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 … Read More »

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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, … Read More »

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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 … 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 … Read More »

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ABC’s ‘World News’ Outstrips NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ In News Demo, Ending Its 243-Week Streak

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 10:02am PDT

ABC News continues to pound away at NBC News. World News With Diane Sawyer just broke NBC Nightly News’s 243-week winning streak in the news demo. Di’s newscast ranked No. 1 for the week of … Read More »

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ABC’s Newscast Edged NBC’s Twice Last Week in Demo — First Time in Nearly Four Years

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 8:20am PDT

UPDATED, 8:50 AM: ABC News continues to land blows against NBC News in the ratings. For the first time in nearly four years,  ABC World News Tonight edge out NBC Nightly News in key news demographics two times in a single week. It happened … Read More »

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Brian Williams & Dan Patrick Considered For Alex Trebek Replacement On ‘Jeopardy’, Matt Lauer & Anderson Cooper Also In Mix

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 1:23pm PDT
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Sony Pictures TV is casting a wide net in its search for a successor to Alex Trebek as host of one of the studio’s top properties, veteran game show Jeopardy!. I have learned that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and NBC Sports personality Dan Patrick are among those approached by the studio, along with embattled Today show co-host Matt Lauer and CNN’s Anderson Cooper. I hear all four have had exploratory conversations with Sony TV, though the studio is not actively pursuing anyone at the moment.

Sony TV’s succession plan for Jeopardy! became a hot topic today after the NY Post reported on Lauer and Cooper being in the mix for the job. With the exception of Patrick, who has presented at the Super Bowl and during the Summer Olympics, Jeopardy! would mark a step up in the ratings department for any of the candidates. Yesterday, Jeopardy! was the No. 1 program on any network among households in the nation’s top market, New York, where Williams, Lauer and Cooper are based. Jeopardy! averaged a 10.0 household rating, edging CBS’ primetime blockbuster The Big Bang Theory (9.1). Lauer’s Today drew less that a third of that, a 2.9 rating. Of course, hosting a syndicated game show, which often films a whole season worth of episodes in a stretch of a couple of months, could be a second job for a top anchor as proven by Meredith Vieira, who juggled hosting Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with her duties on The View and then Today. Read More »

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David Letterman & Brian Williams Rip Karl Rove: Video

By | Wednesday November 7, 2012 @ 4:15pm PST

NBC News anchor Brian Williams went on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman tonight to talk about last night’s election coverage — the polls, the results and Karl Rove’s reaction to Fox News Channel calling the race for Barack Obama. Here’s a preview:

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VIDEO: Brian Williams Vs. NBC Fire Drill

By | Wednesday November 30, 2011 @ 2:30pm PST

You have to give Brian Williams credit for his the-show-must-go-on effort when his opening on last night’s NBC Nightly News was interrupted by a fire alarm inside the newscast’s new studio. Luckily for East Coast viewers, the story on the American Airlines bankruptcy called for a toss to reporter Tom … Read More »

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TV Promo: ‘Rock Center With Brian Williams’

By | Thursday October 27, 2011 @ 11:16am PDT

NBC’s primetime newsmagazine Rock Center With Brian Williams, which is set to premiere on Halloween, is getting the word out via some short promos. This one introduces the show’s contributors — and one who didn’t quite make the cut. Williams has always been good at letting his sense of humor … Read More »

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Ted Koppel Joins NBC’s ‘Rock Center’

By | Thursday October 13, 2011 @ 10:59am PDT

October 13, 2011 – New York, NY – NBC News today announced that Ted Koppel, the legendary and highly respected broadcast journalist, has joined “Rock Center with Brian Williams” as a special correspondent. Koppel will bring his award-winning reporting to the new broadcast, led by Brian Williams, and premiering on Monday, October 31 at 10pm. The announcement was made today by Steve Capus, President of NBC News.

“We’re truly honored to have Ted join ‘Rock Center with Brian Williams’ as a special correspondent,” said Capus. “A pioneer of broadcast journalism, Ted has touched every major news event spanning nearly 5 decades, and not only does he bring a tremendous amount of experience to the broadcast, he is a tireless advocate for quality journalism, and is one of our profession’s premier storytellers.”

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Meredith Vieira Joins Brian Williams’ NBC Primetime Newsmagazine

Meredith Vieira, who announced in May that she was retiring from her job as Today co-host and signed off in June, isn’t settled into her rocking chair just yet. NBC News said today that Vieira has been named … Read More »

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What Will Harry Smith Do At NBC’s Mysterious Primetime Newscast?

NBC didn’t spill any secrets about the unnamed hourlong prime time news program that Brian Williams is developing when it announced today that former CBS News anchor Harry Smith will join the team as “one of the correspondents.” The … Read More »

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NBC Eyeing Brian Williams In Primetime?

By | Thursday May 12, 2011 @ 5:15pm PDT

NBC is developing a prime-time newsmagazine series with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams as host, according to a published report, and it could be announced as early as Monday during the network’s upfront presentation in New York. The Wall … Read More »

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Jeff Zucker Roasted By Former And Soon-To-Be-Former NBC Colleagues

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Katie Couric, Alec Baldwin, Brian Williams, Mark Feuerstein and Lorne Michaels took turns roasting outgoing CEO of NBC Universal Jeff Zucker at the Center for Communication’s annual Frank Stanton award luncheon at the Pierre Hotel in New York today. According to news reports, … Read More »

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