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Forget The Younger Demo: It’s Now Diane Sawyer vs. Brian Williams for Baby Demo

“World News” anchor Diane Sawyer apparently didn’t like Brian Williamssuggestion that she had anything to do with a video showing a baby crying uncontrollably at the mere sight of him, so “World News” reached out to the baby’s family to do a little test.

“Hey Brian Williams and Al Roker — Don’t blame Diane anymore. Baby Jude has options, you know. We talked to his parents. This seems to be working…” read a Facebook prelude to a new video showing the baby watching Sawyer vs. Williams.

To the untrained eye, it isn’t clear whether the baby feels a soothing effect from Sawyer, who he has no reaction to, or has for some unknown reason a hardwired fear of Williams, who he continues to cry upon seeing his image on TV.

As both Williams and we jokingly pointed out —the baby’s father’s role in his son’s preferred TV news anchor seems suspect, with baby Jude seeming to be goaded on by dad to fear the “Nightly News” anchor.

You be the judge.

Brian Williams Responds to Baby Horrified by His Image

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams had a response to the toddler who couldn’t stop crying upon seeing his image in a recent YouTube video.

“It’s disturbing,” Williams said jokingly on “Late Night with Seth Meyers“. “This hurts my feelings,” he added.

Williams agreed with our take yesterday that the child’s horror was brought on by his father.

“As a father of two…he’s being goaded by the dad,” Williams said. “Unless Diane Sawyer put a baby in front of the TV and is using a low voice…’he’s a terrible anchor isn’t he?’”

Williams also talked about news relating to one of his two children: his daughter, “Girls” star Allison Williams, recently got engaged.

Evening News Ratings: Week of February 24 & February Sweeps

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” topped “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” by 1.2 million total viewers and 92,000 A25-54 viewers for the week of February 24. Sawyer’s broadcast, in turn, topped “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” by 1.2 million total viewers and 481,000 demo viewers.

In the first week after the Sochi Olympics, NBC’s audience was +3% larger than its first week after the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and +2% larger than the first week after the 2006 Turino Olympics.

Compared to the same week last year, “Nightly” was up +7% in total viewers and flat in the demo. “World News” was flat in total viewers and up +2% in the demo, while “Evening News” was up +5% and down -9%, respectively.

Numbers for the week of February 23, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,642,000 8,438,000 7,246,000
• A25-54: 2,366,000 2,274,000 1,793,000

 

 

 

As for the February sweep: Read more

The Ticker: Maddow, Sawyer, Fox News

  • Rachel Maddow will host “Why We Did It” at 9pmET on March 6. A follow up to 2013′s “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War,” the documentary reveals new documents and interviews with those involved in planning the Iraq War, with MSNBC billing it as the “never-before-told story of what was happening behind that public case.”

  • “World News with Diane Sawyer” is bringing back the series “Real Money” in the form of “Real Money: Making Money.” From March 3 to March 5, the series will show real and practical ways for people to make money in their spare time.

  • Fox News College Challenge is back with submissions for entry due on Monday, March 3.  The challenge asks college students to submit their own news video package, with a potential $10,000 prize and job interview with the network among the prizes.

Evening News Ratings: Week of February 17

EveningNewsNewAfter experiencing 9-year highs earlier this month, evening news viewership leveled off last week. And with the approach of spring and the return to daylight saving time a week from Sunday, viewership is likely to fall off a bit more.

All three newscasts were down in both total viewers and demo viewers from the week prior. Compared to the same week last year, and with the lift from the Sochi Olympics, only “Nightly News with Brian Williams” saw growth: up +10% in viewers and up +2% in the demo. “World News with Diane Sawyer” was down -5% in viewers and down -2% in the demo while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -3% in viewers and down -13% in the demo.

Following a big first week from Sochi — its best week in 9 years, topping the first week averages of the past four Olympics — “Nightly” experienced Olympic viewer fatigue last week, with viewership down -10% from week one.

On Friday, “World News” came in first in the younger demo, its first daily win over “Nightly News” during a Winter Olympics since Feb. 23, 2006, during the Torino games.

Due to Presidents’ Day, “CBS Evening News” was coded as a special and is excluded from the weekly averages. NBC and ABC are based on all five days.

Numbers for the week of February 17, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 10,398,000 8,012,000 7,129,000
• A25-54: 2,610,000 2,212,000 1,810,000


Evening News Ratings: Week of February 10

EveningNewsNewA strong week for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” during the first full week of the Sochi Olympic games, and for the evening newscasts overall, with more than 28 million people tuning in, keeping up the momentum from last week’s nine-year high mark.

