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A New Record Low For ‘CBS Evening News’ (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
The New York Times ^ | April 22, 2008 | Brian Stelter

Posted on 04/22/2008 10:47:20 AM PDT by abb

One week after media reports cast doubts about Katie Couric’s future on the “CBS Evening News,” the third-place broadcast set a new record low for viewership.

The “CBS Evening News” attracted an average of 5.39 million viewers last week, placing the newscast more than two million viewers behind the second-place “World News with Charles Gibson” on ABC (7.51 million). The “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” ranked No. 1 for the week with 8.17 million viewers.

While the network nightly newscasts have posted audience declines for more than two decades, a new record low for the “Evening News” will likely be seen as another negative indicator about the broadcast. The CBS newscast has ranked below ABC’s and NBC’s for many years.

The previous record low, 5.46 million viewers, was set last September when Ms. Couric visited Iraq.

Two weeks ago, multiple reports said that Ms. Couric and CBS have discussed a potential departure from the “Evening News” after the presidential election. Perhaps some viewers read all the accounts of Katie Couric’s uncertain future at CBS News — and surmised that her evening newscast wasn’t worth watching.

Last week, Les Moonves, the chief executive of CBS Corporation, visited the “Evening News” staff to emphasize his support for Ms. Couric and the broadcast. In accounts of the meeting that were shared with journalists, Mr. Moonves reportedly said “Katie is our anchor today, tomorrow, next week and long into the future.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 4thestate5thcolumn; biasmeanslayoffs; cbs; couric; dbm; enemedia; katietheclown; television; trysellingthetruth
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More good news.
1 posted on 04/22/2008 10:47:21 AM PDT by abb
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Caipirabob; ...

ping


2 posted on 04/22/2008 10:47:57 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: abb

3 posted on 04/22/2008 10:48:29 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: MindBender26

ping


4 posted on 04/22/2008 10:49:11 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: abb

How do these numbers stack up against the cable news shows that are on at the same time, like CNN, MSNBC, FOX and Headline News?...................


5 posted on 04/22/2008 10:49:33 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: abb

Hey CBS, put on conservative news and save yourselves.


6 posted on 04/22/2008 10:50:12 AM PDT by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: abb
The “CBS Evening News” attracted an average of 5.39 million viewers last week, placing the newscast more than two million viewers behind the second-place “World News with Charles Gibson” on ABC (7.51 million). The “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” ranked No. 1 for the week with 8.17 million viewers.

Charlie-boy Gibson has been racking up the good points lately. First the debate, now helping eliminate his allies.
7 posted on 04/22/2008 10:51:14 AM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: Red Badger

I think O’Reilly is now getting more viewers than Katie Kupcake


8 posted on 04/22/2008 10:51:14 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: Red Badger

I think O’Reilly is now getting more viewers than Katie Kupcake


9 posted on 04/22/2008 10:51:26 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: abb
“Katie is our anchor today, tomorrow, next week and long into the future.”

"Long into the future" = Mother's Day 2008

10 posted on 04/22/2008 10:54:42 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (Forget it...I'll never be able to pull the lever for McCain!)
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To: abb

Slouching towards Keith Olbermann territory. Sweet!


11 posted on 04/22/2008 10:55:18 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only Hillary or Obama can!)
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To: Red Badger

http://tvbythenumbers.com/2008/04/18/cable-news-ratings-through-thursday-april-17/3398


12 posted on 04/22/2008 10:55:19 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: abb

For many reasons, i find these half-hour news shows unwatchable.

I prefer the five-minute updates on radio for the headlines. trhen I can search the internet for more detail.

Just my preference.


13 posted on 04/22/2008 10:58:46 AM PDT by cvq3842
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To: cvq3842
Just my preference.

According to the ratings, you're not alone.

By the end of this decade or shortly thereafter, television networks as we know them today will cease to exist. They will be just another url on the world wide web competing against millions of others.

Network evening newscasts will go dark after the '08 elections and their news divisions disbanded.

14 posted on 04/22/2008 11:01:11 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great Stuff!


15 posted on 04/22/2008 11:03:17 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: abb

So, they are still higher than cable news sources.......Then Why are the suits bitching?.....


16 posted on 04/22/2008 11:04:01 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: abb
The “CBS Evening News” attracted an average of 5.39 million viewers last week

Thats about 30 % below her nearest competitor. How in the freaking world she can still have a job is beyond me.

