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Evening News Ratings: Week of September 10

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week, but only “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” added viewers compared to the same week last year.

“World News” was up +5% in Total Viewers while “NBC Nightly News” was down -1% and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was flat. The ABC show had its best week in 6 months — since the week of February 27. All three shows shed younger viewers compared to the year-ago week.

“Evening News” is based on four days due to the U.S. Open Final.

  • Numbers for the week of Sept. 10, 2012:
NBC ABC CBS
Total Viewers 8,150,000 7,595,000 5,735,000
A25-54 2,153,000 1,831,000 1,537,000

CBS CEO: Scott Pelley’s Ratings An Improvement Over Predecessor ‘Whose name I will not mention’

CBS CEO Les Moonves spoke at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch media conference today, and talked briefly about CBS News.

“The status of CBS News right now is much higher than it was two or three years ago, Scott Pelley’s ratings are up significantly from what his predecessor’s, whose name I will not mention,” Moonves said, referring to Katie Couric. “The morning show is significantly,  qualitatively a better show, the ratings are up a little bit. [the news divison] is in profit.”

Moonves was also asked about the long-rumored deal between CNN and CBS News.

“Are you referring to one [network] in particular that is having some struggles over there?” Moonves quipped in response to a question about the talks. “At the time it didn’t seem to make sense, economically. It is tough to do joint ventures with big media companies,  are there shared services that could be done? Probably.

For any of these troubled networks, they can reach out and we will take their calls,” he added.

’60 Minutes’ SEAL Interview Most-Watched Non-Football Show Last Week

Sunday’s “60 Minutes” which devoted its entire hour to an interview with a former Navy SEAL recounting the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden, was the 7th most-watched show of the week. The top six shows were wither football games, or pre- and post-football shows.

More than 12.3 million viewers watched Scott Pelley‘s interview. That’s up +52% in viewers and up +55% in the A25-54 demo compared to the same night last year.

“60″ went head-to-head with two of the top shows of the week, Sunday Night Football on NBC — which was the most-watched Sunday night NFL game ever — and the end of the 49ers-Packers late game on Fox.

Evening News Ratings: Week of September 3

The evening news race ends typically for the week of Sept. 3. “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was #1, followed by “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” and the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” With the broadcasts originating from the DNC, compared to the same week last year, all were down in total viewers. And only Pelley’s Evening News saw an uptick in the younger demo +6,000 viewers/+.4%.

Monday’s shows are excluded from the averages due to the Labor Day holiday. Wednesday’s “Nightly News” and Friday’s “Evening News” are removed from the average due to NFL football and U.S. Open tennis, respectively.

  • Numbers for the week of Sept. 3, 2012:
NBC ABC CBS
Total Viewers 7,685,000 7,409,000 5,581,000
A25-54 2,013,000 1,762,000 1,605,000

CBS Slides Sunday Start Times

If you DVRd “60 Minutes” Sunday night hoping to see Scott Pelley‘s interview with the former Navy SEAL, and you got the finish of the U.S. Open instead (guilty), CBS is sorry. And they’re going to fix that. The network will now list the start times of Sunday’s primetime a half hour later in the Eastern and Central time zones when there’s an NFL doubleheader. So “60 Minutes” will now be listed as starting at 7:30ET instead of 7ET. But just in case — in the event of an OT game — you might want to DVR the next show (“Amazing Race”) to make sure you get the whole thing.

Without Naming the Network, Scott Pelley Mentions ‘Cable News Channel’ that Named Navy SEAL

Tonight’s “60 Minutes” devoted the entire hour to Scott Pelley‘s interview with former Navy SEAL Team 6 member Mark Owen – not his real name — who’s written the first and only public account of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. “Owen” was in the first Blackhawk that crashed landed in Bin Laden’s compound, he was one of two SEALs who shot Bin Laden, and he was the one that took the photos of a dead Bin Laden. While The Pentagon is not pleased with “No Easy Day” —  they say Owen violated a secrecy agreement — Owen tells Pelley he’s “had nothing but an outpouring of support from the guys who know me.”

At the close of tonight’s show, Pelley also said:

When word of the book came out last month, a cable news channel learned Mark Owen’s real name and reported it. Since then, others have reported his name. We will not.

Without naming the network, Pelley is referring to Fox News. Interestingly, the person who wrote the story on FoxNews.com is Pentagon producer Justin Fishel, the grandson of the late, longtime “60 Minutes” essayist Andy Rooney. Pelley was one of a few CBS colleagues who spoke at Rooney’s memorial service earlier this year.

Scott Pelley Gets First Post-DNC Interview With Pres. Obama

President Obama will give his first post-DNC interview to “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley tomorrow in St. Petersburg, FL. Excerpts will run on “Face the Nation” Sunday and “CBS This Morning” Monday, with the full interview to air on the “CBS Evening News” next week.

Mitt Romney sat down today with Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier, where he reacts to the President’s address.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of August 27

As Hurricane Isaac washed ashore and the Republican delegates met in Tampa, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was the #1 choice for viewers. “Nightly” drew 700,000 more viewers than #2 “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.”

However, last Tuesday, the first night of the RNC, “World News” was No. 1 in A25-54 viewers, ahead of “Nightly” by 87,000 viewers. “Nightly” still won the week in the demo by 170,000 viewers.

Most improved goes the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” which had the largest Total Viewer (+4%) and younger viewer (+7%) gains compared to the same week last year.

“Evening News” is based on three days: Mon-Wed, because of pre-season football on Thursday and U.S. Open coverage on Friday.

  • Numbers for the week of August 27, 2012:
NBC ABC CBS
Total Viewers 7,944,000 7,249,000 6,036,000
A25-54 2,063,000 1,893,000 1,745,000

50 Years of ‘Evening News’ Now with Scott Pelley at the Helm

It is 6:25 PM, and Scott Pelley is calmly reading notes, as he fiddles with his glasses in his right hand. Next to the “CBS Evening News” anchor, his colleague and “Face the Nation” moderator Bob Schieffer waits for the program to begin. We are in what was once a skybox in the Time Warner Cable Arena. As usual with the political conventions, they have been transformed into television studios and production offices, with the small space filled with people and equipment.

The lead story on this evening’s newscast was an excerpt from Pelley’s interview with the Navy SEAL who wrote the tell-all book about the Osama bin Laden raid. The Pentagon announced that he revealed classified information, and threatened to take action just hours earlier.

It was a huge get for Pelley, and for “60 Minutes,” which has had more than its fair share of huge gets.

“We had been working on it for six weeks, maybe two months,” Pelley told me after the program. His name already changed for the “60″ story, one of his other concerns was his appearance, which had to be disguised. The traditional methods weren’t enough.

“He was scared for his safety,” Pelley said. “We told him we wouldn’t turn on the cameras until he was satisfied with his appearance.”

The end result, Pelley said, was “amazing.”

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For SEAL Interview, CBS News Protects Identity With a Little Hollywood Magic

Remember the good old days, when confidential sources would have their identities protected by a opaque screen and a light, or a blurred face?

Welcome to TV news in the 21st century. CBS News wanted to protect the identity of “Mark Owen,” the Navy SEAL who wrote the book detailing the Osama Bin Laden raid for his interview with “60 Minutes.” To do so, they didn’t turn to a computer or screen: they turned to Hollywood.

“We hired some of the best makeup people, who do all of the big Hollywood movies and special effects,” “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley said on “CBS This Morning.” “I had hours and hours of meetings with this man over the last many weeks, but when he walked onto the set to shoot the interview I didn’t recognize him.”

Check out the clip below. Can you tell if any special effects makeup was used?

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