TV Ratings

Traffic reporter, sales chief leave WISH ahead of CBS pullout

September 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The loss of Julie Patterson and Julie Zoumbaris comes as Channel 8 prepares for life without its CBS affiliation and tries to make long-term deals with advertisers.
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Will spurned TV station launch ABC courtship?

August 16, 2014
Greg Andrews
Channel 6's affiliation agreement with ABC expires in January, but the station's owner, E.W. Scripps, has strong ties to the network and will be highly motivated to avoid a parting of ways.
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CBS affiliation switch means major changes at WTTV

August 11, 2014
Anthony Schoetle
Those changes are coming in the wake of Monday's huge announcement that Chicago-based Tribune Broadcasting, parent to WTTV, has wrestled away the CBS-TV affiliation held by WISH-TV Channel 8 since 1956.
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IndyCar's TV ratings gaining momentumRestricted Content

May 24, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
TV ratings for the IndyCar Series zoomed 44 percent this year for the races leading up to the Indianapolis 500, compared to the same period a year ago, buoyed in part by a strong showing for the new Grand Prix of Indianapolis. But overall viewership remains anemic—less than one-fourth the audience for most NASCAR races.
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Stations take news wars into wee hours

April 5, 2014
Chris O'Malley
WTHR-TV Channel 13 recently stole a page from WXIN-TV Channel 59’s winning playbook by adding a 4 a.m. newscast. WXIN pioneered the ultra-early trend locally in 2009. But with a second station now on at 4 a.m., who is watching television at that hour?
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Olympics, storms boost local newscast ratings

March 21, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis station enjoying the biggest bump was WTHR-TV Channel 13, whose network affiliate NBC and some of its own staff covered the games in Sochi.
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Pacers on track to post best attendance in 13 yearsRestricted Content

February 8, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The NBA season isn’t supposed to start in earnest until after the Super Bowl. But the Indiana Pacers this season didn’t wait until an NFL champion was crowned to go red hot—on and off the court.
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Critics push IndyCar chief to shift focus to driver developmentRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
There’s no disputing that Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles has added horsepower to the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his first year on the job. But there are grumblings Miles has not focused enough on the products that literally drive the series—the drivers themselves.
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Fox Sports Indiana cashing in on Pacers' success

January 4, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana Pacers are the hottest team in the National Basketball Association, and their winning ways are paying off for the team and its broadcast partner.
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Pacers-Heat game most-watched ever for NBA TV

December 11, 2013
Associated Press
The network said the Tuesday night telecast averaged 920,000 viewers, topping out at more than 1 million from 10:15 to 10:30 p.m. EST.
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WISH-TV blows away rivals in storm-coverage ratings

November 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Channel 8 earned bragging rights as the most-watched weather source during the tornado strikes on Sunday, although the Chicago Bears might have helped draw eyeballs.
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Colts' victory over Broncos reaps ratings bonanza in Indianapolis

October 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
At one point, about 80 percent of the households in Indy watching TV Sunday night were tuned to Peyton Manning's spoiled homecoming.
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Ratings surge after Buchman arrives at WTHR

October 12, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The debut of popular meteorologist Angela Buchman at WTHR-TV Channel 13 last month coincides with its newscast ratings' soaring like a cumulonimbus cloud on a hot afternoon.
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WTHR lures new chief exec from another Indy station

June 7, 2013
Mason King
The owner of WTHR-TV Channel 13 has reached into its broadcasting backyard to poach a new president and general manager for the station, hiring Larry Delia from WXIN-TV Fox59.
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TV ratings droop near all-time low for Indy 500

May 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
ABC-TV's telecast of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday earned a 3.7 rating nationwide, one of the race's worst ratings performances in recent history.
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WRTV adding employees, expanding newscasts

May 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Lagging in the ratings, the local station is aiming for an uptick under new ownership with a morning news show on weekends.
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Fox59 news chief to depart for San Francisco station

April 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Over his four-year tenure, Lee Rosenthal helped WXIN-TV Channel 59 more than double the airtime it devotes to news.
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TV news director departures shake up market

December 1, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Three of Indianapolis' four local TV news providers—WTHR-TV Channel 13, WISH-TV Channel 8 and WRTV-TV Channel 6—are looking for news directors.
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Pacers TV ratings on the riseRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The team's first game was the most-watched opening night game since 2007.
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IndyCar execs say distractions mask progressRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
IndyCar Series officials insist the open-wheel circuit is on the right track despite a drop in its television ratings, tepid attendance and persistent rumors that it will be sold and its CEO will be fired.
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WISH-TV fires news director, industry sources say

August 27, 2012
Scott Olson
Several industry sources say Patti McGettigan was escorted from the WISH-TV Channel 8 building Friday after a three-year run as the local CBS affiliate's news director. The station isn't commenting on what led to her abrupt departure.
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Experts say Buchman's move to WTHR could lift station's ratings

June 15, 2012
Scott Olson
WTHR led in the ratings for its nightly newscasts during the May sweeps in the key 25-to-54-year-old demographic, but TV stations are rapidly losing these coveted viewers. The addition of popular meteorologist Angela Buchman could help Channel 13 staunch further losses.
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Local market tunes in Pacers playoff in 'huge' numbers

May 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
On Sunday, the Indiana Pacers grabbed the attention of a big chunk of the local market, drawing nearly 10 times the television audience they did for their regular-season games.
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WISH turns Mini Marathon into made-for-TV dramaRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
About 65,000 central Indiana households representing more than 115,000 viewers are expected to tune in to the 3-1/2-hour WISH-TV Channel 8 broadcast of the nation's largest half marathon.
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Super Bowl just misses major-market TV-rating record

February 6, 2012
Bloomberg News
The New York Giants’ 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in Sunday night’s Super Bowl narrowly missed drawing the highest major-market television rating in National Football League history.
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