Boise, ID - KTVB is the highest ranked TV station in the country for primetime viewership of the Vancouver Winter Games according to Nielsen Research. News Channel 7 scored the highest marks in household share among the top 140 television markets.
The Olympics attracted huge audiences for NBC, and the primetime audience in the Boise DMA was especially large. KTVB posted a 28 household rating and 55 household share. In Olympic terms, News Channel 7 "Captured Gold" against every NBC TV station in the nation's top 140 markets.
"KTVB's success is a reflection of Idaho's love of winter sports and support for local athletes," said Doug Armstrong, President and General Manager of the KTVB News Group. "The games provided viewers with an opportunity to share and enjoy the Olympic experience with our hometown heroes."
KTVB dominated its local news competition as well. Presenting coverage from Vancouver in every newscast, News Channel 7 scored first in ratings and audience share in all time periods. Additionally, KTVB attracted more viewers from sign on to sign off than its next three news competitors combined.
"News Channel 7 is committed to covering big events and big stories," said Armstrong. "Our goal was to cover the games from start to finish and present all the stories of Idaho's Olympic athletes."
Online coverage also proved to be very popular. KTVB.Com's Olympic Zone section was the most viewed Winter Games site per capita in the country. Overall, the Olympic Zone on KTVB.com ranked seventh, beating all but six other NBC stations nationwide.
The KTVB News Group includes KTVB-Boise, 24/7 NewsChannel, KTFT-Twin Falls, KTVB.com, KTFT7.com and ZIdaho.com. KTVB Idaho's NewsChannel 7 produces more local news per week than any television station in Idaho. Its family of websites attract more visitors and page view traffic than any electronic media company in Idaho. KTVB has been the number one television station in Idaho for several decades and was also the first full service television station in Idaho, signing on in 1953. Additional information is available by contacting Doug Armstrong, President & General Manager, at 208-375-7277.
About Belo Corp.
The KTVB News Group is part of Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, that owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Corporate Communications, at 214-977-6835.