HBO’s Last Week Tonight host John Oliver this morning told CBS This Morning that he did not not crash the FCC‘s website when his show did its “deep dive” story about the FCC and net neutrality last Sunday. “We didn’t crash their web site, Charlie — that’s a huge accusation,” Oliver told Charlie Rose after Rose reported that Oliver’s show had just that. “We merely pointed people to their website and told them why they should be angry about it, and they went in droves.” Watch here:
ABC News’ Good Morning America outstripped NBC News’ Today by 761,000 viewers and 279,000 news demo viewers the week of April 7. It’s GMA‘s seventh consecutive week on top of the morning infotainment show race in both metrics, and its largest demo margin in three months. GMA has ranked No. 1 in overall audience for 89 of the past 93 weeks, and No. 1 in the news demo for 25 of this season’s 29 weeks to date.
Today meanwhile, boasted it finished first with the younger, 18-49 year old age bracket, for the 42nd consecutive week. Today is on top of the ratings in the daypart with men 25-54 this season, NBC noted — as well as adults, men and women 18-49. Today has posted seven consecutive months of ratings growth in total viewers, and both the 25-54 and 18-49 demos which NBC says is the show’s biggest ratings uptick since ’97.
For the week, GMA clocked 5.617 million viewers — 2.212 million in the demo. Today logged 4.856 million viewers — 1.933 million in the demo. GMA bested CBS This Morning‘s 3.041 million viewers — 956,000 in the news demo.
The same day ABC’s Good Morning Americaofficially said so long to news anchor Josh Elliott, it announced it had delivered its most watched quarter in more than 22 years in first quarter 2014. The show also celebrated its first demo win for a quarter in which NBC broadcast an Olympics, since Nielsen’s electronic records began. That said, Today, which broadcast during a chunk of the quarter from the Sochi Winter Games, cut its quarterly total viewer gap relative to GMA by 22% (150,000) and posted the most year-to-year total viewer growth of the broadcast morning infotainment programs.
The quarter was GMA’s seventh consecutive win over Today in total viewers and sixth in the news demo. GMA logged 5.908 million viewers in the quarter and 2.339 demo viewers. NBC’s Today clocked 5.369 million viewers and 2.210 demo viewers. CBS This Morning averaged 3.148 million viewers and 1.060 million demo viewers — which, is that morning show’s best first-quarter total viewer delivery in a decade, and an 11% total-viewer jump compared to same quarter last year.
Weekly Column: NBC’s Today made the most of its big “get” this morning — Matt Lauer’s exclusive and chilling interview with Dottie Sandusky, wife of former Penn State assistant football coach/convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky, in which she said the victims were “manipulated” when they “saw money,” did not scream from the basement of her house as one has claimed, and that her husband having showered with the boys is a generational thing. ABC’s Good Morning America, meanwhile, was touting its talk with ABC News’ Dan Harris about the on-air panic attack he suffered a decade ago – the result, he says, of years spent covering wars abroad and his use of recreational drugs to deal with the emotional aftermath of that war coverage.
Coming out of the Sochi Games, the morning infotainment-show war has never been hotter. Today, which won the two weeks of the Winter Olympics – its first weekly victories since the 2012 London Summer Games – returned aggressively with a Love Your Selfie interactive campaign, a ribbon-cutting on its new outdoor space by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and a make-up hug between de Blasio and Today weatherman Al Roker after their much-reported Twitter dust-up. Lauer’s Sandusky exclusive is Today‘s latest sit-down in that aggressive post-Sochi push that also included a chat with Toronto’s click-bait mayor Rob Ford. Even so, GMA jumped back on top in the ratings the very first week after Sochi, and has widened its lead each week, though the gap is still smaller than the 1.1 million lead GMA had on Today this season leading up to Sochi. “All this competition has been good for the viewer – we’re all trying harder, all fighting as hard as we ever have,” Today EP Don Nash told Deadline. “I’ve been at this show 25 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it. … We are fighting for every viewer.”
