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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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| Courtesy KUTV celebrated victory in the November 2012 sweeps.
KUTV-Channel 2 crushes the competition in February sweeps

The February sweeps won't be over until the end of Wednesday, but the late-news competition has been over since just about Day 1. KUTV-Channel 2 is running away with it.

In the first three weeks of the four-week sweeps, KUTV averaged a 12.3 rating to KSL-Channel 5's 5.6; KSTU-Channel 13's 5.5; and KTVX-Channel 4's 3.4. This will be Channel 2's widest margin of victory ever over Channel 5.

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There is suspense, but it has nothing to do with who's No. 1. The race for No.2 is interesting because if Channel 13 can squeak past Channel 5 — which remains a possibility — it will be the first time KSL has been in third place in half a century.

Channel 2 is finding ratings success pretty much across the board with its local newscasts. One exception is 4 p.m., where it trails Ch. 4. And part of that is clearly because Channel 4's lead-in, "The Ellen Degeneres Show," is stronger than Channel 2's lead-in, "Ricki Lake."

Which is why they're rather pleased at KUTV that, as of the fall of 2014, "Ellen Degeneres" will be moving to Channel 2.

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