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Evening News Ratings: Week of June 16

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Wiliams” wins the week of June 16 in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. “Nightly News” was up +6% in viewers vs. the same week last year and is posting its biggest season-to-date audience (9.133 million) since the 2005-06 season. The NBC newscast was down -4% in the demo year-over-year.

ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” was up +1% in viewers and up +4% in the demo and has narrowed its season margin with “Nightly News” in the demo nearly in half (-48% – 166,000 vs. 318,000) compared to its season margin from the same point last year.

The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” showed the most growth of all three broadcasts, in both viewers and the demo: up +7% in viewers and up +9% in the demo compared to the same week last year.

Numbers for the week of June 16, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,992,000 6,979,000 6,044,000
• A25-54: 1,827,000 1,793,000 1,453,000

The Morning Ticker: Will, ‘Hill,’ Pelley

  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has dropped Fox News contributor George Will from its columnist ranks after he wrote a column on rape and progressivism. “The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it,” the paper’s editor wrote.

  • MSNBC airs another edition of “Taking the Hill” Sunday at 1pmET. Host and Iraq War veteran Patrick Murphy interviews actor Martin Sheen—whose brother is a Vietnam veteran—about the importance of group recovery for struggling veterans.

  • Scott Pelley reported from Jordan last night for “CBS Evening News,” where he’s on assignment covering a refugee camp holding Syrian refugees. “Once they saw the cut in the border, they surged ahead, as though one more second in Syria would claim their children,” Pelley said about 300 refugees who trekked to Jordan.

Evening News Ratings: Week of June 9

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week of June 9 in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo, with its best younger viewer delivery since late April.

ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” showed the most viewership growth compared to the same week last year (+7%), and was the only broadcast to grow in the younger demo (+11%).

“Nightly News” was up +4% in viewers and down -11% in the demo, while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up +4% in viewers and down -7% in the demo.

NBC’s average is based on three days (Mon.-Wed.) because of sports coverage. ABC’s average is based on three days (Mon., Wed. and Fri.) because of the NBC finals. CBS is based on five days.

Numbers for the week of June 9, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,440,000 7,265,000 6,048,000
• A25-54: 2,005,000 1,902,000 1,371,000

Pres. Obama: ‘We Will Not Be Sending U.S. Troops Back Into Combat in Iraq’

President Obama delivered a statement on Iraq from the South Lawn of the White House shortly before noon. The broadcast and cable networks all provided live coverage of his remarks on the increased violence in the region.

On NBC, David Gregory anchored from Washington with Peter Alexander at the White House and Richard Engel in Iraq. David Muir anchored for ABC, joined by Terry Moran in Northern Iraq. CBS’ special report was anchored by Scott Pelley in New York with Major Garrett at the White House.

As for the cable networks: Wolf Blitzer anchored on CNN, with Arwa Damon in Iraq. Eric Shawn and Uma Pemmaraju anchored on Fox News, joined by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier from Washington. On MSNBC, Tamron Hall anchored with Chuck Todd contributing.

Obama said he is weighing the options for U.S. military support in Iraq, but ruled out using ground forces in the conflict. “We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options,” he said.

CBS, ABC, NBC Among 2014 Murrow Award Winners

murrows-2014With eight overall awards, CBS News led the way in the RTDNA’s 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The Overall Excellence award, which last year went to Vancouver, BC’s Global News, was awarded to ABC News.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” won best newscast, feature reporting, and writing. “60 Minutes” won best investigative reporting for its “lethal medicine” report, which examined a steroid that spurred a deadly outbreak of meningitis.

The CBS newsmagazine also won best news series for its Guantanamo Bay report, where Lesley Stahl was granted rare access to the prison camp. The network also won three radio awards.

In addition to top honors, ABC News won best continuing coverage for its Oklahoma tornado coverage. The network also won in the hard news reporting category, recognized for “Nightline’s” “Raid in the Philippines” reporting, which investigated underage trafficking and prostitution in Subic Bay. ABC also won two radio awards, including for overall excellence.

NBC News won best breaking news coverage for its Boston Marathon bombing reporting. “Dateline” was recognized for best use of sound and video for its “Into the Death Zone” report which followed three young people trying to conquer Everest.

TVSpy reports on the regional award winners.

Evening News Ratings: Week of June 2

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week in total viewers while ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer wins again in the demo. It was the sixth time in the last nine weeks that ABC’s broadcast has won among younger viewers.

Sawyer also showed the most growth of the three evening newscasts in both viewers and the A25-54 demo. Compared to the same week last year “World News” was up +7% in viewers and up +13% in the demo. “Nightly” is up +2% in viewers but down -4% in the demo. The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up +4% in viewers but down -8% in the demo.

