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Austin Moves Up Five Spots in Latest Nielsen DMA Rankings

The latest Nielsen DMA rankings shows good news for local TV stations in the U.S. The overall number of TV households increased by over 1.6 million TV homes this year from 114,173,690 to 115,810,740.

The biggest change in market ranking came from the Austin, TX market, which saw its DMA ranking rise from #45 to #40. Austin displaced Las Vegas which dropped from #40 to #42.

While the top ten saw an overall increase in TV Homes, their rankings remain unchanged. The top 20 rankings saw Phoenix and Seattle swap spots, though both had an increase in TV Homes. However, Phoenix saw more growth moving it up to #12 and dropping Seattle to #13. Also swapping spots were Cleveland-Akron and Orlando-Daytona Beach. Cleveland lost 610 households dropping it one spot to #19 while Orlando-Daytona Beach rose to #18.

The biggest winner in the rankings race was Lima, OH, which rose 12 spots from 199 to 187. See the list of the top 20 after the jump.

1 New York  7,461,030
2 Los Angeles 5,665,780
3 Chicago 3,534,080
4 Philadelphia  2,963,500
5 Dallas-Ft. Worth  2,655,290
6 San Francisco-Oak-San Jose  2,518,900
7 Boston (Manchester)  2,433,040
8 Washington, DC (Hagrstwn)  2,412,250
9 Atlanta 2,375,050
10 Houston 2,289,360
11 Detroit 1,856,400
12 Phoenix (Prescott)  1,855,310
13 Seattle-Tacoma  1,847,780
14 Tampa-St. Pete (Sarasota) 1,827,510
15 Minneapolis-St. Paul 1,748,070
16 Miami-Ft. Lauderdale  1,663,290
17 Denver  1,574,610
18 Orlando-Daytona Bch 1,490,380
19 Cleveland-Akron (Canton) 1,484,530
20 Sacramnto-Stkton-Modesto 1,387,950

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