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Ann Curry Talks ‘Today’ Ratings at Matrix Awards

Ann Curry was one of the eight women honored at the New York Women in Communications 2012 Matrix Awards luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria today.

In her acceptance speech, Curry praised her female colleagues in television — “Barbara, Jane, Connie, Lesley, Diane” — as well as her “great bosses, especially the exceptional men I get to work for today.”

“I’m not sucking up, even though recent ratings events might dictate that I should,” Curry joked.

NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” show EP Jim Bell were at the NBC table, alongside Al Roker and Hoda Kotb. Curry’s award was presented to her by her “Today” show predecessor Meredith Vieira.

Barbara Walters, Katie Couric and Lesley Stahl also served as presenters during the luncheon. FishbowlNY has more on the 2012 Matrix Awards.

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Online Test Tied to ’60 Minutes’ Story Drives Record Views

CBS’s “60 Minutes” passed this test with flying colors.

After a fascinating two-part Lesley Stahl story on the rare condition of face blindness Sunday night, 60MinutesOvertime featured an online test to help viewers determine whether they are face blind or “super recognizers,” people who are the opposite of face blind who never forget a face.

That test helped the site draw record views Monday. The single-day high was part of a +820% two-day jump in streams for March 18-19 versus the same period last year and a +363% increase over the webcast’s average Sunday-Monday streams season to date.

As for the TV broadcast, the newsmagazine was the 8th most-watched show of the week, drawing 10.8 million Total Viewers.

Longtime CBS News correspondent Richard Threlkeld Killed in Car Crash

Richard Threlkeld, who spent 25 years as an anchor and correspondent at CBS News, was killed this morning in a head-on car crash on Montauk highway in Amagansett, New York.

Threlkeld worked for local TV stations WHAS in Louisville and WMT-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa before joining CBS News in 1966 where he would remain until 1981. Threlkeld served as co-anchor of the CBS Morning News with Lesley Stahl from 1977 to 1979. In 1982 Threlkeld joined ABC News, reporting for “World News Tonight.” He returned to CBS in 1989 where he stayed another 10 years.

During his news career, Threlkeld covered the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the Tiananmen Square protests. His last assignment for CBS News was as Moscow correspondent. His wife, Betsy Aaron was CNN’s Moscow correspondent at the time. Richard Threlkeld was 74.

Here’s a Threlkeld report from Nov. 1995 on “CBS Sunday Morning.”

> More: Statement from CBS News colleague Lesley Stahl: “Richard Threlkeld had the kind of name and kind of looks that could’ve made him a reporter in the movies, but unlike a reporter in the movies, he could write his owns scripts. In fact, he was one of our best writers and reporters, someone CBS sent to troubled spots to cover the big stories of the day. Richard was known for his integrity and his decency.”

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Tim Tebow Powers ’60 Minutes’ to #5 for the Week

Sunday’s “60 Minutes” was the 5th most-watched primetime program for the week, drawing more than 18 million viewers. The newsmagazine also put up its best ratings in the key demos in over three years: a 5.9 rating in A25-54 and a 4.8 in A18-49, best since November 16, 2008 when the show featured newly-elected Barack Obama.

“60″ got a major assist from its lead-in: the overtime Pittsburgh Steelers – Denver Broncos game, won by the Broncos with an 80-yard pass play on the first play of OT. The game was the most-watched Wild Card game in 18 years. The 7pm hour the game — which ran until about 8:10pmET — drew 41.9M viewers.

Sunday’s broadcast featured a Scott Pelley hidden-camera investigation of stem cell fraud, Lara Logan’s report on five sets of brothers serving in the Marines in Afghanistan and Lesley Stahl’s look at the world’s most expensive food, truffles.

New Year, New High for ’60 Minutes’

Sunday’s New Year’s Day edition of “60 Minutes” finished as the third most-watched show of the week and was the most-watched non-sports program of the holiday week.

The program, which started late due to the overrun of the San Diego-Oakland game, drew 14.45 million Total Viewers to rank #3 for the week. The show also made the Top 10 in households at #3, scoring an 8.7 rating and 14 share, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings.

Sunday’s broadcast featured Lesley Stahl‘s profile of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), a special report from Alison Stewart on a college entrance exam cheating scandal, and a re-air of Lara Logan’s story about freestyle climber Alex Honnold.

Herman Cain Cancels Dinner with Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reilly, Barbara Walters and Greta Van Susteren

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain–who is said to be reassessing his campaign–canceled dinner with a bevy of New York media bigwigs scheduled for Sunday, according to NY1.

Among the attendees: Fox News hosts Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren (Van Susteren’s husband John Coale organized the meeting), NBC’s Matt Lauer, ABC’s Barbara Walters, CBS’ Lesley Stahl and Senator Chuck Schumer.

