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‘Today’ Anchors Throw Savannah Guthrie a Baby Shower

Savannah Guthrie‘s “Today” show colleagues — Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Tamron Hall and Natalie Morales — threw the expecting mom a baby shower last week at The Glass Houses in Chelsea. Although Morales didn’t attend because she was in Brazil covering the World Cup, Guthrie was feted by NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager, Cynthia McFadden, Contessa Brewer, Dylan Dreyer and Erica Hill, as well as CBS’ Gayle King, ABC’s Amy Robach and Deborah Roberts, and CNN’s Kate Bolduan, who is also expecting

“I have never felt in my life so much genuine joy,” Guthrie said in a speech with her husband, Mike Feldman. “Because when you say that you’re happy for us and you give us a hug or you rub the belly, I know you really mean it.” Watch:

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Real Anchors at ‘Anchorman’ Fete Party Like its 1979

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Several “Today” show anchors went back in time Friday night to celebrate the “Anchorman 2″ at New York’s Crosby Street Hotel. Classy on the Rocks, as it was dubbed, was the brainchild of Christina Geist, wife of “Today” show 9am co-anchor Wilie Geist. The Geists along with Savannah Guthrie and her fiancé Mike Feldman and “Today” weekend anchor Erica Hill and her husband David Yount.

“Today” and “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt and his wife Carol Hagen took the prize for best outfits — bell bottoms and matching afros. Guests included Thomas Roberts and his husband Patrick Abner as well as NBC News colleagues and friends of the hosts. Costumes were required. Guests snacked on sliders, chips and guac and popcorn and the bar stayed open during a screening of the movie.

Despite an unprecedented marketing blitz, the Will Ferrell flick came in second at the box office this weekend behind the latest Hobbit movie, taking in $26.8 million bringing the 5-day total to $40 million. The original “Anchorman” realeased in July, 2004 took in $28.4 in its opening weekend.

Weekend Morning Show Ratings: May 2013 Sweeps

It was a split decision for the weekend morning shows during the May sweeps period. On Saturdays, ABC’s “Good Morning America” won in Total Viewers and NBC’s “Today” won in the A25-54 demographic. On Sundays, “CBS Sunday Morning” won in both ratings measurements.

“GMA Saturday’”s Total Viewer-win is the show’s first May sweeps win since the debut of its current format in 2004. It was the largest-ever overall May sweeps audience for the show’s Saturday edition, which improved upon the year-ago sweep by +17% in Total Viewers. “GMA Saturday” also won in the C3 ratings (commercial ratings + 3 days playback) in both ratings measurements for the first time ever.

On Sundays, “Today” beat “GMA” by +90,000 Total Viewers and +40,000 A25-54 viewers. As usual, ratings stalwart “CBS Sunday Morning” was the most-watched Sunday morning newscast in both Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers, making “GMA” third in both ratings measurements.

The Saturday averages for May 2013 sweeps:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 3.63M / NBC: 3.54M / CBS: 1.74M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 1.21M / ABC: 1.18M / CBS: 559K

The Sunday averages for May 2013 sweeps:

  • Total Viewers: CBS: 5.75M / NBC: 3.47M / ABC: 3.38M
  • A25-54 viewers: CBS: 1.78M / NBC: 1.11M / ABC: 1.07M

CBS CEO Les Moonves: ‘Great Drama Belongs In Primetime… Not At 7 In The Morning’

CBS is delivering its upfront presentation to advertisers, media buyers and the press this afternoon, and CEO Les Moonves took aim squarely at NBC and “Today” in his opening statement.

“We believe that great drama belongs in primetime between 8-11 PM, not at 7 in the morning,” Moonves quipped, as a photo of Ann Curry and Matt Lauer from Curry’s departure from “Today” appeared on stage behind him (see the photo to the left).

Of course, “CBS This Morning” also had a talent change in the last year, as Erica Hill left (eventually joining NBC) and Norah O’Donnell came on board. That said, the transition was free of drama in front of the cameras.

CBS News was given prime placement at the upfront, with Moonves introducing the division. The CBS CEO said that “under the leadership of Jeff Fager and David Rhodes there is a renaissance going on,” before introducing a clip reel with news from the last year. Scott Pelley and O’Donnell then appeared on stage to talk about CBS News.

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One Year Of ‘CBS This Morning’

Today marks the one-year anniversary of “CBS This Morning,’ the latest iteration of the Eye Network’s morning news program. The trio of Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill launched January 9, 2012 with a goal to bring more serious fare to the mornings. Now Hill has left for NBC, and Norah O’Donnell has joined the program, but the goal remains the same.

In the year since it launched, the program is up +3% in total viewers and +5% in households compared to a year ago.

At the very end of the program this morning, Rose and King acknowledged the milestone, with King noting that she was wearing the same dress she wore on that first day. This weekend, King, Rose and O’Donnell will host an anniversary party for ‘CTM” staffers.

After the jump, our tour of the morning show.
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The Hottest TV News ‘Cubes’ Of 2012

Our colleagues at mediabistroTV have had a great year talking to big media personalities and exploring the coolest offices in the business.

