“THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT” RATINGS HIGHLIGHTS FOR OCT. 19-23





“THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT” RATINGS HIGHLIGHTS FOR OCT. 19-23

For the week ending Friday, Oct. 23 (week #5 of the 2020-2021 broadcast season), in live plus 3-day lift, THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT (airing from its new studio at The Ed Sullivan Theater) averaged an audience of 2.99 million viewers, beating “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (1.60m) by +87% and “The Tonight Show” (1.51m) by +98%.

NOTE: Thursday, Oct. 2’s live LATE SHOW, which aired after the second presidential debate, delivered 3.89 million live plus 3-day viewers, and posted the show’s largest Thursday audience since March 12. THE LATE SHOW also scored its best Thursday adults 18-49 rating (0.5) since May 7.

Season-to-date, THE LATE SHOW is first in viewers (2.93m), leading “Jimmy Kimmel Live” by +73% (versus 1.69m) and “The Tonight Show” by +98% (versus 1.48m). THE LATE SHOW is also leading both competitors’ late night offerings in adults 18-49 viewers (449,000 for COLBERT vs. Kimmel’s 409,000 and Fallon’s 336,000).

Finally, despite significant K-Pop competition from Blackpink, THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT was once again the #1 late night show on YouTube for views of current content. Colbert’s Thursday night live, post-debate monologue netted 2.9 million views on the platform. (Source: Tubular Labs)

“Most Current” averages through Oct. 2:

Source: Nielsen “Most Current” ratings through the week ending Oct. 23.



CBS ANNOUNCES NEW ONE-HOUR CONCERT SPECIAL “PLAY ON: CELEBRATING THE POWER OF MUSIC TO MAKE CHANGE”





CBS ANNOUNCES NEW ONE-HOUR CONCERT SPECIAL “PLAY ON: CELEBRATING THE POWER OF MUSIC TO MAKE CHANGE,” HOSTED BY KEVIN BACON AND EVE, TO BE BROADCAST SATURDAY, DEC. 5

Concert Special to Benefit the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and WhyHunger

Special Will Feature Performances from Iconic Music Venues in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York City

All-Star Lineup Includes Andra Day, Bon Jovi, Jon Batiste,

Machine Gun Kelly, Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow, Slick Rick, Snoop Dogg,

The Highwomen, Yola, Ziggy Marley and More

CBS announced today a new one-hour concert special, PLAY ON: CELEBRATING THE POWER OF MUSIC TO MAKE CHANGE, to be broadcast Saturday, Dec. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live on CBS All Access. The special will also be available to stream on YouTube after the initial broadcast, at 10:00 PM, PT. The benefit concert special will raise funds for two long-standing and vital philanthropic organizations, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and WhyHunger, through the Play On fund created by SixDegrees.org, by amplifying awareness for transformational racial, social and food justice. During the broadcast, viewers can donate to the organizations by texting the code “PLAYON” to 44-321.

PLAY ON: CELEBRATING THE POWER OF MUSIC TO MAKE CHANGE will be hosted by Golden Globe Award-winning actor, musician, philanthropist and founder of SixDegrees.org Kevin Bacon and GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, actress and host on CBS’ THE TALK Eve. The show is executive produced by Bacon, iconic international fashion designer John Varvatos, Rock the Bells founder and CEO LL COOL J, esteemed CBS THIS MORNING anchor Anthony Mason, and prominent benefit concert producers Greg Williamson and Nicole Rechter. Celebrated GRAMMY Award-winning musician and producer Steve Jordan will serve as music director for the concert special.

This unique concert special will feature three stellar music lineups spanning genres from country and rock to hip hop and jazz/funk, while also celebrating three iconic live music venues. An eclectic group of music stars, including Gary Clark Jr. and Ziggy Marley with Andra Day, as well as a tribute to the classic roots of hip hop featuring performances by Slick Rick and Snoop Dogg will take place from the famed Troubadour in Los Angeles. The legendary Apollo Theater in New York City will play host to Jon Batiste and Machine Gun Kelly, with more artists to be announced at a later date. The historic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville will feature some of today’s most acclaimed contemporary female artists including Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow and genre-bending British singer-songwriter Yola performing “Hold On” featuring The Highwomen. Also, the concert special will feature an exclusive performance by Bon Jovi. Bloomberg Philanthropies is proud to support PLAY ON, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and WhyHunger as the Title Sponsor for the New York City lineup. Additional Nashville and Los Angeles sponsors will be announced shortly.

