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  1. #1 Couric Ratings Down From Year Ago -- Even With Palin! 
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    Palin Effect on Ratings Only Modest for CBS

    "The Dan Rather type BDS/PDS Syndrome Hurts Perky/Nasty Couric"s Ratings !"

    Katie Couric’s newsmaking interviews with the Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, last week had only a slight impact on the ratings for her CBS newscast. But if the network could have added up all the other viewers the interviews (and its spoof) racked up, on places like CNN, YouTube and “Saturday Night Live,” Ms. Couric would surely have been more seen and talked about than in any week since she began her tenure as anchor.

    Ms. Couric received a rush of attention for the two interviews, in which Ms. Palin, governor of Alaska, spoke haltingly on, among other topics, her state’s “narrow maritime border” with Russia. Clips turned up across the spectrum of television and Web sites.
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    Still, the “CBS Evening News” gained only about 10 percent in audience from the previous week — and it was actually down from the same week the year before. The newscast averaged just under 6 million viewers for the week, up from 5.44 million the previous week. A year ago Ms. Couric’s program drew about 6.2 million viewers. (CBS was also a distant third last week behind ABC, which won with 8.07 million viewers, and NBC, with 7.98 million.)
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    Ms. Couric has more material to come with Ms. Palin. Continuing a series begun during the primary season in which Ms. Couric poses the same questions to each candidate, the program will have questions for Ms. Palin and her vice presidential opponent, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

    Mr. McManus noted that despite the harsh reviews Ms. Palin has been getting for the interviews with Ms. Couric, no one in the McCain campaign had registered complaints with CBS.

    The newscast has made more of an effort to work interviews into the daily content, Mr. McManus said. Monday’s program included not only another interview involving Ms. Couric and both candidates on the Republican ticket, but also interviews with Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders about the failed vote on the Wall Street bailout package.

    Ms. Couric has been battered for most of her tenure at CBS News over the sagging ratings of the newscast, and some discussions had been held at CBS earlier this year about her future at the network. Mr. McManus said the network and Ms. Couric were moving past all that.

    “I’ve been saying for some time that what we need to concentrate on is the content, not the ratings,” he said. Asked whether the Palin interviews might be a chance to change the ratings momentum of the newscast, he said: “I hope so. We’ll see.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/01/ar...nt&oref=slogin
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    O'Reilly's show gets higher ratings than Couric's CBS show now. Billo happy :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by d_va View Post
    O'Reilly's show gets higher ratings than Couric's CBS show now. Billo happy :)
    Hardly. O'Reilly gets around 2.6M viewers per night. As noted in the article, Couric, although the lowest of the three major network nightly newcasts, still draws just under 6M.
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    And she knows how to pursue a line of questioning - to the point cutie Palin just went silent. Billo just tells his interview victims to "Shut Up!":D
    At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
    Hardly. O'Reilly gets around 2.6M viewers per night. As noted in the article, Couric, although the lowest of the three major network nightly newcasts, still draws just under 6M.
    This "article" came out on May 16, 2008 and it was comparing O'Reilly and Olbermann. Couric's audience of 6 million is per week.

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The "CBS Evening News" audience has taken a noticeable dip ever since the latest round of speculation over Katie Couric's job. The broadcast averaged 5.34 million viewers last week, breaking a record low for CBS News' flagship show that had been set the week before, according to Nielsen Media Research.

    Katie Couric's ratings still sinking
    Couric scored an exclusive interview last week with Palin while the Alaska governor was at the United Nations General Assembly to meet with world leaders. Those interviews -- which included several clips that received a lot of Web traffic -- appeared on "Evening News" on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

    Neither newscast beat ABC and NBC, but "Evening News" showed ratings increases on both nights. Wednesday's household rating was up 14 percent to a 4.1, compared with ABC's 5.6 and NBC's 5.3; Thursday was up 8 percent to a 4.0, compared with the 5.4 that ABC and NBC received.

    CBS News declined to release internal numbers but said that traffic to CBSNews.com was "substantially higher than normal..."

    The CBS newscast was up 8 percent in households and 10 percent in viewership for the week, but it wasn't as high as two weeks ago (the week of September 8), when it averaged 6.2 million viewers.


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    He has over 4 million at his first viewing and another 2 million at his second.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cat714 View Post
    This "article" came out on May 16, 2008 and it was comparing O'Reilly and Olbermann. Couric's audience of 6 million is per week.

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The "CBS Evening News" audience has taken a noticeable dip ever since the latest round of speculation over Katie Couric's job. The broadcast averaged 5.34 million viewers last week, breaking a record low for CBS News' flagship show that had been set the week before, according to Nielsen Media Research.

    Katie Couric's ratings still sinking
    Couric scored an exclusive interview last week with Palin while the Alaska governor was at the United Nations General Assembly to meet with world leaders. Those interviews -- which included several clips that received a lot of Web traffic -- appeared on "Evening News" on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

    Neither newscast beat ABC and NBC, but "Evening News" showed ratings increases on both nights. Wednesday's household rating was up 14 percent to a 4.1, compared with ABC's 5.6 and NBC's 5.3; Thursday was up 8 percent to a 4.0, compared with the 5.4 that ABC and NBC received.

    CBS News declined to release internal numbers but said that traffic to CBSNews.com was "substantially higher than normal..."

    The CBS newscast was up 8 percent in households and 10 percent in viewership for the week, but it wasn't as high as two weeks ago (the week of September 8), when it averaged 6.2 million viewers.


    Couric-Palin chat hoists ratings for CBS
    The article may be comparing Olberman to O'Reilly's ratings, but it still gives the numbers for both. Even if the CBS Nightly News has declined to 5M, it's still approximately twice O'Reilly's viewership, who, by the way, is in prime time.
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    8PM - P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
    The O’Reilly Factor- 4,098,000 viewers
    11 PM P2+ (25-54) (35-64)
    The O’Reilly Factor–2,195,000 viewers

    6,293,000

    Evening News

    CBS 5,990,000

    http://tvbythenumbers.com/category/r...s/evening-news
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
    Hardly. O'Reilly gets around 2.6M viewers per night. As noted in the article, Couric, although the lowest of the three major network nightly newcasts, still draws just under 6M.
    Nice try slick !
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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    Nice try slick !
    Well megs, if I'm "slick" you must be "dumb-ass." What part of my post do you dispute? Do you want to say, emphatically, that more people watch O'Reilly than the CBS Nightly News. If you do, please, please just say so.

    From the cited article:

    The broadcast [CBS Nightly News] averaged 5.34 million viewers last week,
    Dumb shit O'Reilly averages between 2.5 and 2.7 million viewers per night, in prime time.
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