17 posted on 04/22/2008 11:10:37 AM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: abb
The whole purpose of bringing Couric on board, IMHO, was to facilitate a Demonrat (socialist) win this November...............Couric has not delivered as expected.........

She is abrasive, transparent and socialist (Demonrat)...........her problem is that she has a hard time hiding her socialism, unlike news anchors of the past and present (Dan Rather being one that also had a hard time glossing over "Demonrat")..........What's the frequency Kenneth Kennethia?

:}

18 posted on 04/22/2008 11:12:04 AM PDT by AwesomePossum
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To: indcons

ping


19 posted on 04/22/2008 11:20:17 AM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: abb

Another year or so and the demographics/population set watch CBS, will equal that of the Lawrence Welk SHow.


20 posted on 04/22/2008 11:21:41 AM PDT by Swanks
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To: Nonstatist
"Thats about 30 % below her nearest competitor. How in the freaking world she can still have a job is beyond me."

It's simple really. They throw out all that "journalistic integrity" type stuff and pass the savings on to their advertisers. ;o)
21 posted on 04/22/2008 11:23:33 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: Nonstatist

“Thats about 30 % below her nearest competitor. How in the freaking world she can still have a job is beyond me.”

Air America did it with the help of a contributor, wonder who’s sinking money into CBS?


22 posted on 04/22/2008 11:27:02 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: abb

If they hired a respectable journalist like Brit Hume or Tony Snow they would rocket to number 1 in no time. I really believe this. I don’t know if the total evening news viewers would increase, but I’m sure viewers from ABC and NBC would quickly switch loyalties.


23 posted on 04/22/2008 11:27:50 AM PDT by MovementConservative (John Roberts and Sam Alito.... Thank you GWB)
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To: cvq3842
By the time they are broadcast here in Utah(5 pm MST) what could they possibly add that isn't on a million new web sites? I'm actually shocked that there are still around 20 million people who watch these shows!
24 posted on 04/22/2008 11:35:14 AM PDT by aegiscg47
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To: abb

OH ABB I didn’t know you have picture of CBS news room


25 posted on 04/22/2008 11:36:12 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: abb

>> More good news.

For US, it IS good news.

But Katie, I have some GOOD news, and some BAD news.

The BAD news: you’d better start getting that resume ready, hon.

The GOOD news: about the gig at CBS, you can say you “broke records”.

P.S. I sure get a kick out of that smiling hyena pic!


26 posted on 04/22/2008 11:40:04 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (I'm not voting FOR John McCain -- I'm voting AGAINST Hillary/Obama)
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To: abb

“Network evening newscasts will go dark after the ‘08 elections and their news divisions disbanded.”

I hope you’re right.

I see snippets of Couric sometimes, due to my preferred local news/weather being on CBS just before and after her, but I leave the room - it’s too close to my dinner to see her. One I heard a week or so ago, she mentioned the Bush tax cuts in some present context and said, “The tax cuts, which were intended for the rich but are now affecting middle-class taxpayers....” just slipped that in cool as you please. Almost subliminal. They think nobody notices. Actually, I guess few do.


27 posted on 04/22/2008 11:59:43 AM PDT by CatDancer (Tagline temporarily suspended for cause)
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To: abb; Liz; Milhous; george76; SierraWasp; BOBTHENAILER

Perky Katie keeps setting those great records for our side.


28 posted on 04/22/2008 12:08:24 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: abb

How low did Blather drop after we exposed him as lying/left wing POS?


29 posted on 04/22/2008 12:23:39 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: abb
It still adds up to 21 million members of the Chronically Clueless Society of America.......
30 posted on 04/22/2008 12:26:49 PM PDT by Nekman (McCain,Hillary or Obama.....we are soooooooooooo Screwed!!!)
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To: abb

The correct headline would be “Still searching for a CLUE at CBS”

They cannot be so stupid that they have not figured out a totally conservative newscast would be a ratings windfall, can they?

The must not really care about ratings, or only thing rating matter for liberal hogwash.


31 posted on 04/22/2008 12:34:32 PM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: abb

Drudge had more hits yesterday than the combined viewers of CBSABCNBC news.


32 posted on 04/22/2008 12:50:43 PM PDT by vamoose
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To: abb; monkapotamus; dead; All

Come think of it I just a thought they could hire Looter guy do the news I bet he get better ratings beside he get urban watcher too


33 posted on 04/22/2008 12:52:32 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Grampa Dave
We regret to inform you that the proposed Democratic Presidential Debate scheduled for April 27 has been cancelled due to time constraints and logistical issues associated with such a large, national event...Katie's lack of courage. . . .

