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CBSN Will Launch Tomorrow

CBSTVRe/code reports, and TVNewser confirms, that CBS will flip the switch on CBSN tomorrow, a streaming news network that will originate from CBS News HQ in New York. Jeff Glor, anchor of the Sunday edition of “CBS Evening News,” and CBS News correspondents Elaine Quijano and Michelle Miller, are among the CBS Newsers expected to contirbute. CBS Interactive head Jim Lanzone confirmed the plans during an interview with Re/Code’s Peter Kafka at the Web Summit in Dublin.

Here’s Your Guide to Election Night Coverage

bush-gore-hanging-chad-floridaThe cable and broadcast news networks will roll out election night sets, gizmos, and all-hands-on-deck teams tonight as midterm voters go to the polls. And for some races, it could be a late night.

TVNewser will be live blogging all night long covering the coverage, so send us your tips, observations, social media discoveries and screenshots.

Full network-by-network coverage plans, and links to our reports on each network’s lineups of analysts, after the jump.
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Evening News Ratings: Week of October 27

evening news_2014“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins another week in total viewers, while ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” wins among the younger demo. It’s “WNT’s” 11th win in a row in the demo, and 268th week at No.1 for Williams among total viewers.

Only No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” grew the demo audience, +2% compared to the same week last year. “Nightly” was down -10% and “WNT” was down -1%.

Among total viewers, Williams’ broadcast was up slightly over last year, Muir gained +4% in viewers and Pelley was down -2% in viewers.

Numbers for the week of Oct. 27, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 8,687,000 8,112,000 6,668,000
• A25-54: 1,918,000 1,981,000 1,593,000


Florida Boy Dresses as David Muir for Halloween

MuirHalloweenIronman, you have met your Halloween costume match. Haden Crews, a 9-year-old Lake City, FL boy decided to pass on the superhero trend this year, and dressed up as “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir instead.

Haden’s mom made the mic flag and press pass. He says he watches “World News Tonight” whenever he can, and told Muir today that the show should do more stories on the lava flow in Hawaii. And if it doesn’t, next year he’ll go as Scott Pelley. (We kid)

Haden’s also upset that Muir doesn’t still do weekends.

Navy Seal Under Criminal Investigation Following ’60 Minutes’ Interview

PelleySeal2Mark Owen — not his real name — is under investigation by the government for telling “60 Minutes” the story of the 2011 mission to kill Osama bin Laden.

Owen talks to CBS again, this Sunday, about how the government has come after him in the two years since his interview aired.

Owen says his then-lawyer advised him he did not need to clear his book, “No Easy Day,” or his “60 Minutes” interview, with the military. But eight weeks ago, as part of a newly-opened investigation, Owen was questioned for 10 hours by government investigators.

“I would go back overseas today and deal with fighting ISIS rather than deal with the last two years,” Owen tells Scott Pelley.

In the end, Owen is apologetic about how things played out. “I did not set out to bypass any rules. I felt that I was doing everything the right way, legally. Obviously that was a mistake…I’m very sorry about that.”

The make-up artist used to disguise Owen’s appearance for his first “60 Minutes” interview was used again for Sunday’s sit-down.

Evening News Ratings: Week of October 20

evening news_2014Another split in the evenings as “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” takes total viewers while ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” wins in the A25-54 demo. Muir’s newscast was the only one to show growth: +2% in the demo compared to the same week last year. “Nightly” was down -10% in the demo while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down less than -1% in the demo.

All three newscasts shed total viewership: NBC was down -2%, ABC down -1% and CBS down -5%.

With three World Series games and Thursday Night Football, overall evening news viewership was impacted last week. In fact, Thursday’s “CBS Evening News” is excluded from the average due to NFL football.

Numbers for the week of Oct. 20, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 8,402,000 7,948,000 6,477,000
• A25-54: 1,976,000 2,016,000 1,581,000


The A.M. Ticker: Mukpo, Asprea, Mankiewicz

  • NBC News freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo says he still has some “physical effects” of Ebola, but is “fortunate to be alive.” Mukpo was diagnosed with the disease Oct. 2 in Liberia, was flown to Nebraska for treatment, and was declared Ebola-free on Tuesday.

  • Another “Morning Joe” staffer is heading to CBS News. T.J. Asprea, the show’s director, has been named director of the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” Last week, “Morning Joe” producer Jon Tower left MSNBC for “CBS This Morning.”

  • Frank Mankiewicz, father of NBC News correspondent Josh Mankiewicz, has died. Mankiewicz, 90, a WWII veteran, is a former president of NPR, political columnist, congressional candidate and, as a Kennedy confidante, was the one to break the news that Robert Kennedy had died after being shot during a campaign rally in June, 1968.

CBS News Releases Election Coverage Plan

PelleyScott“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell will lead CBS News coverage of the midterm elections on November 4. The network provide hourly updates at 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., followed by a one-hour election special at 10:00 p.m.

CBS will live-stream network coverage on, and provide additional original reporting online. The network also promises to make extensive use of Twitter:

As the coverage unfolds, CBS News will use the Twitter account @CBSPolitics to communicate all election projections and characterizations. CBS News will use Twitter and other social media to introduce a new level of transparency into all CBS News political reporting, revealing internal guidance on competitive races as soon as the information is reportable.

Rehearsals Continue for New CBS News 24-Hour Channel

jeff glorCBS News is getting closer to launching its streaming channel. TVNewser has learned rehearsals have been underway for several weeks with the hope of launching by election day, less than two weeks away. The exact launch date is in flux, we hear.

Jeff Glor, anchor of the Sunday edition of “CBS Evening News,” will be a primary anchor as will CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano. The channel will be based out CBS News headquarters on W. 57th Street. It’s not known yet how other talent, including “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley, will particpiate in the channel.

Last week, CBS became the first broadcast network to launch an internet TV service, without needing a cable subscription. CBS All Access will cost $5.99 a month and includes next-day access to new shows and past seasons of other CBS programs, as well as access to CBS’s local stations.

> More: CapitalNY reports that the channel will be called CBSN and that a marketing campaign will soon launch around the tagline “CBS News. Always On.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of October 13

evening news_2014Now that the Nielsen error has been corrected, things seems to be back to normal among the evening newscasts.

Last week, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was No. 1 among total viewers, while ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was No. 1 in the A25-54 demo. But it was No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” that showed the most growth in the demo: up +8% compared to the same week last year.

“World News Tonight” was also up in the demo (+6%) while “Nightly” was down in the demo (-3%). Both ABC and NBC were up +4% in total viewers.

Numbers for the week of Oct. 13, 2014:

• Total Viewers: 8,782,000 8,095,000 6,483,000
• A25-54: 2,108,000 2,114,000 1,598,000