impacted last week. In fact, Thursday’s “CBS Evening News” is excluded from the average due to NFL football.

Numbers for the week of Oct. 20, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 8,402,000 7,948,000 6,477,000
• A25-54: 1,976,000 2,016,000 1,581,000


Andrew Tyndall Offers 10 ‘Sneaky Ways’ ABC Boosts ‘World News Tonight’ Ratings

ueland_abc_boosting_ratings_mainWith the most entertaining of illustrations (right), The Hollywood Reporter today offers a guest column by Andrew Tyndall, who sees plenty of wizardry–and not as much world news–in the recent ratings rise of ABC’s “World News Tonight” with David Muir:

Under ABC News president James Goldston, World News has cut back on international and political stories and introduced a sensibility closer to that of Good Morning America, complete with tabloid true crime, sports-and-celebrity coverage, news-you-can-use service journalism and buzz around social media.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of October 13

evening news_2014Now that the Nielsen error has been corrected, things seems to be back to normal among the evening newscasts.

Last week, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was No. 1 among total viewers, while ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was No. 1 in the A25-54 demo. But it was No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” that showed the most growth in the demo: up +8% compared to the same week last year.

“World News Tonight” was also up in the demo (+6%) while “Nightly” was down in the demo (-3%). Both ABC and NBC were up +4% in total viewers.

Numbers for the week of Oct. 13, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 8,782,000 8,095,000 6,483,000
• A25-54: 2,108,000 2,114,000 1,598,000

Overturned Evening News Win Gets Personal

From the interesting tweets department this afternoon, College Humor co-founder Ricky Van Veen tweeted at ABC News anchor Dan Harris, wondering if he was going to correct a comment about David Muir‘s “amazing win.” That win, as we reported earlier, has been overturned following Nielsen’s restated data. Why does Van Veen care about the evening news race? Well, his father-in-law to be is “NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.” Van Veen is engaged to actress Allison Williams, Brian’s daughter.

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With Nielsen Ratings Revision, ‘NBC Nightly News’ Winning Streak Continues

MuirWilliams2Just in: Revised Nielsen data for the week of Sept. 29, 2014 shows “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was No. 1 in total viewers while “World News Tonight with David Muir” remains No. 1 in the A25-54 demo.

This means the NBC broadcast’s weekly winning streak remains unbroken for 265 consecutive weeks (including the week of Oct. 6.)

With the revisions, NBC gained .4% in viewers and .3% in the demo while ABC lost -3.6% in viewers and lost -6.3% in the demo.

“We are pleased that the corrected numbers confirm that ‘NBC Nightly News’ is the #1 news broadcast in America, and has been for the last 265 weeks,” says NBC spokesperson Erika Masonhall. “We remain, first and foremost, committed to our viewers and bringing them a broadcast with credible, authoritative news they can trust.”

ABC News spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser, “The restatement in numbers in no way changes the obvious momentum at ‘World News Tonight.’ We’ve always said this is a very long game and we’re proud to put on the best broadcast every night with first rate journalism and information that helps our viewers better understand the world.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of Oct. 6

evening news_2014As we await updated Nielsen evening news ratings data for the week of Sept. 29, we’ve just received the numbers for last week, Oct. 6.

As has been the trend, ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” has won the A25-54 news demo while “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” is first among total viewers.

Initially, ABC took the week of Sept. 29 in all measurements, but their total viewer win — which would be the first in 5 years — is in doubt. The week of Sept. 22 was restated over the weekend. The numbers being significantly different, but it did not affect the overall standings.

The trend lines are still positive for Muir’s broadcast. Compared to the same week last year “World News Tonight” was up the most: +13% in viewers and up +14% in the A25-54 demo. “Nightly News” was up +5% in viewers but down -11% in the demo. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is down -2% in viewers and up +1% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Oct. 6, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 8,561,000 8,213,000 6,220,000
• A25-54: 2,010,000 2,072,000 1,470,000


Nielsen Releases Revised Evening News Ratings Following Error

EveningNews304Following a glitch that led to months of inaccurate Nielsen ratings results, the company today released updated data for the week of Sept. 22, which was the first week of 2014-15 TV season. As suspected, the inaccurate data favored ABC programs while hurting ABC’s competitors.

The restated numbers are being most closely watched for revisions to the primetime ratings as new fall shows had their premieres. In the tight evening news race, “World News Tonight with David Muir,” had its numbers revised down, but it didn’t change the outcome. Muir’s newscast still won the week in the demo, and “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” won among total viewers.

In the demo, Muir drew 1.9 million viewers, down from the 2.002 million Nielsen had originally reported, a difference of -5%. “Nightly News” drew 1.821 million vs. the previously-reported 1.811, a gain of .6%.

Among total viewers, the ABC broadcast drew 7.793 million vs. the 8,029,000 first reported, a drop of -2.9%. NBC drew 8.239 million vs. 8.187 million, a gain of +.6%. This is significant because during the following week, Sept. 29, ABC overtook NBC for the first time in five years among total viewers, but by just +2%. Restated numbers could take that win away. Revised results for the week of Sept. 29, will be released next week. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also revised up.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” was revised down as well: down -2.6% in viewers (5.531M vs. 5.677M) and down: -3% in the demo (2.105M vs. 2.168M). The morning show still holds the No. 1 spot in total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Report: NBC News Holding Crisis Meetings

MuirWilliams2The New York Post’s “Page Six” is reporting that NBC is holding “crisis meetings” after ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” passed the “Nightly News” in ratings.

“The NBC News morning call was very somber. A meeting was held with the ‘Nightly News’ executive producer to try to motivate the staff. There will be further crisis meetings,” according to the “Page Six” source.

The alleged meetings are a result of NBC’s newscast getting surpassed by ABC in total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49 in ratings for the week of Sept. 29. This was ABC’s first across-the-board victory in six years and comes only four weeks after Muir took over the anchor chair at “World News.”

There are also rumors being floated regarding the relationship between Brian Williams and NBC News president Deborah Turness. While one “Page Six” insider called the relationship “icy,” and NBC rep told the paper, “That is absolutely false. They talk all the time and meet multiple times a week. In fact, Deborah just drove to Philadelphia to see Brian accept an award at a lunch two weeks ago.”

My First Big Break: David Muir


David Muir has known since middle school that he was going to be a TV news anchor. What he didn’t know is that four weeks into being named the main anchor of a network evening newscast, his show would be No. 1.

That happened last week.

While Muir’s biggest break came this summer, when he was named anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight,” his first big break came when he was just 12 years old, growing up in Syracuse, NY when he wrote a letter to the local TV news anchorman.