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’60 Minutes’ Has Most-Watched Show Since December

AsteroidsCBSThanks to a thrilling, high scoring, last second NFL game as its lead-in, “60 Minutes” had its best showing since last December. The Broncos/Cowboys game propelled “60 Minutes” to the No. 1 show Sunday night and the No. 3 primetime show of the week. The broadcast drew 18 million viewers and delivered its best rating in the key demos since Dec. 16, 2012.

Sunday’s broadcast featured Steve Kroft’s report on the federal disability insurance program, Lara Logan’s story on the battle that inspired the film, “Black Hawk Down,” and an Anderson Cooper segment on potentially dangerous near-Earth objects such as comets and asteroids.

NBC News Takes a Rare Look Inside Secret CIA Museum, Though CBS Beat Them To It

On “NBC Nightly News” last night, correspondent Richard Engel presented a piece from inside one of the most secretive museums in the world, the CIA Museum located in the agency’s headquarters in Virginia.

“Closed to the public, it had only been visited by employees and invited guests until NBC News recently became the first news organization allowed to bring in video cameras,” Engel wrote in a post previewing the piece.

While it was a fascinating segment, and showed amazing artifacts like Osama Bin laden’s AK-47 and a mock-up of his Abbotabad compound, it was not, as a point of order, the first time a news organization went in with cameras (though it was the first time it aired on TV). In 2009 CBS’ “60 Minutes” and correspondent Lara Logan visited the museum, though the footage only made it to the program’s website, and not on-air.

In fairness to NBC, it was not promoted as being the first time a news organization visited on-air during “Nightly.”

You can check out the rpeorts from both Engel and Logan, after the jump.
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’60 Minutes’ Producer Tackled By Military Dog

A “60 Minutes” associate producer took one for the team recently.

If you saw last night’s show you saw Lara Logan‘s piece on the secretive world of elite military dogs — the kind that helped Navy SEAL Team 6 capture Osama bin Laden.

One of Logan’s producer’s, Reuben Heyman-Kantor, volunteered to find out just how tough the dogs are. As you’ll see by the look on his face and the bruise on his arm, they are the real deal. Watch:

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Whose Wallet is This?

In the latest episode of “60 Minutes Sports,” premiering Wednesday on Showtime, Lara Logan talks to one of sports media’s biggest names, who also has one of the fattest wallets we’ve ever seen. See who after the jump.


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A Brief Timeline Of American TV Correspondent Kidnappings, Injuries and Deaths

NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel is safe, after being kidnapped in Syria late last week and released overnight. Unfortunately, kidnappings, injuries and death are part of the job of the foreign correspondent and their crew. With stories out of Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt and Libya in the last few years, just about every news outlet has had at least a handful of staffers affected by violence or misfortune.

In April, 2003, NBC News correspondent David Bloom died in Iraq due to a blood clot.

In June, 2003, NBC News Soundman Jeremy Little was mortally wounded in a grenade attack in Iraq. He was treated in Landstuhl, Germany but succumbed a few days later to a post-operative infection.

In January, 2006, ABC anchor Bob Woodruff and camera operator Doug Vogt were badly injured in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded next to the vehicle they were traveling in.

In May, 2006 CBS camera operator Paul Douglas and sound technician James Brolan were killed in Iraq when the U.S. Army unit they were embedded with came under attack. CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier was seriously wounded in the attack and survived.

In August, 2006 Fox News Channel correspondent Steve Centanni and camera operator Olaf Wiig were kidnapped while reporting in Gaza. Centanni’s family would make a televised plea for their safe return, and they were eventually freed. Wiig would see another incident in Egypt in 2011 (see below).

In May, 2007 ABC News camera operator Alaa Uldeen Aziz and sound technician Saif Laith Yousuf were killed in Iraq when the car they were traveling in was ambushed.

In August, 2008 Fox News camera operator Chris Jackson was injured in Afghanistan while traveling with Oliver North.

In August, 2009 CBS News correspondent Cami McCormick was injured in Afghanistan when the vehicle she was traveling in was hit by an IED.

February 2011 saw a number of incidents, particularly in Egypt:
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Drew Brees to Reveal Hurricane Sandy Relief Pledge on CBS’ ‘Person to Person’

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife Brittany have pledged $1 million through their foundation to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, the couple will reveal in an interview with CBS’ “Person to Person” on Friday.

The couple, interviewed by Charlie Rose and Lara Logan, also reveal that The Brees Dream Foundation will infuse $2 million into the New Orleans community before the 2013 Super Bowl. “We want to be able to give back what’s been given to us,” Brees said.

The “Person to Person” interview will cover a range of topics, including Brees’ involvement in the New Orleans community and his thoughts on Saints’ coach Sean Payton‘s yearlong suspension. Watch a preview here:

’60 Minutes’ #6 Show for the Week with 14M Viewers

For the second time in three weeks, CBS’ “60 Minutes” has a place in the top 10 shows of the week. With a lead-in audience from the San Diego Chargers – Denver Broncos NFL game, Sunday’s broadcast finished at #6 in both Total Viewers (14.04 million) and households (9.0/13).

Sunday’s edition of “60 Minutes” featured Lara Logan‘s story on the takedown of a cocaine cartel, Lesley Stahl reporting on infant mortality rates and Armen Keteyian‘s examination of football as a college recruitment tool.

Bill Owens Readies To Step Up To ’60 Minutes Sports’ Plate

CBS News “60 Minutes” executive editor Bill Owens will be adding to his duties as the co-EP of “60 Minutes Sports,” which will debut on pay-cabler Showtime in January. Owens gets profiled by B&C’s Tim Baysinger (subscription required), and reveals a bit more about the program, which will combine updated archival stories, new stories, and in-studio interviews.

“Everybody on the floor is going to contribute stories,” he says, noting that Steve Kroft, Scott Pelley, Byron Pitts, Lara Logan and James Brown will all participate. CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian will also be a full-time correspondent. And Owens says they have talked about bringing in sports talent from outside the CBS/Showtime corporate family: “We may well end up with a familiar face from one of the other broadcasts.”

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The Ticker: Muir, Current, 60′s 45th…

  • With a week to go until the first Presidential debate, ABC’s David Muir sat down with GOP candidate Mitt Romney this afternoon in Toledo. The interview airs tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and tomorrow on “Good Morning America.” Romney was interviewed by CNN’s Jim Acosta yesterday.

  • TV’s longest-running primetime program, “60 Minutes” launches its 45th season Sunday with a Lara Logan report from Afghanistan and the first interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger since the revelations of a secret out-of-wedlock child with his housekeeper.

CBS Execs High On Anderson Cooper

The New York TimesBrian Stelter writes about the flagship CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,”: and notes that its share of young viewers has increased, even as its overall ratings remain flat. CBS attributes this to a new generation of correspondents, including Lara Logan and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

In the story, CBS executives note that Gupta will have more of a presence on the newsmagazine going forward, and that Cooper is very well-regarded at The Eye network.

Mr. Cooper and Dr. Gupta’s contributions are contractually limited since they work for CNN. But Dr. Gupta, who had his first story last season, had two more this season and Mr. Fager said, “He’ll be doing more with us next year.”

A CBS executive, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that were Mr. Cooper to become available to “60 Minutes” full time, he would be hired “in a heartbeat.” Mr. Cooper’s deal with CNN and with his daytime talk show extend through next year.

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