“Music has historically served as a powerful and vital soundtrack for social change and a platform to unite people and make an impact for those in need,” said executive producer John Varvatos. “By bringing together this outstanding array of performers, we hope to raise awareness and funding for the very important work that both the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and WhyHunger do every day, and inspire viewers to continue to support these organizations.”

“2020 has been an immensely challenging year, and many have turned to music as a great source of comfort, hope and strength,” said co-host and executive producer Kevin Bacon. “I am so thrilled to be teaming up my philanthropic organization Six Degrees with the respected producers and artists who have signed on for this remarkable night of music to help amplify these important issues and bring some much needed joy through music.”

“I’m so excited to be joining Kevin Bacon in co-hosting CBS’ PLAY ON television special this coming December! It’s been a really challenging year for everyone, and it’s time we continue to support social, environmental, racial and economic justice with the help of WhyHunger, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and SixDegrees.org,” said co-host Eve. “Also supporting iconic music venues from New York City, Nashville, Los Angeles and myself hosting live from London! I can’t wait to raise money, make a change and bring people some really incredible live music.”

“It has never been more important for us to use our platform, voices and stages to assist with the fight for social change and justice,” said British singer-songwriter Yola. “I am honored to be joining this line-up to highlight the important work of WhyHunger and The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.”

“Since the onset of COVID-19 in March, and over the course of the past eight months, it became clear to us that we needed to act and step up in support of racial and social justice and the hunger crisis this country has been facing,” said executive producer Greg Williamson. “We felt strongly that the healing power of music was this project’s mission and calling. Music, bringing people together and helping others during a time of need is what PLAY ON is all about.”

PLAY ON: CELEBRATING THE POWER OF MUSIC TO MAKE CHANGE is made possible by many generous partners. Hard Rock International and Ford Foundation have partnered to support PLAY ON along with many others, including Frito-Lay, Mary Kay Inc, GNF Marketing, Unqork, The Krim Group, and media sponsors, including Rock the Bells, Conde Nast and YouTube.

For more information on the concert event and partner organizations, please visit PlayOnLive.org.

About NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization. LDF has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF. Follow LDF on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About WhyHunger

Founded in 1975 by the late musician and activist Harry Chapin and radio DJ Bill Ayres, WhyHunger believes a world without hunger is possible. We provide critical resources to support grassroots movements and fuel community solutions rooted in social, environmental, racial and economic justice. A four-star rated charity by Charity Navigator, with highest ratings for excellence in fiscal management accountability and transparency, WhyHunger is working to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world. 86 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to programmatic work. Learn more at whyhunger.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About SixDegrees.Org

Golden Globe-winning actor, musician, and philanthropist Kevin Bacon launched SixDegrees.Org (SixDegrees) at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. The nonprofit has partnered with institutions like the University of Maryland and Stanford University to launch projects that promote giving for a variety of causes. SixDegrees makes it easy for celebrities to give a small amount of their time and lend their influence for good. The charity has coordinated countless drop-ins and surprise pop-ups to amplify causes with direct impact at the community level. SixDegrees also launches social media campaigns through their initiative “6Tag” which engages celebrities to ignite viral attention and a show of support to our Nation’s most pressing issues. The organization continues to gain involvement from a growing list of stars. Follow SixDegrees on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.



GRAND JUROR IN BREONNA TAYLOR CASE CALLS PROCEEDINGS “A BETRAYAL” IN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW





GRAND JUROR IN BREONNA TAYLOR CASE CALLS PROCEEDINGS “A BETRAYAL” IN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW ON “CBS THIS MORNING”

Gayle King’s Exclusive Interview with Two Grand Jurors in the Breonna Taylor Case to Air on “CBS This Morning” Tomorrow

In a CBS THIS MORNING exclusive, two grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case told co-host Gayle King that prosecutors from the Kentucky attorney general’s office never presented grand jurors with the option to consider indicting officers on more serious charges for Taylor’s death. In addition, they described what they say happened during the grand jury proceedings and how they felt blindsided by public comments from the Kentucky attorney general. Last month the Kentucky attorney general told a local Fox affiliate, “If the jurors wanted to make an assessment about different charges they could have done that.”

