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’60 Minutes’ Has Best Night in Two Years

WardLions“60 Minutes” had its most-watched show in two years Sunday. The CBS News magazine averaged 18.4 million viewers, the most since December 2012, finishing at No. 3 for the week. “60″ had a very strong lead-in from the Packers-Patriots game which averaged 30.9 million viewers.

The game was the most-watched Sunday game of the 2014 season and the most-watched Sunday regular-season game on any network in six years (33.8 million; New England-Indianapolis on CBS; Nov. 4, 2007).

Sunday’s “60 Minutes” featured Scott Pelley‘s report on the World Food Programme, Bill Whitaker’s story on hackers stealing credit card numbers, and Clarissa Ward’s (above) reporting from Africa on the fate of petting zoo lions when they grow — which included the  use of a drone to capture magnificent video of lions in the wild and the so-called lion whisperer.

‘No Question Off Limits’: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Interviews Darren Wilson

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has interviewed Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, releasing a photo of the interview this afternoon via Twitter.

Several network news anchors are believed to have met with Wilson in the hopes of doing his first interview after the grand jury’s decision in the death of Michael Brown, though sources tell TVNewser CBS News anchor Scott Pelley, who had been named as having had a face-to-face with Wilson, in fact did not.

GStephWilsonMore: Edited excerpts will air on “World News Tonight” and “Nightline” Tuesday, and Wednesday’s “Good Morning America.” The full interview will post on tomorrow.

ABC broke into programming around 2:35pmET with Stephanopoulos anchoring a special report to promote the interview. “I’ve spent over an hour at a secret location with officer Darren Wilson,” he said, adding, “I asked him directly, I pressed him, I said, ‘would this have gone down any differently if Michael Brown were white?’ He said ‘absolutely not.’ He says he has a clean conscience over his actions that day.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of November 17

evening news_2014“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” reclaimed the top spot in total viewers and the A25-54 demo for the week of Nov. 17 while ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” showed the most growth of the three evening newscasts.

“Nightly News” edged “World News Tonight” by 30,000 viewers or +1% in the demo. The ABC broadcast had won the younger demo in 12 of the last 13 weeks. NBC was up +5% in viewers and up +7% in the demo. ABC grew +12% in viewers and +18% in the demo. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up over last year: +1% in viewers and +4% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Nov. 17, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 9,789,000 9,247,000 7,615,000
• A25-54: 2,451,000 2,421,000 1,905,000

Ferguson Grand Jury Reaches Decision

This afternoon MSNBC and CNN have been in wall-to-wall coverage of the grand jury decision in the Darren Wilson case, even though the decision hasn’t yet been made public. Fox News has been more tempered with its coverage, reporting that there is a decision and that it will be released sometime after 5pmCT.

Broadcast networks are also planning special reports once the decision is handed down. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos will anchor coverage that will feature live reports from Ferguson. Fox will offer a special report to affiliates anchored by Trace Gallagher and Shepard Smith will anchor coverage on FNC. Brian Williams will anchor an NBC News special report to cover the announcement, while CBS will have Scott Pelley live from New York.

Fox Business will be covering the economic impact of the decision with a special edition of “Cavuto” at 8 pm ET. Fusion is on the ground with Mariana Atencio anchoring “Fusion Live” from Ferguson. We’ll let you know about the other broadcasters when we hear from them.

The 12-person grand jury, made up of 7 men (1 black and 6 white) and 5 women (2 black and 3 white), is deciding whether Wilson, a white police officer from Ferguson, MO, should be criminally indicted for the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown.


Stelter: Network Anchors Have Met with Michael Brown Shooter Darren Wilson

DarrenWIlsonCNNCNN’s Brian Stelter reports that several network news anchors have met with Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, MO police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on Aug. 9. As a grand jury decides whether Wilson should be charged with a crime in the case, Stelter named at least five news anchors who have met in secret with Wilson. “Because it was off the record, those anchors can’t talk about the meetings and their networks can’t really even confirm the meetings happened,” Stelter says:

Here are the anchor names I know with the caveat that others may have met with him. NBC’s Matt Lauer, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, CBS’s Scott Pelley and both the prime time anchors at CNN: Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon. Maybe other anchors as well. I have a feeling someone at Fox, I just don’t know the name but that’s what my sources are telling me.

