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ABC's "World News" has held steady under new anchor Diane Sawyer.
In its first three days on the air last week, "ABC World News with Diane Sawyer" averaged 8.6 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating/7 share among adults 25-54.
That is up 6% in total viewers and flat in the demo from the newscast's season-to-date average under Sawyer's predecessor Charles Gibson.
Sawyer also increased the viewership gap between "World News" and the CBS' "Evening News with Katie Couric" (6.2 million, 1.5/5) to its largest size in 11 months.
NBC's "Nightly News with Brian Williams" (9.4 million, 2.3/8) continues to be broadcast newscast leader, which dominates among younger viewers.
(Thursday and Friday were excluded from the networks' tallies because of the Christmas holiday and preemptions.) »
- By Nellie Andreeva
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Did you tune in for Diane’s “World News” debut?
Hey, Diane Sawyer — congratulations on your new gig as anchor of “World News Tonight!” Your first night on the job earned you about 8.9 million viewers, according to Fast Affiliate Nielsen data, which means you beat out Katie Couric on CBS (she got 5.9 million) and came real close to tying with Brian Williams on NBC (he had 9.3 million.) But even though your premiere numbers are pretty impressive, they pale in comparison to the 13.6 million people who checked out Katie’s debut in 2006.
Official national numbers are being released next Tuesday, so then we’ll have a better idea of just how many people welcomed you into their homes last night. According to Mediabistro’s TV Newser, “World News” has been averaging 8 million viewers per night this season, so be proud of yourself for setting a new standard.
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- Andy Swift
Diane Sawyer took to ABC's "World News" anchor desk Monday night to very little hoopla.
Overall, TV critics were either fans of the former "Good Morning America" co-anchor or at least cautiously optimistic about the direction she would take the nightly news program.
In Sawyer's debut, she kicked off the program smiling and greeting the viewers, "Good evening. It is so good to be with you here tonight," before launching into a report on health care.
Her centerpiece for the night, however, was a one-on-one interview with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to discuss nuclear weapons intentions, three U.S. hikers being detained in Iran and the possibility of a change in U.S.-Iranian relations in the future.
A quick look at Sawyer's "World News" debut:
Here's what some critics had to say:
"Ms. Sawyer's first nightly news program really signaled is the return of the alpha anchors. Behind a twinkly warmth, »
Diane — you got past the jitters on your ABC evening news debut! And we loved how you sparred with the prez of Iran!
Diane Sawyer — it’s clear you were just a little nervous last night as you anchored your first-ever broadcast of ABC’s World News — but you made it through with the understated calm and cool confidence that we’ve come to expect! Just three days after longtime anchor Charles Gibson left the anchor chair, it was an amazing sight to see you right there on your sleekly minimalist set.
You started warmly and charmingly as always, and after a slightly overlong segment with your on air guest George Stephanopoulos — your successor on Good Morning America – we think you moved the newscast forward deftly. Well, at least until about the ten-minute mark, when there was an awkward moment, possibly with the TelePrompTer — and you said “Presidents” when you meant “presents. »
- Chloe Melas
The nightly news just got a whole lot more stylish!!
Katie and Diane, you’re both pros when it comes to bringing serious style into your professional looks, both on and off camera! And with Diane Sawyer taking over for Charlie Gibson (staring tonight!) on ABC’s World News going head-to-head with Katie Couric on CBS Evening News, you can expect to receive your news in style from these leading ladies of primetime! Both Katie and Diane stick to modern working woman basics, (from colorful tops and chic suits to blazers and knee-high boots).
So, who do you think will look better behind the news desk? We turned to the experts, celebrity stylist Robert Verdi and John Barrett, owner of John Barrett Salon in NYC to get their take on the anchor lady face-off!
Robert thinks both ladies are super stylish! “Diane knows how to look professional without ever losing »
If he wanted to make the ticket more inclusive, RuPaul definitely crosses boundaries: Gender, race, and the freakishly tall.
If we were able to turn back time (as I'm sure McCain wishes he could do) then much of the uproar over Palin's candidacy would have never occurred.
