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FX’s ‘The Strain’ Debuts Strong With Nearly 3M Viewers

By | Tuesday July 15, 2014 @ 8:32am PDT

FX’s ‘The Strain’ Debuts Strong With Nearly 3M ViewersIt was icky, dark and something bloodier is definitely going on with The Strain, but that seems OK with viewers.  FX’s new series based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan pulled in an audience of 2.99 million Sunday night for its 1-hour and 42-minute debut at 10PM. That’s 42% better that the cabler’s most recent other drama debut Tyrant did on its June 24th premiere. Showing good DVR life in Live+3 numbers, the Middle East-based series drew 2.1 million viewers for its initial 1-hour and 22-minute opener that Tuesday night. With the first heavily promoted episode directed by del Toro and EP’d by the Pacific Rim director, Hogan and Carlton Cuse, the vampire drama was also 12% higher in terms of its audience than the 2.65 million viewers that the 97-minute debut of limited series Fargo got on April 15.

The Strain follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, played by Corey Stoll, as the NYC head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team. Goodweather and his crew are trying to figure out a mysterious viral outbreak that seems to have arrived via a Berlin-originated plane of seemingly dead passengers. That outbreak reveals itself to be a strain of vampirism. While the series hasn’t officially been picked up for a second cycle, Cuse and del Toro have already said that they don’t want The Strain to go more than 5 seasons.

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UPDATE: World Cup 2014 Delivers ESPN & Univision’s Best Soccer Ratings Ever

By and | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 1:40pm PDT

UPDATE: World Cup 2014 Delivers ESPN & Univision’s Best Soccer Ratings Ever2ND UPDATE, 1:40 PM: We know the winner of yesterday’s World Cup final was Germany, but it looks like ABC/ESPN and Univision scored too. Both broadcasters had their best World Cup ever this year, with ESPN/ABC up 39% in viewership over the 2010 World Cup and up 96% over the 2006 World Cup. Over the 64 games of this year’s tournament, Univision was up 34% from its total audience from 2010.

Broadcasting live on ABC on Sunday afternoon, the Germany’s 1-0 victory over Argentina in a game that went extra time was watched by 17.324 million viewers with an average rating of 9.1. That marks the most-watched men’s soccer final ever for the Disney-owned properties and the third-most-watched soccer game ever in the U.S., behind only the 18.22 million who watched USA-Portugal on ESPN on June 22 and the 17.95 million who saw Team USA win the Women’s World Cup final in 1999 over China. Sunday’s final was the most-watched World Cup championship game in U.S. Spanish-language TV history with an average total audience of 9.2 million (5.0 million adults 18-49), with the broadcaster out-delivering ABC in the big Miami and LA markets. Read More »

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‘The Hunt With John Walsh’ Delivers CNN’s Best Original Series Demo Debut

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 12:37pm PDT

‘The Hunt With John Walsh’ Delivers CNN’s Best Original Series Demo DebutThe cable news network found its ratings prey last night. With 330,000 viewers in the Adults 25-54 demo, CNN’s new original series The Hunt With John Walsh is the highest-rated debut of an Original Series on the network ever. That beats the 284,000 that The Sixties got for CNN on May 29. While that is good news for the often ratings unsteady Jeff Zucker-run CNN, The Hunt also got a pretty good run in total viewers too. With 989,000 watching, the fugitive investigation series fronted by the former America’s Most Wanted host beat Fox News Channel by 21% and MSNBC by 174% in total viewers. The new show outperformed FNC’s 9 PM offering and MSNBCs by 141% and 63% in the key news demo, though Fox was airing a repeat of On The Record. The Hunt is produced by Zero Point Zero Productions, the same people behind CNN’s other hit of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, which aired in the same slot. The infamous chef and international traveler’s show’s Season 3 debut got 325,000 in the 25-54 demo on April 13 this year, that’s a 34% rise over its Season 2 bow on September 15, 2013.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’& ‘Rising Star’ Up, ‘Unforgettable’ Soars, ABC Tops Sunday Among Demo

By | Monday July 14, 2014 @ 8:55am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’& ‘Rising Star’ Up, ‘Unforgettable’ Soars, ABC Tops Sunday Among DemoOn a busy TV Sunday that saw the World Cup final on ABC and cable debuts and season returns, CBS was the only one of the Big 4 to offer almost a full slate of originals. Coming off a 60 Minutes (1.0/4) repeat, the third Sunday broadcast of Season 16 of Big Brother (2.1/7) saw a Harry Potter inspired block competition that resulted in some very fetching outfits on the contestants. It also saw the 1-hour BB rise 11% over its July 6 show. Big Brother was the top show ratingswise and the second highest after the 60 Minutes repeat’s 8.10 million, in overall viewers with 6.66 million watching. The rest of CBS’ night wasn’t so bad either with Unforgettable (0.9/3) soaring 29% from the double-digit drop of last week. The network ended the night with freshman Reckless (0.6/2), which was even with its July 6 show.

