KSL-Ch. 5 kicked off the May sweeps on Thursday night in a most unusual way. After a few minutes of headlines, weather and sports, the station essentially abandoned its late newscast in favor of a commercial-free public service campaign to prevent suicide.
A laudable effort, to be sure. One worthy of praise and thanks.
In terms of the ratings, KSL's 10 p.m. newscast was not competitive with local ratings leader KUTV. Channel 2 drew an 11.2 rating/23 share for its late newscast, more than doubling Channel 5's 5.5/11.
KSTU-Ch. 13 matched that 5.5./11 at 9 p.m.; KTVX-Ch. 4 trailed with a 3.6/8 at 10 p.m.
(A rating point represents 1 percent of the 917,370 TV-equipped homes Nielsen estimates are in the Salt Lake Television market; a share point equals 1 percent of the homes where television is actually being watched at a given time.)
That's one day down and 27 to go in the May sweeps. Stay tuned ...
|1.||NBA: Utah Jazz players look to make an impact on world stage|
|2.||Tour de France: Humble, ambitious Nibali had an early cycling dream|
|3.||Simmons calls ex-KISS bandmates crack addicts, losers|
|4.||San Diego Comic-Con unhappy with Salt Lake’s con|
|5.||Train rocks Salt Lake City with free show|
|6.||Is a fee for solar energy users a 'sun tax' or fair play?|
|7.||Utah quarterback Travis Wilson cited for alcohol at concert|
|8.||JUCO wideout Brandon Snell tweets decommitment from Utah|
|9.||Giants get Peavy in trade with Red Sox|
|10.||Utah supports booting the polygamous town cops, too|