Another major exit: Stalwart veteran medical reporter Janet St. James leaving Gannett8 (updated Tues. afternoon)Several sources have confirmed that St. James will be leaving on March 17th to take a new position in the health field. She told unclebarky.com later Tuesday that she’ll be assistant vice president for strategic communications for HCA North Texas. St. James will work out of the company’s Irving corporate offices.“Still telling important and relevant Texas health stories!” she said.“I will miss them beyond words,” St. James said of her Gannett8 colleagues. “I’ve been a TV journalist nearly 25 years. I like adventure, so I’m excited about this one!” Gannett8 news director Carolyn Mungo did not return an inquiry from unclebarky.com on St. James’ departure. But she said in a memo to station staffers that “her coverage of medical news in North Texas will sorely be missed.” Mungo did not specify where St. James would be going, terming it “her next adventure.”
03/03/15 12:22 PMDallas-based Gannett8 will be losing another standout news room fixture with the impending departure of medical reporter Janet St. James.Several sources have confirmed that St. James will be leaving on March 17th to take a vice president of communications position at a North Texas hospital. Which hospital hasn’t been fully confirmed yet.St. James joined Gannett8 in July 1996 as a general assignments reporter and has been the station’s full-time medical correspondent since 2000. She could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday. St. James most recently excelled with her coverage late last year of the Ebola virus outbreak tied to Dallas-based Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. She is a University of Texas at Austin graduate who joined Gannett8 from KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City after earlier working for KTAB-TV in Abilene.Sports reporter George Riba, who spent 35 years at Gannett8, retired last month and received a big on-air sendoff. Anchor-reporter Gloria Campos, a 30-year fixture at the station, retired in March of last year.Other well-regarded reporters who have resigned from Gannett8 in recent years to take other communications positions include Brad Watson, Teresa Woodard, Chris Hawes, Steve Stoler, Craig Civale, Cynthia Vega and Casey Norton.03/03/15 09:57 AMNBC continued to hit ratings high notes with while Fox’s Season 3 debut of The Following stumbled but didn’t quite fall. racked up 425,414 D-FW viewers from 7 to 9 p.m. while also dominating that slot with advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds (135,613). That’s a pretty poor percentage, though, with Voice drawing much of its ratings strength from an older crowd. In that respect, it’s in sync with The Following, airing at 8 p.m., ran fourth in total viewers among the Big Four broadcast networks with 118,558 but moved up to second place in the key 18-to-49 demographic (63,076).Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then vaulted to first place finishes in both total viewers (195,272) and 18-to-49-year-olds (72,537).ABC put its affiliate stations’ late night newscasts in no-win situations with a 9 p.m. repeat of Secrets and Lies, which already had faltered with Sunday night’s two-hour launch. It ran a distant fourth at that hour with 76,714 total viewers and a sub-measly 12,615 in the 18-to-49 age range.In pre-prime results, the with Lester Holt ran first in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming) in competition with ABC, CBS and Fox4’s local edition.Here are Monday’s local news derby results. CBS11 swept the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds.Fox4 notched two more 6 a.m. wins while NBC5 was tops in total viewers at both 5 and 6 p.m. Gannett8 took Monday’s other two golds with first-place finishes at 5 and 6 p.m. in the 25-to-54 demographic.
Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Fri.-Sun., Feb. 27-March 1) -- Last Man on Earth first with 18-to-49-year-olds amid three big broadcast net premieres03/02/15 10:20 AMThe Last Man On Earth put a skip in Fox’s step Sunday night by emerging as the top draw among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds on a crowded night of Big Four broadcast network premieres and returnees.Last Man, with a double-episode launch from 8 to 9 p.m. drew 100,922 D-FW viewers in this key demographic, doubling the lead-in audience for Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-NineABC’s two-hour unveiling of Secrets and Lies ranked a distant second among the night’s three newcomers with 37,846 viewers in the 18-to-49 realm. CBS’ 9 p.m. premiere of Battle Creek had 34,692 viewers but doubled the crowd for its network’s preceding return of The Good Wife.None of the three broadcast net freshmen came close to matching the 18-to-49 haul of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which had a phenomenal 217,612 viewers from 8 to 9 p.m. PBS’ Season 5 finale of Downton Abbey had 47,307 viewers in the 18-to-49 age range, good enough to outdraw both Secrets and Lies and Battle Creek.Walking Dead drew 306,856 total viewers, falling short only of CBS’ 60 Minutes (348,700) among Sunday’s prime-time attractions.The three new broadcast net series were paced by Battle Creek with 188,298 total viewers, followed closely by Last Man On Earth (167,376) while Secrets and Lies lagged behind with 139,480. Downton Abbey had 160,401 total viewers.CBS’ return of Madam Secretary won from 7 to 8 p.m. in total viewers with 237,116. But it ran fourth overall in that time slot with 18-to-49-year-olds.On Friday night, another round of miserable winter weather helped to put Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast atop all prime-time programming with 237,116 total viewers and 100,922 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.Fox4 also preempted its 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. double dose of Judge Judy to make it a local news foursome in that hour. NBC5 comfortably won in both total viewers (223,168) and 25-to-54-year-olds (97,792), the main advertiser target audience for news programming. Fox4 respectively ran fourth and second in those two ratings measurements.
Here are Friday’s other four-way local news derby results.
Gannett8 dominated at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds.
Fox4, NBC5 and Gannett8 tied for first at 6 a.m. in total viewers but Fox4 had the gold to itself among 25-to-54-year-olds.
NBC5 rung up twins wins at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. golds went to CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 with 25-to-54-year-olds.
Despite the weather-inflated Friday newscast ratings, CBS11’s 6:30 p.m. syndicated edition of Wheel of Fortune ranked as the day’s overall top draw with 369,622 total viewers. It also spanked the three competing rag mags -- Access Hollywood, Extra and Entertainment Tonight -- among 18-to-49-year-olds.
Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Thurs., Feb. 26) -- How to Get Away with Murder season finale deadens competition02/27/15 10:57 AMABC left some ratings corpses on rival networks Thursday with its two-hour season finale of How to Get Away with MurderHTGAWM scored especially big among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, averaging 132,460 from 8 to 10 p.m. The next closest competitor, NBC’s 8 p.m. episode of The Blacklist, drew 91,460 viewers in this key demographic.The first hour of HTGAWM and Blacklist tied for first in total viewers, though, with 271,986 apiece. Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then put up a good fight, but lost to HTGAWM by a score of 278,960 viewers to 251,064.CBS’ new episode of The Big Bang Theory was tops from 7 to 7:30 p.m. with 404,492 total viewers and 151,381 in the 18-to-49 realm. The second half-hour of Fox’s American Idol then beat CBS’ second episode of The Odd Couple in total viewers. But The OC had a slight edge with 18-to-49-year-olds.Fox’s 8 p.m. episode of Backstrom took a beating, running fourth in both ratings measurements. NBC’s new The Slap likewise was No. 4 across the board in the 7 p.m. hour.But Thursday’s biggest bomb was CBS’ 9 p.m. Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Among the Big Four broadcast networks, it ranked an overall last in prime-time with just 48,818 total viewers and 22,077 in the 18-to-49 demographic.Here are Thursday’s local news derby results on the day after the February “sweeps” ratings period. Gannett8 lapped up the big lead-in from HTGAWM and cruised to easy wins at 10 p.m. in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). In both cases, Gannett8 grew its audience, which is impressive.Fox4 again swept the 6 a.m. races and NBC5 rang up twin wins at 5 p.m. The Peacock also had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. while Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds.
