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Cable Networks Turn Attention to Christopher Dorner Shootout in Los Angeles

About midway through the 4pmET hour, all three cable news networks pivoted to Los Angeles, where murder suspect Christopher Dorner engaged in a gunfight with police.

During “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Fox News had Trace Gallagher reporting on the phone from Los Angeles. Gallagher is currently anchoring from FNC’s L.A. bureau, preempting “The Five.”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Chris Cuomo are anchoring CNN’s coverage, with reporters Casey Wian and Chris Welch. CNN is using aerial footage from its affiliates on a delay.

Chris Matthews is anchoring for MSNBC, with John Yang contributing from Los Angeles.

ABC News and NBC News also aired special reports around 5pmET. Bill Weir anchored on ABC, with Pierre Thomas and Cecilia Vega contributing; Brian Williams anchored on NBC, with Yang contributing from LA.

On the local front, Carter Evans, the husband of former Fox News Channel reporter Courtney Friel, was covering the shootout for KCBS in Los Angeles. TVSpy has the video.

‘Nightline’ Wins All Target Demos on Third Night in New Timeslot

On day three of the new “Nightline” time, the show placed first across all the target demos. It was the first win among A18-49 viewers, which is the key late night demographic, in the 12:35amET timeslot.

ABC’s wins in the A25-54 and A18-49 demographics were the largest margins over NBC and CBS yet for the show at 12:35amET. Year-over-year gains were strong, too: compared to ABC’s performance in the same timeslot last year, “Nightline” was up +28% in Total Viewers, +31% in the A25-54 demographic and +41% in the A18-49 demographic.

ABC’s ratings are based on a 30-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on approximately :50 minutes (prior to the final national commercial break of each program).

  • Averages for 12:35am January 11, 2013:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 1.950M 992K 751K
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson CBS 1.534M 669K 510K
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon NBC 1.472M 651K 572K

Promising Signs for ‘Nightline’ in New Timeslot

On its second night in a new timeslot, ABC News “Nightline” improved upon its first night by winning not just Total Viewers but also the key A25-54 news demo. Even more promising, versus ABC’s performance at 12:35am on the same night a year ago, “Nightline” was up by +14% in Total Viewers and up by +4% in Adults 25-54. Still, the audience is less than half of what it was when “Nightline” aired an hour earlier. And for those who’ve been asking, the show is still produced live.

(ABC’s ratings are based on a 30-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on approximately :50 minutes (prior to the final national commercial break of each program).

  • Averages for 12:35am January 10, 2013:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 1.613M 756K 549K
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon NBC 1.606M 755K 631K
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson CBS 1.466M 689K 564K

Final 11:35 ‘Nightline’ Is Tonight

It’s not very often a number show is moved out of its timeslot by network execs, but that’s what’s happening at ABC as “Nightline” moves from 11:35pm to 12:35am beginning tomorrow night making room for “Jimmey Kimmel Live” after the late local news.

“Nightline” was born out of the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The temporary program “America Held Hostage: The Iran Crisis” launched November 8, 1979 — four days after the Americans were taken. Frank Reynolds was the original anchor. Ted Koppel, then ABC’s chief diplomatic correspondent, was a contributing reporter and would take over anchoring duties in March 1980 when the show became known as “Nightline.”

“[Former ABC News president] Roone [Arledge] had decided a long time before that any time a big news story [broke], ABC News was going to do a special broadcast at 11:30 at night,” Koppel told TVNewser in 2009. “And one day, it was his dream that there’d be a story that had such legs to it, that was so enduring, that he would actually be able to seize the time period.”

Koppel would anchor the program for 25 years, until late 2005. After Koppel left, the show began a three-anchor format with Terry Moran, Cynthia McFadden and Martin Bashir, later replaced by Bill Weir, with a much — in Koppel’s words — “frothier” format. Indeed, tonight’s final 11:35 show includes Barbara Walters‘ sitdown with Mariah Carey. Tomorrow’s first show at 12:35 includes McFadden’s sitdown with the stars of Django Unchained.

But the formula worked. “Nightline” has been the #1 late night show for the last three seasons.

Still, with the move to even later night, “Nightline” producers will be as busy as ever as the network has promised an hour in primetime every week beginning Friday, March 1.