For our series “Cubes,” we go behind the scenes at media companies of all stripes. In the world of television, “ABC World News” anchor David Muir showed us around ABC News, while former “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Erica Hill (who is now at NBC’s “Today”) took us around the CBS Broadcast Center. NBC, the ball is in your court.

Cubes: Tour of ABC News Headquarters

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Connecticut School Shooting: Saturday Coverage Plans

Coverage of Friday’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, will continue Saturday on the broadcast and cable networks.

On ABC, weekday anchor George Stephanopoulos will anchor “Good Morning America” from Newtown. Elizabeth Vargas will join him from New York. ABC’s Josh Elliott, Amy Robach and Dan Harris will report from the scene in Newtown.

NBC’s “Today” will also have the weekday team in, with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring from Newtown. Lester Holt, Erica Hill, Ann Curry and Willie Geist will contribute to the program.

Anthony Mason and Rebecca Jarvis will anchor “CBS This Morning Saturday” from Newtown. CBS will also preempt “48 Hours” Saturday night for a special report on the shooting at 10pmET.

Fox News will be live at 5amET with “Fox & Friends First.” An expanded edition of “Fox & Friends” will air from 6-10amET, and will be simulcast on FBN. The 10am-noon business block will be preempted for live coverage anchored by Jon Scott and Jenna Lee. Scott will also host an expanded two-hour “Fox Report” beginning at 6pmET. Mike Huckabee‘s program will be live from NYC at 8pmET and Jeanine Pirro and Geraldo Rivera will host their primetime shows from Newtown.

MSNBC will focus on the shooting during regularly-scheduled programming and will be live until at least 7pmET Saturday night.

On CNN, Ali Velshi and Jon Berman will anchor from 6-9amET. Soledad O’Brien will anchor from 9-11amET, Wolf Blitzer will anchor from 11am-1pmET and Don Lemon will anchor from 1-3pmET. O’Brien will anchor from 3-5pmET, and Blitzer and Kate Bolduan will anchor from 5-8pmET. Anderson Cooper will anchor from 8-9pmET,  Lemon and O’Brien will anchor from 9-10pmET, and Cooper will take over again from 10-11pmET.

On HLN, Nancy Grace will host a special on the shooting tonight at 8pmET. Dr. Drew Pinsky will host a special live hour at 9pmET.

‘GMA Saturday’ Wins First Ever November Sweep; CBS Still Tops on Sunday

The weekend editions of ABC’s “Good Morning America” are seeing some of the glow from the weekday broadcasts. The Saturday and Sunday editions of “GMA” topped the weekend editions of “Today” for the month of November in total viewers, and, as a result, ABC picks up its first-ever November sweep for the Saturday show which debuted in 2004.

The averages for November 2012, Saturdays:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 3.701M / NBC: 3.499M / CBS: 1.680M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.330M / NBC: 1.149M / CBS: 629K

On Sundays, “Sunday Morning” on CBS is still the choice for most viewers, handily winning all measurements. In fact, CBS’s 5.44 million viewers tops the November average of the weekday editions of “GMA,” “Today” and “CBS This Morning.”

ABC and NBC split second place on Sunday: “GMA” was #2 in total viewers (despite not airing on ABC affiliates in markets including Atlanta and Orlando) while “Today” took second place in younger viewers. Former “CBS This Morning” anchor Erica Hill jumped to NBC News in November and now co-anchors the Saturday and Sunday editions of “Today.”

The averages for November 2012, Sundays:

  • Total Viewers: CBS: 5.443M / ABC: 3.479M / NBC: 3.361M
  • A25-54 viewers: CBS: 1.657M / NBC: 1.160M / ABC: 1.139M

‘We Want to Welcome the Newest Member of the Today Family’

Erica Hill co-hosted her first Weekend “Today” show this morning alongside longtime anchor Lester Holt. And, as has become a tradition at “Today”, Holt paused, and replayed the “…and Erica Hill” voiceover. “That has a nice ring to it. I’m not going to lie,” said Hill, adding “It’s really an honor to join this program.” Hill and Holt anchored from NBC’s Democracy Plaza, home of NBC’s election night coverage. We’ll be heading over there Monday night to give you a closer look ahead of Tuesday’s election. On Friday’s show, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales welcomed the former CNN and CBS News anchor to NBC.

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It’s Official: Erica Hill Named ‘Weekend Today’ Co-Anchor

NBC News has made it official: former “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Erica Hill will be joining Lester Holt as the co-anchor of “Weekend Today.” Hill will also serve as a national correspondent for NBC News, reporting for all of its platforms.

In addition, NBC has named Jenna Wolfe newsreader for “Weekend Today,” and she will continue to contribute as a correspondent to the weekday edition of the morning program. Wolfe had been co-anchor of the Sunday edition of the program. Dylan Dreyer will remain in her role as weather anchor for the program.

“I couldn’t be happier to have such a strong team in place with Lester, Erica, Jenna and Dylan,” said Dee Dee Thomas, executive producer of ‘Weekend Today’ in a statement. “We just celebrated 25 years of weekends here at TODAY, and this is the perfect ensemble to lead us towards our next milestone.”

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