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Did ABC Benefit From Nielsen Errors?

NielsenNielsen says a software glitch has led to errors in several months worth of ratings data. A software upgrade in March went unnoticed until this past Monday. The company will now reprocess all of the impacted data going back at least to Aug. 18 — for entertainment, news and syndicated shows.

David Poltrack, the Chief Research Officer at CBS, tells Broadcasting & Cable that ABC has benefited from the error.

“That’s pretty clear to anyone who’s been looking at the ratings. It’s certainly significant for ABC. It’s of lesser significance to the rest of us.”

When the numbers are revised, ABC’s are expected to go down and the others are expected to rise.

“Our entire industry relies upon Nielsen for accuracy and veracity, and we hope that they can quickly resolve this issue,” says Kevin Brockman, EVP of Global Communications for Disney/ABC. “We’re confident that the momentum we’ve seen across the network so far this season will continue, including delivery of the #1 new drama and the #1 new comedy on television.”

As for news programs, this could affect the outcome of the evening news battle between “NBC Nightly News” and ABC’s “World News Tonight.”

NBC fell behind ABC during one week in the summer of 2013 in the demo. Then in April — not long after the Nielsen errors began — the long-dominant NBC program began falling behind ABC. Since the week of June 30, “World News” has been a consistent, though narrow, No. 1 in the demo. Then last week, the ABC broadcast broke “Nightly’s” five-year winning streak among total viewers.

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The Ticker: ‘GMA,’ Brockman, FBN Prime

  • “Good Morning America” had 6.1 million viewers Wednesday, the morning after the “Dancing with the Stars” finale, according to Nielsen fast affiliate data. The early numbers indicate it was “GMA”‘s largest Total Viewer advantage ever over the “Today” show, which drew 4.5 million.

  • Kevin Brockman, the EVP of Global Communications for Disney/ABC Television Group, has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, an organization focused on school safety. He’s been on the Board of Trustees since 2007.

  • A first for Fox Business this week: the network scored its first primetime wins against CNBC (excluding Election coverage) Tuesday night. At 8pmET, “Cavuto” beat “Crowd Rules” by +88,000 Total Viewers and +1,000 demo viewers. At 9pmET, a re-air of “The Willis Report” beat the second hour of “Crowd Rules” by +34,000 Total Viewers and +2,000 A25-54 viewers.

News Division a part of ABC’s Extreme Makeover

The NYPost’s Claire Atkinson writes about the challenges and opportunities ahead for ABC which has seen the revolving door spinning for top execs as both ABC News president David Westin and EVP of marketing Mike Benson announced their departure last week.

One person familiar with [Disney CEO Bob] Iger’s thinking said, “Their concern with ABC News was not just about cost, but about [former chief] David [Westin]. He was not getting what was required for the next wave of ratings. They needed someone who was much more agile and cost was only one piece of it.”

Says Disney/ABC spokesman Kevin Brockman, “The New York Post story is unequivocally untrue.”

Earlier: David Westin to Resign From ABC News