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In Search Of Unique Identities, Evening Newscasts Break The Mold

The New York TimesBrian Stelter examines the diverging interests of the evening news programs today, noting the three newscasts “are shaking up conventions that stretch back 50 years” in search of unique identities:

On some days, the differences at 6:30 p.m. are substantive; on a Thursday in December, CBS led with Iran’s capture of a United States drone surveillance aircraft, NBC opened with an investigation into the mishandling of soldiers’ remains, and ABC with the mysterious shooting of a police officer at Virginia Tech.

On other days, they are stylistic; on Tuesday, as the Iowa caucus commenced, ABC led with a piece on Rick Santorum’s surge, CBS led with a news-making interview of Newt Gingrich, and NBC with a recap of the day’s campaigning. Read more

Weekend Morning Show Ratings: Q3 2011 and 2010-11 Season

It has been a solid Q3 2011, as well as a solid 2010-11 season for the weekend network morning shows. Compared to the third quarter of last year, both editions of NBC’s “Today,” both editions of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’ “Saturday Early Show” and CBS’ “Sunday Morning” all experienced total viewer growth.

NBC’s “Today” is #1 on Saturday while CBS’ “Sunday Morning” takes the top spot on Sundays. ABC’s “Good Morning America” posted the largest total viewer growth compared — +12% on Saturday and +24% on Sunday.

It’s a similar story for the 2010-11 season. NBC’s “Today” finishes #1 on Saturdays and CBS’ “Sunday Morning” is #1 on Sundays. Both shows enjoy a large total viewer separation from their closest competitor: on Saturdays, NBC bested ABC by 960,000 total viewers and on Sundays, CBS outperforms NBC by 1.41 million viewers, drawing the largest audience of any edition of the weekend morning shows.

The averages for Saturday Q3 2011:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 3.61M / ABC: 2.95M / CBS: 1.62M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 1.36M / ABC: 1.08M / CBS: 575K

The averages for Sunday Q3 2011:

  • Total Viewers: CBS: 4.51M / NBC: 3.35M / ABC: 2.96M
  • A25-54 viewers: CBS: 1.44M /NBC: 1.28M / ABC: 1.08M

The averages for the Saturday 2010-11 Season:

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For First Time in 18 Seasons, Network Morning Shows Add Younger Viewers; Add Total Viewers for First Time in 7 Seasons

What is going on with the broadcast networks? They’re adding viewers when cable and the Internets say they shouldn’t be.

On Tuesday we told you about how the broadcast evening newscasts had grown their total viewership year-over-year, after 8 seasons of declining viewership.

And now, with the numbers complete for the 2010-11 season, Nielsen reports that for the first time since the 1992-93 TV season, all 3 morning newscasts grew in A25-54 viewers. And for the first time since the 2003-04 TV season, all 3 morning newscasts grew in Total Viewers.

NBC’s “Today” remains the leader in the mornings with a 744,00 total viewer lead on #2 ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “GMA” shows the most growth season-to-season: +10% in Total Viewers and +3% in A25-54 viewers. “Today” is up +2% in both measurements and CBS’s “Early Show” was up +1% in Total Viewers and up slightly in younger viewers.

One more note, the 9am hour of the “Today” show topped ABC’s “The View” in Total Viewers for the season. That’s the first time that’s happened since the 2006-07 season.

We’ll have the complete numbers a little later today…

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: The Weather Channel, NBC Olympics, Fox News

This week, The Weather Channel is hiring a senior director of digital content, while NBC is looking for a director of digital sales marketing for NBCOlympics.com. Fox News is on the hunt for a new booker for Fox & Friends, and golf lovers will be excited to hear that the Golf Channel is in need of a travel and tourism account executive. Get the details on these openings and more below, and find additional just-posted TV jobs on mediabistro.com.

