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Battling Finales: American Idol Powers Past Dancing With The Stars in Ratings

It’s on to the summer. But not before American Idol and Dancing With The Stars completed their season last week.

In the latest prime time New York ratings, Idol was king of the week with its star-studded, grand finale Wednesday night. The Fox competition, which crowned Phillip Phillips the winner, scored with an estimated 1.8 million WNYW/Channel 5 viewers and a 9.1 rating.

Not only did Phillips win the night, the Fox 5 News at 10 used that lead-in to its advantage. The Ernie Anastos-Dari Alexander newscast was sixth with 865,000 viewers and a 4.4 rating.

The previous night’s Idol settled for fourth with 1.1 million fans and a 6.0 rating.

As for Dancing, it ended the season with a number-two performance for the Monday episode (1.4 million/7.3). The ABC celebrity talent showcase also found a home in third place for the results (1.3 million/6.6).

Game 6 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals on NBC Sports Network landed in eighth place, as the Rangers were elimated by the Devils (806,000/4.1). Game 5 also cracked the Top 10 at number 9 (722,000/3.7).

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May Sweeps Results: WABC Overall Winner; WCBS Claims 5 p.m., WNYW Wins at 10 p.m.

WABC took the prize as most-watched station in New York. The just-concluded May sweeps give Channel 7 wins across virtually all dayparts, winning in households and other key demographics.

Eyewitness News at 11:00, led by Bill Ritter and Sade Baderinwa, with meteorologist Lee Goldberg and sports anchor Rob Powers, scored a 6.1 household rating, the highest for a major sweep in the last three years.

The 4 p.m. newscast was the only such broadcast that failed to produce a victory for Channel 7, and that can be traced to the success of Judge Judy on WCBS.

Thanks to that monster lead-in, WCBS declared itself a winner at 5 p.m. among households and total viewers.

WCBS says it’s the station’s first sweeps win since 1982.

“It is very gratifying to get such an incredible report card.  Achieving significant ratings growth in every daypart makes it clear that we are getting a great team effort from the best local news team in the business and more and more people across the tri-state area are appreciating the quality coverage that we are providing every day,” said Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations, and president and general manager, WCBS-TV.

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Idol Wins the Week for WNYW

Not to sound like a broken record, but American Idol has scored another winning ratings week. In the prime time numbers for New York, according to Nielsen, Idol finished the week with the top two programs. The Wednesday night, two-hour performance was number one with an estimated 1.3 million WNYW/Channel 5 viewers and a 6.7 rating. The elimination night was second best with 1.2 million tuned in and a 6.2 rating.

At NBC, the second season of The Voice hasn’t had a misstep since its Super Bowl lead-in last month. It landed at number five (882,000/4.5).

CBS can always count on 60 Minutes, without another strong number three for the week (991,000/5.1).

ABC’s sitcom Modern Family had a fourth-place finish (942,000/4.8).

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American Idol Rules Prime Time in Weekly Ratings

As American Idol transitioned into the Top 13 finalists, the Fox singing competition kept its stranglehold on the weekly New York ratings.

Idol‘s two-hour performance led the week, according to Nielsen, with an estimated 1.3 million WNYW/Channel 5 viewers and 7.0 rating. The elimination night had a number two result, garnering 1.2 million viewers and a 6.5 rating.

Incidentally, the Fox 5 News at Ten with Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander, once again, was the beneficiary of Idol’s strong lead-in Wednesday night. The newscast had a 19th-place showing (564,000/2.9).

Back to the Top 10, NBC’s The Voice had 1.1 million viewers with a 6.0 rating, and landed at number three.

There was the usual stability from 60 Minutes, with a fourth-place finish (867,000/4.4).

Two other CBS shows locked in at number five, Person of Interest (841,000/4.3) and The Mentalist (835,000/4.3).

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WNYW’s Julie Chang Handicaps American Idol Finalists

With WNYW/Channel 5 as the New York home to American Idol, membership has its privileges for entertainment reporter Julie Chang. In-season her focus is the “Idol Chatter” during the  10 p.m. newscast with Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander. Chang had been handling entertainment fare on Good Day New York until recent personnel changes. Last year, Jill Nicolini was brought on board mornings from WPIX and Anne Craig left the station and the arts beat behind.

Chang just returned from Los Angeles after the Top 13 finalists were unveiled Thursday. She’ll return to the red carpet for the two-night finale in May.

FishbowlNY caught up with the busy, frequent flier for her take on season 11 of Idol, which remains the most popular show each week.

Among the group vying for the title are several singers with ties to the New York area: Elise Testone who grew up in Kinnelon, New Jersey; Jermaine Jones, who hails from Pine Hill, New Jersey; Jeremy Rosato was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, although listed Valrico, Florida as his hometown on the show. Rounding on the local field is Flushing’s Heejun Han.

“In the last ten years, eight of the winners have come from the South,” Chang tells FishbowlNY. “I feel that this year we really have a strong shot at having a winner from the Big Apple.”

