by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
Though NBC10 carried the “Winter Olympics,” 6ABC “took the gold” for February sweeps by winning the news ratings in every time period. NBC10 and CBS3 were competitive in every news timeslot. NBC10 came in second from 5-7 a.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. CBS3 came in second at noon and 4 p.m.
Ratings are rounded to the nearest whole number. Each rating point equals around 29,000 households.
From 5 – 7 a.m., 6ABC with Tamala Edwards and Matt O’Donnell led with a 5 rating/23 share. NBC10 with Dawn Timmenney and Terry Ruggles was second with a 3 rating/12 share and CBS3 with Ukee Washington and Susan Barnett was in third with a 2.2 rating/10 share.
From 7 – 9, per usual, “Good Morning America” on 6ABC was first and “The Today Show” on NBC10 was second. Fox29’s “Good Day Philadelphia” placed third with a 2 rating/6 share over “The CBS Early Show” with a 2 rating/5 share.
At noon, 6ABC with Rick Williams and Sarah Bloomquist led with a 7 rating/22 share. CBS3 news with Ukee Washington and Pat Ciarrocchi was second with a 4 rating/13 share. “The Martha Stewart Show” carried on NBC10 was a distant third place.
At 4 p.m., “Oprah,” carried on 6ABC easily led with a 9 rating/20 share. For the first time, the CBS3 news featuring Marc Howard and new co-anchor Angela Russell beat the NBC10 news with Tim Lake and Renee Chenault-Fattah. CBS3 had a 4 rating/8 share and NBC10 had a 3 rating/8 share.
At 5 p.m., 6ABC with Rick Williams and Monica Malpass led with a 10 rating/19 share. “Dr. Phil” on CBS3 was second with a 5 rating/10 share. “Judge Judy” carried on Fox29 was third with a 5 rating/9 share, and NBC10 with Vince DeMentri and Tracy Davidson came in (gulp) fourth place with a 4 rating/8 share.
At 6 p.m., 6ABC with Jim Gardner led with a 13 rating/23 share. NBC10 with Tim Lake and Renee Chenault-Fattah was in second place with a 5 rating/9 share, CBS3 with Larry Mendte and Alycia Lane was third with a 5 rating/8 share.
At 6:30 p.m., “The World News Tonight” with Elizabeth Vargas carried on 6ABC led with a 13 rating/22 share. “The NBC Nightly News”with Brian Williams was second with a 5 rating/8 share. “The CBS Evening News” with Bob Schieffer was third with a 4 rating/7 share.
At 10 p.m., Fox29 with Dave Huddleston and Dawn Stensland had a 6 rating/9 share. In its first “Sweeps” period, “The WB17 News Powered by NBC10” with Vince DeMentri and Lori Delgado had a 2 rating/3 share, no change from last year at this time.
At 11 p.m., 6ABC’s weeknight news with Jim Gardner led with a 10 rating/19 share. NBC10 with Tim Lake and Renee Chenault-Fattah had an 8 rating/16 share. CBS3 with Larry Mendte and Alycia Lane had an 8 rating/14 share. During the Olympics, the late news started at 11:30 on NBC10.