The most camera-ready opponent of Comcast’s merger plans with Time Warner Cable — who, ironically, owes his big break to Comcast-owned NBC — went on CBS This Morning to again blast the proposed merger, saying “consumers will end up paying more, there will be less competition, there will be less innovation and, worse, even worse service.” Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) this morning said he sent out an email to his constituents to get their “feelings about what kind of service they get from Comcast” and whether they think the proposed deal “will be good.” “I got 60,000 responses, and believe me, people don’t like their service from Comcast, and they don’t think this deal is going to help them,” said Franken — who, before entering politics in a big way was a writer and performer on the now Comcast-owned NBC’s Saturday Night Live from its launch in the mid 1970s until 1980, returning in 1985 for another decade. Watch his appearance here:
A Halloween coup and a Dancing With The Stars pop catapulted ABC’s Good Morning America to its second consecutive November sweep win among the broadcast morning infotainment programs. GMA won the sweep in the news demo (2.226 million viewers) and among viewers of all ages (5.950 million). The win marks GMA’s first back-to-back November sweep wins in 20 years overall, and 21 years in the demo. The November victory extends GMA’s streak to six straight in total viewers and five in the demo.
Today, meanwhile, noted this morning is has now been No. 1 rated in the 18-49 demo for 77 consecutive sweeps overall and 22 consecutive November sweeps. News programming is not typically sold off that demo, but it is one that NBC targets aggressively in other dayparts. Read More »
The trick to co-anchoring CBS’ morning show, contributing to 60 Minutes, and anchoring two programs for PBS is to “not read the book twice” – and two naps a day, Charlie Rose said this morning. “I’m worried about you, Charlie. I’m worried about your health and you’re doing too much,” one TV critic said during his Q&A for PBS. “I’m flattered you worry about me and I would like you to continue to worry about me,” Rose responded to her. His PBS exec producer calls him “an intellectual athlete.”
Back in May, PBS, home of Rose’s syndicated Charlie Rose program since 1993, announced Rose also would host a new Friday night primetime show (Fridays at 8:30 PM) titled Charlie Rose Weekend, debuting in July. It replaced the net’s Need To Know newsmag. The program combines highlights from the 71-year-old host’s late-night program with new interviews and discussions of topics in politics, science, business, culture, media and sports. Read More »
Good Morning America‘s ratings hot streak has continued right through the May sweep. The ABC morning show won the key period for the first time in 19 years in the adults 25-54 demo (2.102 million viewers) and the first time in 18 years in total viewers (5.704 million). Those numbers were up 2% and 10% year-over-year, respectively, the network said today. Previously, those May sweep top spots had been held by NBC’s Today, which finished second overall among the morning shows this year, behind GMA by 921,000 in total viewers and 110,000 in 25-54, the largest margins in 21 and 19 years, respectively. Today did edge GMA in 18-49 viewers (1.507 million vs. 1.512 million), and the shows tied in 18-49 ratings (1.2/10). GMA nearly doubled the performance of CBS This Morning during the month in viewers and 25-54. Overall, the May sweep was GMA’s fourth sweep victory in a row in viewers and third in a row in 25-54. (See the full rankings below.) Read More »
ABC’s Good Morning America looks like it will win the November sweep in the key 25-54 demographic and total viewers for the first time since the middle of the 1990s. The early morning show pulled in 2.034 million in the demo for a 1.7/12 rating during the span from October 25-November 21, marking GMA’s first victory in the demo in any sweeps period since July 1994. NBC’s Today(1.7/12) drew 1.991 million adults 25-54 during sweeps and CBS This Morning (0.9/6) 1.068 million. GMA also looks poised to finish tops in total viewership for the first time since November 1995, garnering 5.348 million total viewers during the sweep stretch; Today had 4.885 million and CBS This Morning had 2.789. GMA has seen a sure and steady ratings rise in recent months over rival Today outside of during the Summer Olympics. GMA started the 2012-2013 season in the top spot in the demo and total viewers, the first time in two decades it won premiere week in total viewers and in 21 years since it beat Today in the demo. Season to date, GMA is up 5% in total viewers and 3% in the demo vs a year ago.