Not even at all, at least in preliminary ratings, was ABC’s new high tech, high concept competition show Rising Star (1.4/4). After declining since it June 22 debut and then stabilizing last week, the 2-hour live on the East Coast show took a step upward last night with a 17% rise from the week before- that’s the best result since the show’s premiere. Couldn’t hurt that its lead-in Wipeout (1.3/4), the only other original on ABC last night, was up almost the same with a 17% jump over its not so strong July 6th show to a season high. ABC won the night with a 1.2/4 … Read More »

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World Cup: Germany Beats Argentina In Final

By | Sunday July 13, 2014 @ 2:36pm PDT

World Cup: Germany Beats Argentina In FinalWith a goal scored at nearly the end of extra time, Germany has won the 2014 World Cup over Argentina. After a 0–0 score after a regulation 90 minutes, the European side’s Mario Gotze took a pass off his chest, then kicked it past  the South Americans in the 112th minute to take the Beautiful Game’s greatest prize before a crowd of 74,738 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a global audience of probably billions watching on TV (we’ll have ratings as soon as they become available). A last-minute direct kick by Argentina’s Lionel Messi sailed high over the German net that might have evened the score, and sent the game into a shoot out. This is only the sixth time a World Cup final has gone into extra time. The win is German’s fourth World Cup, after victories in 1954, 1974 and 1990 (well, it was West German then, and the win also came over Argentina).

Starting on June 13 with 32 teams competing, this year’s tournament has seen record-breaking ratings and viewership results for both of the tournament’s U.S. broadcasters, ESPN and Univision.Both have seen double-digit gains over the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Check back Monday morning for TV ratings results from today’s final from both countries as well the stateside broadcasters. Today’s final was shown on ABC as well as the Spanish language broadcaster.

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History Wins With ‘Pawnography’ Game Show Debut Starring ‘Pawn Stars’ Trio

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 1:25pm PDT

History Wins With ‘Pawnography’ Game Show Debut Starring ‘Pawn Stars’ TrioTurns out the move into game shows were a good bet for the gang from Pawn Stars and for History. The 10 PM debut last night of Pawnography pulled in 2.82 million viewers with 995,000 among Adults 18-49 and 1.2 million among the 25-54s. While that is far below Image (5) history_channel_logo__140523153130-150x150.jpeg for post 738303the 3.18 million total viewers who tuned in for the Season 8 premiere of Pawn Stars in October, the premiere of the Leftfield Pictures game show actually is the best any new show has done on History this year. Appalachian Outlaws drew 2.79 million for its January 9 premiere Fellow reality series Curse Of Oak Island got 2.5 million for its January 5 debut. It certainly didn’t hurt Pawnography that its debut was the lead-out to the most recent episode of Pawn Stars, which was watched by 3.477 million viewers and was the most watched original on cable last night.

Related: History Barters For Trivia Game Show Starring ‘Pawn Stars’ Guys

pawnographyShot in Vegas, home of the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop made even more famous after 8 cycles of the reality show, and hosted by comedian Christopher Titus, Pawnography sees contestants face off against PS stars Rick Harrison, his son Corey and his pal Austin “Chumlee” Russell. Through three escalating rounds, participants … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Rises, ‘Welcome To Sweden’ & ‘Working The Engels’ Debut Soft, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ & ‘NY Med’ Up

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Rises, ‘Welcome To Sweden’ & ‘Working The Engels’ Debut Soft, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ & ‘NY Med’ UpThe television world was very busy yesterday with the announcement of the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, but it also was pretty packed in primetime last night as well. After a quiet Thursday last week because of the July 4th holiday, all of the Big 4 were playing originals last night. With just Big Brother (2.0/7) on, CBS was the lightest of all the networks originals-wise. Having said that, the second elimination of the voyeuristic reality show’s 16th season proved the heavyweight of the night. The 1-hour BB was the top show of the night among Adults 18-49 and the second-most-watched show of Thursday’s primetime with 6.15 million viewers after the 7.86 million who tuned in for a Big Bang Theory (1.7/9) encore. However, the real news is the demo leap that Big Brother made out of last week’s holiday airing – the show was up 25% over its slumped July 3 broadcast, which was a series low. It was also up 11% from its June 26 show among the 18-49s. All of which meant, with the BBT and The Millers (1.3/5) encores and a repeat of the debut of the new Halle Berry sci-fi thriller series Extant (0.7/2), that CBS took the night both in the 18-49 demo with a 1.4 rating and in total viewers with 5.61 million watching.
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UPDATE: Germany’s Victory Over Brazil Top Rated Non-U.S. Team World Cup Game Ever

