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John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV

Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Trump on B105

Did you hear Donald Trump talking about his Cincinnati days with Bill Whyte and Amanda Orlando on WUBE-FM (B105.1) this morning? They talked about the Swifton Village apartment complex and the stalled Banks development. As a college kid, Trump spent two summers at the Swifton Village complex his father had bought and rehabbed. When Whyte asked him if he knew about the downtown undeveloped riverfront property, Trump said: “Send me something on that area between the stadiums. I know the city well.” (Yeah, sure, Trump will bail out the banks...)
More from Trump will be heard Monday at 6:40 and 8:20 a.m. on B105. Trump will promote the season finale of “The Apprentice” (9:30-11 p.m. Monday, Ch 5) – will it be Lee or Sean? -- with guest stars Michael J. Fox, Jaime Pressly, Denis Leary, Jason Priestley, Stephen Baldwin and Barenaked Ladies.

More finales Monday
WB's fine "Everwood," which was not picked up for the new CW network, ends with a two-hour episode Monday (8-10 p.m., Ch 64). .... NBC's hit "Deal or No Deal" airs its last original episode 8-9:30 p.m. Monday (Ch. 5)

Telethon this weekend
Ch. 19 news anchors have recorded 10 local inserts into the Children’s Miracle Network telethon this weekend. It airs 5-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday.


at 6/02/2006 12:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WCPO, WKRC win local ratings race

Cincinnati Business Courier - 9:10 AM EDT Friday

by Rob Riggsbee

The ratings race has concluded and the winners in the "May Sweeps" look very familiar to those of a year ago -- WCPO (ABC) and WKRC (CBS) reign supreme.
The May ratings, for which Nielsen Media Research began surveying viewers' preferences from April 27 through May 24, is a 28-day programming blitz that marks the end of the network season. The ratings are extremely important because they are very instrumental in determining local TV advertising rates.

WKRC won in most time slots, while WCPO provided the most competition in local news reports. Fox affiliate WXIX, powered by the success of "American Idol," continues to increase its ratings at 10 p.m.

WKRC's newscasts were No. 1 at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 12 noon, and 11 p.m. WCPO took the top spots at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6 p.m.

During primetime, WKRC's shows finished first, followed by a virtual three-way horse race with WXIX, WCPO and WLWT. (WLWT's fourth-place finish took place in a season where it had broadcast the Winter Olympics.)

The morning news slot was the single bright spot, in an otherwise troubling May ratings period for WLWT.

The local morning news race remains extremely tight, as one rating point separates all four stations. Once dominant, WKRC maintained its lead at 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., but faces stiff competition from WCPO and WLWT.

Year-to-year, WCPO saw 5 a.m. ratings increases of 57 percent at 5 a.m. and 42 percent at 6 a.m. WLWT saw similar ratings growth, with a 35 percent increase at 5 a.m. and 19 percent at 6 a.m.

On an interesting note, WXIX maintained virtually the same morning ratings from last year, but fell from second place to fourth place in each time period.

From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., WCPO continues to be the clear leader in early evening news with over a one-point rating lead over WKRC and double the audience of third-place WLWT. While WCPO's and WKRC's ratings were flat or slightly down year-to-year, the real story is the double-digit ratings decline for WLWT in each of the three half-hours.

At 11p.m., the local news results were clearly tied to network primetime performance. Programs like "American Idol," "24," "CSI," "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy" translated to late news viewers for Fox, CBS and ABC affiliates. On the other hand, NBC's well-chronicled primetime woes clearly hurt its affiliates at 11 p.m.

at 6/02/2006 12:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Overall, WKRC maintained its late news lead, followed by WCPO, WXIX's Ten O'clock News, and WLWT. WXIX and WCPO saw significant ratings gains from last May, while NBC affiliate WLWT's late news ratings dropped 33 percent.
CBS takes top spot, but Fox wins key18-49 demo

CBS is the nation's most popular broadcast network with households and overall average viewers for a fourth straight year.

Thanks to the TV industry's most-watched TV show, "American Idol," which grew 15 percent this year over the year before, Fox, as expected, won the season in the advertiser "coveted" demo, adults 18-49, with a 4.1/11 share, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Also, Fox received ratings assistance from other hot shows like "24" and "House," which realized significant growth, along with Fox's new show, "Prison Break."

On the last night of the season, "Idol" had an unprecedented 13.8 rating in viewers 18-49, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Overall, it pulled in 35.4 million viewers -- that is 20 percent more than last year's finale, which had 24.9 million viewers.

For the season, Fox (by a very small margin) nudged out ABC's 4.0/11, an improvement from last year, due primarily to the strengths of "Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy," and "Lost." However, unlike Fox, ABC had nothing new in its lineup this year, as its highly touted "Commander in Chief" dramatic series failed to maintain its fall launch ratings.

CBS takes third place with a 3.8/10 in adults 18-49. However, CBS placed first among average viewers at 12.6 million. ABC was second with 10.6 million; Fox followed at 10.1 million, and NBC finished fourth with 9.7 million. CBS also held the highest ranking in another broad-based viewing category -- households. CBS averaged an 8.2/13, followed by ABC's 6.9/11, NBC's 6.4/10 and Fox's 6.2/10.

There was no surprise in the 18-34 demo with Fox winning with a 3.9/12, followed by ABC's 3.2/10. Both Fox and ABC witnessed increases year-to-year, whereas CBS and NBC fell to a 2.6/8 from a 2.9/9.

UPN increased in this demo to a 1.4/4 and 940,000 viewers, from a 1.4/4 and 920,000 viewers the year before. The WB network decreased to 910,000 viewers from 960,000 the year prior.

