WMAQ Tops at 10PM For First Time in 19 Years

By Kevin Eck 

The last time it happened in May was in 1996. Yes, we’re talking about Chicago NBC owned station WMAQ beating ABC-owned WLS in the demo at 10:00 p.m.

In the late news Monday through Friday*, WMAQ had a 3.6 against WLS’ 3.5 in adults 25-54. For adults 18-49 for the same time period, WMAQ squeezed out two more tenths a of point, beating WLS 2.5 to 2.3.

As they say in sports, a win is a win and no one ever asks how many you won by.

Household numbers Monday through Friday** show a different story, though. WMAQ had a 7.2 while WLS showed up with an 8.6 for May.

*Source: Nielsen Live+SD Ratings 4/23/15-5/20/15
**Source: Nielsen Live+SD Ratings 4/23/15-5/20/15