CBS has top show with '60 Minutes' scoring 12

CBS News’ “60 Minutes” led the 2006 news and documentary Emmys with 12 nominations.

 A perennial favorite of the Emmy judges, “60 Minutes” was nominated for “I’m Mike Wallace: A ’60 Minutes’ Tribute,” the late Ed Bradley’s story on the Duke U. rape case and Katie Couric’s story on toxic dust at Gotham’s ground zero.

Helped by “60 Minutes,” CBS News led the big three network news organizations with 19 total nominations, followed by ABC News with 15 and NBC News with 14.

PBS received 22 nominations distributed across nine shows including “Nature,” with five, and “P.O.V.,” with four.

Among evening newscasts, NBC’s “Nightly News With Brian Williams” was dominant, with nine mentions for a range of stories from “Crisis in Darfur” to an interview with former FEMA director Michael Brown.

All nine Emmy noms received by “Nightly News” came on the watch of former exec producer John Reiss, who was reassigned by the network in May, after a ratings slide that allowed ABC News’ “World News With Charles Gibson” to ease into first place.

That newscast drew seven noms for stories that include investigative journo Brian Ross’ report on Mark Foley and the congressional page scandal and its coverage of the Amish school shooting tragedy.

CBS’ “Evening News With Katie Couric” received three nominations, including a piece on Jason McElwain, the autistic high-school basketball player, and Iraq War story “Ramadi: On the Front Line.”

Other networks with multiple nominations include CNN and HBO with six apiece; Cinemax, Discovery Channel and History Channel with five; and National Geographic Channel with three.

For the full list, please visit the official Emmys site.

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