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WABC Claims February Sweeps Victory

WABC/Channel 7 heads into March following a successful February sweeps period. The station won early and late, starting with Eyewitness News This Morning and ending with the 11 p.m. newscast.

In every daypart, WABC was tops among households and the all-important adults 25 to 54 demographic.

The Bill Ritter-Sade Baderinwa broadcast scored a 6.3 household rating, the highest for any 11 p.m. newscast in a major sweep in nearly four years, the station says.

WCBS/Channel 2, though, was pleased with its February performance.

Its late news, anchored by Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson, had an average of 511,000,
the station’s largest 11 p.m. audience during a major sweep period since November 2010 and best February sweep performance since 2005, a station spokesperson says.

The station also saw year-to-year gains at 5 and 6 p.m.

If the final day of the sweeps period is any indication, WNBC came in third among noon newscasts in the 25 to 54 demo and households.

At 5 p.m., WNBC only beat WNYW and WPIX. The same applies for Channel 4 at 6 p.m. (minus a WPIX newscast).

However, thanks to the Ellen lead-in, WNBC may have notched a slight victory in the adults 25 to 54 demo at 5 p.m.

WNBC was third at 11 p.m.

Oscar Night Gives Golden Week to WABC

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As the sweeps period ends today, WABC/Channel 7 had an easy win leading up to the February ratings block. The prime time figures were released today and WABC/Channel 7 rode the Oscars to victory.

Although the approximately three-hour 45- minute broadcast didn’t end until about 12:15 a.m., enough eyes were glued to Seth MacFarlane‘s first time as emcee. The telecast had an estimated 4 million WABC viewers with a 20.6 rating, according to Nielsen.

But it didn’t stop there. WABC also found Oscar gold in the 90-minute Red Carpet special, notching number two, three, and four in half-hour intervals. The highest portion, obviously, was just prior to the awards show starting with 2.9 million viewers and a 14.7 rating. Cable network E! also charted at number 22 for its Red Carpet coverage Sunday (618,000/3.2).

NCIS was fifth for the week with 1 million viewers and a 5.2 rating.

WNBC made its first appearance in the Top 30 with Law & Order: SVU at 27 (592,000/3.0).

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Reporters to Converge on Vatican City for Election of New Pope

Pope Benedict made the unprecedented decision to retire. It’s the first time since 1415 that a pope has resigned. It’s a busy time at the Vatican. Benedict will make his final appearance was pope Thursday, before the conclave of cardinals pick his successor.

With the even the slightest hint that New York’s own Cardinal Dolan, dare we say it, could become the next pope, starions are flocking to wait for the puff of smoke.

Among the stations sending correspondents is WCBS/Channel 2 as reporter Tony Aiello spends the rest of week Rome.

WNBC/Channel 4 will send anchor David Ushery, who previously covered the pope, returns to the Vatican for the Conclave of Cardinals that is expected to start next week.

WABC/Channel 7 weekend anchor Joe Torres will be in Rome. The station could not confirm, though, when he will begin to file reports.

On radio, veteran reporter Rich Lamb will make his way to Rome early next week for the Conclave.

WINS is sending Juliet Papa to cover the events at the Sistine Chapel. News director Ben Mevorach tells FishbowlNY, “She has traveled to Rome to cover the Pope on several other occasions for us, so she is well prepared and will bring listeners a very experienced perspective.”

Update: WPIX is sending to reporters Dan Mannarino and Mary Murphy, according to a tweet by Mannarino.

NY1 reporter Vivian Lee is headed to Rome. She’ll cover the papal resignation Thursday. Lee will resume daily updates Sunday as the cardinals hold their Conclave to select the next pope.

 

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American Idol is Back on Top of Weekly Ratings

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The Super Bowl and Grammys are long over. The Oscars are coming up this weekend. So, for now, it’s back to “normal” atop the weekly prime time ratings. Fox’s American Idol led the way with the top two programs for the week.

The Wednesday night Idol had an estimated 990,000 viewers on WNYW/Channel 5 with a 5.0 rating, according to Nielsen. The following night’s Idol registered 953,000 viewers and a 4.9 rating.

The NBA All-Star Game on TNT had a third-place finish with a 926,000 fans and a 4.7 rating. TNT’s coverage of the always entertaining All-Star Saturday night tied for eighth (807,000/4.1).

The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family also tied for third.

WNBC had just one appearance in the Top 30 with Law & Order: SVU at 27 (536,000/2.7).

PBS’ Downton Abbey finished in a 20th-place tie (570,000/2.9).

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NBC May Be Poised to Finish Fifth, But WNBC is ‘Staying the Course’ with Prime Time Lead-In

The February sweeps period, which helps determine ad rates for local stations, ends next week. But reports already show a dubious distinction for NBC. For the first time in its history, Comcast’s newest property will be dead last. Actually to clarify, that’s not third place among the “Big Three” networks, or fourth with Fox. NBC dropped to fifth, behind Univision.

That means the key coveted demographic of 18 to 49 year olds, would rather watch those shows than English-language broadcasts on NBC.

That also means having such a weak lead-in has to be more than a slight distraction to affiliates.

While the official numbers won’t be released until Thursday, it doesn’t take an M.I.T. graduate to figure how this will really hurt all levels of 30 Rock. But the station is more hopeful.

“As you know, sweeps continue for another week,” a WNBC spokesperson tells FishbowlNY. “We are holding 100 percent of the prime time lead-in audience, which is what we did last year, so we are staying the course.”

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Talking Oscars with Longtime Movie Critic Jeffrey Lyons

Jeffrey Lyons is back on WCBS 880 with his popular movie review segment, the nationally heard Lyons Den Radio.

