Category Archives: KDNL

The Allman Report

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It’s been a few weeks since the Allman Report debuted on KDNL. What are your thoughts on the program? Is it worthy competition to 2, 4, 5 & 11?

One major complaint I have is the “new” ABC30 logo. It’s a step backward. The graphics are standard Sinclair “Curves”, along with the music, also called “Curves” by 615Music (by way of WarnerChappell Music.

As for Jamie Allman, he was a solid investigative reporter for KMOV. His political slant aside, he is comfortable in front of the camera, even if the rest of the talent isn’t. I’ll do a more in depth review later.

 

May 2010 Sweep Results

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Here are the May 2010 Sweep Results for St. Louis; Where available I’m  providing the numbers from May 2009 for comparison.  Status Quo for the most part, but  KDNL is doing better in overall ratings, KMOV is down everywhere, and KSDK retains the overall news lead, with KTVI nearly tying them in weekly averages.  We could be seeing KTVI become the overall leader in the market. The last time KTVI led in sweep ratings was when they were an ABC affiliate.  It proves that consistency works.  KMOV and KSDK need to take notice. Keep your news team consistent, focus on the fundamentals of journalism, and the viewers will watch.

KDNL has a unique opportunity to reintroduce it’s news image if it wants to.  ABC’s schedule is doing respectable in the ratings locally, and could provide a solid lead-in for a newscast.  It’s time for a news presence on KDNL. Onward to the numbers.

Daytime:

STATION PROGRAM HH RTG/SHR
EARLY NEWS (May 2009)
KSDK [M-F] TODAY IN ST. LOUIS (5AM – 6AM) 3.3/18
KTVI [M-F] FOX 2 NEWS (5AM -6AM) 2.9/16
KMOV [M-F] NEWS4 THIS MORNING (6AM – 6AM) 1.9/10
KDNL [M-F] ABC NEWS MORNING (5AM – 6AM) 0.2/1
EARLY NEWS (May 201o)
KSDK [M-F] TODAY IN ST. LOUIS (5AM – 6AM) UNAVAILABLE*
KTVI [M-F] FOX 2 NEWS (5AM -6AM) UNAVAILABLE*
KMOV [M-F] NEWS4 THIS MORNING (6AM – 6AM) UNAVAILABLE*
KDNL [M-F] ABC NEWS MORNING (5AM – 6AM) UNAVAILABLE*
MORNING NEWS (May 2009)
KSDK [M-F] TODAY IN ST. LOUIS (6AM – 7AM) 5.9/22
KTVI [M-F] FOX 2 NEWS (6AM – 7AM) 5.6/21
KMOV [M-F] NEWS4 THIS MORNING (6AM – 7AM) 3.0/11
KDNL [M-F] ABC NEWS MORNING (6AM – 7AM) 0.3/1
MORNING NEWS (May 2010)
KSDK [M-S] TODAY IN ST. LOUIS (6AM – 7AM) 6.6/23
KTVI [M-F] FOX 2 NEWS (6AM – 7AM) 5.0/18
KMOV [M-F] NEWS4 THIS MORNING (6AM – 7AM) 2.8/10
KDNL [M-F] ABC NEWS MORNING (6AM – 7AM) 0.4/2
MORNING NETWORK (May 2009)
KSDK [M-F] TODAY SHOW (7AM – 9AM) 6.3/22
KTVI [M-F] FOX 2 NEWS (7AM – 9AM) 5.6/19
KMOV [M-F] THE EARLY SHOW (7:30AM – 9AM) 1.9/7
KDNL [M-F] GOOD MORNING AMERICA (7AM – 9AM) UNRANKED*
MORNING NETWORK (May 2010)
KSDK [M-F] TODAY SHOW (7AM – 9AM) 7.1/24
KTVI [M-F] FOX 2 NEWS (7AM – 9AM) 5.4/18
KMOV [M-F] THE EARLY SHOW (7:30AM – 9AM) 1.5/5
KDNL [M-F] GOOD MORNING AMERICA (7AM – 9AM) UNRANKED*
MORNING SYNDICATED/NEWS (May 2009)
KSDK [M-F] NEWSCHANNEL 5 @ 10 (10AM – 10:30AM) 2.9/12
KTVI [M-F] RACHEL RAY (10AM – 11AM) 2.4/10
KMOV [M-F] GREAT DAY ST. LOUIS (10AM – 11AM) 1.2/5
NOON NEWS (May 2009)
KSDK [M-F] NEWSCHANNEL 5 @ NOON (12PM – 1PM) 4.4/16
KMOV [M-F] NEWS4 AT NOON (12PM – 12:30PM) 4.0/15
KTVI [M-F] FOX 2 NEWS @11 (11AM – 12PM) 3.2/13
KPLR [M-F] NEWS 11 @ NOON (12PM – 1PM) 0.7/2
NOON NEWS (May 2010)
KSDK [M-F] NEWSCHANNEL 5 @ NOON (12PM – 1PM) 4.9/16
KMOV [M-F] NEWS4 AT NOON (12PM – 12:30PM) 4.5/15
KTVI [M-F] FOX 2 NEWS @11 (11AM – 12PM) 3.0/11
KPLR [M-F] NEWS 11 @ NOON (12PM – 1PM) 1.0/3
AFTERNOON SYNDICATED (May 2009)
KMOV [M-F] DR. PHIL (3PM – 4PM) 3.4/11
KSDK [M-F] SHOW ME ST. LOUIS (3PM – 3:30PM) 2.3/8
KTVI [M-F] JUDGE ALEX (3PM – 3:30PM) 2.3/8
KDNL [M-F] MAURY POVICH (3PM – 4PM) 1.5/5
AFTERNOON SYNDICATED (May 2010)
KMOV [M-F] DR. PHIL (3PM – 4PM) 4.1/12
KTVI [M-F] JUDGE ALEX (3PM – 3:30PM) 3.2/10
KSDK [M-F] SHOW ME ST. LOUIS (3PM – 3:30PM) 2.5/8
KDNL [M-F] MAURY POVICH (3PM – 4PM) 1.3/4

Evening/Prime/Late after the Bump:

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November 2009 Sweep Ratings

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November 2009 Sweep Ratings for the sweep days from October 29 to November 25, 2009. Commentary follows the prime time numbers.