Watch Part One Here: https://cbsn.ws/3e4xUPH

Twitter Link: https://bit.ly/31SolP3

Watch Part Two Here: https://cbsn.ws/3e7ZeNg

Twitter Link: https://bit.ly/37KIc6B

Excerpts:

– Juror #2: “They didn’t give us the charges up front…when they gave us all of that testimony, over 20-something hours, and then to say that these are the only charges that they’re coming up with, it’s like, ‘Well, what did we just sit through?’ And then to be told that, we’re not charging them with anything else…to me, it was a betrayal.”

– Juror #2: “They never gave us the opportunity to deliberate on anything but the charges for Hankison. That was it. As a matter of fact, when they announced that there were the only charges, it was a uproar in that room…There were several more charges that could have gone forward on all of those officers or at least the three shooters.”

– Attorney Kevin Glogower: “From a legal perspective, it looked like they weren’t following the grand jurors and they only wanted the grand jurors to follow them, which is contrary to the actual rule.”

– Juror #1 on Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s press conference: “When he stated that there were six possible murder charges and that the grand jury had agreed that those didn’t apply. The first time I heard the word, “six possible murder charges,” was in that news conference.”

– Juror #2: “I really felt that this was all Cameron. This was up to him. We didn’t get a choice in that at all. So I was livid…by the time I heard what he was saying, everything that came out of his mouth, I was saying, ‘Liar.’ Because we didn’t agree to anything. We never met Cameron.”

– Juror #1 on Breonna Taylor’s mother: “I have no idea how she feels. I can only imagine. But I needed her to know that – again, to what Number Two was saying, that is that we tried. We were only allowed to decide on what they gave to us.”

– Juror #1 on staying anonymous: “Mainly for my family’s safety. There’s people out there that don’t agree with what we’re doing. Most people do, but there’s a few out there that probably don’t. And I just as soon keep it that way.”



“CBS SUNDAY MORNING” POSTS WEEK-TO-WEEK AUDIENCE INCREASES





“CBS SUNDAY MORNING” POSTS WEEK-TO-WEEK AUDIENCE INCREASES AND MARKS ITS 617th CONSECUTIVE WEEK AS THE #1 SUNDAY MORNING NEWS PROGRAM

CBS SUNDAY MORNING posted week-to-week audience gains and marked its 617th consecutive week as America’s #1 Sunday morning news program, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Sunday, Oct. 25.

The broadcast delivered 5.6 million viewers with 1 million of them in the adult 25-54 demographic. CBS SUNDAY MORNING was up +5% in viewers and up +11% in adults 25-54 from the previous week. Season-to-date, CBS SUNDAY MORNING is up +3% in viewers from the same period a year ago.

Jane Pauley anchored Sunday’s broadcast, which featured Barry Petersen’s report on our growing battle with impatience. Also on the broadcast, Tracy Smith caught up with legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks. Luke Burbank reported on a drive-through haunted houses. Lee Cowan talked with two Guinness World Records judges about their work. Ben Mankiewicz reported on the upcoming film “Mank,” which is about his grandfather Herman Mankiewicz and the making of “Citizen Kane.” Mo Rocca explored the disputed presidential election of 1876, which has striking parallels to 2020. Steve Hartman introduced viewers to a toddler whose best friend is a toy skeleton. Seth Doane and Elizabeth Palmer looked at how other countries view our tumultuous presidential election. And John Dickerson of 60 MINUTES reflected on the upcoming election.

CBS SUNDAY MORNING is broadcast Sundays (9:00-10:30 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.



“60 MINUTES” IS THE WEEK’S #1 PRIMETIME BROADCAST





“60 MINUTES” IS THE WEEK’S #1 PRIMETIME BROADCAST

Candidates’ Edition Draws 17.4 Million Viewers – CBS Newsmagazine’s Largest Audience in 2 ½ Years

Makes Nielsen’s Top 10 for a Fifth-Straight Week

Interview Excerpt Was the Top Video on YouTube Trend List

60 MINUTES’ hour-long edition with the presidential candidates was the #1 primetime broadcast last week. The CBS newsmagazine drew 17.4 million viewers, its largest audience since March 25, 2018, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Sunday, Oct. 25. Excluding sports and multi-network programming, Sunday’s 60 MINUTES attracted the largest audience for any television broadcast since the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 9.

Online, it drew season-high digital traffic levels for a 60 MINUTES program on CBSNews.com, and an excerpt from the segment was the top video on YouTube’s trending list yesterday.