Here's how RuPaul ( if she was the V.P. candidate) could have worked it out:
1.) No controversy over a wardrobe allowance: Please. The size of RuPaul's closet is equivalent to two Alaskas. On "Today," she could work the "masculine" vibe, again. A classy pantsuit for town hall meetings. And for the Inaugural Ball? Ay loca! She could have celeb costume designer Bob Mackie whip up something red, white, and blue. After all, he was a »
While the anchor change on ABC's "Good Morning America" created a lot of noise in the blogosphere for the past few weeks, the actual transition was rather quiet.
About 4.7 million viewers tuned in Monday morning for the debut of George Stephanopoulos on "Gma."
That is close to the 4.8 million who watched Stephanopolous' predecessor Diane Sawyer's last day on the show Friday.
Both days, "Gma" trailed the morning leader, NBC's "Today," which averaged more than 5.9 million on Monday and 5.3 million on Friday.
By comparison, Katie Couric's last day on "Today" in May 2006 was watched by more than 8 million viewers, and 6.9 million turned out to see the woman who replaced her, Meredith Vieira, on her first "Today" broadcast in September 2006.
"Our strategy has been to cover the news and not be concerned with hype, ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said. "We are extremely pleased with the content of these first »
- By Nellie Andreeva
AMC's "Mad Men" and NBC's "30 Rock" and "The Office" are in the running for best drama/comedy series, and each received two nominations for episodic writing. "Family" made the cut for best comedy series, best new series and best episodic writing for a comedy series.
ABC's "Family" was one of two new shows to break into the best series categories along with Fox's quirky high-school dramedy "Glee," which faces "Family" in the best comedy series and best new series fields.
While the WGA Awards are still in its nomination phase, Fox's "The Simpsons" can already uncork the champagne. The veteran series is assured to win the animation category after landing all five nomination slots.
The biggest surprise among the series nominees was HBO's low-key baseball comedy "Eastbound & Down, »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Tiger Woods is bound to tell one of the major networks his side of the story at some point — and we want to know who he’ll tell first! Will it be Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer, Lesley Stahl, or Katie Couric?
Those are the couches celebrities sit on when they have a confession to make, and the networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS always claw at each other over the first interview. We’re sure the Tiger’s confession will be no different!
Let’s just take a look back at other famous Mea Culpas, and which famous TV host’s celebrities opened up to.
Matt Lauer on Today Show:
Who could forget Britney Spears‘ tearful interview in June? After she almost lost custody of her kids, she told Matt Lauer that she is a good mommy to Sean Preston, 4 and Jayden 3! Even reality show mommy Kate Gosselin confessed all on air, »
- Chloe Melas
Sarah Palin made a surprise stop on her book tour, popping up on The Tonight Show Friday after William Shatner performed one of his dramatic readings from the former governor's new book, Going Rogue: An American Life.
"I think Bill did a great job," said Palin as Shatner's bongo accompaniment died down. "I think it's only appropriate that I read a few choice excerpts from Mr. Shatner's autobiography, Up Till Now."
"As I finished 'Mr. Tambourine Man,'" Palin read...
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- Natalie Abrams
Yesterday we reported on the surprising news that Chris Cuomo was going to be leaving Good Morning America (surprising because it was so sudden). Cuomo announced that he would still be on ABC, however, and would take over the co-anchor job on the nighttime news show 20/20.
Unlike Chris Cuomo's announcement, Diane Sawyer had given plenty of notice that she would be leaving Good Morning America and taking over Charles Gibson's anchor position at "World News" (Gibson is retiring).
Diane Sawyer has been part of the political and news landscape in the United States since the early 1970s. From 1978 to 1989, she was a political correspondent and co-anchor of the CBS Morning News, and then 60 Minutes. Sawyer moved to ABC in 1989 to co-anchor Primetime Live with Sam Donaldson (a former co-anchor of 20/20, back when Barbara Walters was also co-anchoring the news program) and even 20/20.
Diane Sawyer moved back to »
New York -- Diane Sawyer is changing the landscape of American broadcast television news and is likely hoping history won't repeat itself when she becomes the second woman to solo anchor a major evening news program.
After more than 10 years co-anchoring "Good Morning America," Sawyer left on Friday to become anchor of ABC's "World News "on Dec. 21, replacing Charles Gibson, who is retiring.
Skeptics wondered if Couric's history on a morning talk show and her bubbly personality would be a hindrance as she ventured into hard news. She initially received good ratings but the program has since been consistently marred by low ratings.
