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TV Icon Regis Philbin Retiring From ‘Live With Regis and Kelly’

Legendary TV host Regis Philbin, 79, announced his retirement this morning on ‘Live! with Regis and Kelly.’ He is expected to stay with the show until the summer.

The broadcast started locally with The Morning Show on WABC in 1983. By 1988, Disney syndicated the one-hour daily program with then co-host Kathie Lee Gifford.

“WABC is proud to be the home of ‘LIVE! with Regis and Kelly,’ and it will be difficult to say goodbye to Regis after 28 years as a member of our family,” commented Dave Davis, president and general manager, WABC. “We will miss him as a colleague and friend.  We’re fortunate, however, to have two real pros who can lead ‘LIVE’ into the future – Kelly Ripa, who has spent the last ten years developing her own amazing voice in daytime talk, and Michael Gelman, who has been with the show since its inception and is one of the best executive producers in daytime television.”

 

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More Storm Coverage Ratings Analysis: WNYW and WABC Beat Competition

As the latest snowstorm began to churn its way into New York Tuesday night, WNYW and WABC were winning their respective newscasts with Adults 25-54.

First at 10 pm., the anchor team of Ernie Anastos, Dari Alexander, and meteorologist Nick Gregory gave WNYW a 3.4 rating and 297,000 viewers among the key demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research (and obtained by WNYW).  

By contrast, WPIX, with Jodi Applegate and weatherman Mr. G, only mustered a scant .8 and 73,000 viewers.

At 11 p.m., WABC (3.1/271,000) won the night among Adults 25-54 with accurate forecasting from Lee Goldberg (pressed into duty during his vacation), while Bill Ritter and Liz Cho manned the anchor desk.

WNBC (Chuck Scarborough, Sue Simmons, and meteorologist Janice Huff) was second with a 3.0 and 264,000.

WCBS took third (2.4/209,000) as Maurice DuBois, Kristine Johnson, and Lonnie Quinn worked the storm.

WCBS-TV Wallops Competition in Morning Storm Coverage

With the snowstorm barreling down on New York Wednesday, WCBS-TV was besting the other early morning news programs. 

From 4 to 7 a.m. Channel 2, with Rob Morrison, Mary Calvi, and John Elliott, had an average of 210,000 (according to figures obtained by WCBS), 58 percent higher than the station’s typical January audience of 133,000.

Part of the WCBS storm coverage included their “exclusive, state-of the art” Mobile2, which is winning praise for its ability to give viewers an immediate look at driving conditions.

WABC was second during Wednesday’s storm, with an average of 189,000 viewers from 4 to 7 a.m. WNBC had an estimated 155,000, while WNYW had 93,000 tuned in and WPIX notched just 87,000.

TV Stations Cover Bloomberg Snow Prep

Normally, a Mayor Bloomberg press briefing 12 hours before a potential snowstorm might not make for necessary live coverage. However, this impending storm comes two weeks after the infamous blizzard. The mayor and other city officials were widely criticized for the snow removal, or lack of.

Therefore, the majority of city stations (WCBS, WNBC, WNYW, and WABC) were ready to hear Bloomberg’s comments late this morning.

Following the press conference, WABC and WCBS went directly into the noon newscast. Channel 7 stayed on the air for an extra 8 minutes.

WNYW, with Rosanna Scotto anchoring, informed viewers for additional 10 minutes after Bloomberg left the City Hall podium.

WNBC, like Channel 4, doesn’t offer a noon newscast. However, with morning anchors Darlene Rodriguez and Michael Gargiulo at the helm, they preempted The Rundown (there should be more snowstorms then) with snow coverage until 12:30 p.m.

From Morning to Night, A Successful 2010 for WABC-TV

WABC-TV/Channel 7 is probably sorry to usher in the New Year. In figures released by the Nielsen Company (and obtained by WABC), the station topped all competitors for weekday newscasts in 2010.

Starting out in mornings, WABC expanded Eyewitness News to 4:30 a.m. during the week. Led by Lori Stokes, Ken Rosato, and Bill Evans, the additional 30 minutes beat all rivals in Household (HH) rating and doubled the amount of Adults 25 to 54.

In the 5 a.m. hour, WABC maintained its lead over all other stations, with a full year HH rating that was at least 36 percent larger than any other channel. Among the key demographic Adults 25 to 54, Eyewitness News This Morning at least doubled the closest rival.

