Air Waves
by Laura Nachman
The Philadelphia Metro
May 12, 2005
Though KYW started May sweeps in first place at 11 p.m., after twelve days, perennial number one station WPVI pulled ahead with the help of strong showings from ABC shows such as the "Fallen Idol" special on "Primetime Live."

WPVI leads the Monday through Sunday 11 p.m. news race with an 11 rating/18 share of the audience.  KYW and WCAU are tied for second place with a 9 rating.  KYW has a slightly higher share – 15 to 14 for WCAU. 


In the early evening news races, at 4 p.m. WPVI’s “Oprah” leads with a 9 rating/21 share.  WCAU is second with a 5 rating/11 share, and KYW is in third with a 3 rating/6 share.


At 5 p.m., WPVI “Action News” leads with a 10 rating/21share.  KYW’s “Dr. Phil” is next with a 6 rating/13 share, and the WCAU news is third with a 5 rating/10 share.  


At 6 p.m., WPVI’s news leads with a 12 rating/22 share. KYW and WCAU are tied for second place with a 5 rating/11 share.


Each rating point equals around 29,000 households.  Numbers are rounded off to the highest number.


KYW evening weekend anchor and weekday reporter Tom Negovan is joining WGN-9 in Chicago to become the weekday noon co-anchor.  Negovan worked for KYW since 2002.  Negovan co-anchored mostly with Anne Marie Green after Colette Cassidy's contract wasn't renewed in the fall. Negovan becomes the second anchor from the Philadelphia market to go to Chicago in recent years, joining former WPHL weekend anchor Karen Jordan at WGN.  Negovan is a native
of Canada and a graduate of the University of North Dakota.

We’ve learned of another hire for the upcoming UPN 57 morning news.  WTXF part-timer Melissa Sander will join the new show when it eventually debuts.  Meanwhile,  “KYW Newsradio on TV” on UPN continues to get respectable numbers from 5-8 a.m.


It’s hard to believe with all those Philly International songs, two “American Idol” contestants – Anthony and Carrie - had to sing the same song – “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.


CN8’s Lynn Doyle and Mary Caraccioli won Emmys from the New England Chapter of the Television Academy last week.  CN8 expanded to New England a couple of years ago. Former Channel 29 producer Caraccioli has successfully made the transition from behind-the-scenes to on-air talent.


WPVI’s Matt O’Donnell and Tamala Edwards host “Wild About the Zoo” tomorrow at 7 p.m.