UPDATE: Germany’s Victory Over Brazil Top Rated Non-U.S. Team World Cup Game EverUPDATE, 1:31 PM: When you win 7-1, you win big. Like Germany’s big semifinal win over Brazil yesterday at the World Cup, ESPN had a very good game. With a 4.2 rating and 6.643 million viewers watching the afternoon game on the sports network, the match was both the highest-rated and most viewed World Cup semifinal in American TV history. In fact with the exception of games where the now departed TeamUSA played, yesterday’s match is the highest- rated World Cup ever on ESPN/ESPN2. It beat the 4.0 that Mexico’s loss to the Netherlands on June 20 pulled in, which was the previous non-USA participating record. Over on Univision, the stunning blow-out game drew 5.8 million viewers to be the top World Cup semifinal ever on the Spanish language network. Germany will face the winner of today’s semifinal between the Netherlands and Argentina on July 13.

PREVIOUS, 2:34 AM: Is a spoiler alert really necessary on what’s already such a historic game?…

In the highest-scoring semi-final match in the 84-year history of the World Cup, Germany crushed Brazil 7-1 on Tuesday. We do not yet have viewing figures from Brazil, but in Germany, the historic triumph drew an all-time record audience. An average of 32.57M viewers watched from 10 PM local time on ZDF. The previous record was set by the 2010 World Cup semi-finals in South Africa which drew 31.1M. A staggering 87.8% of the country was tuned in last night — and that of course … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Night Shift’ Steady As NBC Wins Night, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ Gains

By | Wednesday July 9, 2014 @ 9:05am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Night Shift’ Steady As NBC Wins Night, ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ GainsHeading into the debut of CBS’ Halle Berry sci-fi thriller Extant tonight and the whirlwind of the Emmy nominations announcement on Thursday, it was a quiet summer primetime on the Big 4 last night. As in previous weeks, an encore of America’s Got Talent (1.7/6) was the highest-rated show of the night. Following that was The Night Shift (1.3/7), NBC’s only new show of the night. Featuring a heavily armed guest appearance by Ray Donovan’s Steven Bauer, the penultimate episode of the first season of the medical drama slipped 7% from its July 1 show – which had been a big leap up from the week before. With a strong lead-in from AGT, Night Shift was the second-highest-rated show of the night among adults 18-49. Overall, NBC won Tuesday both among the key demo with a 1.6/5 rating and 7.416 million viewers.

ABC was the only network to have a full slate of originals with first Extreme Weight Loss (1.0/4) and then Celebrity Wife Swap (1.0/3). With former SNLer Joe Piscopo and The Brady Bunch’s Barry “Greg” Williams doing the honors on the latter, CWS was even with last week while its two-hour lead-in was up 11%.

Both CBS and Fox were all repeats with the latter’s NCIS encore proving the most-watched show of the night with 7.95 million viewers.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Bachelorette’ Rises, ‘Masterchef’ & ’24′ Steady

By | Tuesday July 8, 2014 @ 9:01am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Under The Dome’ Cracks, ‘Bachelorette’ Rises, ‘Masterchef’ & ’24′ SteadyIt was that usual summer mixed bag of repeats and original programming last night across almost all of the Big 4. CBS’ only new show of the night was Under The Dome (1.7/5) — but it was not a clear view by any stretch. The second show of the second season was the most-watched show of the night with 7.71 million viewers, but the summer drama based on the Stephen King tale took a hard 19% dive from last week’s season premiere among adults 18-49. It was also down 1.68 million viewers from last week and hit a series lows in  the key demo.