02/26/15 11:26 AMThe February 2015 “sweeps” closed with a big ratings-enhancing “Arctic Blast,” helping Fox4, NBC5, Gannett8 and CBS11 to look a bit better from year-to-year in their battles to lure rather than lose viewers. Still, the stations lost those battles a majority of the time.Gannett8 won the big prize by sweeping the 10 p.m. competitions in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming). Fox4 defended its 6 a.m. title in both ratings measurements while NBC5 swept the 5 p.m. races.CBS11 took the 6 p.m. gold in total viewers but Fox4 won a close three-way battle at that hour among 25-to-54-year-olds.Last February’s 10 p.m. results were significantly skewed by NBC’s prime-time Winter Olympics telecasts, so we won’t include year-to-year comparisons for the late nighters. Otherwise the audience gains or losses from Feb. 2014 are in parentheses.10 P.M.Total ViewersGannett 8 -- 229,530CBS11 -- 182,110Fox4 -- 152,980NBC5 -- 149,91025-to-54-Year-OldsGannett8 -- 91,810Fox4 -- 84,750NBC5 -- 67,880CBS11 -- 44,120Comments: Bolstered by the Olympics, NBC5 had decisive wins in both measurements last February. Bedeviled by mostly lousy NBC network lead-ins at 9 p.m., the Peacock sank badly this time. In contrast, Gannett8 overcame a lot of measly lead-ins from ABC to re-take control of the late night news Nielsens. CBS11 still has a serious 25-to-54 demographic problem, drawing less than half the 25-to-54-year-olds lured by frontrunner Gannett8.6 A.M.Total ViewersFox4 -- 106,800 (minus 56,530)Gannett8 -- 94,410 (plus 9,194)NBC5 -- 86,990 (minus 33,732)CBS11 -- 57,460 (minus 13,553)25-to-54-Year-OldsFox4 -- 56,300 (minus 35,107)NBC5 -- 35,660 (minus 22,231)Gannett 8 -- 32,020 (minus 19,953)CBS11 -- 29,210 (minus 1,259)Comments: Gannett8 knocked NBC5 out of second place in total viewers and showed the only audience gains in that measurement while Fox4 and NBC5 both were way down from a year ago. On the downside, Gannett8 came perilously close to falling behind CBS11 in the 25-to-54 demographic. None of the four stations can be terribly happy about these year-to-year numbers. But CBS11 at least can glimpse a ray of sunshine during transplanted anchor Karen Borta’s first “sweeps” month as a morning co-anchor. The station lost a minimal amount of 25-to-54-year-olds compared to its rivals and has never been this close to moving out of its longstanding early morning basement.6 P.M.Total ViewersCBS11 -- 178,820 (plus 22,591)Gannett8 -- 164,130 (plus 15,003)NBC5 -- 156,490 (minus 21,043)Fox4 -- 117,220 (minus 17,705)25-to-54-Year-OldsFox4 -- 52,830 (minus 8,108)Gannett8 -- 48,980 (minus 9,001)NBC5 -- 48,280 (minus 12,658)CBS11 -- 40,040 (plus 15,665)Comments: CBS11 was the only station to register year-to-year gains in both ratings measurements while also vaulting from second place a year ago to take the total viewers crown this time. Fox4 replicated its outhouse to penthouse performance from a year ago, finishing last in total viewers and first with 25-to-54-year-olds. (In February 2014, Fox4 and NBC5 shared first place among 25-to-54-year-olds.) But Fox4 lost viewers from a year ago in both cases, as did the Peacock. Gannett8 climbed up a notch in both total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds. NBC5, in contrast, fell from first to third in both races.
NBC5 -- 139,260 (minus 2,766)
Gannett8 -- 126,610 (plus 20,090)
Fox4 -- 123,850 (plus 3,128)
CBS11 -- 117,510 (plus 32,294)
NBC5 -- 43,960 (plus 1,303)
Fox4 -- 41,310 (minus 13,534)
Gannett8 -- 31,950 (minus 4,613)
CBS11 -- 30,600 (plus 3,178)
Comments: NBC5 kept its 2014 title in total viewers and dethroned Fox4 as the leader among 25-to-54-year-olds. As at 6 p.m., CBS11 was the only station to improve from a year ago in both measurements. Gannett8 moved up to second place in total viewers while barely holding off CBS11 among 25-to-54-year-olds.
Local Nielsen ratings snapshot (Wed., Feb. 25) -- business as usual, with Empire fueling another Fox/Fox4 sweep02/26/15 10:10 AM
Fox’s Empire began with a bang Wednesday night, with Cookie telling her ex-husband Lucious, “You want Cookie’s nookie, you ditch the bitch.”
