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Did Diane Sawyer Or Brian Williams Win Evening News Demo Crown For Second Quarter?

Did Diane Sawyer Or Brian Williams Win Evening News Demo Crown For Second Quarter?NBC News and ABC News duked it out today, each claiming its newscast had won the second quarter in the news demo. It all started when ABC boasted early today that the second quarter was the last full quarter in which Diane Sawyer will be its anchor — and she won!  It was ABC World News’ first quarterly demo win in more than six years, a great way for Sawyer to bow out. Sawyer announced recently she’s stepping down as anchor of the newscast; David Muir is taking her place on the evening newscast, George Stephanopoulos has been named ABC News’ Chief Anchor.

Related: ABC News Anchor Shuffle: Who, What, When, Where, And Why

DIANE SAWYERNot so fast, responded NBC News — or words to that effect. Brian WilliamsNBC Nightly News won the quarter in overall audience and in the news demo, the division claimed. Williams clocked 1.951 million viewers in the 25-54 news bracket, to Sawyer’s average of 1.942 million demo viewers.

ABC maintains Di snagged an average of 1.98 million demo viewers, and Brian Williams logged 1.964 million.

Related: Diane Sawyer Steps Down; Successor Says He’s Humbled: Video

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Brian Williams’ ‘Tonight Show’ Rap Trumps NY Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Crooning: Video

Brian Williams’ ‘Tonight Show’ Rap Trumps NY Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Crooning: VideoHaving been given plenty of notice that some mayor or another would be butchering some pop tune on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live once the winner of the Stanley Cup was announced, NBC’s Tonight Show was able last night to trot out another of its popular Brian Williams clip-job raps — this time performing Sir Mix-A-Lot’s heinie-homage, Baby Got Back. Viewers seem to have preferred Williams’ performance to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s rendition of Randy’s Newman’s treacle tune, I Love LA, settling his Stanley Cup bet with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.  In Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, household results were: NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2.7/7); CBS’s Late Show With David Letterman  (2.0/5), and Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.7/4). In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, adult 18-49 results were: Fallon (1.1/5), JKL (0.5/2) and Letterman (0.3/1).

Watch Williams here — with an assist from Kathie Lee Gifford –  followed by de Blasio:

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Crossbones’ Steady In Week 2, ‘What Would You Do’ Rises, ’20/20′ Up, ABC Wins Night

By | Saturday June 7, 2014 @ 9:13am PDT

brian williams dday specialThere was a break from the NBA Finals and the NHL Stanley Cup Final on Friday but there was still action on the seas on TV last night, in more ways than one.  The only network with a full schedule of originals, NBC started its Friday primetime with Brian Williams Reporting: Journey To Normandy (0.9/4). Including an interview with President Obama, the anchor’s heartfelt hour-long tribute to the heroes of D-Day on the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the liberation of Europe from the Nazis drew an audience of 5.8 million. The special was followed by a 1-hour and 1-minute Dateline (1.3/5), which was even with last week’s 8 – 10 PM episode.

CrossbonesThe second week of Crossbones (0.9/3) saw a 9% slip for the pirate drama from last week’s debut. Holding on to almost of its premiere’s draw among Adults 18-49, the Blackbeard re-telling got a total audience of 3.84 million last night, down 21% from the 4.91 million who tuned in for its May 30 debut. Because of Major League Baseball preemptions on NBC in San Francisco and Philadelphia, expect some changes when the final numbers come in.

Overall NBC came second for the night in the key demo with a 1.0/4 while ABC took the top spot with a 1.3/5 rating. ABC won or tied for No. 1 every time slot last night. The … Read More »

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Edward Snowden Interview Gooses ‘NBC Nightly News’ Numbers

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 11:22am PDT

snowdenEdward Snowden was very good to NBC News. The week in which the news division aired Brian Williams’ exclusive interview with Snowden, NBC Nightly News was the country’s most-watched newscast and was tops in all key demos — including a win in the news demo, where ABC is taking over ground. Nightly beat ABC World News by 101,000 news demo viewers for the week ending May 30.  For comparison sake, the previous week NBC’s newscast lost to ABC, by 106,000 viewers. NBC’s evening news has fallen behind ABC’s in the news demo five of the past eight weeks.

For the week,  Nightly widened its total viewer gap over ABC by 73% compared with the previous week.

