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WCBS-TV Rides Wave of Jets Playoff Run With Road to Glory

As the New York Jets make their way to Pittsburgh for this weekend’s AFC Championship game, WCBS-TV is right there with them.

Sports anchor Otis Livingston, traveling with the team, hosts Jets Road to Glory Saturday night at 7.

The one-hour special gives fans a preview of the matchup between the Steelers and Jets.

“The Jets run means we as a sports department get to shine as well with extra programming,” Livingston tells FishbowlNY. “Working with my producers, Joe Benigno, Damien Woody, Wesley Walker, and all the editors gives us a chance to give extra insight and bonus coverage on one of the biggest stories in New York City in recent years.”

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Medical Reporter Dr. Holly Phillips Leaves WCBS-TV

For the last four years, Dr. Holly Phillips has been a medical reporter at WCBS/Channel 2.

A tipster informed FishbowlNY that Phillips’ bio was removed from the station’s website. Dr. Max Gomez remains the lone health reporter listed on the page.

A WCBS spokesperson had no comment on Phillips’ status with WCBS. But, in an e-mail obtained by FishbowlNY, Phillips gave staffers a farewell.

In the e-mail, Phillips says, “The time has come for the Doc to move on, but I wanted to express my heartfelt appreciation to all of you for making my time at Channel 2 more rewarding than I could have imagined.”

Phillips went to say, “Thank you to all the writers, editors, reporters, managers and support staff who patiently helped turn me from ‘just a Doc’ into a ‘TV Doc!’ I will miss you all.”

Phillips is a practicing internist affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. She has occasionally appeared on the syndicated daytime series The Doctors (seen on WCBS).

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.

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.

Stations Stick with Blizzard Aftermath, Carry Mayor Bloomberg Update

Nearly every New York TV station (with the except of FiOS 1 and PBS-owned WNET/Channel 13) went live just after 11:30 this morning for an update from Mayor Bloomberg on the snowstorm aftermath.

WPIX, which did cover Bloomberg’s opening remarks, was the first to leave the press conference as soon as the ”Q and A” portion started. Channel 11 returned for the final seven minutes of Jerry Springer.

WWOR took the feed of sister station WNYW.

Good Day anchor Greg Kelly and Tia Hernandez briefly wrapped up their coverage.

Kelly opined, “It’s a tough job, and it comes with the territory, Mayor Bloomberg. People want their snow out of there. You knew that getting into it.”

As Bloomberg’s news conference ended, WCBS and WABC began their noon newscasts. Channel 2 had the new morning (and noon tandem) of Rob Morrison and Mary Calvi.

Over on Channel 7, Ken Rosato anchored with Michelle Charlesworth, in for vacationing Lori Stokes. WABC chose to stay on the air for an additional eight minutes.

WNBC, not usually on with a newscast at noon, yanked The Rundown and Daily Connection, in favor of special snow cleanup coverage.

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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Chris Wragge Named Early Show Weekday Co-Anchor, Set to Leave WCBS

Chris Wragge, the personable WCBS evening news anchor, is joining CBS’ The Early Show full time.  

As first reported by our own TVNewser (and the Associated Press) the network is removing its entire weekday on-air staff; co-anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez and weatherman Dave Price. Wragge, who had been Smith’s main back-up, takes over on a regular basis. 

Wragge is currently the regular Saturday Early Show co-host with Erica Hill. The duo make the move together to weekdays.

Now with steady morning hours, FishbowlNY has learned that Wragge will leave the anchor desk permanently at WCBS.

Wragge is the WCBS anchor at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. with Kristine Johnson.
He joined Channel 2 in 2004 as the station’s main sports anchor. Wragge’s star took flight as he rose to news anchor two years later.

The Early Show changes are reportedly scheduled to begin on Jan. 3.

WABC Wins Big During November Sweeps

WABC/Channel 7 was the people choice for television station in the November sweeps period ended last Wednesday.

WABC beat out its competitors in every weekday newscast from early morning to late evening.

In figures from the Nielsen Company (obtained by WABC), Channel 7 was tops in Households and in a key demographic–Adults 25 to 54.

Starting with Eyewitness News This Morning with Lori Stokes, Ken Rosato, and Bill Evans, the newscast (after 5 a.m.) has a 25 percent advantage in Households, while more than double as many Adults 25 to 54.

At noon, the Stokes and Rosato return to the anchor desk with a 56 percent bulge over the closest competition in Households. That newscast was victorious with Women 25 to 54, winning by better than two to one.

WABC continues its ratings dominance in the evening after the jump.

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Giants/Eagles Sunday Nighter Tops Weekly Ratings

NBC’s Sunday Night Football pitting the Giants against the Eagles took the top spot in the weekly New York ratings. The game pulled in an estimated 2 million WNBC viewers with a 10.2 rating, according to the Nielsen Company.

The ratings bonanza began in the final thirty minutes of Football Night in America. The pre-game show was number five (1.2 million/6.2).

WCBS grabbed number two for the Colts vs. Patriots game (1.5 million/7.4).

60 Minutes followed football on WCBS with a fourth-place showing (1.2 million/6.3).

 The penultimate week for the Dancing With The Stars season landed in third place. The 90-minute performance had 1.4 million on WABC and a 7.3. The Dancing Tuesday night result show took sixth position (1.2 million/6.1). Read more

Giants Loss to the Cowboys Gets Most Eyes

The weekly prime time ratings are out, and in the top spot–the Giants getting manhandled by the lowly Cowboys.

For the week ending November 14, the game, which had a longer window in prime time thanks to a 12-minute power outage, had 1.8 million Fox 5/WNYW viewers and an 8.9 rating, according to the Nielsen Company.

The post-game OT netted seventh place (1 million/5.2).

Back at the top of the survey, Dancing With The Stars grabbed hold of number two and three. The two-hour performance show had 1.4 million WABC fans with a 7.2 rating. The next night’s elimination program brought in 1.2 million and a 6.1.

WCBS managed five of the each Top 10 broadcasts. 

  • NCIS (number four/1.2 million/6.0)
  • Two and a Half Men (number five/1.1 million/5.4)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (number seven/1 million/5.2)
  • The Good Wife (number nine/1 million/5.0)
  • 60 Minutes (number ten/1 million/4.9) Read more

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