NBC is based on a 4-day average, with Wednesday excluded because of the NHL playoffs. ABC is also based on 4 days, with Thursday excluded due to the NBA playoffs.

Numbers for the week of June 2, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,705,000 7,471,000 5,937,000
• A25-54: 1,857,000 1,936,000 1,387,000

Barbara Walters to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbara WaltersThe Barbara Walters send-off continues. On Tuesday, Quinnipiac University will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the veteran journalist at the university’s annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award luncheon.

This is just the second time the Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented. It was awarded to first amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, father of ABC’s Dan Abrams, in 2008.

“We are presenting the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Walters for a very simple reason,” says Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac. “She epitomizes the characteristics we want our students to develop: an endless curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and truth, regardless of whether it’s in an interview with a president, a pop star, or a person suspected of a crime, and a willingness to work harder than the next 10 competitors.”

The School of Communications has presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, bearing the name of the former CBS News president, since 1994.

Previous recipients include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Charles Gibson, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, Martha Raddatz and Scott Pelley.

Evening News Ratings: Week of May 26

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News Brian Williams” is back on top in the A25-54 demo after losing the month of May to ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.” “Nightly” had its biggest advantage over “World News” in the demo since the week of March 31.

But for the week, “World News” was the only broadcast to grow that younger audience, up +5%, while “Nightly” was flat and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -3% compared to the same week last year.

In total viewers, Williams’ broadcast was #1 and was up +5% vs. last year. Sawyer’s broadcast grew +3% while Pelley’s “Evening News” was down -3%.

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, all the broadcast averages are based on four days, Tuesday-Friday.

Numbers for the week of May 26, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,107,000 7,299,000 6,010,000
• A25-54: 2,004,000 1,903,000 1,513,000

Bill Plante on His ‘Fabulous Vantage Point for History’ During 50 Years with CBS

BPlanteCBSOn June 1, 1964, 26 year-old Bill Plante reported to work as a new correspondent for CBS News in New York.

He’d spend the next five decades with the network, traveling to Vietnam and Iceland, to Moscow and Teheran.  He’d cover every presidential campaign from 1968 on, and serve as a White House correspondent for four Presidents.

On the occasion of his 50th anniversary with CBS, Plante spoke with TVNewser, telling us his work has given him “a fabulous vantage point for history and for watching politics. I love it.”

So much so, he has no plans to retire. “I don’t have one of those wall calendars where I’m ‘x’ing’ out the days until I can go to an island somewhere,” Plante jokes.

He’s enjoying his job and proud of a news division he feels is re-energized by a return to its hard-news roots.  “All of us who’ve been around here for a long time have lived through the various phases of CBS News, some of which we liked better than others. The current phase,” he pauses to emphasize, “we like a lot.”

He cites the “CBS Evening News,” helmed by network homegrown Scott Pelley, as an example. Plante also mentions “CBS This Morning,” adding that the show’s competitors are ”all kind of doing entertainment.”

“I learned from people like [Mike] Wallace, [Walter] Cronkite, from many others,” he reflects. “I learned what was expected of good reporters. It isn’t something you can commodify easily, but you watch them work, and you see what their standards are…and you hold yourself to those same standards.”

He says CBS News maintains that journalistic integrity, declining to comment specifically about accusations of political bias at the network by former colleague Sheryl Attkisson.  ”I think we make a major effort to play it down the middle,” Plante says about the news division in general.

“I’ve never had anybody, in the last five years of covering this administration, or for that matter, the previous one, suggest that we go easy or go hard [on a particular President].”

The White House beat, and his time on the campaign trail, have provided some of the most memorable moments for Plante, along with covering the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War.

But the years of travel came at a price.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of May 19 & May Sweeps

EveningNewsNewABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” has won its first May sweep in the younger demo in 7 years. It’s the first victory in any sweeps month in more than 6 years for “World News” — since February 2008.

ABC topped “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” by +42,000 A25-54 viewers. Williams’s broadcast, meanwhile, won the month in total viewers with its biggest May sweep audience and widest lead over “World News” in three years.

All three broadcasts were up among total viewers with NBC and ABC up +6% and CBS up +5%. But “World News” was the only broadcast to show demo viewer growth compared to May 2013. Sawyer’s show was up +9%, while “Nightly” was down -6% and the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -2%. In fact, this is the lowest May sweep since at least 1991 (when the keeping of electronic records began), for both NBC and CBS in the A25-54 demo.

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For the week of May 19, “World News” wins in the demo with a +106,000 viewer lead on “Nightly News,” while “Nightly” takes total viewers with a +467,000 viewer lead on “World News.” All three newscasts were down in viewers and the demo compared to the same week last year, which saw extended coverage of that deadly tornado in Moore, OK.

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