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Stahl to Schwarzenegger: ‘She Gave Up Her Television Career for You. I Mean, Wow’

Arnold Schwarzenegger tells all — or most of all — in his memoir “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life,” out Monday. But first he’s sitting down with Lesley Stahl on Sunday’s “60 Minutes.” (Schwarzenegger’s book is published by CBS Corp. company Simon & Shuster). The actor and former California governor gives the understatement of the year when he tells Stahl cheating on Maria Shriver and having an out-of-wedlock child with his housekeeper was “the stupidest thing I’ve done in the whole relationship.” Stahl proclaims: “She gave up her television career for you. I mean, wow!” Shriver’s career in TV news included co-anchoring CBS’s morning show in the mid-1980s before moving to NBC and anchoring weekend “Today” and “Nightly News” and reporting for “Dateline.”

ABC’s Martha Raddatz to Receive First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac University

Martha Raddatz of ABC News will receive Qunnipiac Unversity’s 19th annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award next month.

Raddatz has been ABC’s senior foreign affairs correspondent since 2008. In a statement, Lee Kamlet, dean of Quinnipiac University’s school of communications, said Raddatz’s reporting is “accurate and fair, the two elements that are indispensable to a journalist’s credibility.”

Past recipients of the award include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Christiane Amanpour. Raddatz will be presented with hers on June 7.

’60 Minutes’ Finishes in Top 10

CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” cracked the top 10 during, not bad considering this is the time of year broadcast networks throw everything at the wall with season and series finales. “60″ drew 11.73 million Total Viewers making it the 10th most-watched show of the week. “60″ was also Sunday’s #1 show, but was the 11th most-watched in the A18-49 demo for the night. The show featured Lesley Stahl’s interview of two pilots turned military whistleblowers, Byron Pitts’ story of two young journalists who risked their lives to expose corruption and Anderson Cooper’s interview with Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps.

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.

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