Last month, Couric signed a contract with Yahoo! to become the Global Anchor for the website, officially ending her contract with ABC News.
BREAKING: Disney-ABC and Katie Couric have announced that "Katie," Couric's talk show on the ABC network, will not continue past the current 2013-2014 season. ABC released a statement, calling the decision mutual. “While production will continue on ‘Katie’ through June 2014, we’ve mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show. We’re very proud of everyone’s contributions to making ‘Katie’ the No. 1 new syndicated talk show of 2012-2013, and we look forward to the rest of the season.” The ABC affiliates, as well as the ABC Owned Stations have seen sharp drops in the number of viewers with Couric's show.
Last month, Couric signed a contract with Yahoo! to become the Global Anchor for the website, officially ending her contract with ABC News.
The Nielsen November 2013 sweeps results are in, and for New York TV news, the results aren't surprising. First reported yesterday, WABC-TV, Channel 7 Eyewitness News, takes the top spot with an overall 3.6/9 rating- the highest of any station not only in New York, but in the entire country.
In the morning, Eyewitness News This Morning with Lori Stokes and Ken Rosato is number one from 4:30-5am in DMA households and the key 25-54 demo. The 5am hour of Eyewitness News has more viewers than any two of its competitors combined, notably beating WCBS and WNBC. At 6am, WABC is the leader again, with double the viewers as its closest competitor. The 6am WABC broadcast is up 37% total DMA households and up 54% in the 25-54 demo.
For the network timeslot of 7-9am, "Good Morning America" on WABC holds a 61% advantage in New York DMA households and a 31% advantage in the 25-54 demo over its closest competitor.
For 12 Noon news, WABC remains the leader. Eyewitness News at Noon, with Lori Stokes and Ken Rosato, has a 65% lead over its closest competitor. In the 25-54 demo, the noon newscast has more viewers than all of its competitors combined for that demo.
Eyewitness News First at 4pm, the only New York City news on at 4, is the only timeslot that WABC doesn't lead. That said, First at 4, anchored by Liz Cho and David Novarro, has apparently grown significantly over the past year and has comparable ratings to 5 & 6pm broadcasts. Judge Judy on WCBS and the Ellen DeGeneres Show on WNBC attract more viewers in the timeslot.
At 5pm, when all of the New York stations air a newscast, WABC is still number one. With a 25% lead in DMA households and a 67% lead in the 25-54 demo over competitors, WABC is the clearly the winner with Eyewitnews News at 5, anchored by Diana Williams and Sade Baderinwa.
At 6pm, WABC comes out on top once again. With a 37% lead in DMA households over its closest competitor and an extremely large 80% lead in the 25-54 demo, Eyewitness News at 6, anchored by Bill Ritter and Liz Cho, has spent the last 117 sweeps in first place.
At 11pm, Eyewitness News at 11 with Bill Ritter and Sade Baderinwa continues to dominate the competition, with a 30% lead in DMA households and has twice as many viewers in the 25-54 demo than its closest competitor.
For the weekends, WABC continues the winning streak.
Eyewitness News This Morning (Weekend) with Phil Lipof and Michelle Charlesworth holds the number one spot on both DMA households and the key 25-54 demo. The newscasts, which air on Satuday and Sunday mornings, have seen 25% DMA household growth over last year and 43% growth in the 25-54 demo.
Eyewitness News at 11 (weekend), anchored by Joe Torres and Sandra Bookman, also leads DMA households and the 25-54 demo.
Nightline, the ABC News program which airs weeknight sat 12:35am on WABC, also gave WABC a victory, taking the top spot in DMA households and tying for the 25-54 demo in that slot.
In terms of WABC's web ventures, the station's news mobile apps have millions of views per month, the Alarm app has 2.5 million views per month, and the AccuTrack weather app currently draws over a million users a month. 7online also continues to be successful, with over 10 million views per month and a increasing numbers of unique visitors.
This sweeps resulted in an overall dominance of the market for WABC-TV, which topped the ratings for every news-competitive timeslot.
Stay with NyNewser and NyNewsObserver for more updates on the sweeps results.
Good Morning America Weather Anchor Sam Champion wrote a note to ABC employees today, as he prepares for his final broadcast on ABC tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4. Champion is headed to a new role at The Weather Channel, where he will anchor a new flagship morning show and take the role of managing editor at the network.
The note from Champion:
"This is a note I never imagined I’d be writing. For 25 years, ABC has been my home, filled with my family and my friends. Every day when I walk these halls, virtually every face is known and familiar to me. It’s a rich news culture that I grew up in, and I feel privileged to have been taught by the very best.
This journey began with my days at WABC-TV, starting off doing weekend weather. Proudly I rode the juggernaut that was “Eyewitness News”, New York’s fabled #1 news station. I was lucky enough to spend most of my career doing weather on the 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 news there, meanwhile filling in on “Good Morning America” since 1989.
