ABC News Sets ‘Superstar’ Primetime Series

ABC News is expanding its primetime 20/20 newsmagazine with a new series, Superstar, which will begin airing on ABC Aug. 11. Each episode of Superstar will profile a different celebrity “who shaped American culture,” according to the network. The first episode will profile Whitney Houston, and will include never-before-seen private videos of the singer, who died in 2012.

’20/20′ Tops ‘Dateline’ In Viewership For First Time In 5 Years

ABC News’ 20/20, anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach, won the broadcast season for the first time in five years, according to Nielsen Media Research ratings data. In total viewership since the season began on Sept. 21, 2020, 20/20 had a 3% lead on Dateline, but the lead was greater in the advertiser-coveted age demographics. In the 18-49 demo, the 9 p.m. ET show was up by 25% while in the 25-54 range, its lead was 17%.

School Field Trips To WPVI Sparked ABC’s New ‘20/20’ Chief’s Interest In News

Janice Johnston is only the fourth person to lead the show in its 40-plus years. She’s the first woman and the first Black producer to hold the job. Above, Johnston (l) with ABC News’ Robin Roberts.

ABC Promotes Janice Johnston To ’20/20′ EP

ABC News is promoting 20/20 Senior Producer Janice Johnston to the role of executive producer. She will be just the fourth person to lead 20/20 as executive producer in nearly 43 years.

ABC News Plans ’20/20′ Special On Thailand Rescue

Diane Sawyer To Interview Caitlyn Jenner Again

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News’ Diane Sawyer is reprising her interview with Caitlyn Jenner, with the former Olympic gold medalist slated to talk about her first couple of years of life as a woman. The former Bruce Jenner spoke to Sawyer in a 2015 special that reached 17.1 million viewers and won a DuPont-Columbia […]

Special Reports Pay Ratings Dividends For ’20/20′

ABC Lands First Gretchen Carlson Interview

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who filed that first sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, will be interviewed by ABC News’s 20/20 for a full hour on the subject of sexual harassment. It airs on Friday.

Gretchen Carlson Set For ’20/20′ Interview

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson is set for 20/20 on November 18, marking her first television interview since the Roger Ailes debacle.

Barbara Walters Lands Donald Trump For ’20/20′

Nearly 17 Million Watch Jenner Interview

Nielsen said 16.9 million people watched Friday’s 20/20 interview with Bruce Jenner in which the former Olympian told ABC’s Diane Sawyer about his transition into becoming a woman. Nielsen Social also estimated that there were 972,000 tweets sent Friday night about the Jenner interview.

17 Affils Team Up With ABC News On Story

Friday on 20/20, ABC aired a Brian Ross investigation called “Recall Roulette.” The story is about what ABC is calling the “flawed government recall system” and may seem familiar to some local viewers. Pieces were used as part of a partnership with the investigative teams of 17 ABC affiliates.

New Mags Dominated Saturday Night TV

The news divisions of the big three broadcasters dominated prime time Saturday night.  20/20 at 10pmET/PT was the night’s No. 1 show drawing 5.51 million viewers, and a 1.1 A18-49 rating, more than doubling CBS’s 48 Hours in the time period in viewers and in the demo.

Elizabeth Vargas Could Return To ’20/20′ On Friday

ABC, CBS Plan Weekend Mandela Coverage

Programs on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela will take their place in ABC and CBS’ primetime lineups this weekend, but there won’t be any changes to their schedules, they will air on 20/20 and 48 Hours, respectively.

’20/20′ Has Best Night In 18 Months

ABC News Settles ’20/20′ Libel Lawsuit

After an Orange County (Calif.) Superior Court judge ruled earlier this year there was no merit in the attempt by ABC News to kill a libel lawsuit about a sensational, 2011 Internet-dating-scam broadcast by 20/20, the network has agreed to settle with the plaintiff.

ABC, Clear Channel Put TV On iHeartRadio

The partnership will bring ABC News and entertainment programming to Clear Channel’s new iHeartRadio Talk feature. The deal includes content from ABC News, Nightline, 20/20, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The View.

Judge: ABC Likely To Lose Libel Lawsuit

David Williams, presented by 20/20 as an Internet predator, has “adequately demonstrated that ABC failed to use reasonable care in determining the truth or falsity of the statements before publishing them.”

’20/20′ Names David Muir Co-Anchor

Following Chirs Cuomo’s exit to CNN, ABC News confirms that the correspondent will join Elizabeth Vargas at the desk.

‘I Love Lucy’ Tops Best In TV List


’20/20′ Lifts ABC To Best Friday In Months

20/20‘s highly touted interview with Bernie Madoff’s daughter-in-law, Stephanie Madoff Mack, led ABC to its best Friday night in 10 months. The network tied for No. 1 on the night with CBS, both averaging a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating and 5 share. 20/20 was the night’s highest-rated show, averaging a 2.1 at 10 p.m.

Former ABC News Producer Bernie Cohen Dies

Outbursts Trumped Big Ratings In ‘Men’ Move

By halting production on the eighth season of Two and a Half Men, CBS Corp. and   Warner Bros. are turning away from a proven hit with both viewers and advertisers.