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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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Monday, May 21, 2007

May Sweeps News Race

Heading into the final three nights of May sweeps, it doesn't look like there are any seismic changes in the local news races from February sweeps. Sweeps end Wednesday night with finales for "American Idol" and "Lost."

--Channel 12 winning 6 a.m., noon, and 11 p.m. news.

--Channel 9 winning 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. news.

--Channel 19 winning 10 p.m. news.

--Channel 5 last in all newcasts 6 a.m.-11:35 p.m., and again fourth at 11 p.m. behind "The Simpsons" on Channel 19. (Two years ago, Channel 5 had pulled into second place at 11 p.m. for the first time in 13 years.)

The morning news remains very tight, as usual:

--Channel 12, 4.8 rating and 19% share
--Channel 19, 3.5 rating and 14% share
--Channel 9, 3.3 rating and 13% share
--Channel 5, 2.6 rating and 10% share

And if anyone cared – and it looks like few did – ABC's "National Bingo Night" show at 9 p.m. tanked here with a 3.3 rating and only 6% share of audience, in third place for the hour. "Bingo" also was third natioally. Maybe everyone was out playing Bingo…


at 5/21/2007 1:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey kiese wondering what the sunday evening sports shows did. did soas win again or did sports rock step up.

at 5/21/2007 2:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the answer is neither.
Sunday May 20th:
Sports Wrap 5.4
Sports Of All Sorts 3.7
Sports Authority 2.3
Sports Rock 1.5

at 5/21/2007 3:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was when channel 5 was finally starting to click at 11:00...then the Richard pulled the plug! Nice!

at 5/21/2007 4:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched "National Bingo Night" and it was a snooze-fest. I guess I was one of the unlucky 6% that actually watched it. I won't make that mistake again this week.

at 5/21/2007 4:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's very close for the month overall...

sports authority still leads soas... sports rock is in a distant 3rd-- way, way back...

at 5/21/2007 4:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's still very close for the month with sports authority leading soas... sports rock is a VERY distant third (as always)... in fact, sports authority has won every month since last july... i don't know how with that girl anchoring... she's terrible but the show content is good...

at 5/21/2007 11:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Simpsons beat ch 5 last year? Is it close for 4th place this time?

at 5/22/2007 9:00 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marge is large!!! Chic news just ain't working. Channel 5 is in Dyer need of a mangement shake up from top to bottom.

at 5/23/2007 12:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did channel 5 move Derek to nights? I don't get to watch news at night, but I really enjoyed Derek in the mornings with Todd and Lisa

at 5/23/2007 9:11 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

All other anchor teams are also LOCAL PEOPLE.. (please correct me if I'm wrong here..) Whatever happened to THAT being a PLUS in LOCAL TV?!?!

The rambling and babbling schlock that goes on from 5-5:30 is SO hard to watch..

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