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WNYW Keeps its Distance at 10 P.M., as Greg Kelly Marks One-Month

Today is the one-month milestone for Greg Kelly as WNYW/Channel 5 lead anchor. To paraphrase, former Mayor Koch, “How’s he doing?” You’ll get a chance to vote after the jump.

But a slightly more scientific “poll,” the Nielsen ratings for July, show WNYW in front at night. In the Household breakdown, Channel 5 averaged a 2.4 to WPIX/Channel 11′s 1.6. While WPIX saw no gain, the 2012 July sweeps marked a .3 drop for WNYW from last year.

Among the key Adults 25 to 54 demographic, WNYW saw no improvement at 10 p.m. with Kelly and Dari Alexander, although WPIX slipped .1. Of course, WNYW has the established Fox prime time lead-in, even in the summer. Channel 11 has the weaker CW lineup.

Last week, we reported WPIX edged WNYW in the morning race.

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WNYW Makes a 10 P.M. Newscast Sports Switcheroo

Change has come to the Fox 5 News at Ten. No, we’re not talking about the anchors. This is about the sports, and the fact that WNYW has at long last given sports its proper placement.

Since March 2011, WNYW made the wacky decision to deliver sports at the end of the newscast. If you hadn’t seen this, it meant the anchors, Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander (until July 2, when Greg Kelly replaced Anastos) did their sign off as they threw it to the sports anchor, usually Russ Salzberg at the WWOR studios in Seacaucus.

It also meant, inexplicably, that the sports anchor was the person charged with saying good night to viewers and telling them what program is coming on next.

On Monday, July 9, the change was complete. There is only a subtle difference , throwing it back to Kelly and Alexander, who quickly say their closing pleasantries. Of course, as the lead anchors that was supposed to be their job all along.

Likely the tweaking was connected to Kelly, who moved over to the 10 p.m. desk only a week earlier. But we’re left to speculate, as WNYW isn’t giving FishbowlNY any reason for the incidental change.

While Channel 5 refuses to tell this reporter, “You were right,” it won’t even acknowlege the change that puts sports back within the newscast, instead of as a separate entity.

At the time of the newscast nuance last year, a WNYW spokeswoman told FishbowlNY that it was ”just one of several new things the station is doing to shake things up and evolve, while remaining committed to give sports to viewers.”

Breaking: WNYW Brass Meet for Greg Kelly Damage Control

It’s just over two weeks since WNYW/Channel 5 made wholesale changes to its on-air product. Front and center was the promotion of Greg Kelly from Good Day New York to evening anchor. His move to 10 p.m. with Dari Alexander sent market icon Ernie Anastos to the sidelines. He remains on the 5 p.m. broadcast.

Multiple sources close to the situation say three high-ranking Fox executives met yesterday with WNYW VP/GM Lew Leone for “damage control.”

FishbowlNY has learned that Jack Abernathy, Dennis Swanson, and Sharri Berg met with Leone, although news director Dianne Doctor was a no-show.

One source says the trio came to 67th Street to “figure out how to handle Greg in the 10 o’clock news.”

With Kelly at night, Dave Price stepped into Good Day with Rosanna Scotto. FishbowlNY readers have given mixed reviews, to be kind, about Price’s performance and his chemistry with Scotto.

Our readers also offered strong opinions about Kelly’s transformation to night time. Most prefer Kelly on mornings, where he spent four years, bouncing off Scotto. One reason is because Kelly brings much of his daytime style to the more subdued evening broadcast.

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Wondering Why WNYW/Channel 5 Made Those Anchor Changes?

It’s been 10 days since WNYW/Channel 5 sent shockwaves through the local news landscape: Greg Kelly promoted to nights, Dave Price hired for Good Day New York, and most stunning of all, Ernie Anastos bounced from the 10 p.m. He remains on the 5 p.m. newscast.

But, in a word– why?

FishbowlNY has attempted to interview station VP/GM Lew Leone regarding the dramatic June 28th decision. But a station spokesperson says there is no talking–yet. We’re told that because of vacation time at the start of last week’s changes, more time was needed for Kelly and Alexander to gel before going on the record.

Of course, the story is not, “How’s their chemistry?” FishbowlNY, like millions of others, simply wants to understand “Why?”

It’s our contention that any other story of this magnitude would have been cause for immediate interview requests with talent and management, but the Anastos wrinkle seemingly torpedoes that. Instead, Channel 5 officials, who made this carefully crafted decision, have elected to stay below the radar until they deem the time is right.

