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ABC Newsers Toast Ben Sherwood

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As Ben Sherwood heads West, his East Coast colleagues sent him off in style last night at the Nomad Hotel in New York’s Flatiron District. Sherwood, named co-president of Disney/ABC TV in March, is moving his family to Los Angeles.

Insiders tell us heartfelt toasts were given by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Lara Spencer. Sherwood got a big laugh when he promised Stephanopoulos a reality show, detective comedy or both.

And there were gifts: Sherwood was given a framed golden headset to remind him of his days in the control room — with the label “break in case of emergency,” while the whole family got ABC News Extreme Weather Team jackets — with “Sherwood” embroidered on the back.

Sherwood’s had three stints with ABC News, starting in 1989 as a producer at “Primetime Live.” After a run at “NBC Nightly News,” Sherwood returned to ABC in 2004 for a two-year stint as EP of “Good Morning America.” Sherwood turned to writing, penning three best-sellers, one of which was turned into a major motion picture. In 2010, he returned to ABC as News president.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of August 11

EveningNewsNewAnother split week for the evening newscasts: “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams wins its 257th straight week among total viewers, while ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” wins its 6th of the last 7 weeks among younger viewers.

All three newscasts were up in both measurements from last week, and from last year, as breaking news from the Midwest and the Middle East factored in to increasing viewership.

ABC and NBC were up +11% in viewers vs. the same week last year, while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up +8%. In the A25-54 demographic, NBC was up +2%, ABC was up +11% and CBS was up +6%.

Numbers for the week of August 11, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,987,000 7,675,000 6,213,000
• A25-54: 1,906,000 1,978,000 1,465,000

Evening News Ratings: Week of August 4

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins another week in total viewers; “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” wins another week (5 of the last 6) in the A25-54 demo; and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is the only evening newscast to grow compared to the same week last year.

“Nightly” held a +441,000 viewer lead (+6%) on “World News,” while the ABC show’s lead on NBC in the demo was +77,000 (+5%). As for CBS, their broadcast was up +4% in viewers vs. the same week in 2013 but down -1% in the demo.

“World News” was down -1% in viewers and flat in the demo. David Muir was in for Sawyer all week. “Nightly News” was down -2% in viewers and down -16% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of August 4, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,464,000 7,023,000 5,953,000
• A25-54: 1,687,000 1,764,000 1,382,000

 

Evening News Ratings: Week of July 28 & July Sweeps

EveningNewsNewDiane Sawyer is stepping aside from “World News” this month with another sweeps win under her belt. “World News” has now won back-to-back sweeps, May and July, in the A25-54 demo. It’s the first time that’s happened in 7 years. “World News” also had its most-watched July sweep in 7 years. Only “World News” grew year-over-year in the demo: +5%, and was also up +6% among total viewers.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins July among total viewers, and was up +1% vs. last July. This is the show’s 28th consecutive sweeps month win in total viewers. “Nightly” was down -9% in the demo. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” also saw mixed results in July: up in viewers (+2%) and down in the demo (-5%). In fact, “Nightly News” and “Evening News” delivered the lowest sweep for any sweep period in the A25-54 demo since at least 1991, when electronic records began.

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For the week of July 28, “Nightly News” was on top in total viewers and the A25-54 demo and was the only broadcast up in both measurements: +5% in viewers and up +1% in the demo compared to the same week last year. “World News” was up in viewers (+4%) and flat in the demo while “Evening News” was flat in viewers and up +4% in the demo.

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Bloomberg Names Leadership for Politics Vertical

BLOOMBERG-tv-LOGOBloomberg has announced two key appointments for its newly-created politics vertical: Tom Johnson has been named executive editor and Pat King has been appointed senior producer.

Johnson joins Bloomberg after 20 years at ABC News, where he was most recently senior broadcast producer of “World News with Diane Sawyer.” In a note to staff this morning, Bloomberg senior executive editor Josh Tyrangiel praised Johnson’s “spectacular mix of talent and temperament—his colleagues at ABC note that he’s usually the smartest guy in the room, and rarely feels the need to remind anyone of it.”

