For the 7th week in a row, “60 Minutes” made the Top 10 list of most-watched broadcast programs. Sunday’s show was watched by 11.5 million viewers, good enough for 6th place. And that came against stiff competion from FOX’s broadcast of the Seahawks-Eagles game. This is the longest streak on the weekly list since Jan. 2009, a period which included Steve Kroft‘s award-winning “The Price of Oil” story. Sunday’s show included another energy-related story: Lesley Stahl‘s investigation of toxic coal ash waste in North Carolina.
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CBS News VP Chris Licht now has a TV news control room named for him. It’s one of the new control rooms at Syracuse University’s new Dick Clark Studios and Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation.
The $18 million upgrade at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications includes five studios, replacing two studios, built decades ago and used by countless Syracuse alum including Ted Koppel, Bob Costas, Steve Kroft, Jeff Glor, Contessa Brewer and Licht.
Oprah Winfrey was the featured guest at today’s celebration. The two major donations of $5 million each, came from the Dick Clark estate (Clark is a 1951 Syracuse graduate) and Alan Gerry, the founder of Cablevision Industries.
- CBS’s Steve Kroft sits down with President Obama at the White House today for an interview airing Sunday on “60 Minutes.”
- NBC’s Brian Williams will be honored today with the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award by Temple University in Philadelphia.
“60 Minutes” was the No. 2 show of the week, only behind “Sunday Night Football” on NBC.
Sunday’s season debut drew 17.88 million viewers, its biggest premiere audience since 1997. The show got a boost from the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seakawks game. A Super Bowl rematch which went into overtime.
Sunday’s show, which featured a Scott Pelley report from the frontlines of the battle to defeat ISIS, and a Steve Kroft story about the growing concerns over an IRS scam, delivered its best premiere numbers since 2005 in the key demos: a 4.4/11 in A25-54 and a 3.5/10 in A18-49.
“60 Minutes” begins its 47th season Sunday night. And for the first time, you’ll be able to see Sunday’s stories on your mobile device the following week, without having to purchase the $4.99 app.
Last season,”60 Minutes” averaged 12.2 million viewers each Sunday, finishing most weeks in the Top 10. But the program suffered a black eye in November when correspondent Lara Logan was forced to apologize for her report on the 9/11/12 consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya. A CBS News internal review found the story “deficient in several respects.” Logan and producer Max McClellan took extended leaves of absence from the network. Logan returned earlier this year, and made her first appearance on air on “Face the Nation” in June.
This week’s premiere episode includes a 2-part report from Scott Pelley who traveled to Iraq earlier this month reporting on the terror group ISIS, and a Steve Kroft story on criminals who use stolen social security numbers to get fraudulent tax refunds, to the tune of billions of dollars.
While new stories will be free the week following the broadcast, the “60 Minutes” app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch has expanded its archive to more than 300 stories, including the first episode in 1968.
- Broadcasting and Cable has named “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts to its Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The 24th Annual Hall of Fame will be celebrated at the Waldorf Astoria on October 20.
- Steve Kroft took home his third Gerald Loeb award last night, this time for his “60 Minutes” investigation, “40 Million Mistakes,” which looked into the inaccuracies of credit reporting agencies.
- Samantha Barry is CNN’s new Senior Director for Social News. Barry joins from the BBC and has also been consulting for the U.S. State Department, training local organizations and journalists on social strategies in places like India, Iraq and Nigera.
Having done two stints as a writer and performer on “Saturday Night Live,” Sen. Al Franken knows a thing or two about NBC. This morning on CBS, the Minnesota democrat said NBC parent company Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable “will be bad for consumers of TV, of cable TV and of the Internet.
“I think consumers will end up paying more, there will be less competition, there will be less innovation and worse, even worse service,” Fraken said on “CBS This Morning.”
As chairman of the Privacy, Technology, and Law Subcommittee, Franken also discussed Steve Kroft‘s report on personal data being harvested by marketing companies.
“You saw it last night on ’60 Minutes,’” said Franken. “I really believe that Americans have a right to privacy, that they have a right to know what’s being taken, what of their private information’s being taken, and to give permission if you’re going to take their private information.”
Tomorrow night “60 Minutes” will rebroadcast a 2006 interview with Philip Seymour Hoffman in which the actor discusses his problems with addiction. The Steve Kroft interview has been re-edited to include previously un-broadcast material, including more from the actor about the rehabilitation he underwent in his early 20s.
“I went [to rehab], I got sober when I was 22 years old,” said the then-38-year-old Hoffman. “You get panicked…and I got panicked for my life,” says Hoffman.
“I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they’re beautiful and famous and rich,” Hoffman says. “I’m like, ‘Oh my God. I’d be dead.’ You know what I mean? I’d be 19, beautiful, famous and rich. That would be it.”
Hoffman was found dead Sunday in his New York apartment, where authorities found packets of heroin and a syringe in his arm.
Even with no NFL lead-in, “60 Minutes” was the second most-watched show — behind only The Grammys — last week. The broadcast, which featured Steve Kroft‘s exit interview with Jay Leno, drew 14.3 million viewers with an 8.8/14 in households and a 3.2/08 in the A25-54 demographic.
Compared to the same week last year, “60 Minutes” was up in all the key demos: +23% in viewers, +16% in households and +23% among A25-54 viewers.
Steve Kroft‘s interview with Jay Leno for “60 Minutes” last night comes 22 years after Kroft’s first interview with the NBC late night host, when Leno took over “The Tonight Show” from Johnny Carson. What’s changed in those 22 years?
“[H]is life has changed very little,” Kroft says. “He’s a creature of habit… he tells jokes, he writes jokes, he goes to his antique car garage, and he watches television with his wife, Mavis.”
“He’s done everything that NBC has asked him to, and they’ve tried to fire him twice,” says Kroft. “And now they’re forcing him out while he’s a solid No. 1.”
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