Morning Media Newsfeed: Nightly News Takes Ratings Hit | Sling TV Adds AMC

NBC Nightly News takes a ratings hit. Sling TV launches and adds AMC Networks. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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Nightly News Takes Ratings Hit During Brian Williams Crises (TVNewser)
Preliminary Nielsen ratings show NBC Nightly News dropped 36 percent on Friday from last week’s Monday-Thursday average among adult 25-54 viewers. NBC’s competitors were down too, but not as much: ABC was down 16 percent while CBS was down 17 percent on Friday. Mediaite On Friday night, when coverage of the controversy over Brian Williams‘ exaggerated war story had reached its fever pitch, ABC World News Tonight With David Muir topped Williams’ broadcast in both total viewers and the 25-54 news demo. Variety NBC News president Deborah Turness on Friday said the network was conducting an investigation into the controversy surrounding Williams, whose claims that he was on a helicopter in Iraq that was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in 2003 have been challenged by crew members of the aircraft. Williams on Saturday told NBC News staff members in a memo that he would be stepping aside “for several days,” with weekend anchor Lester Holt taking over the newscast starting Monday. TVNewser Stars And Stripes reporter Travis J. Tritten has released the full audio of an interview he did with Williams last Wednesday, before Williams’ on-air apology for misremembering a story in the early days of Iraq war coverage which has now led to an internal NBC News probe and Williams benching himself from Nightly News. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The first time Williams heard that his helicopter was an hour behind the Chinook that got hit by an RPG — and not directly behind it — was last week, on Feb. 4, during the interview with Stars And Stripes. In the interview, Williams acted surprised to hear that soldiers who were with him that day told Stars And Stripes that Williams’ Chinook helicopter was not flying with the helicopters that were hit.

Mad Men, Walking Dead Coming to Dish’s Sling TV Streaming Service (THR)
Dish’s streaming TV service just got a bit more interesting with the addition of cable channels owned by AMC Networks. Under a deal announced Monday, Sling TV, the over-the-top streaming service Dish is offering to consumers for $20 per month without a satellite or cable TV subscription, will add the networks AMC, BBC America, BBC World News, IFC, Sundance TV and WE tv to its programming lineup. Variety Sling TV launched nationwide in the U.S Monday with 14 cable channels including ESPN. With the over-the-top service the satcaster is targeting younger consumers who have shunned traditional pay-TV services, typically priced at least three times higher. However, among the service’s current limitations, it currently excludes ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and broadcast channels, and Sling TV does not provide DVR features (although certain programming is available on-demand). GigaOM Sling subscribers can elect to add more channels through three different add-on packages that cost $5 each. These include a news and information package, a kids and family package and a sports add-on package that offers access to additional ESPN channels and a few other sports networks. Deadline Sling TV operates with iOS, Android, Mac and PC devices, plus current generation Roku devices. The company says it will support Amazon Fire TV, Google’s Nexus Player, webOS Smart TVs, some Samsung TVs and Xbox One “in the coming months.”

2015 Grammy Awards: 45 Million Interactions From 17 Million Facebook Users (SocialTimes)
More than 17 million Facebook users were responsible for more than 45 million posts, likes and comments related to the 2015 Grammy Awards Sunday night. LostRemote The top moment on Facebook was Sam Smith winning Record of The Year and Rhode Island was the most engaged state. THR / The Live Feed Shifting a little later in the calendar this year, CBS’ annual Grammy telecast topped Sunday’s broadcast ratings. A full picture of the sprawling three-hour and 45-minute telecast, which didn’t conclude until 11:40 p.m. ET, has the show down more than 3 million viewers from last year’s performance. That marks its lowest telecast since 2009. Variety The telecast averaged an 8.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 25.3 million viewers overall from 8 to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday — six-year lows in both categories. It was down 14 percent in the demo and 11 percent in overall audience from last year.