Brian Applegate has been named senior broadcast producer and Matthew Glick senior producer at CBS This Morning. Applegate had been executive producer for CBS News’ overnight Up To The Minute newscast and the 4 AM broadcast CBS Morning News. He also was responsible for the network’s overnight breaking news cut-ins, including the death of Ted Kennedy and the killing of Osama bin Laden. “Brian has terrific news judgment, and now you’ll see that on a bigger platform,” said Chris Licht, VP Programming at CBS News and executive producer of CBS This Morning. “He is also a great leader and control room pro.” Glick, who will head the morning show’s booking department, most recently was a senior producer at NBC Universal in the Special Bookings unit, where he helped launch Rock Center With Brian Williams. His various roles at NBC News included supervising producer on the weekend edition of Today.
The founder of Turner Broadcasting — and, arguably, the cable programming industry — tells Charlie Rose today on CBS This Morning that he wishes CNN had “a little less fluff.” But he lost control of the news channel when Time Warner merged with AOL, his biggest regret as a businessman. As for politics, Ted Turner says President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are “both smart and attractive and either one would do a pretty decent job.” But he sides with Obama because he’s “better on the environment and really and truly wants to end the wars.” Here’s a clip:
The director tells CBS This Morning that yes, his The Master is loosely based on L Ron Hubbard and Dianetics and “investigating what that movement was”. Paul Thomas Anderson also fielded a question about Harvey Weinstein, who will push the buttons on The Master‘s Oscar campaign as awards season warms up: “He’s a bull in a china shop — but he’s your bull, and it’s great to have him”.
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.
Three days after being announced as a new co-host on CBS This Morning, former CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell joined her fellow hosts Charlie Rose and Gayle King along with her CBS News bosses on a TCA panel to promote the news division. O’Donnell replaces Erica Hill. It was made clear that the timing of the shakeup isn’t coincidental and comes as the Presidential election enters the homestretch. “It really is about Norah and her abilities,” said CBS News chairman Jeff Fager. “We just feel like in terms of where we’re going, and with Norah’s experience in reporting and where we’re going with our broadcast, that she’s just such a perfect fit. Especially going into the election, coming right out of the White House, she just adds so much. And Erica’s been a great pro for us. She helped launch this program. We hope she stays. We just think this is a better fit.” For her part, O’Donnell said that she was “thrilled” to be on the broadcast. “It’s an exciting time,” she added. “Two hours of live television. There’s nothing else like it. I think we’re now 100 days out from the election so we’ve got two conventions coming up, three Presidential debates, one Vice Presidential debate, so I’m excited to join them on politics and do what I do best. Also some new stuff. I made the decision this week.” Read More »
The London Olympics could not come soon enough for embattled NBC morning show Today. Rival Good Morning America tied Today in adults 25-54 (1.737 million) for the week of July 16 and logged its fourth consecutive weekly win in total viewers (4.598 million vs. 4.245 million for Today) to post its first No. 1 weekly finish in both measures for the first time in nearly 17 years — since the week of September 11, 1995. GMA‘s winning margin in total viewers was the largest in more than 17 years, since the week of May 15, 1995, as ABC’s morning program outdrew Today in total viewers every day Monday-Friday for a second consecutive week. CBS This Morning was far behind with 2.341 million total viewers and 877,000 adults 25-54.
