Just a few days after Savannah Guthrie celebrated her birthday on “Today,” it was Matt Lauer‘s turn to celebrate. Lauer, who anchored the show with guest hosts Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel today, received a surprise phone call from Meredith Vieira — who also celebrates a birthday today — as well as a Just for Men kit from Al Roker. Watch:
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The three network morning shows averaged a combined 13.15 million viewers last week, the most for this comparable week since the week of Sept. 25, 2006, when 13.24 million tuned in to the three morning shows, which also happened to be Meredith Vieira‘s third week on “Today.”
The morning broadcasts, which all experienced growth last week, added 1.51 million viewers from the same week in 2012.
And here’s something we haven’t written in a while: the biggest growth was experienced by the “Today” show.
“Today” was up +15% in total viewers and up +19% in the A25-54 demo. “Good Morning America” was up +12% in viewers and up +7% in the demo and “CBS This Morning” was up +13% in viewers and up +5% in the demo.
“GMA” still topped “Today” by nearly 800,000 viewers and wins the first week of the 2013-2014 season.
The averages for the week of September 23, 2013:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 5.547M / NBC: 4.752M / CBS: 2.851M
- A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.067M / NBC: 2.011M / CBS: 977K
Smart was 14 in 2002, when a kidnapper snatched her from her Salt Lake City bedroom. She would be held for the next 9 months. For the first time, Smart will reveal the details of life with her captors.
Despite having a year-long contributor arrangement with ABC News, Smart never talked about her captivity. When the ABC deal was announced, a spokesperson told us Smart’s appearances would be, “very much focused on looking ahead, not looking back on her own story.” Smart’s deal with ABC ended in July 2012. NBC tells us this is a one-time interview with Smart, not part of a larger contributor deal.
The interview is timed to the release of Smart’s book “My Story,” which is out next Tuesday.
The special airs Friday night at 10pmET and on Monday, Smart will be in the “Today” show studio.
- CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will interview Malala Yousafzai, the girl shot by the Taliban for trying to get an education. The interview will be conducted live at New York’s 92nd Street Y, and will air as a special called The Bravest Girl in the World on CNN Sunday, Oct. 13 at 7PM.
- The Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame has lined up former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira and “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl as the co-hosts for this year’e event. The honorees include “Live! with Kelly and Michael and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.
- NowThis News has hired Cody Johns as a videojournalist reporting exclusively for Vine, Twitter’s six-second social video service. Johns has amassed more than one million followers on the service. Watch the announcement (via Vine, natch) below.
- Former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira is launching a YouTube channel called “LIVES.” The channel comes as Vieira plans a new syndicated talk show for Fall, 2014. HuffPost has more.
- MSNBC will televise the American Latino Media Arts awards in late September. There will also be a one-hour news special tied to the show. Awards shows are not new to cable news. CNN has its “Heroes” telecast, while HLN airs the Daytime Emmy Awards.
Today is the last day in the current Studio 1A for the NBC “Today” team. As we reported last week, the show will originate from Rockefeller Plaza over the next few weeks, before unveiling the new set on September 9. Some pieces of the current set will be sent to the Newseum in Washington DC for display.
This morning, “Today” ran a retrospective on the last seven years of the studio. Though, as a few viewers noted on Twitter, while Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and even Meredith Vieira were featured multiple times, Ann Curry was shown only briefly in a cutaway.
Barbara Walters got emotional, as she wished Behar well:
“Anytime things can got too sentimental, you could always rely on Joy to punch a hole in the conversation and bring us back to reality,” she quipped. “Whatever you choose to do, it will be smart and provocative. I love you Joy.”
Behar, in her final words, decided to speak up on behalf of the ABC News anchor, and mention her former “ABC Evening News” colleague.
“Barbara, what can I say Barbara, thank you for asking me to join the table all these years ago,” Behar said. “If you will allow me to say so, there is something I have been wanting to say on your behalf for 16 years. F*ck Harry Reasoner.”
For the backstory, you can read in depth about the Walters/Reasoner tension here.
Rob George has been named director of NBC’s “Today,” TVNewser has learned. For the last three seasons George has been the director of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” He replaces Joe Michaels who was upped to Senior Director last month and is currently overseeing a studio revamp set to debut in the Fall.
George got his start in local news at KING TV and later KOMO TV in Seattle. He was a part of the directing team for NBC’s coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; was the director of the syndicated “The Other Half,” an early 2000′s male version of “The View;” and more recently worked on projects for Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Writes “Today” Senior EP Don Nash in a note to staff, “We are fortunate to have such a strong bench of directors on our team and with Rob’s appointment, that bench is even stronger.”
George starts August 12. He will direct to 7-9am hours, while Jim Gaines directs the third and fourth hours.
- Sunlen Miller will join CNN Newsource as a national correspondent based in Washington. Miller joins from ABC News where she was a White House and Senate reporter. She also reported on weekends for ABC’s DC affiliate WJLA.
- Andre Rodriguez has been promoted to CBS News North Bureau chief in New York. Rodriguez has worked at CBS for nearly 20 years, as weekend news manager, senior producer for CBSNews.com, foreign desk producer and researcher for the “CBS Evening News.”
NBCUniversal will launch a new syndicated daytime talk show hosted by former “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira in the Fall of 2014.
“The Meredith Vieira Show” will originate from New York City, and will tape on a set designed to look like Vieira’s home, “complete with her actual furniture and family photos,” NBCU says. A pilot for the program was taped in May, and is said to have gone very well.
The move is not a surprise. When Vieira left “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” earlier this year, TVNewser speculated that she was pursuing a daytime talk show. A week later, the NY Times‘ Brian Stelter confirmed that she was talking to NBC about a possible syndicated show.
“All of us at NBCU are so excited about this new show with Meredith,” said Ted Harbert, chairman of NBC Broadcasting in a statement. “She creates an instant connection with audiences with her smart, quick-witted and down-to-earth style. This entertaining and substantive show will be a great way to reach her loyal daytime fans as well as new ones who will discover why Meredith is one of America’s most loved television personalities.”
Currently an NBC News contributor, Vieira co-hosted “Today” from 2006-2011, and before that was the moderator of “The View.” She began her career at ABC News, and would go on to become a correspondent for both ABC and CBS News, before joining “The View.”