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The SOTU Ticker: Bing, Lunch, Watch

  • Fox News Channel and Bing are joining forces for the Bing Pulse online voting tool, enabling people to track and share opinions in real time during the president’s State of the Union address tonight.

  • Anchors Brian Willams, Diane Sawyer, Scott Pelley, and Chris Wallace are among those at the annual State of the Union lunch with Pres. Obama. Shepard Smith had been on the invite list, but since he’s in Rome for coverage of the Pope’s resignation, Wallace, who will anchor FOX coverage of the address, got the invite.

State of the Union Coverage: CBS

Scott Pelley will anchor CBS’ State of the Union coverage from Washington Tuesday evening. Pelley will be joined by “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer and “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell. Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett and congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes will also contribute to the network’s coverage.

Pelley will also sit down with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for an interview on Tuesday’s “Evening News,” which will originate from Washington.

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Veteran CBS News Director Eric Shapiro Receives DGA Lifetime Achievement Award

Longtime CBS News director Eric Shapiro was honored with the Director’s Guild of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award in News Direction over the weekend at the DGA Awards in Los Angeles. Shapiro, who is currently the director of “CBS Evening News,” joined CBS in 1963 as a mailroom messenger and will celebrate his 50th anniversary with the network late this month.

Scott Pelley took a moment out of “CBS Evening News” yesterday to congratulate Shapiro. “Eric, we could not be prouder of you,” Pelley said. Watch:

Evening News Ratings: Week of January 28

All three evening newscasts grew their total viewership compared to the same week last year. “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” showed the most improvement: up +8% in total viewers and up +7% in younger viewers. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” grew its audience +7% in total viewers and was up slightly in younger viewers as well. No. 1 “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was up slightly in total viewers and down -2% in the younger demo.

Numbers for the week of January 28, 2013:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,340,000 8,668,000 6,990,000
• A25-54: 2,552,000 2,242,000 1,988,000

Another Sunday, Another Interview with Pres. Obama on CBS

Today’s pre-Super Bowl interview by Scott Pelley made more news in less time than last week’s interview by Steve Kroft on “60 Minutes.”

Pelley’s 8-minute interview included questions about football safety, tax rates, women in combat, gays in the Boy Scouts and the economy. Pelley’s interview made some news — though not surprising — when Pelley asked “Should scouting be open to gays?”

“Yes,” said the president. “My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does, in every institution and walk of life.”

Obama also said he would have reservations if he had a son who wanted to play football given the risk factors involved. He also said there’s no plan to raise taxes again, but that nothing can be ruled out as deficit reduction talks continue.

Last Sunday’s two-part “60 Minutes” interview with Pres. Obama and outgoing Secy of State Hillary Clinton was criticized for its lack of pressing questions. Kroft told the AP, “I would have liked very much to delve into some areas of foreign policy and what is going on in the world, but it was not anything we could take on in 30 minutes.”

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The TVNewser Twitter Index: The Most-Followed Network Shows

Introducing the TVNewser Twitter index, where we take a look at how TV news programs are ranking on that other real-time medium, Twitter.

This week: the most-followed broadcast network morning shows and evening news programs.  Next week we look at the primetime cable news landscape and in future weeks we will catch you up on the primetime broadcast shows, and the top TV news talent.

As the numbers clearly indicate, Twitter is still pretty small when compared to the vast reach of TV. Millions more people watch the network shows live than follow them on Twitter, nonetheless, there are some patterns that can be discerned.

The network morning shows:

ABC’s “Good Morning America”: 1.945 million followers

NBC’s “Today”: 1.569 million followers

CBS’ “CBS This Morning”: 58,184 followers

As the newest morning show, and with fewer viewers than its competitors, it isn’t surprising that “CTM” is at the bottom of the follower pack. It is clear that CBS News as an organization places less emphasis on social media than ABC or NBC, and this is almost certainly a factor.

The evening newscasts:

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Scott Pelley Secures Super Bowl Interview With President Obama

It came down to the wire, but “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley will sit down with President Obama before the Super Bowl on Sunday. Pelley’s interview will air live at 4:30 PM, in advance of the big game.

Earlier this month we spoke to Pelley at a CBS press conference on the Super Bowl, and the anchor told us that the White House was yet to confirm the interview.

“I would be surprised if they didn’t take advantage of this remarkable opportunity for the President to speak to one third of the people of this country at one time,” Pelley said, noting that the interview “comes around like Christmas.”

Indeed, it has been a long-standing tradition for the President to sit down with an anchor from the network that is broadcasting the Super Bowl that year. CBS last aired the Super Bowl in 2010, when Katie Couric interviewed the President.

The network gets an interview with the most powerful man in the world, and the President gets to speak to an enormous audience that only the biggest event in TV can deliver.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of January 21

A major news event that comes along once every four years — the presidential inauguration — didn’t move the needle much among the evening newscasts. All three shows were flat or down compared to the same week last year in younger viewers while both “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” and “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” were also flat in Total Viewers. Only “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” saw viewership growth: +8% year-over-year.

And when compared to the week of January 19, 2009 — President Obama’s first inauguration — again, only Pelly’s broadcast is up: +2% in viewership while NBC and ABC are down -9% / -10%, respectively. All three shows were down double digits in younger viewers compared to 2009: NBC -24%, ABC -30% and CBS -12%.

Numbers for the week of January 21, 2013:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,220,000 8,258,000 7,232,000
• A25-54: 2,545,000 2,188,000 2,033,000

Evening News Ratings: Week of January 14

“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was the only evening newscast to grow its younger viewer average compared to the same week last year. In fact, the Sawyer broadcast, while still trailing No. 1 “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” came in first in younger viewers on Wednesday.

All three shows, including No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” were down in total viewers compared to the same week last year which included the South Carolina GOP primary debate and a campaign-altering interview with Newt Gingrich‘s ex-wife.

Numbers for the week of January 14, 2013:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,169,000 8,544,000 7,214,000
• A25-54: 2,485,000 2,236,000 2,061,000

 

Beyonce, Jay-Z and the GOP

Beyonce’s stirring rendition of the National Anthem may go down as the highlight of the Inauguration, but the mere presence of Beyonce and Jay-Z is not going unnoticed by TV news anchors.

“As the strange bed fellows that inaugurations are made, we just had the number three republican in the house (Rep. Kevin McCarthy-CA) taking an iPhone picture of Beyonce and Jay-Z,” said Brian Williams on NBC. A few minutes later on CBS, Scott Pelley added, “Talk about unity. In one shot you have Jay-Z and Paul Ryan. I don’t know under what circumstances you would ever have those men in the same frame.”

The crew on Fox News also recognized the Ryan/Jay-Z shot, with Brit Hume adding, “By the way, she looks stunning!” To which Chris Wallace joked, “Watch out. Brent Musberger got in trouble for that my friend.”

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