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Radio Host Finebaum to Write for SI.com

Radio host Paul Finebaum, a former columnist for al.com who last year wrote that Vanderbilt should be kicked out of the SEC for not being competitive in football, is joining SI.com as a columnist. He reported the news on Twitter, saying his first column will run Thursday. Perhaps his first piece will address the ongoing story involving USA Today oddsmaker Danny Sheridan, who recently went on Finebaum’s radio show claiming to know who paid Cam Newton‘s father, Cecil, so that the 2010 Heisman Trophy Winner would attend Auburn. Sheridan has refused to name the alleged “bag man,” claiming his source within the NCAA would lose their job. The NCAA, for their part, says Sheridan’s claims are without merit.

Finebaum’s popular radio show is syndicated throughout the southeast and can also be heard on Sirius XM Radio (Channel 91).

CBS Expands 3D Coverage of U.S. Open

CBS, which won an Emmy in technical achievement for last year’s 3D coverage of the U.S. Open, is expanding its coverage to include all the HD matches played at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Labor Day weekend and finals weekend, as well as select matches from Louis Armstrong Stadium.

“With our additional cameras and enhanced camera positions, including low, court-level positions, viewers will feel like they’re actually on the court with some of the world’s greatest players,” said Harold Byrant, executive producer and vp production at CBS Sports.

The 3D telecasts will be available on DirecTV’s n3D and Comcast’s Xfinity 3D. The men’s and women’s finals will be streamed live in 3D on USOpen.org.

Meanwhile some people (and my hand is raised) think 3D technology is completely overrated and wildly unnecessary.

This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: BBC, Discovery, Associated Press

This week, BBC is seeking a network operations supervisor, while Discovery Communications is on the hunt for a senior vice president of programming. The Associated Press has an opening for a newsperson/producer, and Bloomberg has launched a search for a new transmissions coordinator. Get all the details on these gigs and more below, and check out additional job opportunities on mediabistro.com.

For more job listings, go to the Mediabistro job board, and to post a job, visit our employer page. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

Video: MMA's Gina Carano Starring in Steven Soderbergh Film

Gina Carano is so good looking that watching her compete in mixed martial arts is akin to watching a Hollywood actress dirty up to win an Oscar. Given that, it’s no surprise that Hollywood would eventually come calling for Carano, who’s starring in Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh‘s upcoming film Haywire. Here’s the IMDB description of the movie, which is being released in January: “A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.”

OK, not exactly a stretch for Carano. But considering the principals involved in the film, including Soderbergh, Michael Douglas, Ewen McGregor, Bill Paxton and Antonio Banderas, Haywire will probably be better than Barb Wire with Pamela Anderson.

SI's Pearlman Writes Payton Biography

Sports Illustrated columnist Jeff Pearlman has written a biography of Bears Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton called Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton. The book is being published by Gotham and comes out October 4. Here’s the summary from Amazon:

At five feet ten inches tall, running back Walter Peyton was not the largest player in the NFL, but he developed a larger-than-life reputation for his strength, speed, and grit. Nicknamed “Sweetness” during his college football days, he became the NFL’s all-time leader in rushing and all-purpose yards, capturing the hearts of fans in his adopted Chicago.

Crafted from interviews with more than 700 sources, acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Pearlman has produced the first definitive biography of Payton. Sweetness at last brings fans a detailed, scrupulously researched, all-encompassing account of the legend’s rise to greatness. From Payton’s childhood in segregated Mississippi, where he ended a racial war by becoming the star of his integrated high school’s football team, to his college years and his twelve-year NFL career, Sweetness brims with stories of all-American heroism, and covers Payton’s life off the field as well. Set against the backdrop of the tragic illness that cut his life short at just forty- six years of age, this is a stirring tribute to a singular icon and the lasting legacy he made.

Pearlman has published previous best-sellers on the Cowboys (Boys Will Be Boys!) and the 1986 Mets (The Bad Guys Won).


HBO's Lederman to Call First Boxing Match

Harold Lederman, a pharmacist by trade and an unofficial ringside boxing scorer for HBO for more than two decades, will call his first fight Saturday night. HBO announcer Max Kellerman‘s wife is expecting a baby, so Lederman will fill in and join Bob Papa to call the Adrien Broner-Jason Litzau bout in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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