Channel Surfing
by Laura Nachman
Bucks County Courier Times
December 5, 2006

As usual, 6ABC won all of the news races for November sweeps.  Weeknights at 11 p.m., Jim Gardner led 6ABC to a 9 rating/15 share.  CBS3 with Larry Mendte and Alycia Lane was second with an 8 rating/14 share, and NBC10 with Tim Lake and Renee Chenault-Fattah was third with a 7.0 rating/13 share.

At 10 p.m., Fox29 with Dave Huddleston and Kerri Lee Halkett led with a 5 rating/7 share. Halkett will anchor the new Fox29 5 p.m. show starting at the beginning of next year.  “Dr. Phil” on CW57 was second with a 2 rating/4 share, and the “MyPHL 17 news powered by NBC10” with Vince DeMentri and Denise Nakano was third with a 2 rating/3 share.

At 6 p.m., Gardner and 6ABC led with an 11 rating/21 share.  CBS3 with Mendte and Lane and NBC10 with Chenault-Fattah and Lake tied for second place with a 4 rating/8 share.

At 5 p.m., Rick Williams and Monica Malpass led 6ABC with a 10 rating/19 share.  “Dr. Phil” on CBS3 was second with a 5 rating/10 share, the NBC10 news with Vince DeMentri and Tracy Davidson was third with a 4 rating/8 share.

At 4 p.m., “Oprah” on 6ABC led with an 8 rating/19 share.  The CBS3 news with Marc Howard and Angela Russell and the NBC10 news with Tim Lake and Renee Chenualt Fattah tied for second with a 3 rating/7 share.

At noon, the 6ABC news with Rick Williams and Sarah Bloomquist led with a 6 rating/21 share.  The CBS3 news with Ukee Washington and Pat Ciarrocchi was second with a 4 rating/14 share, and the NBC10 show “Out of the Vault” barely registered with a 0.4 rating/1 share.  The new NBC daytime talk show from premieres this week. 

At 11 a.m., the new “First News” on Fox29 with George Mallet and Kerri Lee Halkett placed third with a 1 rating/3 share, behind “The View” on 6ABC and “The Price is Right” on CBS3, but just ahead of “Martha” on NBC10.

At 10 a.m., “The Rachael Ray Show” on 6ABC led with a 4 rating/15 share.  It is followed by “Guiding Light” on CBS 3 with a 2 rating/7 share, “Maury” on Channel 17 with a 2 rating/6 share, then “Divorce Court” and “Judge Alex” on Fox29 with a 1 rating/5 share.  NBC10’s “10” and CW57’s “Judge Mathis” are tied for last place with a 1 rating/4 share.

From 7 – 9 a.m., “Good Morning America” on 6ABC beat “The Today Show” on NBC10.  Fox29’s “Good Day Philadelphia” placed third and “The Early Show” on CBS was fourth.

From 5 – 7 a.m., 6ABC with Matt O’Donnell and Tamala Edwards led with a 5 rating/19 share.  NBC10 with Terry Ruggles and Lori Delgado was second with a 3 rating/12 share and CBS3 with Ukee Washington and Susan Barnett was third with a 2 rating/10 share.

Each rating point is rounded off to the nearest number.  Each rating point equals around 29,000 households.

Former Channel 6 and Channel 3 personality Dave Frankel, 49, who passed the bar exam in July, is now working as an attorney and television agent for the center city firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker, and Rhoads (  The former AFTRA shop steward at Channel 3 represents several television personalities in the market, including his old friend from Channel 6, Marc Howard.  After leaving Channel 3 in 2001, Frankel switched careers and graduated from Villanova Law School in May.

Jeff Herndon from the ABC affiliate in Wichita, Kansas will co-anchor the CBS3 evening weekend news anchor with Mary Stoker-Smith beginning in January.