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WPIX Sees Strong Gains in Morning and Evening Newscasts for 2012

The numbers don’t lie! WPIX enjoyed a successful 2012. In year-to-year figures released by the Tribune-owned company, Channel 11 bested its rivals at WNYW and WCBS in the crowded 4 a.m. competition, while tying WABC in that early broadcast.

Equally as impressive, when the local morning shows switch to the network, WPIX has reason to pump its chest, defeating CBS This Morning.

WPIX was the only station to record gains in every hour of the elongated morning newscasts, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Drilling down in the early morning news, from December 2011 to December 2012, Channel 11 delivered double and triple digit percentage growth in the “advertising-friendly” adults 25 to 54. In the 4 a.m. hour, the PIX11 Morning News saw a 100 percent increase from 2011 to 2012. In the 5 a.m. hour, the Morning News saw a 33 percent increase year to year, while the 6 a.m. hour, WPIX increased by 20 percent.  But, the good vibrations don’t stop there for Channel 11, with another 33 percent bounce in the 7 a.m. hour.

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WLTW Caps 2012 as Number One Station in New York

It was another successful year for WLTW. “Lite” FM/106.7 finished 2012 where it started–as New York’s most listened to station. WLTW, which switched to Christmas music prior to Thanksgiving, enjoyed a huge leap in its monthly PPM Arbitron ratings.

For December, the Clear Channel heavyweight had an 8.4. WLTW registered a 6.5 for November.

By contrast, 2012′s perennial number two WCBS-FM took its familiar slot with a 6.8.

The resurrection of WBLS takes the Urban music home into 2013. The YMF Media-owned station is holding at third with a 6.1.

Back to the Clear Channel cluster, Z100/WHTZ was fourth with a 5.1. WKTU made a .4 gain to 4.5. Classic rocker WAXQ/Q 104.3 saw a .6 jump to 4.4.

The city’s two Spanish outlets cracked the Top 10—WSKQ and WXNY, both with .6 gains, to 4.8 and 4.3, respectively.

More of the December ratings analysis after the jump

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MSG Network Takes the Prize for Most Knicks/Nets Viewers

Knicks fans had multiple choices for viewing the Nets/Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. Not only was the borough-to-borough matchup broadcast by MSG and the Nets’ home, YES, there was a national cable audience on ESPN.

But it was MSG that won the night in two of the key rating measures.

MSG had the highest numbers among Nielsen household indicators with a 3.35, compared to a 2.54 for ESPN and a minuscule 0.32 at the YES Network.

MSG was also tops in the adults 25 to 54 category for Wednesday’s tilt.

The good fortune for the Knicks and MSG extends beyond facing their Brooklyn neighbor. Through 19 Nielsen measured games this season, Knicks telecasts are up a whopping 86 percent in the household rating.

Giants Run Roughshod Wins Weekly Ratings

As the Giants position themselves for another Super Bowl run, a rout of the Saints proved to be a ratings winner Sunday. The Fox game was tops for the week with an estimated 2.2 million WNYW viewers and a 11.4 rating, according to Nielsen.

Fox’s post-game, wrap-up show The OT kept enough viewers to solidify number two with 1.3 million fans and a 6.6.

The Giants also took the third slot, showing up on ESPN’s Monday Night Football (1.1 million/6.0) in the NFL’s previous week.

Not to be outdone, NBC got a piece of the New York audience with the Lions and Packers NFC North tilt in fifth place (904,000/4.6).

CBS had its first entry at number four with Big Bang Theory (961,000/4.9).

We’re not sure if the Giants’ monster numbers were a factor as the lead-in, but it was rarity for The Simpsons landing at number six (887,000/4.5).

The Fox mainstay was joined at six by another Sunday tradition, 60 Minutes (886,000/4.5).

There’s more from the Top 10 after the jump

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Dancing Edges Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting as Most Watched Prime Time Show

Holiday regalia is full steam ahead! Office parties are the norm. And another seasonal mainstay is NBC’s tradition of the Christmas tree lightning at home base–Rockefeller Plaza.

The holiday favorite brought throngs in the Christmas spirit to Midtown, and millions to their seats. The show tied for second, according to Nielsen, with an estimated 1.4 million viewers tuned in to WNBC, and a 7.2 rating.

The final 15 minutes of CBS’ NFL coverage also nailed down number two for the week.

But standing atop all others was ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. The celebrity competition had the top spot with last week’s result show (1.4 million/7.4).  Performance night “settled” for fifth place (1.2 million/6.2).

