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‘Nightline’ Wakes Up ABC Late Night Timeslot

Nightline-LOGO-color-1ABC’s “Nightline” averaged 1.67 million Total Viewers in the first quarter of 2014, giving ABC its best performance in the 12:35amET time period during a Q1 in 11 years, but drawing less than half the audience than it did when it aired an hour earlier.

“Nightline” finished second in the time period, ahead of CBS’ “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and behind NBC’s “Late Night,” which for the first half of Q1 was hosted by Jimmy Fallon, and the second half by Seth Meyers. (NBC’s numbers below are of Meyers’s hosting of “Late Night” from Feb. 24-Feb. 30)

In January 2013, when “Nightline” was pushed back an hour to 12:35amET to make room for “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Nightline” had won its timeslot for three years against Jay Leno and David Letterman. In its final full season at 11:35pm (2011-2012), the show averaged 3.7 million viewers.

“Nightline” has beaten “Late Late Show” in viewers and in the A25-54 demo in all 5 quarters that it has aired in its new time period.

  • Q1 2014:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Late Night NBC 2.247M 1.108M 1.014M
Nightline ABC 1.666M 687K 524K
Late Late Show CBS 1.447M 631K 506K
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Your Pick for Piers Morgan’s Replacement is…

Larry KingAfter Larry King fueled speculation about a possible return to CNN following the news of Piers Morgan‘s show cancellation, we asked you who you’d like to see slide into the 9pmET CNN chair.

With close to 12,000 overall poll votes, the legendary interviewer in suspenders ran away with the win, with 86% of you voting for King to retake the 9pm hour he hosted for 25 years. Coming in a distant second was recently departed “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno with 8%.

Rounding out the top five were Katie Couric (3%), and a tie between CNN’s Bill Weir and “other” at 2%. Some of your other selections included embattled teen star Justin Bieber, Jerry Seinfeld, and the highly camera-friendly Donald Duck. We’re keeping the poll open, so feel free to vote if you haven’t.

King told us last year it was CNN founder Ted Turner that gave him his big break.

The Ticker: Dan’s Bar, Sean’s House, Jay’s Goodbye

  • “Nightline” co-anchor Dan Abrams has applied for a transfer of a liquor license at a restaurant space in Tribeca. The community board will take up the issue Wednesday night.

  • Fox News host Sean Hannity has put his home on the market. The 2.05 acre waterfront home in Lloyd Harbor — the 14th wealthiest town in America — is being listed for $3.6 million.

  • Jay Leno‘s Tonight Show” goodbye drew 14.6 million viewers Thursday night, his fourth most-watched show in 22 years of hosting. His first telecast in 1992 drew 16.1 million viewers.

‘AC360 Later’ Removed from CNN Schedule

anderson_cooperCNN’s “AC360 Later” and Jay Leno have something in common: they’ve both signed off for the last time. Staffers were informed this morning the 10pm news chat show will not be coming back. CNN tells TVNewser no layoffs are expected.

The show began as a late night experiment last year, featuring a more laid back discussion led by Anderson Cooper. It never aired as regularly as the rest of CNN’s primetime lineup and often disappeared from the schedule for weeks at a time with documentaries and “AC360″ 8pm re-runs in its place.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker is making good on his promise to shakeup CNN’s primetime in 2014. Cooper isn’t going anywhere. He signed a contract extension with CNN in November.

The Evening Ticker: Sochi, Reid, Leno

  • NBC has released the TV schedule for the first two days of the Sochi Olympics. The competition kicks off tomorrow night from 8pm-11pm with figure skating, men’s and women’s snowboarding, and women’s skiing.

CNN Adds Jay Leno at 10pm… One Night Only

ObamaLenoCNN is producing another news-focused entertainment special, this time on Jay Leno.

Jay Leno: Mr. Comedy” airs Friday night at 10pmET. CNN’s Nischelle Turner hosts the half-hour special which looks back at how Leno went from comedy clubs to succeeding the legendary Johnny Carson. Leno hosts his final “Tonight Show” (for the second time) Thursday, Feb. 6 on NBC.

Jay Leno at 10pm? Where have we heard that before?

In recent weeks, CNN has produced half hour specials on Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.

’60 Minutes’ #2 For the Week With 14M Viewers

steve kroft jay lenoEven with no NFL lead-in, “60 Minutes” was the second most-watched show — behind only The Grammys — last week. The broadcast, which featured Steve Kroft‘s exit interview with Jay Leno, drew 14.3 million viewers with an 8.8/14 in households and a 3.2/08 in the A25-54 demographic.

Compared to the same week last year, “60 Minutes” was up in all the key demos: +23% in viewers, +16% in households and +23% among A25-54 viewers.

Kroft on Leno: ‘They’re Forcing Him Out While He’s a Solid No. 1′

Steve Kroft‘s interview with Jay Leno for “60 Minutes” last night comes 22 years after Kroft’s first interview with the NBC late night host, when Leno took over “The Tonight Show” from Johnny Carson. What’s changed in those 22 years?

“[H]is life has changed very little,” Kroft says. “He’s a creature of habit… he tells jokes, he writes jokes, he goes to his antique car garage, and he watches television with his wife, Mavis.”

“He’s done everything that NBC has asked him to, and they’ve tried to fire him twice,” says Kroft. “And now they’re forcing him out while he’s a solid No. 1.”

Meanwhile, on the “Today” show this morning, Matt Lauer talked with Leno and with Jimmy Fallon, who will be taking over “The Tonight Show” on Feb. 17.

What’s Next for Jay Leno?

jay lenoThe Hollywood Reporter looks at Jay Leno‘s future when his run on “The Tonight Show” comes to an end early next year. CNN’s Jeff Zucker is among the interested parties, THR reports:

Sources tell THR that CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker – who, while running NBCUniversal, famously set in motion Leno’s first ouster from Tonight by promising the show to Conan O’Brien in 2009 — is among those who have approached Leno for a late-night or primetime show on his network. Zucker recently visited briefly with Leno at NBC in Burbank. Also among the 10 or so outlets courting the comic are Tribune, American Idol producer Core Media Group and even former NBC chief Jeff Gaspin. But Leno, 63, and his lone representative, attorney Ken Ziffren, are said to be refusing to entertain offers until the host fulfills his obligation to NBC on Feb. 6

The Ticker: Hoda & Al, Rupert, Team USA

  • Al Roker will host his 17th Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day alongside Hoda Kotb, who will be hosting her first Tournament of Roses parade. NBC’s coverage begins at 11:30amET.  Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will be the Grand Marshal.

  • NBCSN has announced it will be the home of Team USA during the Sochi Winter Games. The network will carry more than 230 hours of competition while MSNBC and CNBC will carry an additional 45 and 36 hours, respectively.

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