The pot as always kept stirring, to the tune of 411,466 D-FW viewers in the 8 p.m. hour. That again made Empire the most-watched show of the night, in both total viewers and advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds (227,074).
Fox also won in both ratings measurements with its 7 p.m. hour of -- 292,908 total viewers and 113,537 in the 18-to-49 demographic.
Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast then put the finishing touches on the night with runaway wins in both total viewers (306,856) and 18-to-49-year-olds (132,460).
CBS countered with its first-time, same-night combo of 90-minute Survivor and Amazing Race season premieres.
Survivor had 181,324 total viewers from 7 to 8:30 p.m., tying NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura for second place in its opening hour before being edged from 8 to 8:30 p.m. by ABC’s Modern Family (202,246).
Amazing Race fell to 139,480 viewers from 8:30 to 10 p.m. It was beaten by the closing half-hour of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU (202,246) and ran behind ABC’s runner-up Nashville (153,428) in the 9 p.m. hour.
Survivor also lost to Modern Family among 18-to-49-year-olds before Amazing Race ran fourth from 8:30 to 10 p.m. behind a mix of programming on Fox/Fox4, ABC and NBC.
Here are the local news derby results for the final weekday of the February “sweeps.” (Final sweeps results are coming later.)
Gannett8 ran a solid first at 10 p.m. in total viewers while Fox4 had a comfy win among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).
Fox4 also swept the 6 a.m. competitions and added 5 and 6 p.m. wins with 25-to-54-year-olds.
CBS11 had the most total viewers at 6 p.m. and NBC5 took the 5 p.m. gold in that measurement.
D-FW TELEVISION NEWS NOTE -- It might only further fuel his ratings. But Bill O’Reilly now is being called a fabricator -- or more to the point an outright liar -- by longtime Gannett8 investigative reporter Byron Harris and former anchor Tracy Rowlett. It all has to do with O’Reilly’s Kennedy assassination-tied tale after Congress reopened an investigation of that very dark day in Dallas.
Both Harris and Rowlett were colleagues of O’Reilly in the late 1970s during his brief tenure at the Dallas-based TV station. In March 1977, O’Reilly claims to have been knocking on the door of a Russian emigre’s Palm Beach, Florida residence when he heard a “shotgun blast” from within. The man he was tracking, George de Mohrenschildt, had just committed suicide. He had been a friend of Lee Harvey Oswald’s who earlier had testified before the Warren Commission and was being called to re-testify before Congress.
A January 2013 piece by Jefferson Morley had already provided seemingly irrefutable evidence that O’Reilly in fact was in Dallas at the time of Mohrenschildt’s death. But O’Reilly had continued to repeat this tale, most recently on page 300 of his bestselling book, Killing Kennedy.
Harris and Rowlett, interviewed this week by the openly liberal watchdog site, Media Matters, are even blunter in their declarations that O’Reilly made the whole thing up. Says Rowlett: “O’Reilly’s a phony. There’s no other way to put it. He was not up on the porch when he heard the gunshots. He was in Dallas. He wasn’t traveling at that time.”
Says Harris: “He stole that article out of the newspaper. I guarantee Channel 8 didn’t send him to Florida to do that story because it was a newspaper story. It was broken by The Dallas Morning News.”
On Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, the host has vociferously defended himself against an earlier report, in Mother Jones Magazine, that he embellished his role in covering the 1982 Falklands War. He also has assailed “far left zealots” for smearing him.
Whether O’Reilly will be equally out front in defending himself on this newest charge is an open question that could be answered on Wednesday’s edition of “The Factor.”
Ironically, O’Reilly has been one of the least accusatory prominent news personalities when it comes to NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams’ acknowledged misrepresentations of his journalistic exploits. Wiliams currently is serving a six-month unpaid suspension.
On Tuesday’s edition of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart told viewers that “no one’s watching him (O’Reilly) for the actual truth.” He also encouraged naysayers to “just move on.”