Related: Jimmy Fallon Unveils NBC Anchor Brian Williams’ Performance Of Snoop Dogg’s ‘Gin And Juice’: Video

Nightly clocked its biggest crowd Tuesday night, when it unveiled the first excerpts of Williams’ exclusive Snowden interview, in advance of Wednesday’s primetime Snowden chat special. ABC noted that World News With Diane Sawyer actually outdrew NBC Nightly News by 63,000 demo viewers (2.209 million vs. 2.146 million) that night. But Nightly logged the biggest week-to-week increases in total viewers (3%, or +257,000) and A25-54 viewers (12%, or +214,000) among the broadcast evening newsasts. About half of Nightly‘s overall audience gains came in the 18-49 demo, which NBC’s newscast typically dominates … Read More »

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Edward Snowden Tells NBC News He’s Catching Up On HBO While In Exile In Russia: Video

By | Thursday May 29, 2014 @ 7:37am PDT

During his interview with Brian Williams, Snowden said that, owing to the “beauty of the internet” he can “live life as an American, more or less” while in exile in Russia. Right now, for instance, he said he’s catching up on American TV. Watch here:

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UPDATE: NBC News Keeps Clipping Edward Snowden In Advance Of Tonight’s Exclusive Interview (Video)

By | Wednesday May 28, 2014 @ 8:20am PDT

UPDATED: NBC News, nbc-newswhich is battling ABC News for the ratings top spot in various dayparts, continues to tease tonight’s exclusive primetime interview with Edward Snowden.  This morning on Today NBC News aired a clip in which Snowden explained he’s in Russia because the United States stranded him there, and Secretary of State John Kerry called Snowden “pretty dumb,” adding that a “patriot” would return to the U.S. and “trust in the American system of justice.”

abcnewsABC News responded with a video clip of its exclusive look inside the training program designed to keep U.S. diplomats safe overseas and how it was expanded “After Benghazi” — and a tweet from outgoing ABC News president/incoming Disney/ABC Television Group co-president Ben Sherwood about ABC World News’s May sweep win, reports of which you may have seen last week  (final few days of that derby came in this morning, making it super-official):

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NBC News Releases Clip From Brian Williams’ Interview With Edward Snowden: Video

By | Tuesday May 27, 2014 @ 5:40pm PDT

NBC News has released a clip from tomorrow’s highly hyped Brian Williams interview with  Edward Snowden — the former NSA contractor’s first American interview since revealing NSA information to the press. The hourlong interview will air as a primetime special at 10 PM ET. Williams’ rare in-person conversation with Snowden was conducted over the course of several hours; the network says it was “shrouded in secrecy due to Snowden’s life in exile since leaking classified documents about U.S. surveillance programs a year ago.” For the special, Williams also interviewed Snowden and Glenn Greenwald jointly about how they came to work together and the global debate sparked by their revelations. In the clip, Williams pushes Snowden’s buttons in re the “low-level” and “hacker” descriptions of him initially used by various government types:

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NBC News Trumps ABC’s Hillary Clinton Exclusive With Edward Snowden’s First American Interview Since NSA Info Dump

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 10:56am PDT

The day snowdenafter ABC News announced its World News anchor Diane Sawyer had landed an exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton about her new book, NBC News trumped that with the announcement its Nightly News anchor Brian Williams had traveled to Moscow for an exclusive sit-down with Edward Snowden — the former NSA contractor’s first American interview since revealing NSA information to the press.

The hour-long interview will air as a primetime special on Wednesday, May 28 at 10 PM ET. Williams’ rare in-person conversation with Snowden was conducted over the course of several hours; the network says it was “shrouded in secrecy due to Snowden’s life in exile since leaking classified documents about U.S. surveillance programs a year ago.” For the special, Williams also interviewed Snowden and Glenn Greenwald jointly about how they came to work together and the global debate sparked by their revelations.

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‘NBC Nightly’ Tops News Race In Total Viewers, Demo

rock center with brian williams-end-2012-11-2_20121102005733NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams turned around the demo gap week-to-week to top ABC World News With Diane Sawyer in all key categories last week.  Nightly logged 8.249 million viewers – 647,000 more than ABC (7.602 million) and 1.98 million more than CBS Evening News (6.281 million). In the news demo, Nightly averaged 1.970 million viewers – 38,000 ahead of ABC (1.932 million) and 467,000 ahead of CBS (1.503 million). Season to date, Nightly noted it’s posting its largest total-viewer advantage over ABC since the 2009-10 TV season. (ABC notes its newscast has cut its year-to-year demo margin with NBC by 88%, from 32,000 to 38,000). The NBC newscast has held the top spot in total viewers for 241 consecutive weeks, and in the younger adults 18-49 demo for 298 consecutive weeks.