This was 60 MINUTES’ fifth straight trip to Nielsen’s top 10, four of those at #5 or better.

60 MINUTES is taking the top spot on the Nielsen list for the first time this season; the broadcast was #1 six times last season.

Sunday’s broadcast saw its best delivery of adults 25-54 (3.6/14) since March 25, 2018; with adults 18-49 (2.5/13), 60 MINUTES matched Dec. 16, 2018’s delivery for best since March 25, 2018.

The 60 MINUTES broadcast on March 25, 2018 was viewed by over 22 million and featured the Anderson Cooper interview with Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star known as Stormy Daniels who says she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006. It also featured Steve Kroft’s profile of NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The hour-long candidates’ edition – the fourth such pre-election 60 MINUTES broadcast since 2008 – featured Lesley Stahl’s interviews with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and interviews with their opponents on the Democratic ticket, former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), conducted by CBS EVENING NEWS anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell.

Last week’s 60 MINUTES attracted controversy when President Trump broke an agreement with CBS News and released his videotaped interview on Facebook before it was broadcast on CBS.

60 MINUTES is averaging 11.8 million viewers this season. Bill Owens is the executive producer of 60 MINUTES, America’s #1 news program.



CBS NEWS’ “FACE THE NATION” IS #1 IN VIEWERS ON OCT. 25 FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE WEEK





CBS NEWS’ “FACE THE NATION” IS #1 IN VIEWERS ON OCT. 25 FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE WEEK

SEASON-TO-DATE, “FACE THE NATION” IS THE ONLY SUNDAY SHOW TO GROW IN ADULTS 25-54 AND ADD MORE VIEWERS THAN ANY OTHER SUNDAY SHOW

CBS News’ FACE THE NATION was the #1 Sunday morning public affairs show in total viewers for the third consecutive week and posted double-digit year-to-year growth, according to Nielsen live plus same-day ratings on Sunday, Oct. 25.

FACE THE NATION scored 3.5 million viewers and delivered 679,000 in adults 25-54, the demographic most important to those who advertise in news. Compared to last year, FACE THE NATION is up +22% in adults 25-54 (558,000) and +26% in total viewers (from 2.8 million).

Season to-date, FACE THE NATION also posted double-digit percentage gains in viewers (+18%) and is the only Sunday show to grow in adults 25-54 (+7%).

Sunday’s FACE THE NATION broadcast featured moderator Margaret Brennan’s interviews with national security advisor Amb. Robert O’Brien; Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.); Mayor Quinton Lucas (D-Kansas City); and former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Sunday’s show also featured a report on COVID-19 from CBS News national correspondent Mark Strassmann, CBS News elections and surveys director Anthony Salvanto with the latest CBS News Battleground Tracker, and a Zoom focus group with likely voters. Watch Sunday’s broadcast here.

Mary Hager is the executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning FACE THE NATION, one of the longest-running news programs in the history of television.

Get more FACE THE NATION online at CBSNews.com and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Get the FACE THE NATION newsletter delivered every Sunday to your inbox here. On the go? Listen to FACE THE NATION episodes on CBS News Radio stations or your preferred podcast player.



BREONNA TAYLOR GRAND JUROR SAYS LOUISVILLE POLICE ACTIONS BEFORE HER DEATH WERE “CRIMINAL”





BREONNA TAYLOR GRAND JUROR SAYS LOUISVILLE POLICE ACTIONS BEFORE HER DEATH WERE “CRIMINAL”

“CBS THIS MORNING” EXCLUSIVE

Gayle King’s Exclusive Interview with Two Grand Jurors in the Breonna Taylor Case to Air on “CBS This Morning” Tomorrow

Two grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case spoke to CBS THIS MORNING co-host Gayle King in an exclusive interview set to air Wednesday. The two men, who asked to remain anonymous for their safety, said they were never given the option to consider murder or manslaughter charges – with one calling the police’s actions and behaviors the night Taylor was killed “criminal.” None of the officers were charged with killing Taylor, and the attorney general said their actions were justified.

https://cbsn.ws/31IPaVO

Watch CBS THIS MORNING on Wednesday at 7:00 AM, ET to see more of King’s exclusive interview with the two grand jurors.

Transcript of SOT:

GAYLE KING: Can I ask you what you both think of the police behavior and actions that night?

