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Scott Pelley on Pre-Super Bowl Presidential Interview: ‘I would be surprised if they didn’t take advantage of this remarkable opportunity’

CBS is going big for this year’s Super Bowl in New Orleans February 3. As we have previously reported, every unit of the company will be represented, with four different sets in the city’s famous Jackson Square.

“CBS This Morning,” “Face the Nation” and the “CBS Evening News” will be live in New Orleans leading up to the game. TVNewser spoke to “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley at the CBS Broadcast Center today, following a Super Bowl press conference.

Pelley says that the White House has yet to confirm the traditional pre-Super Bowl Presidential 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.”

“Every White House waits until the last minute, because you never know what is going to be on the President’s plate any given day,” added Pelley, who will do the honors if it comes together. Katie Couric interviewed Pres. Obama the last time CBS broadcast the Super Bowl in 2010.

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves introduced the room to “CBS This Morning’s” Charlie Rose by gently ribbing him on his penchant for staying out late in the New York social scene:

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Evening News Ratings: Week of December 31

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” begins 2013 with another ratings win, but “Nightly” was flat compared to the same week last year, while “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” and the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” were up. ABC was up +6% in total viewers and CBS was up +9% in total viewers during the holiday week. “Nightly” still commanded a half million viewer lead on ABC and 1.6 million lead on CBS.

ABC’s and CBS’ averages are based on 3 days (Wed-Fri), while NBC’s averages are based on 4 days (Tues-Fri).

Numbers for the week of December 31, 2012:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,896,000 8,475,000 7,241,000
• A25-54: 2,447,000 2,095,000 2,024,000

Evening News Ratings: Week of December 24

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” caps off 2012 with another ratings win: its 172th consecutive total viewer win and 214th win among younger viewers. “Nightly” drew +10% more viewers than “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” and +26% more than “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

Pelley’s broadcast, however, was the most improved: up +17% in total viewers and up +6% in younger viewers. All three networks were up in total viewers compared to the same week last year. Only “World News” was down slightly in the demo: -2%.

All three newscasts are based on a 3-day average (Wed-Fri).

Numbers for the week of December 24, 2012:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,097,000 8,272,000 7,246,000
• A25-54: 2,504,000 2,110,000 1,912,000

Gayle King: ‘I’m a big, big, big TV news junkie’

“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King is the latest subject of The Atlantic Wire’s “What I Read.” King details her daily media diet and shares her thoughts on some of her favorite newscasters:

I have a TV in every single room of my house. I’m a big, big, big TV news junkie. I think it starts with my background in local news. I love the news. My DNA is very news driven and news oriented. I like Lori Stokes. I see her in the morning. She’s on ABC. At our place I like Terrell Brown. That’s my morning team that I tune into see. I like Scott Pelley for evening news because I’m a team player. I always like to see what we’re doing. I’m a big Anderson Cooper fan. I like to watch his show at night it’s really great to catch up on the day’s news with Anderson. He seems to cover all the bases, or certainly things I’m interested in, whether it’s a local story breaking news or national breaking news. I find I can get a lot out of his show. CNN is big for me, MSNBC is big, and during the campaign I was watching Fox because I was curious to see what they were saying.

Evening News Ratings: Week of December 17

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” both improved their audiences compared to the same week last year. #1 “Nightly News” was up +6% in total viewers and up +3% in younger viewers while #3 “Evening News” was up +8% / +2%.

“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” which has a million viewer lead over the Pelley broadcast, was down -3% / -7% vs. last year.

Numbers for the week of December 17, 2012:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,133,000 7,944,000 6,951,000
• A25-54: 2,397,000 2,082,000 1,855,000


Jim Axelrod on Newtown and Anchoring the Saturday ‘Evening News’

As we reported earlier this month, CBS News has tapped Jim Axelrod as the permanent anchor of the Saturday edition of the “CBS Evening News.” His first official day on the job was last weekend, when he anchored from Newtown, Connecticut. We spoke to Axelrod this week about the media coverage in Newtown, and what he has in store for the Saturday “Evening News.”

Axelrod, who has young children himself, said that Newtown was one of the hardest stories he has ever covered.

“I have been to Afghanistan after 9/11, I have been to Iraq, I have walked across bridges with lots of dead bodies, but I have never been to a place where the sadness was as palpable and overwhelming as Newtown,” Axelrod said. “This is the first time ever in my career I had a Red Cross staffer walk over to the tent where all of the CBS personnel was, and ask ‘Hey, if you guys need to talk, we are here.’”

Axelrod noted that it was a challenge to balance reporting on the tragedy, and respecting the community that lost so much a week ago.

“We want certainly to keep people informed, but at a certain point, we need to be respectful, and allow this community to mourn,” Axelrod said. “They are not going to mourn with 300 television cameras on the sidewalks.”

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Broadcasters Plan Coverage Of Obama Shooting Statement

At around 11:45 AM, president Obama is scheduled to make a statement to the press announcing that Vice President Biden will be leading the administration’s response to the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT last Friday. He is also expected to outline some basic measures to ensure that it does not happen again.

Obama will make the statement from the James Brady briefing room, which is named after Ronald Reagan’s press secretary James Brady, who was paralyzed after being shot during an assassination attempt on the former President.

The “big three” broadcast networks will all be breaking into regular programming to cover the statement live.

For ABC, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor from New York with Jake Tapper reporting from the White House and Amy Robach In Newtown, Connecticut For CBS, Scott Pelley will anchor from New York. NBC will be covering the statement as well.

’60 Minutes’ (at just 35 Minutes) Has Biggest Audience in 4 Years

“60 Minutes” — which wasn’t quite 60 minutes — made Nielsen’s Top 10 list for the third consecutive week, landing at #2 with 19.63 million total viewers, its largest audience in four years. The show got a boost from the overtime Dallas Cowboys – Pittsburgh Steelers game and was shortened to about 35 minutes in half the country due to live coverage of Pres. Obama’s address at a memorial service in Newtown, CT which began at 8:35pmET

The show featured Scott Pelley’s report on the massacre in Newtown and Lesley Stahl’s story on the largest marine salvage operation ever undertaken to float the wreck of the Costa Concordia.

The CBS News magazine also finished at #2 for the week in households and in Adults 25-54 (6.7/15).

Evening News Ratings: Week of December 10

A busy news week that was capped by Friday’s tragedy in Newtown, CT sent viewers to the evening newscasts last week boosting the averages of all three programs. A combined average of 24.9 million viewers — the most in three weeks — tuned into the three broadcast network newscasts last week.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” maintained its No. 1 ranking, and was up the most compared to the same week last year in younger viewers: +17%. No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up the most in total viewers: +13% and also up +13% in the younger demo. “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was up +7% in viewers and up +8% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of December 10:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,415,000 8,345,000 7,152,000
• A25-54: 2,693,000 2,169,000 2,027,000

’60 Minutes’ Begins Newtown Story By Acknowledging Inaccurate Early Reports

Scott Pelley led off last night’s “60 Minutes” with an eyewitness retelling of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary from the school’s nurse. Pelley’s introduction acknowledged the inaccurate reporting on CBS and other networks and news sites in the hours after Friday morning’s massacre. Pelley:

We were told that the gunman’s mother was a teacher at the school, that he was allowed in because he was recognized, and that he targeted his mother’s classroom with two handguns. Tonight we know that all of that is wrong.

Here’s Pelley’s report:

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