Greg Kelly Slides Into Prime Time as WNYW Main Anchor

After a four-year stint in mornings, an eternity in TV news, Greg Kelly left Rosanna Scotto behind. His cache is being enhanced as the lead anchor at WNYW/Channel 5. Last night, Kelly assumed his new role at 6 p.m. and co-anchor with Dari Alexander at 10 p.m.

But as we reported yesterday about the new look in the mornings, a July 2 television debut can be considered a “soft launch” as many viewers are on vacation. Curious, though, Kelly’s new partner, Alexander, was also off last night for his first night. Instead, back-up anchor Sharon Crowley was in her seat.

Kelly, who had a great chemistry with Scotto on Good Day New York, has the makings of a top-flight evening anchorman. He did hard news for Fox News Channel prior to his daytime assignment on WNYW.

From the start, it was serious business for Kelly, reporting on the Con Ed situation. There was clearly some nervous energy that will settle down in due time.

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(VIDEO) Anchor Upheaval Reaction: WNYW Entertainment Reporter Jill Nicolini is ‘Not Sure Why’

Greg Kelly held court on his final morning at Good Day New York with Rosanna Scotto.

On Monday, Kelly’s star ascends to prime time. But it’s not all excitement for the NYPD commissioner’s son. A source with knowledge of the information tells FishbowlNY that “Greg is very unhappy with the Fox changes.” The source adds: “Obviously, there’s more to this story than meets the press.”

As we reported yesterday, Kelly’s alarm clock will no longer be needed, as he’ll anchor the 6 p.m. and co-anchor at 10.

Last night, FishbowlNY caught up with Good Day entertainment reporter Jill Nicolini (above) at an event on Long Island. She was delighted for her colleague, albeit, like the rest of us “outsiders,” was surprised by the rapid nature to yesterday’s news.

“Nobody knew about this,” Nicolini admits. “Everyone I’ve talked to so far doesn’t know anything. It’s been a shocker.”

 

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Fox 5/WNYW Rocked by a Major Anchor Shakeup

Earlier this week, Alexander and Anastos, in one of Ernie's final 10 p.m. broadcasts.

Channel 5 news viewers take note:  get out your programs and some pencils with erasers, there are changes-a-plenty coming Monday in the anchor pool.

While no one is leaving the station, there’s significant movement. The falling dominos start with Ernie Anastos, who’s losing his prominent 10 o’clock news. Anastos, who turns 69 July 12, remains on the 5 p.m. with Dari Alexander and will continue to host Positively Ernie specials. Anastos, who joined WNYW in 2005.  has worked steadily in New York television news since his WABC days in the late 1970s.

Greg Kelly, 43, shifts from mornings to nights. He’ll assume Anastos’ 10 p.m. seat next to Alexander. In addition, he’ll anchor the 6 p.m. solo, replacing Harry Martin, who remains on sister station WWOR/Channel 9 for the 10 o’clock news alongside Brenda Blackmon.

Filling Kelly’s void on Good Day New York is Dave Price. The one-time Good Day weatherman, Price joins Rosanna Scotto for the 7 to 10 a.m. program.

“Dave Price is an extremely talented and experienced morning news personality. The moment he became available it was clear to me that he would be a great addition to our team, WNYW VP and general manager Lew Leone says in a statement. The Good Day New York viewers will appreciate his charm, sense of humor and intelligence as they start their day with FOX 5.”

These anchor changes at WNYW come just two weeks after WNBC ended its 32-year association with Sue Simmons.

Weighing Some Options for Sue Simmons

In light of Sue Simmons saying she wants to work again in her farewell broadcast at Channel 4, the question becomes, where might we see her next?

Simmons ended her incredible run at WNBC on June 15 announcing that she would like to be “employed elsewhere at some point.” The longtime anchor added that she’d be interested even if it’s once a week.

The viewing public, by and large, has opposed WNBC’s decision to terminate the veteran anchor. Just look at any of the comments from our FishbowlNY stories, and you’ll see overwhelming support for Sue.

While FishbowlNY is not acting as her agent in the process, let’s evaluate the possible suitors for Simmons.

WCBS/Channel 2, it would appear, has the no vacancy sign flashing at the Inn weeknights. However, if Simmons would double her once a week request, a weekend slot with veteran newsman Don Dahler could prove beneficial for all parties.

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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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