Channel 13 received a huge ratings boost at 11 p.m., enabling it to surpass WISH-TV Channel 8 as the most-watched newscast during that time. WTHR’s newscast retained its lead in several other time slots, although audience numbers dipped, enabling competitors to close the gap.
Television station owners affiliated with NBC agreed to support Comcast Corp.’s purchase of NBC Universal after the
company pledged it won’t shift events such as the Olympics and U.S. football to cable, an executive said.
WTHR is still the most-watched TV station for local news, but viewership slipped in several time slots for the NBC affiliate
and most of its competitors. Fox station WXIN, however, seems
to be bucking the trend.
The disappointing debut of “The Jay Leno Show” at 10 p.m. on NBC has hammered ratings for the 11 p.m. newscast
of local affiliate WTHR-TV Channel 13, cutting its average audience by nearly half. But the Indianapolis NBC affiliate says
it will rebound in the fight with its CBS rival because the Leno show has fresh programming year around.
Early ratings from the all-important May sweeps suggest WTHR-TV Channel 13’s 15-year reign as king of local television news
is secure for now. But the big test will come this fall when NBC’s weakening prime-time lineup is expected to put the ratings
crown in play.
Jim Tellus has been promoted to president and general manager of WTHR-TV Channel 13.