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Giants’ Sunday Night Loss Tops Weekly Prime Time Ratings

The New York Giants played a tight game with their AFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night. It was a late field goal that did in the G-Men, 19-17. However, it was some winning of a different sort–in the ratings. NBC’s Sunday Night Football was the highest-rated program in New York with an estimated 2.2 million viewers watching the game on Channel 4 and a whopping 11.4 rating, according to Nielsen.

Gearing up fans for the action, the final 30 minutes of pre-game show Football Night in America was third (1.3 million/6.7).

Fox had a winning week thanks to the NFL as well. WNYW registered a fourth-place showing for the 15 minute portion of late game spillover (1.1 million/5.9). The second-half of Fox’s doubleheader, even without a New York team, was seventh (1 million/5.4).

ABC’s Emmy Award winning comedy Modern Family was second-best for the week (1.5 million/7.6).

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Yankees-Red Sox Lifts YES Network to Best Night in More Than a Year

One of the last regular season matchups for the Yankees on the YES Network scored big numbers last night.

The game against the Red Sox, which put the Yanks in position to secure the AL East, was the most-viewed YES broadcast since September 1, 2011 (also a Red Sox/Yankees game).

The dramatic 12-inning Yankee triumph averaged 698,000 total viewers, with a 6.87 Household rating. The telecast peaked during the 10:00-10:15 p.m. quarter-hour, when  more than 1.1 million total viewers tuned in.

Report: WPIX Sees a Huge Dropoff During Cablevision Shutdown

It’s hardly a surprise to think the stalemate with Cablevision, now more than six weeks old, would cause a loss of viewers for WPIX. How could it not? The station has been blacked out to approximately 3 million Cablevision homes since the retransmission fight started August 17.

One Web site says that translates into a major drop in ratings. MediaPost writes that in a five-week period from August 20 to September 23, Tribune’s flagship saw a 42 percent decline in the 10 p.m. newscast from a year earlier.  The numbers also reveal that viewers left, and not of their known accord, in the pivotal, adult 25 to 54 demographic. PIX saw a whopping 33 percent drop to .6.

A recent Thursday night Giants game on the NFL Network, and over the air on Channel 11, would have appeared to give WPIX the upper hand. But, Cablevision made the NFL Network available to its customers. Adding insult to injury, as we previously reported, the game was shown on Channel 11.

MediaPost says WPIX is losing a lot more than viewers. It is missing out of the seasonal political ad revenue. It points out that WPIX has not received a dollar in political spending this season as listed on the FCC’s Web site.

WLTW Still Number One, WCBS-FM Returns to 2nd

It’s no news that WLTW/Lite FM is the city’s top-rated station. The September Arbitron overall ratings show Lite FM increasing its audience slightly to 7.2.

However, its cushion is slipping. WCBS-FM is back in second place, within .6 of the Clear Channel mainstay. CBS’ Classic Hits offering had an impressive month, gaining .5 after dropping to third position for August.

CBS-FM leapfrogs WBLS, which took a .5 nosedive to 5.8.

As for WHTZ/Z100, a perennial Top 5 participant, is fourth but fell .6 for the month. Its sister station WKTU also went in negative territory, also lost .3 to stand at 4.7.

It’s a steady month for Spanish station WSKQ, holding at 4.2. It’s rival WXNY saw slight gains to 3.8.

Erasing the memory of WEMP and FM News, Merlin’s Alternative Rocker WRXP jumped .5 to 2.1. As a news station, WEMP never eclipsed a .6.

Among current news stations, WINS was tops with a 3.9, although down .2 for September. WCBS 880 had a .4 leap to 3.5.

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Emmys Win the Week; X Factor Edges The Voice

Television’s biggest night was a ratings winner! The Emmy Awards, broadcast on ABC, was the number one prime time show in New York for the week ending September 23. The event, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, had an estimated 1.3 million WABC viewers with a 6.9 rating, according to Nielsen.

ABC’s Emmy Red Carpet show failed to draw as much attention, settling for a 17th-place tie (540,000/2.8).

Back to the top of the survey, where despite scab refs, the NFL shines. As direct competition to the Emmys, NBC’s Sunday Night Football had a strong week. The Patriots/Ravens tilt was second-best with 1.1 million viewers and a 5.7 rating.  The last half-hour of NBC’s kickoff program Football Night in America landed in a tie for 17th (544,000/2.8).

The Giants’ Thursday nighter also did well. The NFL Network telecast had a ninth-place finish (832,000/4.3). A simulcast version on WPIX/Channel 11 tied for 17th (544,000/2.8). We’re not certain if those numbers include the Cablevision audience, blocked from the WPIX programming since mid-August. Cablevision, though, offered a free preview of the NFL Network to all subscribers on PIX.

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New York Jets Lose to the Steelers, But Win the Ratings Week

Despite losing to the Steelers Sunday night, 27-10, at Heinz Field, enough Jets (and Steeler) fans tuned in to catapult to the top spot in the weekly prime time ratings. The game, broadcast by CBS, reeled in a 1.8 million fans on Channel 2 with a 9.1 rating, according to Nielsen.