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Veteran Sports Anchor Len Berman Resurfaces at Channel 5

Len Berman had more than two decades as WNBC’s sports director. But in 2009, the high-profile sportscaster became one of the biggest cost cutting casualties at 30 Rock.

However, in the interim, this has been no hiatus for Berman. In the ensuing months and years, he maintained a strong work ethic. There were twice-a-week radio appearances on WOR, and a resurrection of his signature “Spanning the Globe” highlight package for a monthly segment at NBC’s Today Show.

Berman put another two children’s sports book on the shelf, with a third coming later this year, and has become a “go-to” media guest as a “Sports Anchor Emeritus.”

Perhaps his most consistent piece of work since leaving WNBC (though it started before that) is a daily Website: There, and in a subscribed email, Monday through Friday, Berman waxes about the Top 5 sports moments.

Adding to his various endeavors, Berman, 64, is back on local TV. Under the radar, he joined WNYW/Channel 5 three weeks ago as a contributor. The taped 60-second Top 5 segment airs every Thursday on the Fox 5 News at 10. Berman is assured of getting a great lead-in through May, thanks to American Idol.

“Hopefully that’s why they put it there,” Berman laughs.

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Fox Wins February Sweeps Early and Late

The February sweeps period ended yesterday with WNYW/Channel 5 victorious in a couple of dayparts.

The 10 p.m.  newscast with anchors Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander blasted its one rival–WPIX/Channel 11. But the Fox O & O also claimed a win with the early bird special at 5 a.m.

In Nielsen figures obtained by WNYW, Channel 5 was number one at 10 p.m. among the all-important Adults 25 to 54 demographic. Delving further, the broadcast delivered 152,400 Adults 25 to 54. The Channel 5 late news has a whopping 119 percent advantage over WPIX among the same demo–69,600.

 The WNYW 10 p.m. newscast, though, lost 5 percent of the audience from February 2011.

Perhaps impressive is Channel 5′s showing in the morning. Good Day Wake Up, with competition from every New York station was tops from 5 to 6 a.m. in the Adults 25 to 54 category.

WNYW also did well with Good Day Early Call, opposite the other channels at 4:30 a.m. Channel 5 had a number-two showing in the Adults 25 to 54. Only WABC/Channel 7 had more viewers in that pivotal demo.

WNYW had gains at other times of the day, including the 5 p.m. broadcast, up 21 percent from February 2011 among Adults 25 to 54.

American Idol Wins the Weekly Ratings

As American Idol criss-crosses the country, last week’s audition shows took the top honors in the weekly Nielsen New York ratings. The Wednesday night edition of Idol led the way with an estimated 1.5 million WNYW/Channel 5 fans and a 7.7 rating.

The next night, Idol settled for a second-place finish (1.2 million/6.1).

CBS’ The Big Bang Theory landed at number three for the week (1 million/5.1). Also at the Tiffany Network, 60 Minutes was number five (877,000/4.5), while The Good Wife was sixth (773,000/4.0).

Back to Fox, the new Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch had a fourth-place debut (958,000/4.9).

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WNYW Anchor Dari Alexander Named Martin Luther King Jr Award Winner

In honor of Black History Month, which begins today, WNYW/Channel 5 anchor Dari Alexander is receiving a special award tonight. 

Alexander has been named the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Award winner.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Award has been presented by the Consulate General of Israel for the past 20 years to individuals and organizations promoting ethnic and cultural understanding.

Each year the State of Israel, with the Jewish National Fund, and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, honor those whose work keeps alive Dr. King’s legacy of hope and peace.

In association with this award, the Jewish National Fund will plant trees in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Forest in Israel. Trees have been planted for past honorees including Martin Luther King III, former Mayor David Dinkins, and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte.

New York Giants NFC Championship Thriller Wins the Week

Could it be anything else? The New York Giants riveting overtime NFC Championship victory earned Big Blue a return trip to the Super Bowl. As expected, the game broadcast by Fox, was number one for the week, according to Nielsen. Sunday’s prime time matchup in San Francisco drew an estimated 5.4 million fans to WNYW/Channel 5 with a 27.8 rating.

The post-game show primarily from the Giants locker room won second-place honors with 3.2 million viewers and a 16.7 rating. The only “hurt” Fox got Sunday night was at the hands American Idol. It’s 11th season began last week, but a special edition followed the Giants win. Idol started at 10:58 p.m., clearly an effort to register in the prime time ratings. It didn’t.

But the talent juggernaut did just fine for its season premieres Wednesday and Thursday. The two-hour opening night auditions were third (1.6 million/8.3), while the next evening settled in at number four (1.2 million/6.2). 

Idol faithful aren’t the only happy campers that the show is back. WNYW is delighted to have its top lead-in for the 10 p.m. newscast. The Idol debut yielded a Top 30 appearance for the Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander broadcast (541,000/2.8).  

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