Posts Tagged ‘wofl’

Sochi bumps up WESH in Feb books….

(from - The Winter Olympics were very, very good to NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2.

WESH dominated prime time, easily won late news and tied WFTV-Channel 9 at 6 p.m. in the February ratings period, which ended Wednesday.

This February was atypical because of the Super Bowl, which aired on Fox, and the Sochi Games. In prime time, WESH averaged 210,500 total viewers to Fox-owned WOFL-Channel 35′s 162,000. Both stations were well ahead of CBS affiliate WKMG-Channel 6 with 98,000 and ABC affiliate WFTV-Channel 9 with 75,600.

Prime time proved a major boost to the WESH late news, which often started at 11:30. These news ratings, unless otherwise noted, are based on the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers.

In late news for the age group, WESH averaged 47,300 viewers to WFTV’s 30,000 and WKMG’s 22,400. WOFL drew 19,500 in the time slot Monday-Friday….Cont….


02 2014

Shannon Butler is out at WOFL…

(from – You’ve seen the last of Shannon Butler on WOFL-Channel 35.

She joined the station in 2004 and departed at the end of November, the station confirmed Monday.

She became a familiar face during the Casey Anthony coverage. She won many fans through the years for her clear, accurate reporting and her refreshing, down-to-earth style….Cont….


12 2013

November 2013 Sweeps: Orlando/Daytona…

(from - In November ratings, WFTV-Channel 9′s Eyewitness News drew the most eyewitnesses in most time slots.

WESH-Channel 2 was the clear leader at 4 p.m., and WOFL-Channel 35 continued to dominate among 10 p.m. newscasts.

But WFTV was the victor in early morning, at 6 p.m. and at 11 p.m. with the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers.

WFTV reasserted its leadership at 5 p.m., where WOFL had won in September and October. (WOFL has a content-sharing agreement with the Orlando Sentinel.).

The November ratings period ended Wednesday, and the ratings were released Thursday. The numbers reported here are based on the 25-to-54 age group, unless otherwise noted….Cont….


12 2013

The Zimmerman verdict drew big numbers in Orlando…

(from – When the George Zimmerman verdict came in Saturday night, a huge audience was watching in Central Florida.

In the half-hour the verdict was announced, 710,000 viewers were watching across 11 channels. Many others, not counted in the TV audience, were watching online.

The Zimmerman coverage extended beyond that half-hour Saturday night. The most-watched news programs that night….Cont….


07 2013

Orlando Zimmerman coverage boosts the books…

(from - Extensive coverage of the George Zimmerman trial has given Orlando stations — and their cable news counterparts — a ratings boost. Zimmerman is on trial in Sanford, Fla. for second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

For the seven days of trial coverage from June 24 to July 2, ABC affiliate WFTV led the way in Total Viewers and households, delivering a 1.8 rating / 8.4 share and a 3.5 rating / 9.5 share, respectively. Fox O&O WOFL topped the competition in the A25-54 demographic with a 1.6 rating / 9.4 share. WOFL also leads in the A18-34 and A18-49 demographics….Cont….

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07 2013

WFTV takes the June books…

(from - The June ratings produced a range of winners — a sign of the market’s increasing competitiveness.

WFTV-Channel 9 offered the most-watched news at 6 a.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. for the ratings period, which ended Wednesday.

WOFL-Channel 35 claimed victories at 5 and 10 p.m.

WKMG-Channel 6 was tops at 5 a.m. and noon. These races are based on the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers.

ABC affiliate WFTV certainly enjoyed a boost from the NBA Finals, which produced seven high-rated games. ABC’s prime-time lineup was No. 1 in the market for the month, followed by the NBC lineup on WESH-Channel 2, the CBS lineup on WKMG and the Fox schedule on WOFL. The NBC lineup had powerful players in “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent.”….Cont….

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06 2013

Zimmerman trial F-bomb’s surprise local coverage…

(from - The f-bomb cropped up with eye-opening frequency Monday as local television stations went to wall-to-wall coverage of the George Zimmerman trial.

“There were more f-bombs than in ‘Scarface,’” WOFL-Channel 35 anchor Bob Frier said, apologizing to viewers.

Prosecutor John Guy repeated the expletive that Zimmerman had uttered in a non-emergency call to police the night Trayvon Martin was shot. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in Trayvon’s fatal shooting.

Guy apologized for his language, which included “[Expletive] punks.”

Guy’s repeated dropping of the f-bomb had to jolt viewers who were watching WOFL, WFTV-Channel 9, WKMG-Channel 6, WESH-Channel 2 and Central Florida News 13….Cont….


06 2013

Orlando goes wall to wall Zimmerman…

(from – Just as the Casey Anthony trial did two summers ago, the George Zimmerman trial will prompt major changes to local daytime television.

Opening statements are to start at 9 a.m. Monday. Viewers will see live, wall-to-wall coverage that day on WESH-Channel 2, WKMG-Channel 6, WFTV-Channel 9 and WOFL-Channel 35. Cable channel Central Florida News 13 will continue the extensive coverage that began with jury selection. (On the national front, HLN says it will cover the opening statements live Monday.)

Here’s a look at each broadcast station’s plan:

WESH: When in trial coverage, the NBC affiliate will move the regular daytime schedule to its This TV channel. It’s at 18.2 over the air, 466 on Bright House, 115 on Cox Cable, 223 on Comcast and 19 on CenturyLink Prism. Viewers will find “Live With Kelly and Michael,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Katie” and “Ellen” in their regular time slots on This TV. “Entertainment Tonight” will air at noon, and “Access Hollywood” follows at 12:30. The regular This TV lineup resumes at 4 p.m….Cont….


06 2013

Leaving WTVT/WOFL…

WTVT reporter Jeremy Campbell reported his last newscast on the Tampa station this evening. Campbell is leaving WTVT to join Atlanta’s WXIA-TV. He joined WTVT as a multimedia journalist in 2010.


Our friends at report that WOFL reporter Chase Cain has left the Orlando station. Cain is leaving WOFL and Orlando to follow his partner, who was relocated, to the west coast. Cain told NewsBlues that “Fox supported my decision, and we parted ways on good terms.”


06 2013

WFTV/WESH battle it out in May books…

(from – The May TV ratings reflect that Orlando is far from being a one-station town for local news. Central Florida viewers do shop around.

WFTV-Channel 9 returned to No. 1 at 11 p.m. in a tight race for viewers in the 25-to-54 age group, which is most important to news advertisers.

But WESH-Channel 2 won the 5 p.m. news hour, WOFL-Channel 35 dominated the 10 p.m. hour and WKMG-Channel 6 was tops at noon. The May ratings period ended Wednesday.

WFTV was the favorite destination for early morning news. And WFTV continued to win the 6 p.m. half-hour in a close contest with WESH. The numbers in this story focus on the 25-to-54 age group, unless otherwise noted.

At 6 p.m., WFTV averaged 29,900 viewers to WESH’s 27,400, WOFL’s 22,100 and WKMG’s 10,600. But WESH highlighted that it was reaching more 25-to-54 viewers than WFTV from 5 to 6:30 p.m., which has long been a stronghold for WFTV. Both WESH and WOFL were ahead of WFTV at 5 p.m….Cont….

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05 2013