At 6 a.m., good fortunes continued, as Channel 7 held a 27 percent advantage over its closest competitor.  WABC surged to a 45 percent lead in the Adults 25 to 54 demo.

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Veteran Sportscaster Scott Clark Leaves WABC Tonight

New York’s longest current sports anchor Scott Clark steps away from the daily grind tonight. He’ll handle his usual 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. duties one more time. You can be sure there will be an on-air tribute waiting for Clark.

In June, Clark announced he would retire.

He began at WABC in 1986 and before long he was the station’s sports director and main sportscaster.

His weekly features “Armchair Quarterback,” “Hilight Zone,” and “Out Of This World” became staples in his reports.

Clark is an Emmy Award winner.

Rob Powers takes over for Clark starting tomorrow night. With Powers upgraded, recently hired Laura Behnke is the new weekend sports anchor.

Giants, Routed By Packers, Take Weekly Number One

As the blizzard was beginning to bear down on New York, the Giants were beginning to get crushed by the Packers. The loss dealt a serious blow to the Giants playoff chances.

But the setback, which ended at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, was the number one prime time show for week, according to the Nielsen Company.

The game had an estimated 2.3 million WNYW viewers and a 11.6 rating.

Fox’s post-game show The OT was fourth (757,000/3.8).

ESPN’s Monday Night Football, from December 20, notched a number three (780,000/3.9).

60 Minutes took second place with 950,000 watching on WCBS and a 4.7.

ABC’s traditional holiday showing of The Sound of Music had good timing of the snowstorm. The movie was fifth (747,000/3.7).

That blizzard also gave Fox 5/WNYW the 15th highest-rated program for the week for their 10 p.m. newscast on Sunday night (540,000/2.7).

A look at the rest of the Top 10 after the jump.

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Jets Nailbiter Against Steelers Number One For Week


The Jets holding on against the Steelers Sunday night was the number one prime time show in New York.

The 4:15 p.m. game crossed into evening by 15 minutes.

Solidifying the top spot, according to the Nielsen Company, there were 1.8 million viewers on WCBS and a 9.1 rating.

The Jets finish gave 60 Minutes a number two position for the week (1.6 million/8.2).

The Giants and Vikings, rescheduled for another city and day, was third-highest for the week. Shifted to Monday night, the WNYW broadcast had 1.5 million tuned in and a 7.8 rating.

WNBC also got into the football ratings surge. Sunday Night Football (Patriots holding off the Packers) was fifth (1.1 million/5.6).

The rest of the Top 10 follows the jump.

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Dolphins/Jets Game Soars Up the Weekly Ratings

As the Jets were poised to drop their second straight game on Sunday, viewers were tuned in against Miami. Even though the late afternoon game on WCBS only overlapped into prime time by 30 minutes, it was tops for the week in New York. The contest had an estimated 2.1 million WCBS viewers and a 10.6 rating, according to the Nielsen Company.

That lead-in gave 60 Minutes a number two finish (1.5 million/7.8).

The Jets made the list twice for the week, as their Monday Night Football debacle at the hands of the Patriots shot up to fifth (1.1 million/5.7) on ESPN.

Actually, the game was also broadcast on My9/WWOR (21st/661,000/3.3). If combined, the Monday nighter would take number two.

There was more NFL action in the survey. NBC got into the act with Sunday Night Football (its only show in the Top 30). The Eagles win over the Cowboys had big numbers on WNBC, finishing third (1.3 million/6.8).

Technically, WNBC notched two entries in the weekly ratings. However, at number 24 was the final half hour of the Football Night in America pre-game show (653,000/3.2).

A look at the rest of the Top 10 after the jump.

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Reporter David Novarro Returning to WABC

Veteran reporter David Novarro is heading back home to WABC. The Chicago Tribune says Novarro is making a return engagement at Channel 7 where he spent 19 years.  

In 2000, Novarro left New York for the Fox-owned Chicago station WFLD. Much of his time there was as morning co-anchor until being replaced this summer. (One of the new co-anchors is his former WABC colleague Corey McPherrin.)

Since leaving WFLD, Novarro was close to joining Fox 5/WNYW on their Good Day Wake Up newscast. However, sources say a deal couldn’t be worked out.

A WABC spokesman did not return messages to FishbowlNY.

In his last stint at WABC, Novarro was a weekend morning anchor and weekday general assignment reporter.

Novarro, a graduate of New York University, is a multiple Emmy winner.

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