Over on Fox, things were truly cooking. First course was MasterChef (1.9/7). The never subdued Gordon Ramsay series was even with last week and the top-rated show of the night in the demo. Next up was the penultimate episode of 24: Live Another Day (1.5/5). Full of the international intrigue, competing factions and betrayal we’ve come to expect from this limited event series, the latest 24 bopped up 7% from its June 30 show. Fox was tops Monday in both the demo (1.7/6)  and total viewers (5.850 million). Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Unforgettable’ Falls, ‘Big Brother’ & ‘Rising Star’ Even, Miley Cyrus Special Low

By | Monday July 7, 2014 @ 9:07am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE:  ‘Unforgettable’ Falls, ‘Big Brother’ & ‘Rising Star’ Even, Miley Cyrus Special LowThe end of the July 4th holiday weekend was almost a full house in primetime. While CBS was the only one of the Big 4 to have the closest to full schedule of new shows, ABC and NBC threw their hats somewhat into the ring as well. On a night that saw TV usage down 5% from June 29, Fox went for all animation encores and a Brain Game (0.5/2) special at 7 PM. They might have wanted to make it all encores as Brain Game was down a hard 50% from its last special on May 24.

The almost full slate proved a winning option for CBS with the network coming out on top in terms of total viewers with 6.136 million watching. They kicked things off with a 60 Minutes (1.0/4) repeat that proved the most watched show of the night with an audience of 8.45 million. Then it was the second Sunday broadcast of this season of Big Brother (1.8/6). The highest-rated broadcast of the night, the vet reality show was even with last week and hence right now tied for a Sunday series low. The news got better for freshman Reckless (0.7/2) which was up 17% among Adults 18-49 from last week’s debut. However, the good times did not continue. Lead-out Unforgettable (0.7/2) took a big hit from its June 29 airing with a 22% fall in the demo.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: Macy’s July 4th Fireworks Fizzle Against 2013 ‘Spectacular’

By | Saturday July 5, 2014 @ 10:47am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: Macy’s July 4th Fireworks Fizzle Against 2013 ‘Spectacular’The Macy’s 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular (1.1/6) wasn’t the only original programming on last night but the NBC special was the only one truly in the Independence Day holiday spirit. However, despite being given a pass by the weather on the East Coast, the 2-hour show hosted by America’s Got Talent’s Nick Cannon did not attract the audience of last year. Featuring performances from NYC and elsewhere by Miranda Lambert, Ariana Grande, Lionel Richie, Enrique Iglesias and the Zac Brown Band as well as lighting up the Manhattan skyline, the Fireworks Spectacular was down 27% among Adults 18-49 from last year’s show. In total viewers, last night’s show drew just 5.3 million compared to the 7.2 million of last year. Of course, July 4, 2013 fell on a Thursday not a Friday, where viewership is always lower so a drop was almost inevitable this year. We also might see adjustments to the live event when the final nationals come in early next week.

Having said that, while overall last night’s fireworks were a slide for NBC, there is a bright side in the sky and ratings for the network. The last time July 4th was on a Friday was back in 2008 when the fireworks were a 1-hour show from 9 – 10 PM. NBC didn’t extend the show to 2-hours until last year. Comparing hour to hour from last night to 6 years ago, the 2014 Fireworks Spectacular was actually up 18% among the key demo and 20% in … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: First ‘Big Brother’ Elimination Of Season Tops Holiday-Eve TV

By | Friday July 4, 2014 @ 10:48am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: First ‘Big Brother’ Elimination Of Season Tops Holiday-Eve TVFireworks in Boston, and a hurricane in the Carolinas, created challenges for stat spinners this morning.

Big Brother‘s first elimination of its 16th season finished first in overall audience (5.12 million viewers) and, if ratings hold, in the demo (1.6).  (Two nights earlier, the fourth episode of the 16th season of Big Brother clocked a 1.8 demo rating, and 5.61 million viewers — the demo performance being a 22% drop from previous week, maybe because the episode featured a spelling bee, as well as the usual internecine shenanigans.) Last night’s 9 PM episode — in which SPOILER ALERT! Joey Van Pelt became the first BB householder to bite the dust, by unanimous vote — was pre-empted in Boston for that city’s annual July 4th Boston Pops concert (12.6) followed by traditional Boston Post-Pops July 4 Fireworks (15.2), CBS noted, adding that there also may have been pre-emptions in some markets for Hurricane Arthur coverage, which may also have affected other broadcasters. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Falls, ‘SYTYCD’ Steady, ‘Taxi Brooklyn’ Rises

