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A (Very Important) Day In The Life of Scott Pelley

Broadcasting & Cable‘s Andrea Morabito shadowed “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley for a few days as the anchor celebrated his one-year anniversary at the news program (subscription required).

Morabito weaves a compelling “tick tock” of the day, including all of Pelley’s meetings with producers, and his daily early afternoon workout. She also describes how he splits his time between the “Evening News” and “60 Minutes,” which has offices across the street from the CBS Broadcast Center. Along the way, she reveals this fascinating tidbit:

He has come for an 11 a.m. meeting with Harry Radliffe, a 60 Minutes producer, with Bill Harwood, CBS News’ NASA consultant, on the phone, to discuss an email complaint Pelley received from Neil Armstrong—yes, that Neil Armstrong—late the night before. The former astronaut is upset with what he argues was a misrepresenting of his congressional testimony in a piece Pelley did on the SpaceX company. Armstrong claims he has been trying to reach 60 Minutes for months without success, which distresses Pelley.

After a 15-minute meeting, it is agreed that the reporting of the segment was solid, but Pelley still wants to publicly acknowledge Armstrong’s response, either on the Website or on-air, given his prominence. Pelley instructs the two others to draft a letter to Armstrong that he can review later that day.

There are lots of great moments in the piece, but this one, involving CBS CEO Les Moonves, sticks out:

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Scott Pelley Marks One Year Anchoring ‘Evening News’: ‘We’re Going to Bring This Broadcast to No. 1′

It was one year ago today that Scott Pelley anchored his first “CBS Evening News.” The Pelley era has seen some ratings growth, with the broadcast up in both Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers compared to last year.  “I’ve got a lot of confidence that we’re going to bring this broadcast to No. 1,” Pelley told David Bauder of the Associated Press:

Pelley said his first priority was to set a new tone for the newscast, wanting it to be a place where a viewer could tune in and feel connected to the most important stories in the world each day. It has concentrated heavily on jobs and the economy, and now the European economic crisis, said Patricia Shevlin, the broadcast’s executive producer. One example this week was a story by reporter Clarissa Ward this week on economic problems in Spain. Pelley believes the broadcast has improved in all facets and tapped into a reservoir of talent at CBS News.

“These folks needed a little bit of direction,” Pelley said. “They needed to know where we were headed and once we communicated that to them, they have performed magnificently.”

The Texas native celebrated with the “Evening News” staffers at a Texas-style BBQ in the newsroom today:

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Evening News Ratings: Week of May 28

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week of May 28 with a +925,000 viewer lead on ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

Compared to the same week last year all three shows were up in Total Viewers but only “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up in younger viewers: +11%. Pelley joined the show one year ago tomorrow, June 6, 2011.

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, ABC’s and CBS’s averages are based on 4 days (Tues-Fri), while NBC’s is based on 3 days (Tues, Thurs, Fri) as NBC carried NHL Stanley Cup Game 1 on Wednesday.

  • Numbers for the week of May 28, 2012:
NBC ABC CBS
Total Viewers 7,869,000 6,944,000 5,846,000
A25-54 2,204,000 1,749,000 1,705,000

Evening News Ratings: Week of May 21 & May Sweeps

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week of May 21 — its 183rd straight week at #1 — as well as May sweeps, while #2 ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer” continues to make gains.

For the May sweep, “Nightly” held a +545,000 Total Viewer lead on “World News.” Last May sweep, the gap was +879,000, a decrease of -38%. The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” which marks one year on the air next week, is up +4% in Total Viewers since Pelley took over.

Compared to the same week last year, when the evening newscasts gave extensive coverage to the tornado in Joplin, MO, all three newscasts are down double digits in both total viewers and younger viewers. The coverage from Joplin as well as the death of Osama bin Laden and the aftermath of deadly storms in Alabama earlier in the month, also meant a drop in monthly viewership, compared to last year.

