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Mike Nichols Has Died

Award-winning director Mike Nichols has died.

Nichols, the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and father-in-law of CNN’s Rachel Nichols, passed away suddenly last night of a heart attack. He was 83. Sawyer and Nichols celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary earlier this year. Sawyer’s mother, Jean Sawyer Hayes, passed away just four weeks ago.

Nichols is one of a handful of people to win the EGOT — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. And he did it long before the acronym became popularized. He won his Oscar in 1968 for “The Graduate.” In 2012, he won his 9th Tony for “Death of a Salesman,” with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead.

ABC News president James Goldston announced the news in a note to staff this morning. “The family will hold a small, private service this week, and a memorial will be held at a later date,” Goldston writes. “Until then, please join me in keeping Diane, Mike’s children, grandchildren and their families in your thoughts.” Here’s the remembrance on “Good Morning America.”


The note from Goldston after the jump…

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Diane Sawyer’s Mother Passes Away

SawyerMother1Diane Sawyer‘s mother Jean Sawyer Hayes passed away Wednesday in Louisville, KY. She was 94.

Sawyer told the Courier-Journal this morning that her mother “was a force of nature, optimistic, spunky and energetic.”

Sawyer Hayes, was a longtime elementary school teacher and, later, civic leader. “Her students by the hundreds were jolted into the possibilities of their lives,” Sawyer said.

A visitation is planned for this weekend in St. Matthews, KY with a private funeral next week.

ABC News president James Goldston sent a note to ABC News staff this morning, writing that Sawyer “is with her Kentucky family now, and her ABC family will embrace her when she returns.”

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The Morning Ticker: Sawyer, Hannity, Leno

  • ABC’s Diane Sawyer dropped in at the Media Center at USC’s Annenberg School Monday. Instead of finding their EP sitting for the morning meeting, the former “World News” anchor sat, sharing career and storytelling advice with the students.

  • FNC’s Sean Hannity talks about how he cut 27 pounds in 18 months. He did it the old-fashioned way: low-carb, no sugar diet and exercise, which includes kick boxing, jujitsu, submission and grappling.

  • On the “Today” show this morning, Jay Leno talked about his upcoming CNBC show. “Jay Leno’s Garage,” which had been produced for NBC.com, moves to a weekly slot on CNBC in 2015. “We’ll have some humor in it. We’ll have celebrities on,” Leno says.

David Muir and Team Celebrate Ratings Victory

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Update 10/14/14: Nielsen has corrected error-plagued ratings data for the week of Sept. 29. “NBC Nightly News” is now No. 1 and the show’s winning streak among total viewers remains unbroken for 264 consecutive weeks. (265 weeks including the week of Oct. 6)

Original Story: ABC News celebrated the first ratings win in more than six years for “World News Tonight” this afternoon with lunch on the house. Joining anchor David Muir and EP Almin Karamehmedovic was Muir’s predecessor Diane Sawyer, who, we’re told, gave a rousing tribute to the staff. ABC News President James Goldston, SVP Tom Cibrowski and former “World News” EP and current “Good Morning America” EP Michael Corn joined in on the celebration.

While Muir feels that the show can continue to improve, he took the time to thank his staff for all the hard work that helped them pass “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of Sept. 22

evening news_2014Update 10/11/14: the numbers have been updated following a Nielsen ratings data glitch.

Another split in the evenings: “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams takes total viewers while “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir” takes the A25-54 demo. Compared to the same week last year Muir’s broadcast showed the most across-the-board growth: up +11% in viewers and up +9% in the demo.

“Nightly’s” lead on “World News Tonight” last week was 158,000 viewers (less than 2%). That’s the closest ABC has gotten to NBC in four weeks, which was Diane Sawyer‘s final week, and “WNT” got within 40,000 viewers.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up in both measurements: up +3% in viewers and up +4% in the demo. “Nightly News” was up in viewers (+2%) but down in the demo (-7%) year-over-year.

Numbers for the week of Sept. 22, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,239,000 7,793,000 6,375,000
• A25-54: 1,821,000 1,900,000 1,513,000

 

Only ‘World News Tonight’ Sees Growth in Viewers and Demo For 2013-2014 Season

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While all three network newscasts can celebrate audience growth in the just-completed 2013-2014 season, only “World News Tonight with David Muir” has seen growth among both total viewers and the preferred news demo of Adult 25-54 viewers.

Compared to the 2012-2013 season, “World News Tonight,” which spent most of the season as “World News with Diane Sawyer,” grew +4% in viewers and +5% in the demo.

“Nightly News with Brian Williams” saw the most viewership growth: up +6%, but was down the most in the demo: -3%. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” which saw an executive producer change in the spring, was up +5% in viewers and down -2% in the demo.

“Nightly News” won the season in both total viewers and the demo, though “World News,” took the demo in the second half of the season, winning both Q2 and Q3.

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Numbers for the 2013-2014 season:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,849,000 7,995,000 6,752,000
• A25-54: 2,175,000 2,075,000 1,658,000


The Morning Ticker: Sawyer’s Stand, Global Concert, Obama Statement

  • MaxNicholsDianeSawyerABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and her husband Mike Nichols hosted a screening last night for “Two Night Stand” – the film directing debut for Mike’s son, Max Nichols, (right). Max Nichols’ wife, CNN sports anchor Rachel Nichols, was among the attendees.

  • MSNBC will air the first-ever live broadcast of the Global Citizen Festival Saturday. The Central Park concert, featuring JAY Z, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, and more will be carried on MSNBC, while NBC News will air a primetime special at 9pmET hosted by Tamron Hall.

  • Before leaving for New York for the U.N. General Assembly this morning, Pres. Obama spoke from the South Lawn of the White House about last night’s airstrikes on ISIS and Khorasan militants in Syria. All the broadcast networks aired a special report. The president did not take questions.

Lara Spencer’s Flea Market Fete

“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts, Amy Robach, George Stephanopoulos and Ginger Zee hosted a party to celebrate Lara Spencer‘s new book Flea Market Fabulous. Designer Jonathan Adler co-hosted at his store in Soho last night. Among the attendees: ABC News president James Goldston, WABC GM Dave Davis, and ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer; also Michael Strahan, Bethenny Frankel, Rachel Ray, and Simon Doonan. Also top ABC News producers Michael Corn, Chris Vlasto, Rachel Miskowiec, Margo Baumgart, Marc BursteinSantina Leuci, and Spencer’s producers Sabrina Peduto and Kelly Hagan.

(Photos: Heidi Gutman/ABC)

Tom Cibrowski Will Wake Up Later on Monday

Today was Tom Cibrowski‘s final day as Senior EP of “Good Morning America.” Cibrowski moves upstairs at ABC News to the position of senior VP of programs, newsgathering and special events. Michael Corn, below with Cibrowski in Amy Robach‘s Twitter montage, takes over as EP of “GMA.” Corn had been EP of “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

 

Joan Rivers Funeral: ‘I Have Never Seen Anything Like It’

KathieLeeHodaBarbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Charlie Rose, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb were among the TV newsers at yesterday’s funeral for Joan Rivers.

“I have never seen anything like it — full of love, full of laughter,” said Rose on “CBS This Morning. “Inside Edition” host Deborah Norville, who’s been friends with Rivers for 25 years, delivered a eulogy. On “Good Morning America” Norville told Robin Roberts, “The woman I knew was hilariously funny. An incredible practical joker. She was kind to the core and there through thick and thin.”

Said Gifford on “Today,” “I think it was the perfect combination between the profane and the sacred. Because Joan was like that. We all know the profane part of Joan, but there was a sacred part as well.”

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