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Former Vice President Al Gore, who sold Current TV to Al Jazeera a few weeks back, is about to make a round of TV appearances. The appearances are ostensibly tied to the release of his new book The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, but viewers should expect the Current TV sale to play a big part in the conversations.
The appearances are particularly interesting, as Gore trashes television news in the book, as noted by New York Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani.
He also complains that “virtually every news and political commentary program on television is sponsored in part by oil, coal and gas companies — not just during campaign seasons, but all the time, year in and year out — with messages designed to sooth and reassure the audience that everything is fine, the global environment is not threatened, and the carbon companies are working diligently to further develop renewable energy sources.”
Such remarks serve to remind the reader of a business deal Mr. Gore recently made that has ignited charges of hypocrisy and greed: selling Current TV (a channel he helped to found in 2005) for an estimated $500 million to Al Jazeera, the influential Arab news giant, which is financed by the government of oil- and gas-rich Qatar. Mr. Gore, who will reportedly make about $100 million from the deal, describes Al Jazeera in this book as “feisty and relatively independent.”
On his first night at 11:35, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” beat ”The Late Show with David Letterman,” in the ratings drawing nearly 3.1 million viewers. That said, Kimmel fell short of ”The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,“ which drew 3.27 million viewers, as well as the show he replaced, “Nightline,” which averaged 3.9 million viewers last quarter.
There are caveats, however. Kimmel’s ratings are based on a 50 minute program, whereas “Nightline” was based on a 25 minute program. In addition, as we noted earlier this week, “JKL” is likely to make more money for ABC in that timeslot than “Nightline” did, even if the ratings aren’t as high. Younger viewers typically mean higher CPMs.
Of course, one night is hardly a trend. We will still have to wait and see where Kimmel’s ratings finally settle. That will likely take much more time.
Update: The “Nightline” numbers are in, and the program topped both “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in total viewers (1.72M compared to 1.35M and 1.30M). That said, the entertainment shows are both one hour, and “Nightline” is only a half-hour, so it isn’t a perfect comparison. Further, “Nightline”‘s 1.7 million viewers is fewer than half of what it used to draw at 11:30 PM, when it averaged 3.9 million viewers last quarter.
ABC launched its new late night lineup last night with “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at 11:35et/10:35ct on most ABC stations followed by “Nightline.”
“I want to thank our network ABC for this vote of confidence,” said Kimmel, adding, “It was a big decision. It’s a risky decision. Some might even say it was a stupid decision. But I want them to know that I understand what’s at stake here, and I do not take this responsibility lightly.” He also praised “Nightline,” before showing a clip from “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”
“Is it too late to call ‘Nightline’ and get them back?” he joked.
Kimmel also got a welcome from his hero David Letterman during the “Late Show” on CBS: “Now, ladies and gentlemen, in America if you want, you have your choice of three nearly identical television late night talk shows. Welcome to Jimmy Kimmel.”
“If you think this is the part where I apologize for trying to go down on Anderson Cooper, you are sorely mistaken,” Griffin quipped to Letterman.
Univision’s evening and late night newscasts had a strong November sweeps period, particularly among younger viewers.
“Noticiero Univision,” the network’s evening newscast anchored by Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas, averaged 2.1 million Total Viewers and 1.0 million A25-54 viewers during the November sweep. The broadcast improved its audience for all four weeks in November and posted year-over-year increases across all the key demographics, including a +7% increase among A25-54 viewers.
Univision’s late night newscast, “Noticiero Univision Edicion Nocturna,” averaged 1.5 million Total Viewers and 745,000 A24-54 viewers during the November sweep. The program, anchored by Enrique Acevedo and Ilia Calderón, increased +7% in Total Viewers and +10% in younger viewers compared to last year’s sweep. Compared to ABC’s “Nightline,” CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” and NBC’s “Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” it was the only program to post a year-over-year increase among younger viewers.
In its penultimate month at 11:35 PM, and the final sweeps period in that timeslot, ABC’s “Nightline” topped late night in total viewers, the key news demo of adults 25-54 and the key entertainment demo of adults 18-49.
This is the 4th straight November sweeps that “Nightline” has won in total viewers, and the third straight in A25-54. “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC placed second in all three categories, followed by CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman.”
For the week of November 19, “Nightline” placed second in total viewers and A25-54 behind Leno, and third in A18-49.
In January the show will move to the 12:35PM timeslot to make room for “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and the broadcast will expand from 25 minutes to its original 30 minutes. Beginning in March, “Nightline” will also get an additional hour at 9PM on Fridays, though ABC has only committed to one cycle of primetime shows.
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 November sweeps:
- Averages for week of November 19:
David Letterman invited Oprah Winfrey to his alma mater, Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana Monday. The candid conversation, part of a series Letterman puts on, lasted an hour and 40 minutes — 45 minutes longer than scheduled.
After her Letterman sitdown, Winfrey talked with CBS’s Jeff Glor, for an interview that aired on “CBS This Morning:” “It felt like Dave was giving me therapy,” says Winfrey. “I am sitting on stage in a real conversation with Dave Letterman about things that I haven’t thought about for years,” she tells Glor.
Also reflective this morning, “CBS This Morning” hosts Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell. “This has been a great broadcast,” said Rose at the end of the show. “Think of the people that have been on. Warren Buffett, R.A. Dickey was here. Oprah Winfrey. What a great job to have.” O’Donnell responded: “It is. And you know what, Charlie? It’s the best job I have ever had. I do mean that. And a lot of it has to do with you and Gayle. Not [show EP] Chris Licht, though,” O’Donnell chuckled.
Glor’s story, after the jump…
Talk about a long day. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow not only hosted her own primetime program yesterday, but she also made an afternoon talk show appearance, and a late night comedy stop as well. Three very different types of programs, requiring very different ways of talking about the world.
In the late afternoon, she taped an appearance for CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” which requires a quick sense of humor, lest Letterman dominate the conversation. A couple hours later she was back at MSNBC, hosting her show.