By | Thursday July 3, 2014 @ 8:59am PDT

RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Big Brother’ Falls, ‘SYTYCD’ Steady, ‘Taxi Brooklyn’ RisesAs the nation prepares to celebrate the 4th of July, the networks basically stayed on schedule and went for reality last night in primetime. Not everyone had unscripted, but everyone but ABC had new skin in the game. On the fourth episode of the 16th season of Big Brother (1.8/7) it was spelling bee night. Besides bringing us an evolution of the English language with “caltoru,” there was scheming and shuffling for positioning on the vet CBS reality series. There was also a 22% drop from last week, which ties it with Sunday’s episode for the lowest-rated so far this season. Having said that, on a night when America started to turn off its TVs and go into holiday mode and TV usage was down around 4.5% from last week, Big Brother was the highest-rated and the second-most-watched show of the night with 5.61 million tuning in. Read More »

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UPDATE: USA Vs. Belgium Delivers ESPN’s 2nd Most Watched Men’s Soccer Game Ever, Univision Gets Over 5M Viewers

By and | Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 12:48pm PDT

UPDATE: USA Vs. Belgium Delivers ESPN’s 2nd Most Watched Men’s Soccer Game Ever, Univision Gets Over 5M ViewersSpoiler Alert if you haven’t seen matches…

UPDATE, 12:48 PM: Yesterday’s defeat for Team USA was a real letdown for all those across the country who took part of their afternoon to watch the World Cup knockout game against Belgium. However, for ESPN and Univision that dedicated audience was a real score, to use the already overused term. ESPN had 16.49 million viewers watching the game and a 9.8 rating. That is not a record for ESPN, but it is the second-most watched men’s soccer game in U.S. TV history. Yesterday’s game falls behind the 18.22 million who watched the American team’s heartbreaking last-minute tie with Portugal on June 22, which got a 9.6 rating. However, the latter game was on a Sunday unlike yesterday’s weekday match. In that context and the fact that the ratings for Tuesday’s dramatic game doesn’t count all the massive crowds across the nation who watched on jumbo screens means that the U.S. vs. Belgium match probably actually was  much closer to the June 22 game in relative terms

Over on Univision, 5.1 million viewers watched the game, which went into extra time. While not the record-breaking 10.4 million who tuned in for Mexico’s loss on June 29 to the Netherlands nor the 6.5 million who saw Portugal tie Team USA, yesterday’s Univision viewership is better than the 3.4 million who watched America’s 1-0 loss to Germany on June 26. Online, Univision Digital saw a record-breaking 1.8 million unique viewers watch yesterday’s game. Maybe they were there because they were worried that ESPN’s WatchESPN app would crash again as it did during the USA-Germany game. Actually the ESPN app performed rather well and averaged 3.5 million unique viewers during the match. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: NBC’s ‘The Night Shift’ Clocks 25% Ratings Spike After Second-Season Renewal News

By | Wednesday July 2, 2014 @ 9:20am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: NBC’s ‘The Night Shift’ Clocks 25% Ratings Spike After Second-Season Renewal NewsThe same day NBC announced it had picked up The Night Shift for a second season, the hospital drama jumped 25% from last week – from a 1.2 to a 1.5 demo rating– solidifying its 10 PM timeslot dominance. It was the night’s second highest-rated program, behind only its lead-in, America’s Got Talent (2.6/9). The Night Shift ginned up its biggest overall crowd (7.164 million viewers) since its May 27 premiere (7.669 million).

Fueling The Night Shift, America’s Got Talent was even with its most recent original in the time period (a repeat aired in the slot last week), beating its combined competition in the demo, while inching up from same night last year’s 2.4 demo ratings. NBC wound up with a 2.2/8 for the primetime night, and 9.686 million viewers. Next best was CBS tied with ABC, at 0.9/3 for the night. CBS clocked 6.22 million viewers to ABC’s 3.139 mil. CBS relied on repeats of NCIS (1.0/4, 9.967 million viewers), NCIS: LA (0.8/3, 11.927 million ), and Person Of Interest (0.7/2, 4.849 million). ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss, meanwhile, shed 10% of last week’s demo rating, for a slimmed down 0.9.3 (3.753 million viewers), after which Celebrity Wife Swap slipped 31% from last week, to a 0.9/3 (3.010 million).
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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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DeadlineNow Morning Report: SAG-AFTRA Extend Contract, Beach Boys Pic Among CA Tax Credits Winners, World Cup Ratings (Video)

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Morning Report, Tuesday, July 1

SAG-AFTRA and producers are in overtime with their contract talks, having extending last night's midnight deadline; California reveals its list of film and TV projects that will receive production tax credits; and the World Cup continues to deliver big ratings in U.S. and abroad. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

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