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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.

Connecticut School Shooting: Coverage Plans For This Evening

Credit: Shannon Hicks, The Newtown Bee

With the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT, the broadcast networks and cable news channels are changing up their plans tonight.

All three of the evening news anchors, Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley, will be anchoring from Connecticut tonight.

“The CBS Evening News” will expand to one-hour, and CBS will air a one-hour special report at 10 PM ET. “ABC World News” will also be one-hour, and ABC will be pre-empting Barbara Walters‘ interview with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for a special on the shooting, with Sawyer and Chris Cuomo anchoring from CT. There will also be a special edition of “Nightline” with Cynthia McFadden anchoring from CT. “NBC Nightly News” will also be an hour, and “Dateline” will be pre-empting its holiday special for a report on the shooting at 10 PM.

On cable news tonight, the shooting will be the big story, if not the exclusive one.

MSNBC will be sticking with its normal lineup of hosts, with the shooting expected to be the primary story. Chris Jansing will host the 10pmET hour live from Newtown.

CNN will also be staying with its normal lineup, though the 10 PM edition of “AC360″ will be live instead of taped. With Erin Burnett in Afghanistan, Ashleigh Banfield will fill-in at 7 PM.  ”Piers Morgan Tonight” will be discussing the latest regarding the shooting, as well as gun control. Banfield will also anchor at 11 PM.

Fox News is pre-empting “The Five,” instead having Jon Scott anchor the hour. Bill Hemmer will anchor at 7 PM from CT.  ”The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity” will be live instead of on tape, and will be talking about the shooting, and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” will originate from Connecticut and air from 10PM-midnight. In addition tonight’s edition of “Red Eye” is being pre-empted.

We will update this item as we get more information on coverage.

‘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.

Mitt Romney to Announce VP Pick Saturday Morning; Paul Ryan Expected Running Mate

Fox News broke into the 11pmET reair of “The O’Reilly Factor” with the news that Mitt Romney would be announcing his VP pick in the morning. Carl Cameron confirmed the announcement would be on the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA at 9amET. “All signs have pointed to the likelihood of Paul Ryan as running mate, the congressman from Wisconsin,” said Cameron in his report at 11:04pm.

Following the news, the Tweets with confirmations from other news organizations began rolling in.  ”Norfolk” and “USS Wisconsin” began trending on Twitter.

MSNBC broke in with the news at 11:29pm and CNN broke in at 11:33pm with a report from CNN International.

“Nightline’s” Cynthia McFadden led the ABC show with the news (and updated the show for the West Coast at 2:35amET). Expect expanded coverage from the cable and broadcast networks in the morning, including Bret Baier anchoring FNC’s coverage from Miami. And fortunately for NBC and MSNBC, they won’t have to decide whether to interrupt the Olympics, as Olympic programming doesn’t start until 10amET on both networks.

> More: At 12:01amET, NBC’s Chuck Todd reported live on MSNBC that Ryan was the pick. At 12:22amET, the NBC broadcast network broke in with the news.

> More: On ABC, David Muir, who has been covering the Romney campaign, will anchor a special report beginning at approximately 8:45amET. George Stephanopoulos and Jonathan Karl will contribute. CNN’s coverage begins at 7amET with lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer, along with Candy Crowley, John King and Gloria Borger.

‘Nightline’ #1 in Q2

They won the 2011-2012 season, so it figures “Nightline” would also be the #1 show in late night for the second quarter.

In numbers just released, the ABC News show topped NBC’s “The Tonight Show” by the largest gaps in 17 years: in A25-54 demo (by +180,000 viewers), in the A18-49 demo (by +199,000) and in Total Viewers (by +333,000).

“Nightline” also won the week of June 18. Those numbers after the jump…

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).

    Q2 2012:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.84M 1.50M 1.20M
Tonight Show NBC 3.51M 1.32M 999KM
Late Show CBS 2.85M 1.18M 896K

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Cynthia McFadden Watches Cynthia McFadden

As she was preparing to anchor “Nightline” last night and writing her script for a story on this morning’s “Good Morning America,” Cynthia McFadden kept her office TV on ABC, and caught herself in a cameo on the new ABC show “Revenge.”

ABC News and Yahoo! WHCD Cocktail Party

Sophia Vergara and Diane Sawyer

ABC News and Yahoo! were among the media entities hosting cocktail parties tonight ahead of the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner at the Washington Hilton. ABC’s primetime stars mingled with ABC Newsers, many of whom arrived just a few hours earlier. TVNewser hears the 2pm Delta shuttle from New York brought several ABC News anchors to D.C. including Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric (who was actually on the way to her brother’s wedding) and Cynthia McFadden as well as NBC’s Harry Smith, and others. Here are a few pictures from the ABC News/Yahoo cocktail party:

Al Roker, George Stephanopoulos and wife Ali Wentworth

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, ABC News DC bureau chief Robin Sproul and "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet

More pictures after the jump…

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Synergy! ABC News Promoting ABC Drama ‘Revenge’ With ‘Revenge for Real’ Specials

This has been a strong week for corporate synergy. NBCUniversal has been going all-out to promote the upcoming Universal movie “The Lorax” on shows like “The Voice” and “Today,” and today ABC announced some synergy of its own tied into the drama series “Revenge.”

“Revenge” is about betrayal and crime among rich people in the Hamptons–you may have seen some ads for it on Sunday’s Oscars telecast. ABC News is stepping in to take over “Revenge”‘s Wednesday timeslot for two weeks in March with the specials “Revenge for Real: Murder in the Hamptons.”

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Newsers Pack the Waldorf to Honor Women Reporters

PBS’ Judy Woodruff was the mistress of ceremony at an awards luncheon of the of International Women’s Media Foundation today at the Waldorf-Astoria.

Four women journalists were honored for their work confronting danger while doing their jobs. Among them: Adela Navarro Bello, general director and columnist for Zeta news magazine in Mexico, Reuters Iran bureau chief Parisa Hafezi and Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director and webmaster of the Prachatai online newspaper in Thailand. Kate Adie, a BBC anchor, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Spotted in the crowd, CBS News’s Lesley Stahl, NBC’s Kate Snow and from ABC News, president Ben Sherwood, “Nightline” co-anchor Cynthia McFadden, “This Week” host Christiane Amanpour, correspondents Martha Raddatz and Juju Chang, and GMA co-anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Another ceremony was held Monday night in Beverly Hills honoring the women. Here’s a KABC report on that event:

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