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ABC ‘World News’ Beats ‘NBC Nightly News’ For Second Consecutive Week

For the first time in more thandianesawyer2 six years, ABC’s World News With Diane Sawyer beat NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams in the news demo for a second consecutive week. Last time it happened it wasn’t “with Diane Sawyer” because Charlie Gibson was anchoring back in March of ’08 when ABC’s newscast last enjoyed two weeks of demo ratings wins.. Sawyer took over as anchor in December of 2009. The week of April 14, ABC’s newscast also posted its largest victory over NBC’s in that 25-54 age bracket in more than five years. Sawyer’s newscast beat Williams’ by 85,000 demo viewers. One week earlier, Sawyer’s win was by a slim 12,000 demo viewers. ABC’s newscast bested NBC in head-to-head competition on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday during the week of April 14. Read More »

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Jimmy Fallon Unveils NBC Anchor Brian Williams’ Performance Of Snoop Dogg’s ‘Gin And Juice’: Video

Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon logo Jimmy Fallon introduced his latest Brian Williams video on The Tonight Show — this time the newsman rapped Snoop Dogg’s classic “Gin And Juice“. After the performance, the NBC Nightly News anchor stopped by to complain about this and all previous videos: “I’m downstairs,  I’m doing the [Nightly News] broadcast that pays for your ‘hobby,’ and people think I have somehow colluded into the making of these videos. Let’s be clear– I’ve never said ‘hippity’.”

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ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ Beats ‘NBC Nightly News’ In News Demo, With ‘Mad Men’ Pitching In

dianesawyerabcABC World News With Diane Sawyer ranked as the No. 1 evening newscast in the news demo for the week of April 7 — its first weekly demo win this season. Sawyer beat NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams by 12,000 Adults 25-54 (1.882 million vs. 1.870 million).  It was ABC evening newscasts first demo win since the week of July 22, 2013. Last July — one year after ABC’s Good Morning America snapped NBC’s Today show weekly winning streak, ABC’s evening newscast outstripped NBC’s in the news demo by 38,000 demo viewers, ending NBC’s  newscast’s ratings winning streak of nearly five years. During the week of April 7, Sawyer’s newscast covered breaking news –  high school stabbings in Pennsylvania, California bus crash, Terry Moran in Central African Republic with UN Ambassador Samantha Power covering refugees and violence — but the newscast also featured a broadcast exclusive with Mad Men stars and creator as they debuted the AMC series’ final season.  The week of April 7 also marked the newscast hitting 1 million likes on Facebook, which some have correlated to the weekly demo win. ABC’s was the only broadcast up in the demo from one year ago during the comparable week (1%) – NBC’s newscast tumbled by 18% and CBS’s Scott Pelley-anchored newscast dropped 10% in the demo.
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ABC’s ‘World News With Diane Sawyer’ Responds To Brian Williams’ Charge Of Goading Baby Jude: Video

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 5:58pm PST

baby judeABC’s World News With Diane Sawyer this afternoon responded to Brian Williams‘ suggestion that Sawyer might have perpetrated some rannygazoo in that viral video showing Baby Jude crying inconsolably every time he sees the NBC News anchor on the family TV screen. “Hey Brian Williams… Don’t blame Diane anymore. Baby Jude has options, you know. We talked to his parents. This seems to be working….” World News‘ statement accompanied a new video in which a guy — Baby Jude’s Presumed Dad — tried to goad him into crying whenever Sawyer appears on the TV screen. Jude did not bite. Check it out: Read More »

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Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Debuts NBC News Rappers: Video

Tonight Show Jimmy Fallon logoJimmy Fallon continues to woo those Tonight Show viewers who are still on the fence about the host change, by emphasizing the familiar,  while giving it a Fallon twist. Last night Fallon introduced Tonight viewers to his deftly edited videos starring NBC Nightly News anchor/managing editor Brian Williams – this time rapping The Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” joined by NBC  News’ Lester Holt and NBC Today Show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. What could be more familiar to the Jay Leno Tonight crowd? Watch here:

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Arsenio Hall Accepts Brian Williams’ Apology For Photo Snub, Insists Suge Knight Went Off Script: Video

Arsenio Hall took a victory lap on hisArsenio-Hall-310x400__120529212241 show last night and insisted Suge Knight had gone off script the night before when he said Brian Williams had “so many hours” to apologize for omitting Hall’s photo from a recent newscast  or “he leaves”. Hall’s program last night aired hours after Williams apologized on NBC Nightly News for leaving Hall’s photo out of a montage of late-night hosts the newscast had run on Monday while plugging Jimmy Fallon’s debut as host of NBC’s Tonight Show.

