For the first since 1995, WRKS-FM, Emmis Communications’ Urban Adult Contemporary station in New York, was No. 1 in the ratings overall, according to the Spring Arbitron survey, which began releasing Monday (July 21). Toppling perennial leader WLTW-FM, Clear Channel’s Adult Contemporary station, WRKS’ ratings leaped a full share point, from 3.9 to 4.9.
Pulling second place was Clear Channel CHR/Top 40 WHTZ-FM, which retreated 5.0 to 4.8, while longtime WLTW sank 5.1-4.4. Rounding out the top five, Inner City Urban AC WBLS-FM improved 4.2 to 4.3, and Spanish Broadcasting System Tropical WSKQ-FM climbed 3.8 to 4.1.
Elsewhere inside the top 10, CBS Radio news WINS-AM fell 4.2 to 3.9. With Luis Jimenez in mornings, Univision Latin Rhythm WCAA-FM grew 3.0 to 3.8, closing in on WSKQ, Jimenez’s former station. Emmis Rhythmic WQHT-FM was up 3.4-3.7. Citadel Broadcasting Talk WABC-AM was flat at 3.6. CBS Radio Classic Hits WCBS-FM and SBS Latin Pop WPAT-FM tied for 10th place, falling 3.7 to 3.5.
Also of note: Clear Channel urban WWPR (3.2-3.2) and classic rock WAXQ (3.2-2.8); CBS Radio news WCBS-AM (2.4-2.8), AC WWFS (2.1-2.6) and rock WXRK (1.3-1.7); Citadel hot AC WPLJ (2.0-2.4); and Emmis triple A WRXP (1.6-1.0).
This is the final ratings survey for New York based on the diary. The next ratings for New York, to be released in October for the month of September, will be based on Arbitron’s portable people meter service.
–with additional reporting by Mediaweek’s Katy Bachman