WABC took the prize as most-watched station in New York. The just-concluded May sweeps give Channel 7 wins across virtually all dayparts, winning in households and other key demographics.
Eyewitness News at 11:00, led by Bill Ritter and Sade Baderinwa, with meteorologist Lee Goldberg and sports anchor Rob Powers, scored a 6.1 household rating, the highest for a major sweep in the last three years.
The 4 p.m. newscast was the only such broadcast that failed to produce a victory for Channel 7, and that can be traced to the success of Judge Judy on WCBS.
Thanks to that monster lead-in, WCBS declared itself a winner at 5 p.m. among households and total viewers.
WCBS says it’s the station’s first sweeps win since 1982.
“It is very gratifying to get such an incredible report card. Achieving significant ratings growth in every daypart makes it clear that we are getting a great team effort from the best local news team in the business and more and more people across the tri-state area are appreciating the quality coverage that we are providing every day,” said Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations, and president and general manager, WCBS-TV.
WNYW wins at 10 p.m., crushing main competition WPIX.
The Ernie Anastos/Dari Alexander-led newscast averaged a 1.8 rating among the pivotal demo, Adults 25 to 54, while Channel 11 registered just a .8.
The news is even worse for WPIX exploring year-to-year.
The Fox News at Ten saw a ratings explosion over the Tribune-owned station, with a 100 percent to 125 percent increase among Adukts 25 to 54.
WNYW kept the success going on Good Day New York, beating WPIX’s morning news from 7-9, with a 43 percent bulge over PIX in the 7 a.m. hour.