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Stations Converge on Newtown to Cover Solemn Weekend

Yet another mass murder…this time in Newtown, Connecticut. The deranged man opened fire in an elementary school killing 20 youngsters, all shy of their eighth birthday. Seven adults were also gunned down, including the shooter’s mother.

The rampage is the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, behind the Virigina Tech massacre in 2007 where 32 students died.

The weekend was the time for families and friends to cope with the insurmountable loss. President Obama attended last night’s prayer vigil.

Although Newtown is on the outskirts of the New York tri-state area, it’s close enough for stations to easily send reporters to cover the services.

By Saturday, this was anything but a typical story. WNYW/Channel 5 brought in Dari Alexander to co-anchor with Christina Park. Likely unrelated, top meteorologist Nick Gregory was on-duty Saturday night as well.

For the Sunday night vigil, it was WABC/Channel 7 that shined. Bill Ritter anchored for Newtown, while Sade Baderinwa was behind the desk. Ritter struck the perfect balance of reporting the information, while masterfully dealing with the incredibly sad story.

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Gearing Up for 3rd Annual Barmash Awards with Reader’s Choice Vote

We’re putting the final touches on the Barmash Awards, spotlighting the best TV news personalities in New York. Once again you can take part with our Reader’s Choice poll question.

This year’s Barmash Awards Reader’s Choice poll asks: Who is the best nighttime anchor team?

You can see after the jump, there are five choices, with an option to “write-in” others not listed.

The poll closes Friday, December 21 at noon.

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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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WCBS Brings in “A” Team for Hurricane Sandy Coverage

Hurricane Sandy is churning in the Atlantic, and approaching New York. Preparations for the serious storm have caused the area TV stations to cover the impending destruction.

Most of the city stations took Mayor Bloomberg’s briefings live and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie‘s comments. WCBS/Channel 2 left wall-to-wall mode at 1 p.m. to join the New York Jets game. However, sister station WLNY TV 10/55, anchored by Cindy Hsu, broke into the Munsters Marathon for the latest Christie press conference.

Channel 2, though, was first to bring in the main team. At halftime of the Jets game, viewers got another sense of the severity as Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson assumed the coverage with Lonnie Quinn tracking the potentially deadly storm.

“I’ll be with you all night, guys,” Quinn said.

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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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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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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).

More from the Top 10 after the jump

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Breaking: Bill Carey Stepping Down as WPIX News Director, Likely for Internet Startup

WPIX news director Bill Carey, who is responsible for sweeping changes to the look and staff since joining the station in November 2009, is giving up his post. A well-placed source tells FishbowlNY that Carey is leaving Channel 11 before the November sweeps period. It is believed that Carey is fielding several offers, including from a startup company. Carey had no comment to FishbowlNY about a change to his job status.

In three years on the job, Carey made his imprint. Within a year, lead anchors Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong were displaced and Jodi Applegate was hired. Carey created a brand new newsroom set for Applegate.

Carey also made morning changes. Last summer, he brought Frances Rivera from Boston to co-anchor the PIX Morning News with veteran Sukanya Krishnan. Earlier this year, commentator Lionel was given hosting duties for the two-hour early edition of the morning news.

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WNYW’s Dari Alexander and the Rotating Anchor Chairs

Call it musical chairs without the music! WNYW/Channel 5 anchor Dari Alexander is part of the station’s 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. She co-anchors the early broadcast with market veteran Ernie Anastos, and the late news with Greg Kelly.

That part is known since the major anchor shifts in July. But more subtle is where Alexander places herself, and why.

Viewers of the 5 p.m. see no changes–Alexander in her familiar spot next to Anastos on her (TV) right. However, take a look at the 10 p.m., where Kelly replaced Anastos. Instead of seeing Kelly taking Anastos’ seat, it’s Alexander who’s jumping into her on-air partner’s spot.

Two factors could be at play here. First, it would appear that Fox management is trying in subliminal fashion to take “pressure” off Kelly. Grabbing Anastos’ seat, still used at 5 p.m., could be viewed as “stealing” his job.

But now we’re faced with an TV news anomaly. When was the last time an anchor sat in different positions for multiple newscasts? It’s a rare occurrence, if it happens at all.

Another point to note: on all of the major newscasts the male anchor is sitting on the left, whether it be Maurice DuBois, Chuck Scarborough, or Bill Ritter. (One exception: WNBC’s Today in New York has Darlene Rodriguez on the left, alongside Michael Gargiulo.)

A WNYW spokesperson had no comment to FishbowlNY on the record.

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