ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer told World News viewers tonight that she is taking a new role at the division at the end of the summer, then welcomed incoming World News anchor David Muir to the set. “What a humbling day this has been for me,” Muir said, then began to reminisce about his childhood dream of being a reporter alongside Sawyer. “There have been so many stories … Bin Laden captured and killed, collecting our thoughts in Joplin,” he remembered fondly, reiterating that she is “the captain here.” He added, “You and I have so much planned.”
TV news industry navel lint gazing broke out today as ABC News announced that Diane Sawyer was stepping down as anchor of its evening newscast. Some highlights:
1) Diane Sawyer likes to go out on top. ABC World News won the May sweep in the news demo – the newscast’s first sweep demo win in more than six years. Last time ABC’s newscast won a sweep was February of ’08, with Sawyer’s predecessor, Charles Gibson. Sawyer took over the show in December of ’09. “Look at Diane’s career – she always likes to go out on top,” said one industry observer. “She won the May book, why not go out on top – that’s very typical of her,” said another.
2) ABC News is trying to split the baby. Giving to David Muir the World News chair, while naming Chief Anchor title and giving him Sawyer’s chair during breaking news events and specials (presidential election coverage, etc.) had navel lint gazers trying to figure out “who won.” Some say Stephanopoulos got “passed over,” but others dismiss that as old school, noting Stephanopoulos co-anchors the news division’s morning show, which is more important these days. (Matt Lauer, the reigning king of morning infotainment TV recently re-signed at NBC’s Today for more than $20 million a year, which eclipses the reported $12 mil a year Sawyer has been making). George Stephanopoulos to the new … Read More »
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The Supreme Court struck a deadly blow today against Aereo in its battle with broadcasters, ruling that the streaming service violates broadcast companies’ copyrights, Diane Sawyer is stepping down as anchor of 'ABC World News', character actor Eli Wallach has died at the age of 98. Dominic Patten reports.
SCOTUS Scuttles Aereo; “It’s Over”, Says Diller
Diane Sawyer Stepping Down From ‘ABC World News’
R.I.P. Eli Wallach
This morning, as ABC News announced Diane Sawyer was stepping down from her anchor gig — David Muir takes the chair during the evening news, but George Stephanopoulos gets the throne for all breaking news broadcasts and specials as ABC News’s Chief Anchor — the three tweeted out their spins on the situation. Extra points if you guessed David Muir is having an incredibly humbling day.
Diane Sawyer will lead “new programming,” the network said, “tackling big issues and extraordinary interviews.” George Stephanopoulos, who anchors Good Morning America and This Week, will add the title Chief Anchor of ABC News — he will be the chief anchor during all special reports and breaking news. David Muir, who has anchored newsmag 20/20 since 2013 as well as the weekend newscast, will become anchor and managing editor of World News starting September 2.
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The first video from Hillary Clinton‘s interview with Diane Sawyer aired tonight on World News With Diane Sawyer. The one-hour ABC News primetime special Hillary Clinton: Public And Private – One On One With Diane Sawyer airs Monday at 9 PM ET.
Four days after Hillary Clinton was a “surprise guest” on Barbara Walters’ final day on ABC’s The View, the network announced Diane Sawyer would interview Clinton during a one-hour ABC News primetime special on Monday, June 9 at 9 PM, in conjunction with Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices. But, even before that primetime special, excerpts from the interview will air that night on World News With Diane Sawyer at 6:30 PM. Excerpts from that sit-down also will run across other ABC News programs and platforms, including Nightline, ABCNews.com, ABC News Radio, ABC NewsOne and Fusion.
Then, if that’s not enough Clinton, Robin Roberts will have the first live interview with the former Secretary of State, Senator and FLOTUS on ABC’s Good Morning America the next morning, June 10.
Clinton’s book is published by Simon & Schuster – a division of CBS Corp.
NBC 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.
Are there any questions left to ask the cast and creator of AMC‘s Mad Men? ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer gives it a whirl on her World News tomorrow night; additional portions of the interview will follow on Nightline and Friday’s Good Morning America. Part 1 of Mad Men’s final season kicks in Sunday, April 13. Here’s a preview of the interviews:
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ABC’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 »
CBS’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, had 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.
That 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 »
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 July 22 in 25-54, beating Brian Williams’ newscast by 38,000 viewers in the age bracket. This marks ABC’s largest demo margin over NBC’s newscast in nearly five years. Ironically, Di was off Wednesday through Friday of last week, while Williams was in the anchor chair all week. David Muir filled in for Di those three nights. More to the point, on Wednesday, ABC’s evening newscast led with Royal Baby coverage and, on Thursday with Robin Roberts’ interview with the George Zimmerman trial juror. But ABC News had been pointed in this direction, ratings-wise for some time. One week earlier, for the first time in nearly four years, its newscast edged out NBC’s twice in a single week, following a 10-week period in which ABC‘s newscast beat NBC‘s once a week on five occasions, with head-to-head regular telecasts — always on a Friday night. But the week of July 14, ABC News‘ demo wins happened on Monday and Tuesday. Among viewers of all ages, World News delivered some of its closest numbers relative to Nightly of the past 42 weeks. Di clocked 7.287 million viewers. Brian bagged 7.536 mil (Scott Pelley logged 5.954 million). With these stats Di slashed her … Read More »
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 last week — final ratings for the week came in this morning – and follows a 10-week period in which ABC‘s newscast beat NBC‘s once a week on five occasions, with head-to-head regular telecasts — always on a Friday night. But the week of July 14, ABC News‘s demo wins happened on Monday and Tuesday. The gap between the two newscasts in the key age bracket stood at just 95,000 viewers for the week. On Monday, ABC’s newcast logged 2.009 million viewers in the demo, to NBC’s 1.972 million. Tuesday ABC averaged 1.891 million and NBC 1.820 million. It’s the first time in three years and 10 months ABC’s newscast has edged out NBC’s twice in one week in the age bracket.
For a fifth consecutive week ABC’s newscast cut its year-to-year demo gap with NBC’s by double digits – last week by 40 percent. Season to date, ABC World News is posting its smallest gap with NBC Nightly News in five years.
ABC says President Obama will sit down next week with Diane Sawyer in his first national interview following Wednesday night’s debate. Portions of the interview will air on Wednesday, October 10 on ABC World News, the eve of the vice presidential debate. Sawyer’s extended interview with the President will air later this month as a part of Portrait Of A President, a special series of reports that will take a closer look at the two men running for President. Sawyer anchored special Portrait Of A President reports of Sen. John McCain and then Sen. Barack Obama in 2008.