Thanks to those strong numbers, 60 Minutes placed second with a shade less than 1.1 million viewers and a 5.6 rating.

In addition, as NBC’s Sunday Night Football, even without the local feel, piled up huge ratings. The Lions and Niners landed in third place with 1 million WNBC viewers and a 5.1 rating.

In the battle of singing competitions, the new season of NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s X Factor are going head-to-head. X Factor has become part “fascination Factor” as Britney Spears debuted as a judge. X Factor grew first blood as the fourth and fifth (tied) most popular shows for the week, combining for 809.5 million WNYW viewers and a 4.1 rating.

As for The Voice, making its fourth cycle, it tied for fifth with X Factor (779,000/4.0) and had a ninth-place result (696,000/3.6).

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Len Berman, Scott Shannon, and Mike Wallace Among the NYSBA 2012 Hall of Famers

The New York State Broadcasters Association has revealed its Class of 2012 Hall of Fame inductees. The NYSBA honors on-air radio and TV talent from across the state.

This year, the NYSBA adds six people for enshrinement.

Mike Wallace is being inducted posthumously. The iconic “in your face” 60 Minutes reporter started full-time at CBS in 1960. He was a charter member of TV’s longest running newsmagazine when it debuted in 1968.

Wallace took home 21 Emmy Awards. He died in April at the age of 93.

Len Berman was a popular sportscaster, known primarily for 24 years at WNBC/Channel 4, before leaving in 2009. Berman also had a stint at WCBS/Channel 2 earlier in his career. An eight-time Emmy winner, Berman covered virtually all major sporting events, especially those involving the New York teams. Since leaving WNBC, Berman has maintained his monthly blooper segment, Spanning the World, on the Today Show.

“I am deeply honored to be chosen to be inducted into the NYSBA Hall of Fame with some of my broadcast heroes like Walter Cronkite and Mike Wallace,” Berman tells FishbowlNY. ”And to be one of the few sportscasters in the Hall makes it doubly special.”

Berman has written four books, and has resurfaced on local TV with a weekly segment on WNYW/Channel 5.

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Giants’ Season Opener Wins in Ratings, But Not On the Field

It was a rare Wednesday night in the NFL. The season opener was switched to accommodate a national audience for President Obama’s Democratic National Convention acceptance speech.

The Giants began defense of their latest Super Bowl triumph, hosting the Cowboys. Although the G-Men fell short, 24-17, the NBC kickoff special was the week’s winner. The matchup had an estimated 2.1 million fans and a 10.6 rating, according to Nielsen. Gearing up for the game, the pre-game also registered big second place numbers with 1.9 million people tuned in and a 9.6 rating. The 30-minutes prior to kickoff landed in seventh place (922,000/4.7).

NBC also had a strong Sunday night start, as announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, went from Metlife Stadium to Invesco Field for Peyton Manning’s Denver debut. It came in third (1.4 million/7.5). The final portion of Sunday’s pre-game show was eighth for the week (887,000/4.5).

Fox also did well for Week One for its NFL coverage. The late-game spill over pulled in a number four (1.4 million/7.1), while the entire second half of the Fox double-header was sixth (1.1 million/5.7). More game cut-ins on Fox managed a number nine (682,000/3.5).

The week was not about football. The rain-delayed women’s final at the U.S. Open Sunday was tenth (649,000/3.3).

60 Minutes rounded out the Top 10 at number 5 (1.1 million/5.9).

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America’s Got Talent Takes Number One with Some Hefty Ratings

You can call America’s Got Talent a success in its first season with Howard Stern as a judge. The semifinals brought down the house with a first-place finish, pulling in an estimated 765,000 WNBC viewers and a 3.9 rating.

But Fox News Channel had a surprise result, landing in second, thanks to Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. The one-hour broadcast had 621,000 cable viewers and a 3.2 rating.

The RNC coverage boosted FNC to other Top 20 positions. For example, Tuesday night from Tampa it tied for seventh (441,000/2.3). The Thursday night edition of Hannity prior to Romney’s speech tied for 11th, while that night’s O’Reilly Factor tied for 20th (371,000/1.9).

Sports also got good numbers for the week. The Yankees had a third-place showing on the YES Network (527,000/2.7), while the Giants ended the preseason at number four (507,000/2.6).

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WLTW Holds at First Place; WBLS Leaps to Second in August PPM

The big news of the August PPM is all about WBLS. The Urban Adult Contemporary station is finding new life since the ESPN/KISS FM deal in April. WBLS, now the only game in town for that format, jumped to number two, up .4 to 6.3.

Despite the great WBLS showing, WLTW continues to rule the radio roost. The Clear Channel heavyweight added a .1 to 7.0, but Lite-FM lost a chunk of its lead to ‘BLS in the latest Arbition figures.

WBLS’ good fortune means a backtracking for perennial number two, WCBS-FM. The Classic Hits station slipped into a third-place tie with WHTZ/Z100. However, the two stations got there in slightly different scenarios. CBS-FM gained .2, while Z100 lost .2 for the month.

The homecoming of WRXP to Merlin Media’s Alternative Rocker at 101.9 reaped the rewards. The station shot up a full ratings point to a 1.6.

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