Sawyer, a pioneer among women in U.S. broadcast television news with a history of serious reporting, »
- By Bernard Orr, Reuters
New York -- ABC News plans to announce on Thursday that George Stephanopoulos will become an anchor of "Good Morning America" in a long-expected change that sees Diane Sawyer step up to head the TV network's nightly news.
Stephanopoulos, 48, is a former political adviser to the administration of President Bill Clinton. After leaving the White House, he took roles co-hosting ABC News coverage of political events and appeared regularly on ABC News shows.
He is expected to keep his Sunday news program "This Week" "for the foreseeable future," an ABC spokesman said on Wednesday. He begins his role on news and talk show "Good Morning America" (Gma) on December 14.
Robin Roberts will remain co-anchor at Gma, which is the second most-watched morning news program in the United States behind NBC's "Today." The Gma spokesman declined further comment on any other line-up changes.
Media reports have said Chris Cuomo, Gma's news reader, »
- By Bernard Orr, Reuters
"Jimmy Kimmel Live": Pee-wee Herman, »
Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Mel Brooks, opera singer Grace Bumbry and jazz musician Dave Brubeck were all presented with Kennedy Center Honors last night (Dec. 6) in Washington, D.C., with President Barack Obama in attendance. Dozens of big-name guests graced the seats in the performing arts center and the red carpet, including Jon Stewart, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Black, Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Martin Scorsese, Katie Couric, Aretha Franklin, Matthew Morrison of "Glee" and more -- and we've got the photos. Check out the smiles and standing ovations of the ceremony, in celebrating the one of the country's highest honors for »
- HitFix Staff
"I'm the president, but he's The Boss." With those words, President Barack Obama greeted Bruce Springsteen Sunday night at a White House reception before the iconic rocker was lauded with Kennedy Center Honors along with Robert De Niro, comic genius Mel Brooks, jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck and opera singer Grace Bumbry.A surprise list of stars performed as part of the nation's highest honors for those who have defined American culture through the arts. It's an awards show that opens with the national anthem and spans jazz, opera, movies and rock 'n roll . part of a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy.Jon Stewart opened the tribute to Springsteen, recounting his theory on how The Boss came to be."I'm not a music critic, nor historian, nor archivist," Stewart said. "But I am from New Jersey. And so I can tell you what I believe. »
In just over two weeks, Charles Gibson is signing off from the "World News" desk for the last time.
The Associated Press is reporting that Charles Gibson, who has anchored the ABC evening news for three years, is officially leaving the show on Dec. 18. He had announced his retirement in September, having been with ABC News in some capacity for over 30 years.
Diane Sawyer has been announced as Gibson's replacement. Conventional wisdom was that Sawyer would take over after the New Year, but now that Gibson has named a departure date, perhaps we will see her behind the anchor desk sooner.
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Are you glad Jon & Kate Plus 8 is over? Did you watch Jennifer Lopez fall, or see Adam Lambert get a rise out of the crowd? And why do you suddenly care about Katie Couric? The answers—and more questions, about Project Runway, Sarah Palin and more—in the latest TV ratings quiz: 1. So, was it goodbye or good riddance to Jon & Kate Plus 8? It sure didn't seem like the show wore out its welcome. Last night's series finale was well-attended, attracting 4.3 million viewers, Tlc said, up 2 million from last week's penultimate episode. When all was said and done and repeated in the tabloids, the show remained a ratings winner, if not the scandal-boosted phenomenon of earlier in the »
Katie Couric got her groove on in dancing photos. According to various news sources, photos of the CBS Evening News anchor, Katie Couric dancing and getting her groove on, have recently hit the net. She's wearing a black skirt and sleeveless black blouse in the photos. She looks to be dancing pretty provocatively. Apparently the pictures were taken on the rooftop of Manhattan,New York's Hudson Hotel. »
• Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are still doing what they can to save the world. Last year they donated $6.4 million to charities—that's more than double what they gave the previous year. • Adam Lambert is getting all the attention he could ever dream of after last night's "shocking" performance. • Have you ever wondered what Katie Couric booty dancing might look like? It's your lucky day! Happy Almost Thanksgiving! • Creed's Scott Stapp is talking about the sex tape where he and Kid Rock get blow jobs on a tour bus. He would prefer if we didn't call it a sex tape because, "well, there's no sex on the sex tape," he says. »
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