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The Morning Ticker: Dateline, Pelley, Damon

  • NBC’s “Dateline” is adding a Saturday edition. Beginning this weekend, the 2-hour Saturday Night Mysteries promises to feature “fascinating characters and suspenseful twists-and-turns.” The dean of Saturday night true crime, CBS’s “48 Hours,” is often the No. 1 show of the night on broadcast TV. ABC’s “20/20″ also recently added a Saturday edition.

  • “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley tells SFGate that while the way we get news has changed, the basics hasn’t: “I tell young people these days it doesn’t matter if you’re carving on a stone tablet or a glass tablet: The rules of storytelling have not changed.”

  • CNN foreign correspondent Arwa Damon was honored by Oxfam for her “fearless reporting on conflict and humanitarian disasters in Syria” last night. In an interview with FishbowlDC Damon says of her career path: “I chose this life. I chose this work, and I don’t regret any of it.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of February 24 & February Sweeps

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” topped “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” by 1.2 million total viewers and 92,000 A25-54 viewers for the week of February 24. Sawyer’s broadcast, in turn, topped “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” by 1.2 million total viewers and 481,000 demo viewers.

In the first week after the Sochi Olympics, NBC’s audience was +3% larger than its first week after the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and +2% larger than the first week after the 2006 Turino Olympics.

Compared to the same week last year, “Nightly” was up +7% in total viewers and flat in the demo. “World News” was flat in total viewers and up +2% in the demo, while “Evening News” was up +5% and down -9%, respectively.

Numbers for the week of February 23, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,642,000 8,438,000 7,246,000
• A25-54: 2,366,000 2,274,000 1,793,000

 

 

 

As for the February sweep: Read more

Cable News Networks Cover Pres. Obama Ukraine Announcement

Cable news networks pivoted this afternoon to President Obama speaking on the tumultuous situation involving Ukraine and Russia, as armed men believed to be sent by Russian President Vladamir Putin have taken over two airports in Crimea.

>More: Brian Williams and Scott Pelley are also on the air for NBC News and CBS News special coverage.

>More: President Obama spoke for just under three minutes, saying he is deeply concerned by reports of Russia’s military making movements inside Ukraine, and that the U.S. will stand with the international community against military intervention in Ukraine.

>Update: MSNBC aired an incorrect map that placed Czechoslovakia next to Ukraine. Problem is, that country hasn’t existed since the early 90′s.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of February 17

EveningNewsNewAfter experiencing 9-year highs earlier this month, evening news viewership leveled off last week. And with the approach of spring and the return to daylight saving time a week from Sunday, viewership is likely to fall off a bit more.

All three newscasts were down in both total viewers and demo viewers from the week prior. Compared to the same week last year, and with the lift from the Sochi Olympics, only “Nightly News with Brian Williams” saw growth: up +10% in viewers and up +2% in the demo. “World News with Diane Sawyer” was down -5% in viewers and down -2% in the demo while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -3% in viewers and down -13% in the demo.

Following a big first week from Sochi — its best week in 9 years, topping the first week averages of the past four Olympics — “Nightly” experienced Olympic viewer fatigue last week, with viewership down -10% from week one.

On Friday, “World News” came in first in the younger demo, its first daily win over “Nightly News” during a Winter Olympics since Feb. 23, 2006, during the Torino games.

Due to Presidents’ Day, “CBS Evening News” was coded as a special and is excluded from the weekly averages. NBC and ABC are based on all five days.

Numbers for the week of February 17, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 10,398,000 8,012,000 7,129,000
• A25-54: 2,610,000 2,212,000 1,810,000


‘Evening News’ Director Eric Shapiro Retires After 51 Years at CBS

Eric Shapiro and Jeff FagerVeteran CBS News director Eric Shapiro will direct his last “Evening News” broadcast tonight — 51 years to the day after he first joined the network as a mail room employee.

CBS News staffers gathered for a champagne toast honoring Shapiro after “Evening News” Thursday night. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley were on hand to praise the veteran director, who has worked with every anchor since Walter Cronkite and has directed all of the network’s political coverage since 1992.

“I can’t possibly have had a more exciting and gratifying career. I have been to some amazing places and have met many fascinating people along the way. I have witnessed first-hand television news’s coming of age (along with my own!),” Shapiro wrote in a goodbye note to CBS staffers. “But the most satisfying part for me has been the honor and privilege of working with all of you…the most talented and professional journalists, broadcasters and craftspeople in our industry.”

Read Shapiro’s full note after the jump. Read more

Evening News Ratings: Week of February 10

EveningNewsNewA strong week for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” during the first full week of the Sochi Olympic games, and for the evening newscasts overall, with more than 28 million people tuning in, keeping up the momentum from last week’s nine-year high mark.