King comes to Bloomberg after nine years at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” where he was most recently a segment producer. Tyrangiel — who noted “he’s not here to make the show funny” — called King “a passionate observer of national politics with a tremendous instinct for research.”

In addition to overseeing the politics vertical, Johnson and King will serve as executive producer and senior producer, respectively, for the daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann slated to launch in October.

Tyrangiel’s full note, and the note from”World News” executive producer Michael Corn, after the jump.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of July 21

EveningNewsNewFor the fourth consecutive week, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” delivered a win in the A25-54 demographic, the longest streak for the show in more than six years. “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was on top as usual in total viewers, with a +406,000-viewer lead on ABC’s broadcast.

Compared to the same week last year, NBC was up +3% and ABC and CBS were flat in total viewers. All three broadcasts were down in the A25-54 demographic — NBC was down -7%, ABC was down -4% and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -4%.

Numbers for the week of July 21, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,758,000 7,352,000 5,982,000
• A25-54: 1,745,000 1,846,000 1,441,000

 

Evening News Ratings: Week of July 14

EveningNewsNewWith two international crises happening in Gaza and Ukraine, ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer” widened its A25-54 demo lead with a +123,000-viewer victory over “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” (David Muir was in for Sawyer all week).

The demo win marks three weeks in a row for ABC, its longest winning streak since March, 2008. Williams led Sawyer’s broadcast by 327,000 among total viewers extending its No. 1 streak to 253 weeks.

Compared to the same week last year “World News” is the only broadcast to grow in the younger demo, up +5%. “Nightly” was down -6% while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -5%. For total viewers year-over-year, ABC was up +6%, CBS was up +2%, and NBC was flat.

Numbers for the week of July 14, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,767,000 7,440,000 6,176,000
• A25-54: 1,794,000 1,917,000 1,477,000

 

‘Nightly News’ Also Producing In-Break Teases

NNAds“NBC Nightly News” is the latest network evening newscast to experiment with in-break teases.

Following the first block of “Nightly News” last night, as Brian Williams took viewers to a break, commercials for the drug Eliquis and Publishers Clearing House were pushed back to reveal one-sentence teases for upcoming stories, including: “Could an Eye Exam Detect Alzheimer’s?” and “Big Scare at the Beach. Caught on Camera.” This was the first time “Nightly” has done this, but we’re told the idea has been in the works for a while and has the full support of the ad sales team.

Earlier this month, we told you about “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” which began using in-break teases in early May. We’ve reached out to CBS News to determine if “CBS Evening News” might also introduce the tactic, but we have not heard back.

In recent weeks, “World News” has been gaining on “Nightly News.” The ABC broadcast just won back-to-back weeks in the younger demo. “Nightly” has been the most-watched newscast for nearly 5 years. David Muir takes over as “World News” anchor in early September.

Evening News Ratings: Week of July 7

EveningNewsNewFor the second week in a row, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” takes the A25-54 demo with an +85,000 viewer lead on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” Williams held a more than half a million lead on Sawyer’s broadcast among total viewers, extending its No. 1 streak to 252 weeks.

Compared to the same week last year “World News” is the only broadcast to grow in the younger demo, up a slight +1%. “Nightly” was down -8% while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -6%. “Nightly News” came in third on Friday in the A25-54 demo. The last time the broadcast came in third in that demo, on any day during the week, was nearly seven years ago.

All three broadcasts were up slightly among total viewers year-over-year: ABC was up +3%, NBC and CBS were both up +1%.

Numbers for the week of July 7, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,750,000 7,237,000 6,083,000
• A25-54: 1,757,000 1,842,000 1,467,000

Diane Sawyer: ‘We Made a Mistake’

GazaABC304On last night’s “World News,” Diane Sawyer apologized for a mistake made on a story about the growing violence in Gaza.

“On Tuesday evening, we made a mistake…I misidentified these powerful images,” Sawyer said while showing images of Palestinians in Gaza following Israeli missile strikes (pictured left).

“The people in these photos are Palestinians in Gaza in the aftermath of an airstrike by Israel, not Israelis, as I mistakenly describe them.  And we want you to know we are truly sorry for the error.”

While misidentifying the scene, Sawyer had described “an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can.”

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