Broadcasting from Olympic Park in Russia, “Nightly” topped its first week performance compared to the 2010 Vancouver games in viewers, up +5%, but was down -8% vs. week one in the A25-54 demo.

All three broadcasts were up year-over-year with NBC up the most in total viewers (+30%) and demo viewers (+34%) compared to the same week last year.  “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was up +6% in total viewers and up +8% in the demo. The ABC broadcast also finished the week stronger than during week one in Vancouver. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley was up +12% in total viewers and +3% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of February 10, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 11,609,000 8,839,000 7,951,000
• A25-54: 3,180,000 2,390,000 2,122,000

 

Most-Watched Week in 9 Years for the Network Evening Newscasts

EveningNewsNewNearly 29 million people tuned in to the evening newscasts last week, making it the most-watched week in more than 9 years, since Jan. 17, 2005, when a combined 29.937 million tuned in during a week which included Pres. George W. Bush‘s second inauguration.

The most-recent high water mark was 28.460 million who watched during the week of January 31, 2011.

It was the most-watched week for both “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” since that week in 2011 which was the beginning of the uprising in Cairo.

It was the most-watched week for “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelleysince Sept. 2006, the week Katie Couric debuted on that broadcast.

Williams and Pelley tied in year-over-year viewership growth: both up +14%. Sawyer was up the most among younger viewers, growing ABC’s audience by +19% vs. the same week last year.

Williams began anchoring from Sochi, Russia on Thursday. Ann Curry filled in during Williams’ travels on Wednesday. “Nightly” is down slightly versus the week before the Vancouver Olympics: down -1% in viewers and down -17% in the demo. But it was during that week in 2010, that “Nightly News” drew its biggest audience in 5 years.

Numbers for the week of February 3, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 10,973,000 9,491,000 8,522,000
• A25-54: 2,951,000 2,763,000 2,266,000

George Stephanopoulos Wins on Three Different Shows in the Same Week

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOSIt’s good to be George Stephanopoulos. Last week, he anchored three different broadcasts — his usual “Good Morning America” and “This Week” shows, plus one additional night filling in for Diane Sawyer at the “World News” anchor desk — and managed to notch ratings wins on all three.

The “GMA” victory is nothing new, as ABC has a 76-week streak going in the mornings. But the Sunday shows remain a competitive three-way race between “This Week,” NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CBS’ “Face the Nation.” On February 2, Stephanopoulos’ broadcast won in both total viewers and the demo, delivering its best total viewer performance in nearly 5 years and its best demo performance in 15 months.

The bonus win was on “World News,” which edged out “NBC Nightly News” for a win in the A25-54 demo on January 29.

Evening News Ratings: Week of January 27

EveningNewsNewThe three evening newscasts had their best week in three years last week as winter’s cold grip keeps millions of viewers inside and tuned in. A combined 28.23 million viewers watched one of the three newscasts last week, the most since the week of January 31, 2011.

All three broadcasts were up week-to-week and year-over-year with “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” showing the most growth in viewers (+20%) and “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer up the most in the demo (+21%) compared to the same week last year. In fact, Sawyer’s broadcast ranked #1 Monday and Wednesday among younger viewers with Monday’s broadcast seeing its best demo viewership since Feb. 1, 2011.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was tops again in both measurements and also seeing double digit growth: +12% in viewers and +11% in the demo. With a series of winter storms affecting much of the nation this week, and Williams anchoring form the Winter Olympics in Sochi beginning Thursday, the evening newscasts could see another banner week.

Numbers for the week of January 27, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 10,474,000 9,400,000 8,357,000
• A25-54: 2,821,000 2,703,000 2,296,000


President Obama Delivers 2014 State of the Union Address

President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address is being broadcast tonight on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Fusion, Al Jazeera, Fox Business, CNBC, Bloomberg and C-SPAN, as well as the Spanish-language networks.

Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and Shepard Smith are in Washington D.C. anchoring on the broadcast networks. (They all attended the White House’s annual pre-SOTU lunch for journalists today.) For more on who’s anchoring where, here are the plans for the broadcast networks and the cable networks.

9:20 p.m.: Here’s a look across the cable networks as the President’s speech gets underway:

9:34 p.m.: #foxnewsCHAT, #TheBlazeSOTU and #NBCPolitics are trending on Twitter.

10:20 p.m.: Obama wraps up his speech. On CNN, Jake Tapper announces he will interview with the President this week. Tapper’s interview will air Friday on “New Day” and “The Lead,” two days ahead of Bill O’Reilly‘s pre-Super Bowl sit-down with Obama.

We’ll have more, including ratings, tomorrow.

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