CBS’ 60 Minutes found a home at number four (1.2 million/6.3).

There’s more from the Top 10 after the jump.

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Struggling Jets Topple the Weekly Ratings, Not the Patriots

It took overtime before the New England Patriots bested their AFC East rivals, 29-26. Despite the New York Jets loss, the game got the highest prime time rating for the week. An estimated 2 million fans were tuned to WCBS, with a 10.2 rating, according to Nielsen.

The extended NFL coverage put 60 Minutes on late, but no matter. The veteran newsmagazine had a second-place finish with 1.4 million WCBS viewers and a 7.1 rating.

A different kind of reality TV was next. ABC’s Dancing With The Stars held down the third and fourth positions for the week. The show averaged 1.2 million viewers and a 6.0 rating for the two nights.

The Yankees attempt to win another World Series fell short. Game 3 of the ALCS on TBS was sixth with 1 million viewers and a 5.4.

The penultimate presidential debate at Hofstra University made several appearances in the survey. ABC’s coverage landed at number seven (986,000/5.0), while NBC was ninth (905,000/4.6).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

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Giants and Yankees Fill Top Slots of Weekly Ratings

The New York Giants once again proved to be ratings gold. The G-Men beat the Niners, 26-3, and Fox’s late game coverage was the number-one prime time show for the week. The game had an estimated 1.7 million WNYW viewers and an 8.6 rating, according to Nielsen.

The Yankees playoff run, which abruptly concluded last night, grabbed the remaining spots in the Top 5. In second place, the ALCS opener Saturday night on TBS netted 1.5 million fans and a 7.7 rating. Game 2 of the ALCS landed in 10th place (1 million/5.2). Along with three Division Series games registering high in the weekly ratings, TBS also landed for its first round at number nine (1.1 million/5.6).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

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Yankees, Ibanez Heroics Catapult YES Network to Record Setting Night

Moments after Raul Ibanez crushed his second home run of the night, YES Network was on the air with complete coverage of the dramatic ALCS win.

Michael Kay was in place at the Stadium with David Cone, while Bob Lorenz, John Flaherty, and Jack Curry supplemented from the studio.

As expected, fans couldn’t get enough Yankee talk, switching to YES Network following the playoff game on TBS. It became the highest-rated first-round post-game on the YES in eight years (October 9, 2004).

Last night’s wrap-up to the dramatic outcome averaged 128,000 households or a 1.73 HH rating. It peaked from 11:30 to 11:45 p.m. with a 2.47 household rating or an estimated 182,000 households.

The Yankees can advance to the ALCS with a victory tonight against Baltimore. Win or lose, the YES Network will have the special edition post-game show.

60 Minutes Secures Weekly Ratings Top Spot

CBS’ 60 Minutes found its way to the top of the prime time list in New York, for the week ending October 7. The magazine, on the air since 1968, had an estimated 1.3 million viewers and a 6.9 rating, according to Nielsen.

60 Minutes followed the Broncos and Patriots game Sunday night and in the weekly survey. The NFL game was number two with 1.3 million WCBS viewers and a 6.8 rating.

The previous week’s Monday nighter between the Bears and Cowboys on ESPN was 15th (807,000/4.1).

For the first time this season, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars won the battle with Fox’s X Factor. Dancing cracked the Top 5–twice. The two-hour performance episode was third (1.1 million/5.9), while the result show was fourth (1.1 million/5.5).

X Factor settled for a seventh-place tie (925,000/4.7) and 11th (886,000/4.5).

The Yankees began another World Series run with a fifth-place showing for the ALDS opener on TBS (1 million/5.5).

There’s more from the Top 10 after the jump.

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Yankees Take the AL East, and YES Network Has Best Showing in More Than in Two Years

If the Yankees and Red Sox aren’t enough to evoke interest, how about the AL East title up for grabs?

The Bombers did the deed as they get set for the “second season.”

In the process of last night’s blowout win, the YES Network scored big numbers again. The game averaged 733,000 viewers in New York, tying the network’s September 1, 2011 matchup between the Red Sox and the Yankees as the most-viewed YES program in more than two years.

It was a Red Sox/Yankees game on April 4, 2010 (the season opener) that registered just under 1.1 million viewers.

Of note, last night’s powerful ratings for the Yankees’ clincher on YES came despite the first presidential debate on several broadcast and cable networks.