As Networks Pass on Immigration Address, Local Stations Produce Special Reports

While ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX chose not to interrupt primetime with Pres. Obama’s immigration executive action remarks, many local stations interrupted network programs anyway, producing their own specials. NBC stations in Washington, DC and New York produced special reports, so did ABC’s WLS in Chicago, which meant pre-empting the “Grey’s Anatomy” “winter finale.” FOX produced an optional special report anchored by Shepard Smith but aired broadly across the country in markets including New York, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Detroit, and Miami.

Because of the timing, during the local evening news in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, many of those stations incorporated the remarks in their newscasts. CBS’s Scott Pelley anchored a special report that aired on many western stations including KCBS in Los Angeles, KCNC in Denver and KOVR in Sacramento.

Evening News Ratings: Week of November 10

evening news_2014As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, more Americans are tuning into the evening newscasts. Last week all three network broadcasts grew in both total viewers and the demo from the prior week.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” holds first place in viewers and was up +3% compared to the same week last year, but down -5% in the A25-54 demo.

ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” regained the No. 1 spot in the A25-54 demo, and saw the most overall growth: up +9% in viewers and up a whopping +16% in the demo vs. last year.

The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” experienced +4% viewer growth, but was down -1% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Nov. 10, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 9,638,000 8,989,000 7,435,000
• A25-54: 2,270,000 2,283,000 1,818,000


The Fox Ticker: Ratings, Greta, Gruber,

  • Greta Van Susteren traveled to Midland, Texas today to interview President George W. Bush at his childhood home. The interviews airs tonight “On the Record” at 7pmET.

  • Sean Hannity sent a camera crew to MIT to talk with Jonathan Gruber, whose comments about Obamacare have made up much of Fox News’s coverage over the last week. Here’s some of what they got on campus, more tonight on “Hannity.”

In Profile: Abrams, Artley, Capus

Dan Abrams and his son Everett are on the cover of Hamptons Magazine‘s December issue. Abrams discusses his new restaurant, love of wine and running MSNBC.

Running MSNBC was an interesting experience, but I think it convinced me that what I thought I wanted to do was run a network, but what I really wanted to do was run my own media company. That’s what led me to start all these web properties.

Meredith Artley was recently promoted to editor-in-chief of CNN Digital. She was profiled for Fast Company and discussed women in media, her new role and detaching from the hectic life of a 24/7 newser.

There’s a line outside of my office of people who want to talk to me about ideas and cool things they could do, and we just need to start putting even more of that in motion. So that’s one of the things I’m really excited about with this job

The Philadelphia Business Journal spoke with Steve Capus, executive producer of “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” The Bucks County native discussed his time in local news, moving from NBC to CBS and the future of TV news.

There is an inevitable change and that’s why we launched CBSN. As long as you are a trusted source of news, the distribution channel doesn’t matter as much. If we have to move to tablets or phones, that’s fine. But in 2014, people still turn to television to be informed about big events. And the people working in TV news are just as talented as when I was working for KYW. So I’m excited about the future.


Evening News Ratings: Week of November 3

evening news_2014The return to Standard Time and the midterm elections combined to give all three newscasts week-to-week gains.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” also retakes the lead in the A25-54 demo, which ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” had owned for the last 11 weeks.

Compared to the same week last only Muir’s newscast is up in both viewers and the demo: +9% in viewers and +6% in the demo. “Nightly News” was up +2% in viewers but down -6% in the demo while the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -2% in viewers and up +2% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Nov. 3, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 9,453,000 8,756,000 7,245,000
• A25-54: 2,191,000 2,179,000 1,837,000