The only face on CBS This Morning from CBS’ previous morning program, Erica Hill, is now gone. CBS News has named its Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell co-host of CBS This Morning. O’Donnell, who was once considered a possible successor to Meredith Vieira on Today, will join co-hosts Charlie Rose and Gayle King beginning this fall. The news comes after O’Donnell recently substituted for Hill, sitting next to Rose and King on the CBS morning program. Here’s what O’Donnell said about her guest stint on the show just last week: “I told Erica Hill who is letting me fill in for her, I promised not to leave too many crumbs in her keyboard; I won’t mess up her office too much.” Ironic, huh?
Now she tells us: Oprah Winfrey‘s struggling network, OWN — a joint venture with Discovery — wasn’t ready when it launched last year. In a guest appearance this morning on CBS This Morning the talk show host and OWN chief tells her good friend Gayle King and Charlie Rose that SNL-creator Lorne Michaels warned her that people wanted to see her fail. But she says that the criticism is “just press…Just because you failed at something — and we haven’t failed — doesn’t make you a failure.” Now she says that she’s doing “what we should have done at the beginning” — which is to build the network a show and a night at a time. “I said from the beginning, this channel can’t be based on me. It has to be based on my philosophy and ideas.”
Three months after her BFF Gayle King started on CBS This Morning, Oprah Winfrey will make an appearance on the revamped morning program. She will sit down with King and her co-hosts Charlie Rose and Erica Hill on Monday. Topics listed by CBS include the latest developments at OWN and life after her daytime talk show. Because of the close ties between Winfrey and King, speculation about a Winfrey visit to CBS This Morning started at the very launch of the show. At the show’s TCA session in January, executive producer Chris Licht confirmed that the plan was to get the former talk-show queen as a guest. Added King, “Yes, “We’re not stoopid with two o’s. We will have Oprah on when it makes sense to have her on.”
Not very encouraging news for CBS’ rebranded morning show: In its first week, CBS This Morning, hosted by Gayle King, CHarlie Rose and Erica Hill, averaged 2.7 million viewers, 1.1 million of them in the adults 25-54 demographic. It finished well behind NBC’s Today (5.5 million, 2.4 million) and ABC’s Good Morning America (4.9 million, 2.0 million). What’s more, CBS This Morning was down 10% in total viewers and 13% in 25-54 from the same week last year, which marked the second week of the revamped CBS Early Show with Hill, Chris Wragge and Dave Price as hosts. This was the steepest decline among all broadcast morning programs despite This Morning featuring high-profile guests including Michelle Obama. (In several big markets — including Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa and Orlando – This Morning was even beaten by Fox News’ Fox & Friends in total viewers.) Today was down 6% in total viewers and 10% in 25-54, while GMA was actually up, 3% in total viewers and 10% in 25-54. GMA posted its smallest weekly demo margin with Today in more than two years. GMA co-host George Stephanopoulos also is bringing gains to ABC’s This Week in his return as host. In its second outing on January 15, This Week With George Stephanopoulos drew 2.7 million viewers and 780,000 adults 25-54, up 12%/4% from Stephanopoulos’ 2012 debut and posting the program’s largest audience in 10 months.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Change in the weather at CBS: At today’s CBS This Morning TCA panel, executive producer Chris Licht talked about why the new morning competitor has eliminated that longtime staple of morning TV: national weather reports. While the show builds four local weather segments into each program, Licht, also VP of news programming, said local audiences identify with their local news personalities. He said the show does not want to introduce a “cliché weather guy.” However, “when weather is news on a national level, we will absolutely cover it,” the executive said, Appearing via satellite with the program’s co-hosts — Charlie Rose, Erica Hill and Gayle King — Licht also fielded questions about why CBS continues to try to compete in the morning talk program arena when the network has found little success against NBC’s behemoth Today and ABC’s Good Morning America. “It is the daypart that has the most upside, the most opportunity to make a lot of money,” Licht said. “To not try would be very foolish.” The question was asked: How much money? “A lot. I mean, not ’60 Minutes’ money, but a lot,” Licht replied. Read More »