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People Like Watching The News Again!

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The ratings are in and the evening newscasts are enjoying higher ratings for the first time since 2002!

ABC World News with Diane Sawyer is queen with a 3.3% raise.

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams? Up 2.7%

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Sorry, Scott! Katie Couric's CBS Evening News Replacement Doesn't Bring In The Ratings

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Looks like Katie Couric's replacement is JUST getting by…

Last month, we heard that 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley was taking over Katie's CBS Evening News anchor position, and we were feeling pretty good about it.

Now, Pelley has taken over, and his ratings aren't BAD at all…but they're not anything fantastic.

During his first week, Pelley averaged 5.7 million viewers, which matched Couric's average ratings for May. His ratings were a bit LOWER, though, than the average for Katie's substitute anchor Harry Smith.

Ah well! Hopefully he's able to maintain his current ratings at the very least.

Have U been watching Scott Pelley on CBS Evening News? Do U think he's doing a good job filling Katie's shoes?

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It's Official! Scott Pelley Named Katie Couric's CBS Evening News Replacement

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Last month, we heard that 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley was the top candidate to take over Katie Couric's CBS Evening News anchor position after her exit.

It seemed very clear that the position was Pelley's, and sure enough, the official announcement came today that he'll take over Katie's position when she leaves the show.

Here's what he had to say about the new opportunity:

"The opportunity to lead the organization as managing editor of the evening news is something you aspire to, something you never believe you could actually achieve."

And here's what CBS News chairman/60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager had to say about it:

"There's a great tradition here and I think Scott's a terrific symbol of that tradition. [He's] as good a reporter as has ever worked at this network."

And here's what Katie Couric has said about Pelley:

"[Pelley] is a great reporter and a real gentleman, who cares deeply about the news. I know he'll put his own unique imprimatur on the broadcast and will do a great job carrying on the tradition of the CBS Evening News."

Such nice words from Katie to her successor.

Good luck, Scott! We'll def give you a watch!

What do U think about Scott Pelley as a replacement for Katie Couric? Will he be able to fill her shoes?

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Katie Couric CBS Evening News Exit Announcement Likely To Come This Week

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Seems like it's finally happening.

For a while now, it's been pretty clear that Katie Couric was planning on leaving CBS Evening News, and now she's expected to make an announcement about it this week!

As we mentioned before, Scott Pelley is by far the top candidate to replace her.

Still no concrete details about where Katie will be headed after she leaves CBS, but all will be revealed very soon!

Where do U think Katie Couric is headed after she leaves CBS Evening News?

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CBS News Anchor Drama: Couric Out, Scott Pelley For Certain In

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So here'e the sitch:

Kate Couric is leaving CBS News. That's a done deal. It's happening. She's bidding the gig bon vovage and she isn't looking back. Now, the real question on everyone's minds is who will replace her. Well, wouldn't you know it, we've got an answer for you!

Turns out, CBS News Chariman Jeff Fager has the perfect man for the job - Scott Pelley, best known for his work as a 60 Minutes correspondent. Scott is very well-respected and has been the Chairman's top pick for the job since it became evident there was a need to replace Katie.

But more so, sources reveal that at the moment, Scott is the only choice the suits have over at CBS, as they can't seem to agree on anyone else as a backup. Scotty is their man.

Which means the only thing left to do is make the transition from Katie to Scott on the show. This has to be handled delicately, however, as the head honchos don't want to offend Katie in hopes that she'll stay with the network to do a syndicated show at the network and "maintain a presence at CBS News." No word yet if Katie has ANY interest in that, however.

You know what might help her decide? $$$ (We hear it talks!)

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CBS Evening News Roundup: Katie's Most Likely Out, But Who Shall Replace Her?!

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Hmm…decisions, decisions!

Although it hasn't been confirmed, everyone pretty much knows that Katie Couric will be leaving her position as the anchor for CBS Evening News once her five-year contract expires in June, and no one seems particularly certain on who is going to succeed her!

According to sources close to the situation, chairman Jeff Fager is looking at potentials both inside and outside of the network, although the biggest contender at this point is veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley!

Fager has apparently been favoring the newsman since Couric began contemplating the move, but apparently the position is not set in stone, because network execs may want to see someone with more celebrity than him to boost ratings!

Inneresting - especially because that's why they brought Couric in the first place, and yet the ratings still didn't pick up! Makes us think that maybe Fager should go with his gut and pick Pelley!

Who do U think should take over for Couric?? Scott Pelley or someone else?

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