There were also growing concerns about what another debate would do to party unity.

.

34 posted on 04/22/2008 1:28:46 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: abb

“the third-place broadcast set a new record low for viewership”

LOL....just when you think it can’t get any worse for El Perky, it does.


35 posted on 04/22/2008 2:04:23 PM PDT by indcons
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To: Grampa Dave

Perky’s TOAST.....I love it!!!!


36 posted on 04/22/2008 3:14:21 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: BOBTHENAILER

Toasted Perky or is Perky Toast?


37 posted on 04/22/2008 3:34:29 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: CatDancer

If I can recall Katie was the person who wore black when President Bush was inaugurated the first time. Since I don’t know anybody Conservative at CBS(even CNN has Glenn Beck), I am grateful that the whole chute may open. Hopefully she might be replaced by Rush Limbaugh.


38 posted on 04/22/2008 5:32:34 PM PDT by Merta (They Call Me The Ranting Man)
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To: Grampa Dave

Perky Katie (ala Sally Field’s Oscar performance) “You don’t like me, you REEEAALLY REALLY don’t like me”.


39 posted on 04/22/2008 7:21:23 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: SevenofNine
"Come think of it I just a thought they could hire Looter guy do the news I bet he get better ratings beside he get urban watcher too"


40 posted on 04/22/2008 9:29:04 PM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: monkapotamus

OMG Looter guy is future of CBS evening news hey I watch him before Katie least he is honest reporter he steal the story LOL!


41 posted on 04/22/2008 10:28:11 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: BOBTHENAILER; abb; Milhous; george76; Liz

Last night CBS interupted NCIS, one of our favorite programs to showcase the Perky one.

After about half a minute my wife was sticking her tongue out at the tv and saying enough is enough.

A minute later, my wife stuck something else out at the tv and left saying, “Call me when that B$tch is off and NCIS is back on.

When the Perky one left and NCIS came back on, my wife came back in with that angry wet hen look, our sons and I recognize as her “I can’t stand that idiot any more!”

When NCIS was over, my wife said/asked “Why didn’t they just show the results at the bottom of the tv screen? Why did they bring Ms Arrogance uninvited into our home and waste our time?”

I told her, that the Perky One probably got more viewer exposure time with her NCIS eruption than she did during her evening whine posing as news.

Then, I explained how the Perky One was in danger of being fired.

My wife’s response, was, “They should haved fired her months ago!”


42 posted on 04/23/2008 6:38:08 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: Grampa Dave

Man oh man——Mrs Gramps has got some serious sass——bravo.


43 posted on 04/23/2008 6:47:04 AM PDT by Liz (Without the brave, there'd be no land of the free. Senator Fred Thompson)
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To: Grampa Dave

Nice that cBS has a growing concerns about what another debate would do to party unity.


44 posted on 04/23/2008 6:52:22 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Grampa Dave

"The Bates Motel has a special weekend rate for journos."
"Showers in every room, breakfast served in the fruit cellar."
"Stop by soon."

45 posted on 04/23/2008 6:57:10 AM PDT by Liz (Without the brave, there'd be no land of the free. Senator Fred Thompson)
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To: Liz

“Man oh man——Mrs Gramps has got some serious sass——bravo.”

Those of us who know her and love her, know that her response to Perky Katie is rare. That response only comes about when someone rudely tries to force their way/will on her and others.


46 posted on 04/23/2008 7:02:11 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: Liz

“Man oh man——Mrs Gramps has got some serious sass——bravo.”

Those of us who know her and love her, know that her response to Perky Katie is rare. That response only comes about when someone rudely tries to force their way/will on her and others.


47 posted on 04/23/2008 7:02:17 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: Liz

Maybe we should get a gift certificate for the Perky One to spend a night or two at that motel?


48 posted on 04/23/2008 7:03:59 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: Grampa Dave

I think the going rate at the Bates Motel is $19.95 per night—includes breakfast in the fruit cellar “served” by the “lady of the house.”

Count me in for 10 bucks.


49 posted on 04/23/2008 7:35:32 AM PDT by Liz (Without the brave, there'd be no land of the free. Senator Fred Thompson)
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To: Liz

CBS top management will probably be glad to pick up her air fare, cab ride and the rest of the room tab.


50 posted on 04/23/2008 8:40:52 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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