So when ABC News asked me to take the job at GMA in 2006, I already felt like I was part of the family. But I could never have known the depth of that word “family”, until spending the last seven-plus years with you all. I’ve been privileged to feel the power and full resources of ABC News as I travelled the globe covering the weather. GMA has offered me a unique and unparalleled blend of assignments, from the devastating tornadoes of Joplin, to the heartbreaking destruction of Super Storm Sandy… incredible adventures, from the Arctic Circle to the Brazilian rain forest and epic live events from Katy Perry to Britney Spears. It’s a job anyone would be lucky to have.
To the crews in the field, Ops, producers , writers and editors, bookers, overnight staff, studio crew, Seniors, and, of course, Team Weather, I want to say thank you to each and every one of you. It’s your hard work that makes a powerhouse network news division like ABC News, and a #1 show like GMA, possible.
Thank you Ben Sherwood, for your unwavering support of all things weather and being the leader who understands that weather is news. I appreciate your wisdom and counsel, not only during my time at ABC but also during this transitional period. Thanks to James Goldston and Tom Cibrowski for putting new life into GMA, and guiding what was already a number one show into truly becoming number one in the ratings. To my fellow anchors at GMA: Robin, George, Josh and Lara, thank you for making television electric and invigorating. I’ve never had more fun in TV than in the last few years with you.
I hope to have an opportunity in the next few days to hug and thank each and every one of you, for making such a large part of my life so extraordinary.
It’s my opinion that never has the understanding of weather been more important to our lives than right now. I’m excited for the opportunity to join the Weather Channel for this next adventure.
I look forward to hearing from all of you. Starting next week, you can reach me at (redacted)"
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Late Monday evening, WABC released sweeps results for the November Sweeps period of 2013.
Here is a brief summary, with more detail coming up later in the evening.
WABC remains its run as the most watched television station in not only New York City, but the entire nation as well. All newscasts were up from the same time last year, and WABC holds impressive leads over its main competitors, WCBS and WNBC. Based on the results, the only newscast that WABC doesn't win the timeslot for is Eyewitness News First at Four, where WABC is up against Ellen DeGeneres on WNBC and Judge Judy on WCBS.
Results to come on individual timeslots for the stations coming up later in the evening.
This afternoon, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) scheduled a press conference in New York to update the public on the initial observation of the deadly Metro-North train derailment yesterday in the Spuyten Duyvil section of the Bronx. The press conference was scheduled for approximately 4pm.
The first to cover and carry the press conference was WABC, which already had Eyewitness News First at Four on the air.
The first station to break away from regular programming was WPIX, which interrupted Maury Povich. Anchoring for WPIX was Scott Stanford and Tamsen Fadal.
Next was WNBC, which broke into the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Anchoring for WNBC was Shiba Russell and Tom Llamas.
Next was WCBS, which aired a breaking news break in anchored by Kristine Johnson and Maurice DuBois. WCBS broke into Judge Judy.
Finally, WNYW interrupted the Dr. Oz Show with a break in anchored by Ernie Anastos.
The press conference lasted about 15 minutes. WABC was the first to cut away from the press conference at 4:22pm, and immediately went to a commercial break. WNYW followed suit two minutes later at 4:24, returning viewers to Dr. Oz. WPIX was next, ending at 4:27, and WNBC and WCBS both ended shortly thereafter
Early in the morning on Sunday, December 1, 2013, a Metro-North train traveling on the Hudson Line suddenly derailed while going around a sharp turn near the Spuyten Duyvil station. The train charged off of the tracks and the first car came feet away from plunging into the Harlem River, but stopped before an even larger disaster occurred. The New York City news stations immediately sprang into action. By 8am, the WCBS, WNBC, WABC, WNYW, and WPIX newsrooms were buzzing with news and developments, as eyewitness accounts flooded in.
The first to report the breaking news was WABC 7, sending out a tweet at 7:53am and a breaking news alert to the users of their apps at 7:57am. WNBC was next, followed by WCBS, WPIX, and WNYW. WABC came in with breaking news coverage at 9AM with the beginning of Eyewitness News This Morning, anchored by Phil Lipof and Toni Yates. At the same time, WCBS and WNBC preempted their network programming, "CBS News Sunday Morning" and "Today," respectively.
TV news analyst Brian Stelter, the anchor of CNN's "Reliable Sources," declared early on that WABC had the best coverage of the accident, with the best live shots from NewsCopter 7 and the ground.
On WCBS, Cindy Hsu and Andrea Grymes anchored the continuous coverage until 1pm, with reporters on the ground and in the sky, in Chopper 2 HD. WNBC had Gus Rosendale and Pat Battle anchoring for five straight hours until they went off the air at 1:30pm, with multiple reporters on the ground and in Chopper 4. WABC was the only station to make anchor changes. At 10am, Bill Ritter took over for Toni Yates, and Diana Williams took Phil's seat shortly after. That team continued until WABC went off the air at 1pm.
