Air Waves
by Laura Nachman
The Metro

May 5, 2005


KYW-3 wishes that May sweeps would end today, because after one week in the books, its Monday through Friday 11 p.m. news is in first place.


At 11 p.m., KYW-3 with Larry Mendte and Alycia Lane leads with an 11.50 rating and 17.2 share of the audience.  WPVI-6 with Jim Gardner is close behind with an 11.49 rating and 17.2 share.  WCAU-10 with Renee Chenault-Fattah and Tim Lake is in third place with a 9.34 rating and 15.3 share.  WTXF-29 with Dave Huddleston and Dawn Stensland is enjoying its annual outstanding “American Idol” book with a 7.03 rating and 9.6 share.


KYW-3, a CBS affiliate, benefits from the number one network’s lineup. It has almost double the lead-in from 10:45 p.m. – 11 p.m. as WPVI-6 (14.50 to 7.40) thanks to two “CSIs” and “Without a Trace.”


In other news battles throughout the day, WPVI-6 leads at 5 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m.  At 5 a.m., “Action News” with Matt O’Donnell and Tamala Edwards is a rating point higher than the WCAU-10 news with Dawn Timmeney and Terry Ruggles.  At noon, Channel 6 with Sarah Bloomquist and Rick Williams easily leads KYW-3 with Pat Ciarrocchi and Ukee Washington and “Days of Our Lives” on WCAU-10.  At 4 p.m., “Oprah” has a comfortable lead over WCAU-10 with Chenault-Fattah and Lake and KYW-3 with Marc Howard and Alycia Lane.  At 5 p.m., “Action News” with Rick Williams and Monica Malpass leads “Dr. Phil” and the WCAU-10 news.  At 6 p.m., WPVI-6’s with Jim Gardner news easily leads KYW-3 with Mendte and Lane and WCAU-10 news with Chenault-Fattah and Lake.


Each local rating point equals around 29,000 households. Sweeps ends May 25.


WCAU-10’s helicopter shot of the altercation between Philadelphia police and a motorist was played on the national cable news channels.


“Jeopardy” will be holding tryouts in Philadelphia for adults and children between 10-12 in June.  To register, go to


Fired “Apprentice” Erin Elmore will give expert analysis about tonight’s show on “10” tomorrow at 10 a.m. on WCAU.  Elmore will get to try the television thing full-time when she joins a television station in Florida after the season finale on the 19th.


ABC soap stars will be hitting town as part of the “Fun in the Sun Tour” this summer.  Hey, Sonny – call me!


Martha Stewart’s new daytime talk show will debut on WCAU as well as other NBC owned and operated stations across the country September 12.  Martha – don’t call me.


KYW once again will cover the “Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure” Sunday from 5:30 – 10:00 a.m. KYW’s team is Natasha Brown, Amy Caples, Pat Ciarrocchi, Carol Erickson, Anne-Marie Green, Alycia Lane, Ji Young Min, Stephanie Stahl and Lesley Van Arsdall.


While watching VH1’s “Behind the Music: New Edition,” (so sue me), I caught an old clip WPHL’s classic “Dancin’ On Air” when the group appeared on the show in the early 80’s!