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Carole Meekins' conversation with former Channel 12 anchor Marty Burns-Wolfe was one of Channel 4's sweeps reports.

OnMedia: Channel 4 posts a 10 o'clock news win

The four-week May "sweeps" ended Wednesday night and Channel 4's 10 p.m. news pulled out a win, averaging nearly 84,000 southeast Wisconsin households nightly.

That's a 16 percent share of households where TVs were on.

Nielsen Media Research numbers show Channel 12 was in second at 10 p.m. with some 77,500 area households, a 15 percent share of TVs on at the time. Channel 6 came in third with almost 47,000 households, a 10 percent share, and Channel 58 was fourth with 46,000 homes, a 9 percent share.

The 10 p.m. newscasts are the flagship news programs, and Channel 4's win comes although its prime-time lineup of NBC shows came in fourth, with Channel 12's ABC programming leading the pack.

For the record, Channel 12's 10 p.m. news was stronger than its ABC lineup, as well.

If you take away the 10 p.m. news, ABC remains the strongest station in the market, according to the Nielsen numbers, with its early evening newscasts leading the pack, and pulling in the largest audience from sign-on to sign-off.

Obviously, the win is good news for Channel 4, which works hard to bring viewers to its 10 p.m. news. It's, of course, one of the reasons its brands its "Storm Team 4" coverage.

And while you and I may find it annoying, it's been a winner for the NBC affiliate, at least at 10.

Yet the ratings period, beyond the 10 p.m. race, was good news for Channel 12, which has been consistent in controlling much of the rest of the day, when it comes to local news.

Local non-news vs. local non-news: Among the rare non-news local shows are the competing "Morning Blend" on Channel 4 at 9 a.m. weekdays opposite Channel 6's "Real Milwaukee."

They're different types of shows, with "Morning Blend" a hybrid of advertising and non-paying guests, while "Real Milwaukee" is more of a conventional morning show. But the numbers are good for "Real Milwaukee," which launched just last fall.

The Channel 6 show averaged 27,000 southeast Wisconsin households during the May ratings period, a 10.3 percent share of TVs on at the time. The Channel 4 show averaged more than 14,000 area homes, a 5.4 percent share of TVs on at the time.

The winner in the time slot was the syndicated "Live with Regis and Kelly" on Channel 12, with almost 50,000 households, a nearly 19 percent share of TVs on at the time.

On TV: Not surprisingly, Oprah Winfrey's final show brought in her highest number of households watching in 17 years. Total viewer numbers won't be available for a while from Nielsen.

  • Since we've been talking ratings, the season finale numbers for "American Idol" were up 17 percent over last year's season finale, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers, averaging 28.2 million viewers.
  • In a little peak behind the "Idol" curtain, exec producer Nigel Lythgoe tweets that last year's winner, Lee DeWyze refused to give this year's winner the trophy. He tweeted: "I was so upset Lee DeWyze wouldn't present the winners trophy to Scotty. Especially as he'd been on the show this Season. I guess he was shy."
    Answers DeWyze
    : "It wasn't until about 2 minutes before they announced that Nigel had approached me and asked if he could 'borrow' me for a second. I didnt feel a last second jump on stage was appropriate. It was Scotty's moment. I appreciate American Idol, and the opportunity it has given me ... I am not angry, or bitter etc."
  • NBC's "adventure-dating" show "Love in the Wild" has been pushed back to June 29. It was supposed to debut on Wednesday night.
  • Bravo is developing a "reality" show for Kara DioGuardi.

Ed apologizes, Laura accepts: Liberal talker Ed Schultz is off his MSNBC show for an undetermined time after his out-of-line comment on his radio show about conservative radio talker Laura Ingraham, calling her a "right-wing slut."

Here's the video of Schultz's on-air mea culpa on MSNBC.

Here's the audio of Ingraham accepting Schultz's apology on her radio show:


costaricacloseup | May 30, 2011 at 12:42 p.m. (report)

Love in the Wild series could be a fantastic summer blockbuster if they have integrated the Costa Rican Pura Vida locations and romance into the mix remains to be seen but Im waiting patiently until the new premiere date! Cheers, Tee Tee is senior editor of Love In the Wild Fans Magazine and Costa Rica Magazine

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