Related: Brian Williams Apologizes To Arsenio Hall For Leaving Him Out Of ‘NBC Nightly News’ Late-Night Montage

“A lot of people apparently called NBC last night on my behalf. Well, it worked — we crashed the switchboard!” Hall boasted to his studio audience and viewers at home last night. Hall insisted Knight had gone off script the previous night when Hall brought him out on stage to be the “angry black man” with a message to NBC News and Williams about the snub. “I didn’t know who to call — I’m from the neighborhood, so I called Suge Knight and he stopped by and delivered a message to journalists.” But the message was directed at Williams with Knight telling Hall, “You’re the West Coast; we’re gonna give him so many days, so many hours, to get it right,” adding that if Williams does not, “he leaves.”
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Brian Williams Apologizes To Arsenio Hall For Leaving Him Out Of ‘NBC Nightly News’ Late-Night Montage: Video

By | Wednesday February 19, 2014 @ 5:02pm PST

Brian Williams apologized on the NBC Nightly News from Sochi tonight, to syndicated late-night host Arsenio Hall after NBC News left Hall’s photo off brianwilliamsa Brady Bunch-esque photo montage of late-night stars. The montage was part of NBC News’ walk-up story Monday on NBC star Jimmy Fallon’s debut as new host of NBC’s Tonight Show. Naturally, the graphic included photos of of NBC-parent Comcast’s late-night stars: Arsenio Hall Brian WilliamsChelsea Handler — Andy Cohen got the middle square — and even Carson Daly was included (NBC’s new “Late Night” host Seth Meyers was not in the montage, but he doesn’t debut til Monday). Also in the collection: CBS’ Dave Letterman and Craig Ferguson; ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel; former NBC star Conan O’Brien, who is now on TBS; as well as Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. In a voice-over, Williams was heard talking about all the media types “slugging it out for the turf Johnny Carson used to own.”

Related: Brian Williams Critiques Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Set

Tonight, in bringing up the montage, Williams said: “Arsenio is a late-night veteran and he took us to task on his show. He even urged audience members to call our newsroom.” Later, Williams added conciliatorily: “So, in apologizing to Arsenio we just wanted to point out that at least you’re in good company here.” Last July, Williams noted, NBC News left the state of New Hampshire off a map and had to apologize to a U.S. senator, and just last night on the broadcast they spelled the name of the City of Brotherly Love as PHILADELPIA. “So, chalk it up to being on the air at 4 AM in the morning in Russia — but it won’t happen again,” Williams promised. Read More »

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NBC Newscast Widens Overall Audience Lead But Loses Ground In News Demo

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 8:27am PST

NBC Nightly News widened its total viewer advantage over ABC World News by 50% last week, compared to the same week last year. Brian nbc-news-logo__120406030256Williams’ newscast finished last week 936,000 viewers ahead of ABC. But in the news demo, NBC’s lead over ABC shrank 38%, from 249,000 viewers same week a year ago, to 154,000 last week.

CBS also was up in overall audience – 4%, to 7.485 million viewers – but down in the demo, by 13%. ABC fell in overall audience by 1% and was down the least of the three, percentage-wise, in the news demo – 3%.

For the week, NBC’s newscast logged 9.404 million viewers, ABC’s 8.468 million and CBS’s 7.485 million. Collectively that’s about 25.4 million people getting their evening news from broadcast TV.

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Evening News Ratings Race Heats Up

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 9:13am PST

cbspelleyCBS’s evening newscast averaged more overall viewers on Wednesday and Thursday nights of last week, and in the news demo on Wednesday.  Last time that happened it was September of ’06 and Katie Couric was in her first few weeks anchoring CBS’s newscast. CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley  added nearly a million viewers compared to same week last year, closing its viewer deficit relative to ABC World News with Diane Sawyer by 900,000 viewers (500,000 compared to 1.4 million) year to year. CBS is very thankful.

ABC, however, still beat CBS’s for the week, hadabcsawyer more viewers than same week last year, and, stepping back a bit, has narrowed its season margin with NBC in the news demo by double digits to its smallest gap in five years, and is delivering its most watched season in four years.

brianwilliamsThat said, NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams topped them both for the week – by nearly 1.6 million viewers over second placed ABC, which is NBC’s biggest advantage since Thanksgiving week of ’12. NBC’s newscast beat ABC’s by more than a million viewers every night of the week – and by 2.6 million on Wednesday night – marking the fifth consecutive week it’s topped ABC by more than 1 mil. NBC also noted its newscast is the only one to post year-to-year growth in the … Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel Joins Brian Williams, ‘Nightline’, Cable News In Government Shutdown Coverage: Video

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 9:43am PDT

While NBC News kept Brian Williams up late for a special report on the government shutdown last night, and ABC News focused its late-night newsmag Nightline on the same subject for a minute or so, and cable news networks continued what TVNewser best described as “bizarro New Year’s Eve”-like coverage of the shutdown — complete with onscreen countdown clocks and shots of the Statue of Liberty. ABC’s late-night host Jimmy Kimmel tackled the serious subject on his show, taking a camera outside his Hollywood studio to gauge people’s understanding of the health-care debate behind the shutdown. It was not pretty:

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