02/25/15 11:33 AMA second two-hour edition of NBC’s The Voice edged CBS’ usually all-powerful NCIS in total viewers Tuesday night while otherwise dominating among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.The Voice drew 488,180 D-FW viewers in its first hour, with NCIS pulling in 453,310. The second half of The Voice then beat NCIS: New Orleans by a significantly wider margin -- 502,128 viewers to 355,674.In the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, The Voice crushed all comers with 176,613 viewers for its full two hours.Fox4’s local newscast, enriched by heavy coverage of a snowy forecast for Wednesday morning, won the 9 p.m. hour with 341,726 total viewers and 129,306 in the 18-to-49 age range.NBC’s one-hour Parks and Recreation series finale ran third at 9 p.m. in total viewers with 118,558 and moved up to second place among 18-to-49-year-olds (66,229). Both finishes were in the Big Four broadcast network arena. On cable, Fox Sports Southwest’s Dallas Mavericks-Toronto Raptors game was the 9 to 10 p.m. runner-up to Fox4’s news with 167,376 total viewers and 88,306 in the 18-to-49 motherlode.ABC’s 8 p.m. episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter continued to crater with prime-time’s lowest scores (among the Big 4 broadcasters) in both total viewers (69,740) and 18-to-49-year-olds (28,384).The network’s other Tuesday night attractions -- Fresh Off the Boat, Repeat After Me and Forever -- also crashed to the No. 4 position in both ratings measurements.Here are Tuesday’s local news derby results on the second-to-last weekday of the February “sweeps.”Gannett8 overcame another stinko lead-in from Forever to win at 10 p.m. in total viewers. But Fox4 drew the most 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).Fox4 swept the 6 a.m. competitions and NBC5 did likewise at 5 p.m. The 6 p.m. firsts went to CBS11 in total viewers and Fox4 among 25-to-54-year-olds.
02/24/15 10:31 AMNBC almost tripled its ratings pleasure by saying goodbye to The Celebrity Apprentice and re-welcoming The Voice Monday night.Prime-time’s pre-eminent talent competition, in which the judges star while the winners struggle to be heard from again, drew just shy of a half-million D-FW viewers (495,154) from 7 to 9 p.m. The previous Monday’s Celebrity Apprentice season finale had 174,350 viewers. The Voice also dominated its time slot among advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, luring 182,920 of ‘em. Celebrity Apprentice drew 72,537 viewers in this key demographic.Monday’s big 9 p.m. winner, Fox4’s local newscast, had 327,778 total viewers and 132,460 in the 18-to-49 age range. NBC’s return of The Night Shift plummeted to fourth place at 9 p.m. in total viewers (146,454) while inching into third place with 18-to-49-year-olds (56,768) ahead of ABC’s competing Castle (53,615).Meanwhile, the local newscasts enjoyed ratings inflations brought on by Monday’s “Arctic Blast” and accompanying icy roads.Gannett8 won at 10 p.m. with 313,830 total viewers compared to the previous Monday’s 223,168. Fox4 ran first with 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming), vaulting to 139,280 viewers after last week’s President’s Day haul of 56,305.NBC5, which aims to be the most weather-centric of the four major news players, rolled up wins at 6 a.m. in both ratings measurements. Fox4’s 7 to 9 a.m. portion of Good Day then took over with a pair of narrow victories over the Peacock, which preempted NBC’s Today show. NBC5 and Gannett8 shared the 6 p.m. total viewers lead while Fox4 and CBS11 were close behind. The combined 997,282 viewers for the four stations were a big bump up from the 697,400 on President’s Day.The 5 p.m. leader in total viewers was NBC5. But Fox4 won at 5 and 6 p.m. among 25-to-54-year-olds.
Ready for their frozen chosen closeups: Top row from left: CBS11 reporters Arezow Doost, Elizabeth Dinh, Jennifer Lindgren, Jack Fink. Bottom row from left: Joel Thomas, Gabriel Roxas, Stephanie Lucero.But cable’s The Walking Dead, at 8 p.m. on AMC, ranked as Sunday’s overall runner-up among 18-to-49-year-olds with 170,305.
