In D.C., WRC Scores Big Ratings with Blizzard Coverage

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Washington Post

WRC (Channel 4), which typically leads local news ratings, all but ran away with the ratings for Wednesday’s storm coverage.

Over the day-long period, the audience for the NBC-owned station was 31 percent larger than the next-most-watched station, WTTG (Channel 5). News4 led third-place WJLA (Channel 7) by 46 percent and fourth-place WUSA (Channel 9) by 62 percent, according to Nielsen Media Research figures.

The ratings results may help strengthen the negotiating position of Bob Ryan, WRC’s chief meteorologist. Ryan is in the midst of renegotiating his contract with the station and is considering moving to WJLA to join its chief forecaster, Doug Hill. More…