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The Ticker: Morgan, Molina, Miller

  • Fresh off his “Today” show appearance, Piers Morgan will be a guest on “Hannity.” Morgan and Sean Hannity formerly competed head-to-head when Morgan hosted “Piers Morgan Tonight” on CNN and Hannity’s show aired on FNC at 9PMET.

  • The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” launches a multi-platform series tonight following high school dropouts trying to turn their lives around. CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller got access to the Sunburst Youth Challenge Academy, a program for at-risk teens.

  • Fox News meteorologist Maria Molina announced her engagement on “Fox & Friends” this morning. Molina will marry storm chaser Reed Timmer. Fittingly, Timmer popped the question while they were out chasing storms.

Networks Cover Secret Service Director’s Resignation

GeorgeBroadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon after Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned in the aftermath of an armed intruder hopping a fence and running into the White House on September 19. More revelations surfaced this week that another armed man—with a criminal record for assault and battery—was able to get into an elevator with President Obama on September 16.

ABC News cut in at 3:20pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring, senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas reporting from Washington, DC, and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.  CBS News cut in at 3:28pmET with Scott Pelley anchoring and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. NBC News didn’t provide special coverage.

All three cable news networks went wall-to-wall with the news along with airing the afternoon press briefing with Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who answered questions on Pierson’s resignation. Joseph Clancy has been named the acting director of the Secret Service.

Evening News Ratings: Week of Sept. 22

evening news_2014Update 10/11/14: the numbers have been updated following a Nielsen ratings data glitch.

Another split in the evenings: “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams takes total viewers while “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir” takes the A25-54 demo. Compared to the same week last year Muir’s broadcast showed the most across-the-board growth: up +11% in viewers and up +9% in the demo.

“Nightly’s” lead on “World News Tonight” last week was 158,000 viewers (less than 2%). That’s the closest ABC has gotten to NBC in four weeks, which was Diane Sawyer‘s final week, and “WNT” got within 40,000 viewers.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up in both measurements: up +3% in viewers and up +4% in the demo. “Nightly News” was up in viewers (+2%) but down in the demo (-7%) year-over-year.

Numbers for the week of Sept. 22, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,239,000 7,793,000 6,375,000
• A25-54: 1,821,000 1,900,000 1,513,000

 

The Morning Ticker: Penn, Friday, Pelley

  • Actor Kal Penn is joining Fusion as a special correspondent for its midterm election coverage. Fusion’s election coverage plans include a nightly primetime program “Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown” hosted by Fusion’s Nando Vila.

  • “20/20″ and “Dateline” split the wins on Friday night. NBC was the #1 newsmagazine in viewers while “20/20″ was #1 in the younger demos. “20/20″ was #2 for the night, behind “Shark Tank,” in the A18-49 demo. Both shows were bested in total viewers by CBS’ “Blue Bloods.”

  • CBS’s Scott Pelley talks about his reporter “must haves,” including his 20-year-old shortwave radio that’s been around the world. “Someday when I hit the ‘on’ button, the screen won’t come to life, and it’ll break my heart.”

The Week of the International Gets

With world leaders in New York for the U.N. General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative happening at the same time, TV news anchors have been busy getting gets.

Who did we miss?

Only ‘World News Tonight’ Sees Growth in Viewers and Demo For 2013-2014 Season

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While all three network newscasts can celebrate audience growth in the just-completed 2013-2014 season, only “World News Tonight with David Muir” has seen growth among both total viewers and the preferred news demo of Adult 25-54 viewers.

Compared to the 2012-2013 season, “World News Tonight,” which spent most of the season as “World News with Diane Sawyer,” grew +4% in viewers and +5% in the demo.

“Nightly News with Brian Williams” saw the most viewership growth: up +6%, but was down the most in the demo: -3%. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” which saw an executive producer change in the spring, was up +5% in viewers and down -2% in the demo.

“Nightly News” won the season in both total viewers and the demo, though “World News,” took the demo in the second half of the season, winning both Q2 and Q3.

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Numbers for the 2013-2014 season:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,849,000 7,995,000 6,752,000
• A25-54: 2,175,000 2,075,000 1,658,000


’60 Minutes’ Has Best Debut in 17 Years

Pelley60isis“60 Minutes” was the No. 2 show of the week, only behind “Sunday Night Football” on NBC.

Sunday’s season debut drew 17.88 million viewers, its biggest premiere audience since 1997. The show got a boost from the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seakawks game. A Super Bowl rematch which went into overtime.

Sunday’s show, which featured a Scott Pelley report from the frontlines of the battle to defeat ISIS, and a Steve Kroft story about the growing concerns over an IRS scam, delivered its best premiere numbers since 2005 in the key demos: a 4.4/11 in A25-54 and a 3.5/10 in A18-49.

Evening News Ratings: Week of Sept. 15

evening news_2014“World News Tonight with David Muir” wins its 7th straight week, and 11 of past 12 weeks, in the younger demo. And while both ABC and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” are growing in the demo, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” is down compared to the same week last year. CBS is up a whopping +13% in A25-54 viewers, ABC is up +9% and NBC is down -7%.

Among total viewers, “Nightly News” continues as the most-watched evening newscast, a winning streak that is entering its 6th year. All three broadcasts were up in total viewers: +4% for ABC, and +2% for both NBC and CBS.

Numbers for the week of Sept. 15, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,244,000 7,872,000 6,281,000
• A25-54: 1,927,000 2,088,000 1,599,000

 

U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets

The broadcast and cable news networks broke in with special coverage tonight as U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria began.

Brian Williams, David Muir and Scott Pelley all updated the west coast editions of their evening newscasts tonight. ABC broke in with a network-wide special report at 9:30pmET, NBC broke in at 9:38pmET. CBS News ran a crawl during primetime programming at 9:30pmET.

Cable news has been in non-stop coverage. Fox News was first with the news. Megyn Kelly broke into her own pre-taped interview with Alan Colmes at 9:26pmET as Jennifer Griffin reported that military operations had begun. Shepard Smith picked up coverage on Fox News at 10pmET and will continue until MidnightET when Kelly picks up. CNN’s Anderson Cooper broke in with the news at 9:30pmET with Jim Sciutto reporting the news. Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota anchored from 10pmET until Midnight. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported the news at 9:34pmET. Lawrence O’Donnell anchored at 10 and Chris Hayes picks up at 11pmET with live coverage on MSNBC. FBN has been in live coverage as well and will simulcast Megyn Kelly‘s coverage at Midnight.

CBS News Called the Consumer Complaints Division of ISIS

If you haven’t seen last night’s Scott Pelley “60 Minutes” stories on ISIS, do yourself a favor and head over to CBSNews.com. But before you do that, take a look at what it took to put the story together. “60 Minutes” producer Henry Schuster and his crew went to the front lines of the fight in Northern Iraq. Attempting to get an interview with ISIS, he called a phone number listed in an English-language ISIS publication. It was the terror group’s consumer complaints division. He didn’t get through.

Meanwhile, associate producer Rachael Morehouse went to a refugee camp where Pelley conducted gut-wrenching interviews with a woman and her two brothers who survived the brutality of ISIS. “It was the worst story I’ve ever heard, personally,” Morehouse says in the “60 Minutes Overtime” video:

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