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Scott D. Pierce: KUTV remains No. 1 in late-news ratings

By Scott D. Pierce

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Mar 01 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 03 2014 09:30 am

I was almost wrong. Really close to being wrong.

About a month ago, yours truly made this prediction for the now-completed February sweeps: "The Olympic ratings will boost KSL’s late newscasts … perhaps enough to move Channel 5 back into first place."

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Well, the Games did boost KSL’s ratings. But not enough to move Channel 5 into first place. (Good thing I used the word "perhaps." Phew!)

It’s worth looking at the February numbers as two separate things — the ratings with the Games and the ratings without the Games. Because the Olympics are such a disruptive force on regular viewing patterns.

Here’s a look at the Monday-Friday late-news numbers:

With the Olympics

1. KUTV-Channel 2: 8.5 rating/18 share

2. KSL-Channel 5: 7.3 rating/17 share

3. KSTU-Channel 13: 4.4 rating/9 share

4. KTVX-Channel 4: 2.2 rating/5 share

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Without the Olympics

1. KUTV-Channel 2: 9.4 rating/22 share

2. KSL-Channel 5: 6.0 rating/14 share

3. KSTU-Channel 13: 5.4 rating/11 share

4. KTVX-Channel 4: 2.2 rating/5 share

(A rating point represents 9,212 homes — 1 percent of the TV-equipped homes Nielsen estimates are in the Salt Lake market. A share point represents 1 percent of the homes where someone is watching TV at a given time.)

Most of KSL’s late newscasts during the Olympics were delayed until 11 p.m., when fewer are watching TV, so those numbers are even harder to read.

Overall local late-news ratings continued to decline. Channels 2, 4, 5 and 13 combined for 27.1 rating points in February 2013; that total fell 15 percent to a combined 23 rating (using the without-the-Olympics numbers) in February 2014.

Still using non-Olympics numbers, KSL (up 3 percent) was the only station to show a year-to-year increase. KSTU was down 5 percent; KUTV was down 23 percent; and KTVX was down 33 percent.

These numbers are households only; demographic information won’t be available for about a month. And given that, nationally, the average age of viewers watching the Games in prime time was 55, those could be very interesting numbers.

Elsewhere, Channel 2 was No. 1 in early-morning, midday, 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. news.

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