Sweeping up in Cincinnati


WKRC continues to be the ratings giant in the Natty.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that WKRC-TV (Channel 12) won all newscasts in November sweeps again — including having almost as many viewers at 11 p.m. as Channels 9 and 5 combined — but the big news from my view is the gains made by WXIX-TV without popular anchors Sheila Gray, Ben Swann and sports director Brian Giesenschlag.

Fox 19’s “10 O’Clock News” ratings were up 29 percent in household ratings in November for the new Scott Schneider-Trisha Macke anchor team, with Joe Danneman doing sports. Ratings increased to a 4.4 from a 3.4 last November. (News on WKRC-TV’s Channel 12.2 was flat from a year ago with a 2.2).

Acquiring “Judge Judy” from WLWT-TV for 6 p.m., to lead into the local news, gave Fox 19’s 6:30 p.m. newscast the boost which “Jeopardy!” didn’t provide a year ago. The 6:30 p.m. news pulled a 2.3 rating, which I think is a sweeps’ best, up from a 1.4 rating last November.

“Fox 19 in the Morning” also gained viewers without Gray, who left in late August after 14 years to work (for now) at Dayton’s Sinclair Broadcast Group stations. Fox moved up from fourth to third in 6-7 a.m. (from 2.7 to 3.1), while WCPO-TV fell to fourth at that hour, even with Channel 9 adding Tanya O’Rourke and John Matarese star power to the morning show for the final 1-1/2 weeks of the ratings period.

As usual, Channel 12 won all weekday newscasts: 4:30-7 a.m.; noon; 4-5 p.m.; 5-6:30 p.m.; and 11 p.m. The 11 p.m. rating (10.1) again almost matched the combined ratings for Channel 9 (6.0) and Channel 5 (4.7).

Channel 5 was second 6-7 a.m. again, and third in other news time periods.

Channel 9 was fourth 6-7 a.m., and second in other news time period.