May 30, 2003
WB6/61 finishes second at 10pm
Phoenix, AZ -- Wow! :
The Simpsons Draw More Viewers than Most Local Newscasts!
Homer and Bart Simpson may be animated characters but they scored a real victory against strong competition from local newscasts at 10:00pm.
"The Simpsons" on KASW-TV, WB6/61, was the second highest rated program at 10:00pm beating 4 out of 5 local newscasts as well as other syndicated programming in the just released May Nielsen TV ratings. This marks the third straight ratings period of significant double-digit growth for the Valley's WB affiliate, KASW-TV. 1
"Woo hoo!" exclaimed Homer Simpson, patriarch of Springfield's most infamous family. "The Simpsons" total audience grew 26 percent from the February 2003 ratings period. Its ratings are up 38 percent from November of 2002 according to Neilsen TV ratings information. 2
"Whoa mama!" said Bart upon hearing the news. "The Simpsons," the longest running prime time animated series in history can be seen weeknights at 10:00pm and 10:30pm on WB6/61.
WB6/61 also moved up one place in the competitive Monday through Friday sign-on to sign-off race. The Valley's WB affiliate over took ABC affiliate KNXV ch. 15 scoring a 2.1 rating verses ABC's 2.0 rating. In addition to the growth of "The Simpsons" at 10:00pm, WB6/61 also demonstrated ratings strength with "Friends" at 6:00pm scoring a solid third place win over CBS, ABC and Fox.3
WB6/61 also moved up one place in the competitive Monday through Friday sign-on to sign-off race. The Valley's WB affiliate over took ABC affiliate KNXV ch. 15 scoring a 2.1 rating verses ABC's 2.0 rating. In addition to the growth of "The Simpsons" at 10pm, WB6/61 also demonstrated ratings strength with "Friends" at 6:00pm scoring a solid third place win over CBS, ABC and Fox.3
Broadcast Day: 05-:00a-05:00a
Nielsen TV DMA Sample Households
April 24, 2003-May 21, 2003
2] KASW 10pm Rating
Percentage of growth
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