02/23/15 01:38 PM
Intrepid CBS11 meteorologist Jeff Ray draws some “thunder sleet” during Monday morning’s heavy coverage of frozen North Texas. Photos: Ed BarkNews directors love a good arctic blast. That’s because the ratings heat up when legions of reporters are sent out to face the cold, hard facts.They warn against driving too fast and admonish drivers who do. They paw and scrape at the ice and snow to further illustrate what’s readily apparent. Monday morning brought another round of show, tell and shiver. “I am literally freezing,” Gannett8 reporter Brian Glenn declared.Fox4, NBC5, Gannett8 and CBS11 all preempted or truncated regularly scheduled morning programming to bring viewers the latest news. Which of course bears repeating -- over and over and over again.
NBC5 also got a chance to debut its new “Texas Thunder Truck” amid the latest popular winter weather tagline -- “thunder sleet.” The station’s anchors took turns marveling at what a coincidence that was.
Your friendly content provider spent part of Monday morning freeze-framing a variety of hard-working reporters in the field. In pictures and captions, here’s our first fierce weather collage since December of 2013, when a far more serious winter onslaught felled thousands of innocent tree branches.
Fox4’s Jenny Anchondo and Dan Godwin keep their heads & hats. Now why would you wanna go topless? Gannett8’s Philip Townsend and colleague Brian Glenn decided to keep their locks unlocked. Veteran NBC5 “Night Ranger” Scott Gordon joins in reindeer games. Ready for their frozen chosen closeups: Top row from left: CBS11 reporters Arezow Doost, Elizabeth Ninh, Jennifer Lindgren, Jack Fink. Bottom row from left: Joel Thomas, Gabriel Roxas, Stephanie Lucero. NBC5’s Chris Van Horne deftly executes the classic show-and-tell foot scraper maneuver before the elements strike again. Longtime Fox4 morning reporter Saul Garza gives viewers a finger. By all that is holy: Gannett8’s Pete Delkus tweeted this Sun. night. Primary Peacock colors for NBC5’s Ray Villeda and Julie Fine. Gannett8’s David Schechter must have drawn the long straw this time. He snuggled in station’s “Social Media Center” Monday after winning “Coldest Looking Reporter” award in December 2013.02/23/15 12:44 PM Host Neil Patrick Harris: Who was he wearing? Photo: Ed Bark
The 87th annual Oscars took a significant dip in the D-FW ratings Sunday night despite frigid, stay-at-home weather.
Running from 7:30 to 11:12 p.m. on ABC and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the ceremony tiptoed past the 1 million viewer mark with an overall average of 1,004,256. Among advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds, the Oscars averaged 428,917 viewers.
The 2014 Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, drew 1,164,613 total viewers and 547,126 in the 18-to-49 age range.
The Harris-hosted Oscars, his first such stint after two Emmy and four Tony outings, still outdrew the 2013 Oscars in total viewers. With Seth MacFarlane at the reigns, that edition had 922,483 D-FW viewers but nipped Sunday night’s latest ceremony among 18-to-49-year-olds with 430,569.
In recent D-FW ratings history, the lowest Oscar numbers by far came in 2009, when Hugh Jackman hosted. That one averaged just 677,580 total viewers and 291,176 in the 18-to-49 demographic.
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Over on Fox Sports Southwest Sunday night, Amar’e Stoudemire’s debut as a Dallas Maverick had 132,506 total viewers and 59,922 within the 18-to-49 motherlode.
The most-watched broadcast station attraction opposite the Oscars, NBC5’s weather-fueled 10 p.m. local newscast, drew 348,700 total viewers and 138,767 in the 18-to-49 age range. Fox4’s 9 p.m. local newscast also did well with respective totals of 285,934 and 110,383 viewers.
On Friday, CBS’ Blue Bloods again topped all prime-time programming with 258,038 total viewers. ABC’s Shark Tank and Fox4’s local news had the most 18-to-49-year-olds (85,153 apiece).
Here are Friday’s local news derby results for the 17th weekday of the February “sweeps,” which end on Wednesday.
CBS11 had the most total viewers at 10 p.m. while Gannett8 ran first among 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming).
Fox4 notched another pair of 6 a.m. wins; the 6 p.m. firsts went to CBS11 in total viewers and NBC5 in the 25-to-54 measurement.
Gannett8 was tops in total viewers at 5 p.m. and shared the gold with NBC5 among 25-to-54-year-olds.