Lyons, known for more than 40 years of his insightful cinematic critiques and entertaining interviews, worked at 880 from 1975 to 1994. He was also a regular reviewer on WPIX from 1970 to 1991.

Lyons took his local voice national with PBS’ Sneak Previews, which had a 14-year run. Most recently, Lyons brought the “Den” to WNBC. His 13-year run included a syndicated Reel Talk that he created.

With the Oscars being polished up for Sunday’s 85th annual event, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to speak to Lyons and pick his brain about the contenders and possible surprises.

“My upset pick is Hugh Jackman for Best Actor for Les Mis,” Lyons tells FishbowlNY. “Jackman gave one of the great performances I’ve ever seen.”

He expects Daniel Day-Lewis, though, will nab his record-setting third Best Actor for his portrayal of America’s 16th president.

The buzz is building for Steven Spielberg, director of Lincoln.

“I think he’s going to win. He has an Oscar pedigree,” Lyons says. “He hasn’t won enough to suit me. He’s the greatest filmmaker of our time … I’m glad to be alive in the Steven Spielberg era.”

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WCBS-TV Anchor Rob Morrison Arrested for Allegedly Choking His Wife

Channel 2 morning co-anchor Rob Morrison is headed to Stamford Superior Court tomorrow. Morrison was arrested by Darien, Connecticut police Sunday morning. According to the police report that FishbowlNY obtained, Morrison choked his wife, CBS Money Watch anchor, Ashley Morrison. The couple frequently appears together on WCBS.

Morrison’s mother-in-law called police to the Morrisons’ home. Police say Morrison became “increasingly belligerent” toward his wife Saturday evening. They say it culminated with Morrison’s hands choking his wife.

Ashley Morrison did not request medical treatment, but when police arrived they allege there were red marks were on her neck. While Rob Morrison was being taken into custody, police say he made verbal threats to his wife.

He was charged with strangulation in the second degree, threatening in the second degree, and disorderly contact. A Darien police officer tells FishbowlNY that the strangulation charge is a felony. Morrison posted a $100,000 bond.

The Morrisons, who have a son, issued this joint statement today through their attorney Robert A. Skovgaard.

“Rob and Ashley Morrison are cooperating fully with the authorities to insure that all of the information necessary to properly evaluate this unfortunate incident is made available. The Morrisons are confident that a full review of this matter will show that the allegations have been greatly exaggerated.”

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(VIDEO) Hot 97′s Rosenberg Sorry if Nicki Minaj ‘Felt Bad’ About His Summer Jam Comments

Many people got acquainted with Peter Rosenberg, one part of the Cipha Sounds and Rosenberg Hot 97/WQHT morning show, after a controversial turn last summer with Nicki Minaj.

But there’s much more to the man.

Rosenberg, originally from the Washington, D.C. suburbs, isn’t just a hip hop guru, he’s a fan of broadcasting. Right from his Twitter bio, he pays homage to one of his idols, calling himself the ”Jewish Johnny Carson.” He says the title was self-imposed after the PBS documentary on Carson aired last year.

“I’ve always pursued things that I dreamed of doing,” Rosenberg tells FishbowlNY. “I dreamed of being like Funkmaster Flex and all the great jocks who were on Hot 97, and the other thing I’ve dreamed about doing is being a late night host.”

Rosenberg has branched into television with numerous projects for MTV. But as he told FishbowlNY in the video clip, Rosenberg has always been fascinated by hip hop.

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Grammy Awards Give WCBS Another Week to Shine

Call it a “one-two punch.” WCBS/Channel 2 took the top weekly honors from the annual Grammy Awards Sunday night. The telecast (one week after CBS’ telecast of the Super Bowl) had an estimated 2.8 million viewers and a 14.6 rating, according to Nielsen.

In all, seven CBS programs packed the Top 10. At number two was NCIS with 1.2 million viewers and a 6.4 rating, while Big Bang Theory tied for third with AMC’s Breaking Bad, (1 million/5.2 rating.)

ABC’s Modern Family was fifth (985,000/5.0). The Wednesday night edition of American Idol on WNYW tied for seventh (908,000/4.6). The Thursday installment was 11th for the week (858,000/4.4).

The latest episode of PBS’ Downton Abbey on WNET was 14th (734,000/3.7). WNBC had no entries in the Top 30. More from the Top 10 after the jump…

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Stations Begin Storm Mode as Blizzard Closes In

Let the hunkering begin!

With a blizzard warning blanketing New York, area stations are treating the impending storm with necessary seriousness.

This afternoon, ahead of the snow, WCBS started its wall-to-wall coverage. Anchors Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson led the team into action at 3 p.m., with reporters stationed throughout the tri-state area. Joining Lonnie Quinn in the “Weather Center” was John Elliott, who was seen shoveling the icy, snowy mix on the roof. A WCBS spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that the same group will be in place starting tomorrow at 6 a.m.

WABC also got a 3 p.m  start with Bill Ritter and Lori Stokes at the desk. Weekend meteorologist Jeff Smith assisted Lee Goldberg.

WNYW did not offer extended coverage until its 5 p.m. newscast. Channel 5 did give viewers hourly updates with Nick Gregory. Sister station WWOR also broke in for top-of-the-hour reports with Audrey Puente. Channel 9, like most stations, ran a live press conference by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at 3:45. Harry Martin briefly did a recap.  WNYW skipped the governor’s news conference to stay with The People’s Court.

WNBC ended the Christie remarks from Trenton by sequeing into the start of its “Severe Weather Coverage” at 4 with Tom Llamas and Shiba Russell.

NY1 and NY1 Noticias were in non-stop mode for the blizzard. On Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., NY1 will present a special half hour with the latest storm information.

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