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Networks Taking Obama Presser

At 1:30 PM ET, President Obama will be giving his first press conference in months, and the first since he won reelection just over a week ago.

The cable news channels will, as usual, be dedicating their programs in that hour to covering the conference, and the broadcasters will be breaking into regular programming to carry it as well.

NBC will have Brian Williams anchoring from New York, with David Gregory in Washington and Chuck Todd at the White House. CBS will have Scott Pelley anchoring. ABC will have Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring with Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl in Washington.

The President is expected to be asked about the Petraeus scandal, though any other subject is presumable also on the table.

Evening News Ratings: Week of November 5

Considering last week saw the presidential election, 2 of 3 evening newscasts didn’t see much — or any — lift. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” improved on its year-ago numbers up +10% in total viewers and up +5% in younger viewers. “World News with Diane Sawyer” was up less than +1% in total viewers and up +7% in the 25-54 demo. “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” which easily maintains first place in the evenings, was down -3% in total viewers and up +2% in younger viewers.

The ratings for CBS are based on four days, excluding Tuesday, Election Day. This was also the first week following the return to Standard Time which generally gives a boost to the evening newscasts.

Numbers for the week of November 5:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,106,000 8,342,000 7,094,000
• A25-54: 2,696,000 2,316,000 2,089,000

Bill Plante: Morale at CBS News Is ‘Sky-High’

It’s no secret — to the satisfaction of innumerable CBS’ers — that the past year has marked a return to the network’s hard news roots.  The evolution began in February of 2011, when Jeff Fager became news chairman, and David Rhodes division president.

Just a few months later, Scott Pelley was named anchor of the CBS Evening News. A revamped CBS This Morning debuted six months later.

TVNewser caught up with veteran White House correspondent Bill Plante in Chicago as he covered his 12th presidential election night. Plante, who has been with CBS since 1964, is among those pleased with the newsier focus.

“Needless to say, the morale of the whole news operation has been sky-high since Jeff and David took over,” Plante tells us. ”It’s represented a new focus on news. And that really excited the people who came into this business to do news.

“And we do a lot more hard news than we used to, both in the morning and evening. And that makes those of us who’ve been in this business a long time really happy.”

Plante has covered every presidential election going back to 1968, and says the political beat is never dull. “Politics is about people and power, and how they relate with one another to achieve it, and what they do with it.

“It’s fascinating to watch. It never ceases to be interesting.”

(Photo: Alissa Krinsky)

On Election Night, TV Networks Go Back to Basics

If there was an overarching theme of 2012′s election coverage, it was a simple one: back to basics.

With the exception of NBC and ABC’s somewhat dramatic and public coverage, most of the channels refrained from the public displays, and used technological gimmicks sparingly. CBS News coverage, anchored by Scott Pelley for the first time, occasionally relied on augmented reality graphics in Studio 57, but even they were subtle, little more than a modern take on the image that viewers at home see above the anchor’s shoulder. On CNN, gone were the holograms and dozens of analysts that made up the “best political team on television™”. Instead, viewers saw a smaller, tighter, more interesting group of analysts, and the only technology was John King‘s actually helpful “Magic Wall.”

On Fox News the mood was dour, and on MSNBC the mood was gleeful, but both networks kept it simple, with the hosts and analysts sitting behind the desks and talking about the results. After the call, Fox News had what many observers thought was the best TV of the night, with Karl Rove arguing that Ohio could be won, and Megyn Kelly walking to “The Decision Desk” to get their take. No special effects required, just a camera following her down the hallway.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of October 29

During a week which saw extensive coverage of Superstorm Sandy, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was the #1 choice in the evenings. “Nightly” drew 2+ million more viewers than an average week and saw it largest viewership since the first week of the London Olympics. “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” also saw large viewership increases for the week: +1.6 million more for ABC and +1.3 million more for CBS. It was “World News’s” best week since Feb. 2011. Year-over-year CBS is up the most in total viewers: +22%, NBC is up +16% and ABC is up +12%.

Numbers for the week of October 29:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 10,063,000 8,601,000 7,390,000
• A25-54: 2,650,000 1,960,000 1,810,000

’60 Minutes’ #3 Show for the Week with 16M Viewers

Sunday’s “60 Minutes” had its largest audience since January, drawing 16.3 million viewers to finish at # 3 for the week. The show, with the New York Giants – Pittsburgh Steelers lead-in finished at #3 in households with a 10.2/15 in that measurement. It was the program’s best delivery in viewers and households since January 8, 2012.

Sunday’s broadcast featured Steve Kroft’s report on the partisan gridlock in the U.S. Senate, part I of Morley Safer’s interview with historian/author David McCullough (part II is next Sunday) and Scott Pelley’s profile of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Steve Kroft on his Interview with Senate Leaders: ‘They Didn’t Answer Almost Any Questions’

Who had the harder interview tonight on “60 Minutes?” Scott Pelley during his profile of NFL MVP Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers — we learned he’s quite sensitive about his height, and doesn’t want to talk much about the bounty scandal — or Steve Kroft who sat down with Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY)? If you ask Kroft, he did. Exasperating is one way to put it. Here’s Kroft talking about it in “60 Minutes Overtime.”

CBS News Election Night Plans

“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley will lead CBS’ election night coverage next week. CBS coverage will run from 7 PM-2AM, and will utilize eight studios in the CBS Broadcast Center in New York, including Studio 57, the newest studio and the home of “CBS This Morning.”

Joining Pelley will be “Face the Nation” moderator Bob Schieffer, “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Norah O’Donnell and CBS news political director John Dickerson. In addition, Byron Pitts will report from the “60 Minutes” studio, where he will “use virtual reality models of the House and Senate to explain the impact key races.” Anthony Mason will be in Studio 57, where he will report on exit polls using “augmented reality” graphics.

Jan Crawford will be at Romney HQ in Boston, with Nancy Cordes in Obama HQ in Chicago. In the field Dean Reynolds will report from Ohio, Anna Werner will report from Nevada, Elaine Quijano will report from Florida, Barry Petersen will report from Colorado and Wyatt Andrews will report from Virginia.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of October 22

As the network evening newscasts continue what will be days of coverage of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, the ratings from last week are in. And it shows a similar trend to previous weeks, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” remains #1 while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is showing the most growth. Compared to the same week last year Pelly’s broadcast is up +7% in total viewers. #2 “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” is up +1%, while “Nightly” is down -6%. All three shows are down in younger viewers.

Numbers for the week of October 15:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,026,000 7,587,000 6,370,000
• A25-54: 2,211,000 1,890,000 1,704,000

Scott Pelley Evacuates Live Location Just Before Sandy Destroys It

Scott Pelley had to evacuate his live location in Allenhurst, NJ just after last night’s “CBS Evening News.” As Pelley anchored from the deck of Mr. C’s Beach Bistro, his team was using the restaurant as a work space. Around 7:15, the police chief told them they had to get out. They scrambled to pack up and leave and not long after, the Bistro washed into the Atlantic. Pelley broadcast the network’s 10pm special from the Allenhurst Fire Department, where he interviewed the chief who demanded their evacuation. Pelley thanked him and then asked him have there been any injuries or loss of life. “No. Thank God, and thank God it wasn’t you folks,” said the chief.

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