The Ticker: O’Reilly Threat, ‘Nightline’ Guns, Currently Spitzer

  • An Illinois man who left a threatening message for Bill O’Reilly in January has been sentenced to a year of probation and fined $500. 62-year-old James Rogers faced felony harassment by telephone charges for the death threat.

  • ABC’s “Nightline” continues its coverage of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary with a special report tonight examining how guns touch so many parts of the American story. Bill Weir anchors “A Day In The Life Of The American Gun.”

  • FishbowlNY’s Diane Clehane caught up with CurrentTV host Eliot Spitzer at Michael’s yesterday.  “Nobody’s watching,” he says, “but I’m having a great time. It’s like having a cocktail party with friends every night.” Pausing for a moment he added, “Somebody needs to buy the network.”

‘Nightline’ Has Most-Watched Show in a Year

With just a month before its timeslot change, ABC’s “Nightline” remains the No. 1 late night show.

Last Tuesday’s “Nightline,” which featured a Powerball lottery story and an interview with the Pastor behind “Two and a Half Men” star Angus T. Jones‘s moral rebellion, was the show’s most-watched telecast in more than a year – since Nov. 22, 2011.

Season to date, “Nightline” is No. 1 among the late night broadcast programs in Total Viewers, Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 — the 3rd straight year that the ABC program is taking the top spot in all 3 measures.

ABC’s ratings are based on a 25-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on approximately :50 minutes (prior to the final national commercial break of each program).

  • Averages for the week of November 26, 2012:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 4.252M 1.441M 1.101M
Tonight Show NBC 3.648M 1.368M 1.046M
Late Show CBS 2.895M 1.146M 857K

ABC’s Primetime and ‘Nightline’ Sandy Specials

Diane Sawyer and Chris Cuomo will co-anchor “A Special Edition of 20/20: The Perfect Storm” tonight at 10pmET. Sawyer met up with Cuomo’s brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) at Ground Zero this afternoon. That interview will be seen on “World News” and in the primetime special. ABC will also air a special edition of “Nightline” dedicated to covering the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy from 11:35pm-12:00am. Terry Moran will anchor from New Jersey with reporting from his co-anchors Cynthia McFadden in New York and Bill Weir on the front edge of the storm in Ohio.

Editing a Story about a British Pub, In a British Pub

ABC’s Bill Weir continues his reports from the London Summer games, where he’s been reporting for “Good Morning America” straight through to “Nightline.”

And if you watch tonight’s “Nightline” you’ll see a story on the perfect British pub, featuring “Nightline” contributor and former U.S. Women’s Soccer captain Julie Foudy. But rather than sit in a stuffy bureau to edit the piece, producer Jake Whitman decided the best place to edit a story about a British pub, was in one.

Scott Pelley: ‘It’s Not Our Fault the TV Coverage is Delayed’

The tape delay pile-on is in full swing as other broadcasters continue taking jabs at NBC for the practice of tape-delaying major Olympic events.

Earlier this week we told you about ABC’s Bill Weir, who, while reporting from London described NBC as the “network that shall not be named.”

Last night on the “CBS Evening News” Scott Pelley said, “Okay fair warning. We’re about to report Olympics results because they’re news — it’s not our fault the TV coverage is delayed — so here goes…”

The Ticker: Fugelsang Show, ‘NY Med,’ Olympic Diss

  • Current TV is adding another new primetime show hosted by a comedian. Following the announcement of Joy Behar‘s new program, Current says it will add a show hosted by John Fugelsang in primetime. Fugelsang says his new show “will be an attack ad on apathy; taking the flag back from phony patriots, taking the Bible back from the hypocrites, and taking Bath Salts away from Glenn Beck.”
  • Despite being up against NBC’s coverage of the women’s team gymnastics final, which saw the U.S. take home gold last night, ABC’s “NY Med” managed to deliver strong ratings. The program drew 2.8 million viewers, improving on its lead-in by 17%, and actually gaining viewers as the hour went on.
  • Speaking of ABC, Bill Weir is in London covering the games for the network, and on last night’s “World News” he joked with Diane Sawyer about the “network that shall not be named” and its restrictive TV rights use. Of course, had ESPN/ABC won the games, it may have been a different story. Watch:

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