Broadcasting from Olympic Park in Russia, “Nightly” topped its first week performance compared to the 2010 Vancouver games in viewers, up +5%, but was down -8% vs. week one in the A25-54 demo.

All three broadcasts were up year-over-year with NBC up the most in total viewers (+30%) and demo viewers (+34%) compared to the same week last year.  “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was up +6% in total viewers and up +8% in the demo. The ABC broadcast also finished the week stronger than during week one in Vancouver. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley was up +12% in total viewers and +3% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of February 10, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 11,609,000 8,839,000 7,951,000
• A25-54: 3,180,000 2,390,000 2,122,000

 

Most-Watched Week in 9 Years for the Network Evening Newscasts

EveningNewsNewNearly 29 million people tuned in to the evening newscasts last week, making it the most-watched week in more than 9 years, since Jan. 17, 2005, when a combined 29.937 million tuned in during a week which included Pres. George W. Bush‘s second inauguration.

The most-recent high water mark was 28.460 million who watched during the week of January 31, 2011.

It was the most-watched week for both “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” since that week in 2011 which was the beginning of the uprising in Cairo.

It was the most-watched week for “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelleysince Sept. 2006, the week Katie Couric debuted on that broadcast.

Williams and Pelley tied in year-over-year viewership growth: both up +14%. Sawyer was up the most among younger viewers, growing ABC’s audience by +19% vs. the same week last year.

Williams began anchoring from Sochi, Russia on Thursday. Ann Curry filled in during Williams’ travels on Wednesday. “Nightly” is down slightly versus the week before the Vancouver Olympics: down -1% in viewers and down -17% in the demo. But it was during that week in 2010, that “Nightly News” drew its biggest audience in 5 years.

Numbers for the week of February 3, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 10,973,000 9,491,000 8,522,000
• A25-54: 2,951,000 2,763,000 2,266,000

Evening News Ratings: Week of January 27

EveningNewsNewThe three evening newscasts had their best week in three years last week as winter’s cold grip keeps millions of viewers inside and tuned in. A combined 28.23 million viewers watched one of the three newscasts last week, the most since the week of January 31, 2011.

All three broadcasts were up week-to-week and year-over-year with “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” showing the most growth in viewers (+20%) and “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer up the most in the demo (+21%) compared to the same week last year. In fact, Sawyer’s broadcast ranked #1 Monday and Wednesday among younger viewers with Monday’s broadcast seeing its best demo viewership since Feb. 1, 2011.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was tops again in both measurements and also seeing double digit growth: +12% in viewers and +11% in the demo. With a series of winter storms affecting much of the nation this week, and Williams anchoring form the Winter Olympics in Sochi beginning Thursday, the evening newscasts could see another banner week.

Numbers for the week of January 27, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 10,474,000 9,400,000 8,357,000
• A25-54: 2,821,000 2,703,000 2,296,000


ABC Has ‘Exclusive’ Sochi Report … Two Days After it Aired on CBS

sochi whistleblower CBS ABC

With the Sochi Olympics set to start a week from today, ABC News has been touting an “exclusive investigation” into charges of corruption at the Games. For a report that aired on “World News” and “Nightline” Wednesday, Brian Ross interviewed a whistleblower who says there’s a contract on his life because he spoke out about the corruption.

Interesting? Yes. Exclusive? No. CBS News’ Mark Phillips interviewed the man, Valery Morozov, for a similar report that aired on “Evening News” Monday. Both reports featured b-roll of Morozov walking with his dog, and both reports were introduced — by Scott Pelley on CBS and by George Stephanopoulos on ABC — using the exact same phrase: “rampant corruption.”

Watch both reports after the jump. Read more

President Obama Delivers 2014 State of the Union Address

President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address is being broadcast tonight on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Fusion, Al Jazeera, Fox Business, CNBC, Bloomberg and C-SPAN, as well as the Spanish-language networks.

Brian Williams, Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos and Shepard Smith are in Washington D.C. anchoring on the broadcast networks. (They all attended the White House’s annual pre-SOTU lunch for journalists today.) For more on who’s anchoring where, here are the plans for the broadcast networks and the cable networks.

9:20 p.m.: Here’s a look across the cable networks as the President’s speech gets underway:

9:34 p.m.: #foxnewsCHAT, #TheBlazeSOTU and #NBCPolitics are trending on Twitter.

10:20 p.m.: Obama wraps up his speech. On CNN, Jake Tapper announces he will interview with the President this week. Tapper’s interview will air Friday on “New Day” and “The Lead,” two days ahead of Bill O’Reilly‘s pre-Super Bowl sit-down with Obama.

We’ll have more, including ratings, tomorrow.

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