Local news ratings
Sorry to disappoint the Anonymous poster yesterday, but Fox 19 didn’t win the morning news. In fact, from 6-7 a.m., Fox 19 was fourth in the overnight Nielsens for May sweeps, which ended last night.
WLWT (Channel 5) jumped into second at 6 a.m., but at 11 p.m. fell from second (a year ago) to a distant third for the city’s only female co-anchor team. Demographics may show a different story, but the overnights don't look so hot for Sandra Ali and Sheree Paolello, given all the billboards, radio promotions, Olympics promotions, etc.
Here are the May weekday ratings. I’m still waiting on the numbers for the Sunday night sports shows.
WKRC-TV: 4.3, 16%
WLWT-TV 3.8, 14%
WCPO-TV 3.7, 14%
WXIX-TV 3.6, 14% (Was #2 with a 3.8/16% last May)
WCPO-TV 8.4, 19%
WKRC-TV 7.0, 12%
WLWT-TV 4.0, 9%
WXIX-TV 9.1, 15% (Ratings about equal to last May's 10 p.m. audience split between Ch 19 (7.8/12%) and Ch 64 (1.2/2%)
WKRC-TV 13.8, 27%
WCPO-TV 8.6, 17%
WLWT-TV 5.9, 12% (Was #2 with a 9.2/16% last May)
Terrific "Combat Diary " tonight
I’ve seen parts of A&E’s “Combat Diary: The Marines of Lima Company,” and it’s terrific. You really get a look at our troops – it’s all about the Ohio Marine Reserve Unit, which suffered six casualties from our area -- in Iraq that you’ve not seen. More than half of the film is video shot by the soldiers over there. Check out Howard Wilkinson’ excellent story about the film:
The premeire is 9-11 p.m. today. The repeats are
Friday: 1 a.m.
Saturday: 8 p.m.
Sunday: midnight and 1 p.m.
Monday: 8 a.m., 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 3: 11 a.m.
To me, the most amazing aspect of the two-hour “American Idol” finale last night was how entertaining it was. Fox was smart to replay clips of the worst auditions (in the “American Idol awards”). Surprising the Clay Aiken wannabe was hilarious.
Injecting the two hours with plenty of star power –Toni Braxton, Al Jarreau, Meat loaf, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige – and wasn’t Dionne Warwick terrific? – made for a great show. I was dreading sitting through the two hours, to get to the 9:57 p.m. announcement, but I really enjoyed the show. Tonight I'll catch up to the season finale of "Lost"...