NUMBER ONE: Negligent.

KING: Negligent?

NUMBER ONE: They couldn’t even provide a risk assessment. It sounded like they hadn’t done one. So their organization leading up to this was lacking. That’s what I mean by they were negligent in the operation.

KING: Number Two?

NUMBER TWO: They were criminal leading up to this in everything that they – the way they moved forward on it, including the warrant was deception.

Each weekday morning, Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil deliver two hours of original reporting, breaking news and top-level newsmaker interviews in an engaging and informative format that challenges the norm in network morning news programs. The broadcast has earned a prestigious Peabody Award, a Polk Award, five News & Documentary Emmys, three Daytime Emmys and the 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast. The broadcast was also honored with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award as part of CBS News’ division-wide coverage of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.



UPCOMING GUESTS ON “THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN,” 10/23-10/28





UPCOMING GUESTS ON “THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN,” 10/23-10/28

Monday through Friday, 12:37 AM-1:37 AM, ET/PT

*Denotes changes and/or additions to previous schedule

(n) Denotes new broadcast

Friday, Oct. 23

Jeremy Strong; musical performance by SuperM (n)

*Monday, Oct. 26

Aaron Sorkin; musical performance by The Shins (n)

*Tuesday, Oct. 27

Billy Porter; David Byrne; musical performance by Kane Brown (n)

*Wednesday, Oct. 28

Chelsea Handler; musical performance by CL (n)



The Amazing Race 10/28 on CBS





TEAMS ARE IN MANAUS, BRAZIL WHERE THEY HAVE BIG DECISIONS TO MAKE WHEN THEY ENCOUNTER THE FIRST U-TURN OF THE RACE, ON “THE AMAZING RACE,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28 ON CBS

“We’re Makin’ Big Moves” – Teams are in Manaus, Brazil where they have big decisions to make when they encounter the first U-turn of the Race, on THE AMAZING RACE, Wednesday, Oct. 28 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan is the host.

Following are the teams competing this season on THE AMAZING RACE:

DeAngelo Williams (36) and Gary Barnidge (34)

Former NFL stars from Charlotte, N.C. and Middleburg, Fla.

Eswar (24) and Aparna Dhinakaran (26)

Siblings from Fremont and Berkeley, Calif.

Jerry (61) and Frank (25) Eaves

Father and son from Louisville, Ky.

Kaylynn (30) and Haley Williams (31)

Sisters from Bluffton, S.C.

Chee Lee (38) and Hung Nguyen (39)

Married parents from Houston, Texas

Leo Brown (31) and Alana Folsom (29)

Dating from Somerville, Mass.

Michelle (34) and Victoria Newland (33)

Sisters from Lafayette, La.

Riley (31) and Maddison McKibbin (29)

Pro volleyball players from Honolulu, Hawaii

Will Jardell (30) and James Wallington (31)

Dating from Nederland, Texas and Grand Rapids, Mich.

ELIMINATED TEAMS:

Nathan Worthington (39) and Cody Buell (33)

Best friends from Dayton, Tenn. and Paint Lick, Ky.

(ELIMINATED 10/14)

Kellie Wells-Brinkley (37) and LaVonne Idlette (34)

Olympic hurdlers from Richmond, Va. and Hampton, Va.

(ELIMINATED 10/21)

THE AMAZING RACE sends 11 teams on a trek around the world. Each Team is comprised of two people who have a pre-existing relationship with one another. At every destination, each Team competes in a series of challenges – some mental and some physical – and when the tasks have been completed, they learn their next destination. Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning at least $1 million.

Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri and Mark Vertullo are the executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Earthview Inc. in association with ABC Studios and Amazing Race Productions. THE AMAZING RACE was created by Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri.



THE GREATEST #ATHOME VIDEOS 10/30 on CBS





CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER EMBRACES THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT WHEN HE SHARES HIS FAVORITE VIDEOS FEATURING GHOSTLY PRANKS, FRIGHTENINGLY SICK SKILLS AND SPOOKY COSTUMES, ON “THE GREATEST #ATHOME VIDEOS,” FRIDAY, OCT. 30

“Dracula the Entertainer” – Host Cedric the Entertainer embraces the Halloween spirit when he shares his favorite videos featuring ghostly pranks, frighteningly sick skills and spooky costumes, on THE GREATEST #ATHOME VIDEOS, Friday, Oct. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

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