’60 Minutes’ makes the Top 10

For the second straight week, “60 Minutes” lands on the list of Nielsen’s Top 10 most-watched primetime shows. With a lift from an overrun of the Tennessee Titans – Atlanta Falcons game, the show drew 14.47 million Total Viewers, making it #9 for the week. Sunday’s show featured Steve Kroft’s report on conservative anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist; a Lara Logan‘s profile of International Monetary Fund chief  Christine Lagarde; and Lesley Stahl‘s profile of singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.

Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams and More Turn Out to Remember Lane Venardos

Longtime CBS News executive Lane Venardos was fondly remembered Wednesday in a moving service at the Paley Center in New York City.

Venardos who died August 19 at his home in Maui, spent 30 years at CBS News producing live news, special events and documentaries. He would go on to produce the “Survivor” live finales for Mark Burnett on CBS.

More than 200 luminaries from across the television industry attended the memorial, including CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, News president David Rhodes; Charles Osgood, Scott Pelley, Bob Schieffer, Lesley Stahl, and Rita Braver; current “CBS Evening News” EP Pat Shevlin, CBS News VP Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews (who currently has the job Venardos once held) and “Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison.

Also Diane Sawyer, now with ABC News, who worked with Venardos during her time at CBS and from NBC: Brian Williams, News president Steve Capus and former CBSer, now EP of “Rock Center” Rome Hartman, were there, as was former CBS News president Andrew Heyward. ABC’s “This Week” EP Rick Kaplan, and former “GMA” boss Jim Murphy, both former CBS Newsers, attended.

Former CBS News and CBS, Inc. president Howard Stringer, who worked closely with Venardos during his years at CBS and who is now CEO of Sony, spoke via video. Other speakers included Pelley, Stahl, Williams and Venardos’s daughter Kelly who is a producer for “NBC Nightly News.” CBS News “48 Hours” EP Susan Zirinsky presented a video tribute (after the jump). The service concluded with a vocal solo performed by Venardos’s son, Kevin.

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CBS News Remembers Andy Rooney: ‘The Oracle of West 57th St… Apparently, God needed a writer’

Words of condolence following the passing of Andy Rooney, from his CBS colleagues.

Leslie Moonves: “Words cannot adequately express Andy’s contribution to the world of journalism and the impact he made–as a colleague and friend–upon everyone at CBS. His wry wit, his unique ability to capture the essence of any issue, and his larger-than-life personality made him an icon, not only within the industry but among readers and viewers around the globe. Andy was not just a member of the CBS family; he was a member of the world’s family. We treasure the legacy he has left, and his presence will be sorely missed by those of us at CBS and by his fans around the world.”

Jeff Fager: “It’s a sad day at 60 MINUTES and for everybody here at CBS News. It’s hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much.”

Morley Safer: “Underneath that gruff exterior, was a prickly interior…and deeper down was a sweet and gentle man, a patriot with a love of all things American, like good bourbon and a delicious hatred for prejudice and hypocrisy.”

Scott Pelley: “The Romans had Cicero. The English had Dickens. America had Andy. He hid a philosopher’s genius behind the honest prose of Everyman. Apparently, God needed a writer.”

Steve Kroft: “Andy always said he wanted to work until the day he died and he managed to do it, save the past few weeks in the hospital. What a life: ninety- two years of doing what you love to do while engaging and entertaining millions and millions of people. He played an invaluable role in the success of 60 MINUTES over the years, providing a much anticipated

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How Did the Steve Jobs ’60 Minutes’ do in the Ratings?

“60 Minutes’” much promoted interview with Walter Isaacson about his biography Steve Jobs was the 14th most-watched show of the week (12.6 million viewers). That may have disappointed some inside CBS. Sunday’s show included a two-part interview with Isaacson and a Lesley Stahl story on how the iPad is helping give a voice to autistic children. What makes “60 Minutes” a consistently Top 10 show — beyond its high quality content — is the lead-in of NFL football. This past Sunday, CBS did not have a football lead in. In fact, over on FOX, the Packers-Vikings game, which ran until about 7:22pmET was the most-watched show of the week, topping anything in primetime. The game drew 24.3 million Total Viewers vs. the #1 primetime show, NCIS, which drew 19.4 million. The Packers-Vikings game was followed by The OT (14.7M) and game four of the World Series (15.2M).

Increasingly, and especially with the Jobs interview, CBS can count on hundreds of thousands more views of the show on CBSNews.com.

This Sunday’s “60″ should fare better. The show, which will have a Morley Safer interview with Ruth Madoff and her son, will have the Patriots-Steelers game as its lead-in in much of the country.

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