Good new from the networks -- Nine of the past season's top 10 shows returned, with only "Dancing With the Stars" replacing "Everybody Loves Raymond" in the rankings.

at 6/02/2006 3:59 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

Actually I did catch the end of that this morning. How does B105 keep "trumping" everyone with these big interviews? First Huggs now Trump! Go Bill and Amanda!

at 6/02/2006 9:49 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Go figure. A great story about B105 and their AWESOME ability to get really cool guests, (congrats by the way! I think it's great!) and some anonymous douchebag takes the opportunity to post a totally unrelated "comment." TV? Radio. TV? Radio.

Gee - here's a novel idea - if you (and by "you" I mean a whole handful of these "anonymous" folks that post on here every day) really enjoy subjecting everyone to your random non-topical drivel, START YOUR OWN DAMN BLOG. Is it really that tough to figure out? Leave us alone!

at 6/02/2006 10:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

tsk tsk watch the language , but really what you just said violates our first ammendment right to free speech which applies to here as well as anywhere else, so as long the comments are related to tv i and the other anonymous posters can post all we want

at 6/03/2006 7:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever. Hey! Let's find a nice blog about gardening, and post a few comments about the Iraq war. That's free speech? Moron. Free speech is about being able to start your won blog - so you can rant all you want.

Kiesewetter posts something about radio, and the 2nd post is about TV ratings. There's already a thread about TV ratings. Post it there.

People are too lazy to use "free speech" and start their own forums. And so anxious to post whatever is on their minds that they'll just throw stuff out there randomly, like blog-posting tourets.

As for the original post - odds are, Trump won't develop the riverfront - but wouldn't it be great if he did? Of course, no one would ever approve his plans... So at least Covington will still have plenty of parking available on our side of the river.

at 6/03/2006 9:08 PM Blogger television addict said...

Why doesn't everyone chill. Along time ago when the blog started it was stated for comments for the entertainment field, besides people do get frustrated with the local media and from what it seems there are some people working in the local media who are answering or commenting on our "ranting" which I personally think is nice of them to do because they don't have to. As to our rights whatever, its nice to see that in some form we are at least communicating our own thoughts that might get through to the people who should hear our thoughts as to the person who said start your own d@#$ blog if you dont like the heat stay out of the fire cause you seem to be in the minority the article he posted is on the wrong thread so SO WHAT id like to see Kiese lock this so that we dont post anonymously and i bet you wouldn't post at all

at 6/03/2006 10:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

B105 probably got the interview due to their partnership with Channel 5. Stations and morning shows get bombarded with interview requests, especially when a new show or new season is starting. They may also have a producer that's really good. Happens either way.

at 6/04/2006 1:26 PM Blogger NVExel said...


Any word on whether TW plans on adding ESPN2 HD for the World Cup starting Friday?

at 6/04/2006 11:41 PM Blogger television addict said...

Reporter finds new home at WLWT bureaus

News from the front: Reporter Kristin Johnson, who lost her job when WSTR-TV (Channel 64) dropped news in February, starts June 12 at WLWT-TV (Channel 5) on TV's newest battleground: Butler and Warren counties.

Johnson will be reporting from a wireless mobile unit in the fast-growing suburbs north of I-275. The Enquirer has had Butler and Warren county bureaus for decades, and WCPO-TV (Channel 9) has had Deb Silverman reporting from our West Chester Township bureau for four years.

Johnson replaces Juliette Vara, who leaves Channel 5 on Friday after 2 1/2 years.

E-mail Read his TV blog at

Hey John is it Kristin "Thorne" who left in aug/sep of last year or Karin Johnson who was out of a job

at 6/04/2006 11:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

"but really what you just said violates our first ammendment right to free speech which applies to here as well as anywhere else"

The internet is not the federal government. Read a book.

at 6/05/2006 12:46 AM Blogger television addict said...

Its fun pissing people like you off who post anonymously, if you don't like what you see here then you go read a book.

at 6/05/2006 7:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, TV addict. So, you have a blogger "screen name," but no other information. This is different from posting anonymously how...?

Oh, and the last post was from someone else, slick. Also - you defeated your own purpose by saying how you like "pissing people like you off" ... Kinda proved our point. You're such a rebel. And oooooze intellect. You know so much about local tv. I'm in awe.

at 6/06/2006 12:39 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

did anyone see leno last night. What a packed lineup. Jessica Abla, then ludacris, then to top it off the boss was the muscial act.

at 6/06/2006 10:43 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone else find it disingenuous for News 5 to have a "mobile newsroom" when it's really nothing more than another crappy live truck? At least 9 and 12 have some office space up there.

at 6/06/2006 11:42 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering what Ch. 5 meant by 'mobile news room....'

I gotcha. That is weird. If it's a live truck, just say 'live truck'!

at 6/06/2006 12:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just glad they got their helicopter back. I was awaiting a reporter to stand in front of chromakey and beat their chest, to simulate a copter, ala Les Nesman.

Come to think of it, WLWT is sounding more like WKRP every day.

Oh, one last thing. Booger

at 6/06/2006 12:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone outside of the TV business use the term "live truck"? Hmmm....

at 6/06/2006 1:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahaha. You said "booger."

at 6/06/2006 10:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

reporters and anchors from all stations use the terminology: "live truck" and "live shot" all the time when talking to viewers, so it really isn't a big deal...most viewers know what these words mean

at 6/07/2006 12:29 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the above poster. The audience is a little more savvy than the skeptical anonymous poster thinks. Especially one that cares enough to post here.

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