  • Numbers for the week of May 21, 2012:
NBC ABC CBS
Total Viewers 7,756,000 7,170,000 5,429,000
A25-54 2,124,000 1,813,000 1,491,000

 

  • Numbers for May, 2012:
NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers 7,757,000 7,212,000 5,682,000
• A25-54 2,111,000 1,881,000 1,618,000

Evening News Ratings: Week of May 14

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” maintained the top spot for the week of May 14, but “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” continues to keep the evening newscast ratings battle competitive.

“World News” had its smallest Total Viewer margin with “Nightly” in nine months (August 15, 2011) and won the A25-54 demographic on Friday, topping “Nightly” by 7,000 viewers.

“Nightly” and “World News,” along with “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” are all down compared to last week and to the same week last year.

Numbers for the week of May 14, 2012:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,518,000 7,142,000 5,492,000
• A25-54: 2,042,000 1,826,000 1,554,000

CBS, NBC Lead the Way in NABJ Nominations

The NABJ has announced the finalists for the 2012 Salute to Excellence Awards. CBS News leads the way this year, notching 12 nominations, including four for “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

NBC News is right on CBS’ heels with 10 nominations, including five for “Today,” which was the most-nominated show. ABC News received four nominations and PBS got one.

CNN, with four nominations, and Al Jazeera English, with two, were the only cable news networks to be nominated.

The winners will be announced at NABJ’s Salute to Excellence Gala on June 23 in New Orleans (a full list of the finalists is here). ABC’s Pierre Thomas will receive NABJ’s Journalist of the Year Award at the event.

David Letterman Asks Brian Williams About Scott Pelley and Diane Sawyer

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams made one of his regular pilgrimages to the Ed Sullivan Theater to appear on CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Williams is a regular on the late night comedy circuit, appearing with frequency on Letterman, “The Daily Show” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

This time, Letterman asked Williams to talk about his competitors, “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley, and “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer.

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After the jump, Williams steals cookies.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of May 7

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was the top evening news program in both total viewers and the younger demo last week, but only “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is showing year-over-year Total Viewer growth: +4%, while ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” was the only show to grow in younger viewers: +2%. “World News” also cut the year-to-year gaps with “Nightly News” in both Total Viewers (-50%) and A25-54 viewers (-68%).

Numbers for the week of May 7, 2012:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,952,000 7,371,000 5,728,000
• A25-54: 2,124,000 1,945,000 1,659,000

Networks to Carry President Obama’s Address From Afghanistan

President Obama will address the nation from Afghanistan at 7:30pmET tonight.The broadcast, cable and business networks are all planning to carry the remarks, expected to run about 10 minutes.

Brian Williams will anchor for NBC, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC, and Scott Pelley on CBS. Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier will anchor coverage on the Fox Broadcast Network. PBS will also have coverage of the speech during “NewsHour.”

Fox News, MSNBC and CNN will also carry the Presidential address live. Shepard Smith will anchor for FNC. The 7pmET hour of “Hardball with Chris Matthews” will be live on MSNBC. CNN will present a two-hour special report from 6-8pmET anchored by Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King and Erin Burnett. The speech will also air on Current TV.

For the business networks, Matt Miller will anchor on Bloomberg and Larry Kudlow will anchor on CNBC. Fox Business will also carry the address live.

Cable Networks Cover President Obama’s Surprise Trip to Afghanistan

In a surprise trip that coincides with the one-year anniversary of the U.S. mission that killed Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama touched down at Bagram Air Field in Kabul, Afghanistan, shortly after 1:50pmET this afternoon.

Fox News and MSNBC announced the news at the top of the 3pmET hour, with CNN right behind them at 3:01. As is customary when the President travels to a war zone, news of the trip was kept secret until after he landed in Kabul.

The networks also reported the news that Obama will address the nation at 7:30pmET. He is expected to announce an agreement to ensure military and financial support for Afghanistan beyond 2014, when the final U.S. combat troops are slated to withdraw.

>Update: On the broadcast side, NBC and CBS also offered special reports on the President’s trip. CBS was the first of the broadcast networks to break the news, offering a special report anchored by Scott Pelley at 2:58pmET. NBC reported the news with Kate Snow anchoring at 3:06pmET.

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