WNYW came on the air at 11am with Antwan Lewis anchoring and went off at 12 Noon, to rejoin Fox Football Sunday.
The morning was full of eyewitness interviews and photos flowing steadily into the newsrooms, but WPIX was notably absent from the morning coverage. The station finally broke in at noon, with Tamsen Fadal and Scott Stanford anchoring. PIX would stay on for the next seven hours.
The Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made her rounds, first phoning in to WNBC, then WCBS, and finally updating viewers on WABC's air for over ten minutes. When WCBS, WNYW, and WABC went off the air at noon, WNBC stayed on the air, providing coverage until they got an exclusive live phone interview with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at about 1:15pm. Once the interview was finished, WNBC went off the air at 1:30pm.
When the NTSB gave a press conference at 4:40pm, WABC and WNBC broke in, joining the PIX coverage already in progress. However, WCBS and WNYW were in contracted football coverage, so they could not break away. WCBS aired the press conference on sister station WLNY, but WNYW didn't air it at all. The stations returned to regular programming about 15 minutes later.
WNBC aired its normal 6pm newscast, anchored by David Ushery and Shiba Russell. WABC aired a special one hour edition of Eyewitness News at 6, anchored by Joe Torres and Sade Baderinwa, preempting ABC World News with David Muir. WCBS and WNYW could not air 6pm newscasts due to the football games, while WPIX continued their seven hour coverage.
For Monday, December 2nd, WCBS and WABC have announced that their newscasts will begin half an hour earlier than usual, at 4am. WPIX normally begins at this time. WNBC and WNYW have not commented on their Monday morning schedules.
Stay with NYNewser and Ny_NewsObserver on Twitter for the latest updates on this story, which will be continuously updated as more information becomes available.
UPDATED (8pm EST) It was announced Monday morning that Sam Champion, weather anchor for Good Morning America, will leave ABC News on Wednesday, December 4, to become the "face" of the Weather Channel- set to anchor a program and become the network's managing editor. Champion leaves behind a 25 year career at ABC, starting with New York City ABC flagship WABC-TV, and continuing with GMA. ABC News President Ben Sherwood announced that Meteorologist Ginger Zee, the current weekend meteorologist for GMA, will succeed Champion. Here is ABC News President Ben Sherwood's note to the news staff:
I’m writing with important news:
Our friend and colleague Sam Champion is leaving ABC News for a new opportunity at the Weather Channel. He will become the on-air face of the network, appearing as a host and serving as managing editor. Sam calls it a once in a lifetime opportunity.
For 25 years, Sam has been a vital member of the ABC News family — joining powerhouse station WABC in 1988 and GMA in 2006.
Over the years at GMA, Sam has broadcast more than 1,800 weather forecasts. He has traveled to almost every major weather event in the U.S. As many of you know, Sam’s “Go” bag is always ready and his stellar reporting during Superstorm Sandy contributed to ABC’s Peabody Award for coverage of that historic storm.
Sam has broadcast live from a raft floating between polar icebergs, danced the salsa on “Despierta America” and interviewed countless newsmakers, celebrities and chefs. On his show “Sea Rescue,” viewers have shared Sam’s passion for marine animal rescue, rehabilitation and release.
While there is no replacing Sam, we are in excellent hands with his storm chasing partner of the last few years, meteorologist Ginger Zee, who will take over his weather responsibilities at GMA and across ABC News. As you know, Ginger always rushes straight toward the eye of any storm and weaves cutting-edge science with human emotion to elevate our coverage.
GMA will celebrate Sam’s last day on Wednesday’s program. While he is leaving ABC News, he will always be a part of our family.
Please join me in thanking Sam for his friendship and countless contributions to our news division. And let’s all wish him the very best and say so long for now.
UPDATED (12/02 8:30pm EST) The employee, Jim Lovell, was apparently on his way to assist in the setup for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting. He worked as an Audio Technician for the Today Show. He, along with three fellow Metro North riders, was killed Sunday morning when their train to Grand Central Terminal derailed in the Bronx.
Today Show executive producer Don Nash told NBC staffers in a note on Sunday:
"Jim worked on TODAY for over 20 years. He was not only a skilled technician but also one of the nicest guys you ever met. You may have seen him working at many of our outdoor concerts. He always had a smile on his face and was quick to share a friendly greeting.
Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy Montgomery, three sons, Hudson, Jack and Finn and a daughter, Brooke. On behalf of all of us who had the pleasure of working with Jim, our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to all of them.
I will have more information on how we can express our support in the coming days. In the meantime, please keep the Lovells and all the families who lost loved ones in this horrible accident in your thoughts and pray."