"CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley isn’t happy that his newscast is in third place, reports the New York Post.
"I hate it,” he said. “It drives me crazy all day every day. It’s awful. CBS should be first, not third."
He added, "But at least we’re a competitive third now. We’re close to overtaking ABC in the [news demo]. Our headlights are in their rearview mirror.”
When Pelley took over the newscast from Katie Couric it trailed "The NBC Nightly News" and ABC’s "World News" by much larger margins. Since then, Pelley and CBS have started to close the gap, and “Evening News” was the only network newscast to show a spike in the 25-54 demographic — the key news demo — for the season.
"There’s an enormous curiosity about why a network evening news broadcast like ours is up 1 million viewers over two years — which is counter to every trend we’ve seen in broadcast TV,” Pelley said. “Why? People are looking for a place they can get all the news they’re curious about in one small bite.”