Daytime:

STATION PROGRAM HH RTG/SHR
EARLY NEWS
KSDK [M-F] TODAY IN ST. LOUIS (6AM – 7AM) 5.9/21
KTVI [M-F] FOX 2 NEWS (6AM – 7AM) 5.8/21
KMOV [M-F] NEWS4 THIS MORNING (6AM – 7AM) 2.1/8
KDNL [M-F] ABC NEWS MORNING (6AM – 7AM) 0.4/2
MORNING NETWORK
KSDK [M-F] TODAY SHOW (7AM – 9AM) 6.8/23
KTVI [M-F] FOX 2 NEWS (7AM – 9AM) 5.6/19
KMOV [M-F] THE EARLY SHOW (7:30AM – 9AM) 1.5/5
KDNL [M-F] GOOD MORNING AMERICA (7AM – 9AM) UNRANKED*
NOON NEWS
KSDK [M-F] NEWSCHANNEL 5 @ NOON (12PM – 1PM) 4.3/15
KMOV [M-F] NEWS4 AT NOON (12PM – 12:30PM) 4.4/15
KTVI [M-F] FOX 2 NEWS @11 (11AM – 12PM) 2.8/10
KPLR [M-F] NEWS 11 @ NOON (12PM – 1PM) 0.9/3
AFTERNOON SYNDICATED
KMOV [M-F] DR. PHIL (3PM – 4PM) 3.6/11
KSDK [M-F] SHOW ME ST. LOUIS (3PM – 3:30PM) 2.6/8
KTVI [M-F] JUDGE ALEX (3PM – 3:30PM) 2.2/8
KDNL [M-F] MAURY POVICH (3PM – 4PM) 1.7/5

Evening/Late after the Bump:

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Sinclair Posts 85.7M Loss

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Hunt Valley, MD — Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner locally of KDNL-TV (“ABC30”), posted at first quarter loss of $85.7 million , or $1.06 a share. The Baltimore Business Journal reports Sinclair’s earnings from a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Excluding a non-cash charge of $130.1 million, the Hunt Valley-based television station owner earned $15.2 million, or 19 cents a share, for the three month period ended March 31. It posted a gain of $15 million, or 17 cents a share, for the first quarter of 2008. (Baltimore Business Journal 5/11)

Sinclair (NASDAQ: SBGI), the owner of 58 TV stations in 35 markets also said that earnings also declined to $154.7 million in the first quarter of 2009, compared with $186.7 million for the first quarter of 2008, citing declining local and national ad revenue, despite 2008 being an election year.

Analog to Digital Transition Status in St. Louis

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DTV Status for Major Stations:

Call Letter Format HD News DTV Assignment Analog Assignment Affiliation Analog Shutdown
KTVI 720p FOX-HD Yes (2/16) 43 (2.1) 2 FOX June 12, 2009
KMOV 1080i (4.1) CBS-HD  

480i (4.2) KNLC-SD

Yes 24 (4.1, 4.2) 4 CBS June 12, 2009
KSDK 1080i (5.1) NBC-HD  

480i (5.2) WeatherPlus+

Yes 35 (5.1, 5.2) 5 NBC June 12, 2009
KETC 720p (9.1) KETC-HD  

480i (9.2) KETC Kids

480i (9.3) PBS World

480i (9.4) Create

N/A 39 (9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4) 9 PBS June 12, 2009
KPLR 1080i CW-HD Yes (2/16) 26 (11.1) 11 CW June 12, 2009
KNLC 720p N/A 14 (24.1) 24 CW February 17, 2009
KDNL 720p ABC-HD N/A 31 (30.1) 30 ABC February 17, 2009
WRBU 480i N/A 47 (46.1) 46 My Network TV February 17, 2009

KUMO-LP/LD is not included, but will broadcast on Channel 10, serving as the region’s lone VHF digital station when it signs on.

This chart will be updated as necessary.

February 17? Try June 12. DTV Transition Moves to June

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If you’re tired of seeing DTV transition commercials, it’s not over; you’ll have to wait a few months. The transition commercials are being rejiggered  for the new date: June 12. The House of Representatives joined the US Senate in moving the DTV deadline to June 12, 264-158, after businesses spent millions of dollars on transition commercials trumpeting February 17. Maybe the networks should ask for bailout money, too.

If you’re wondering why the big day is moving, well, it’s because a few million people are either unaware a change was coming, unable to make the change, or didn’t care.  Be sure to tell your congressperson to move Thanksgiving or Christmas when you’re running behind on either of those holidays.  It would make about as much sense. Watching the cheesy NAB-produced commercials and asinine questions to TV stations during their “Let’s cover the DTV transition instead of actual news” segments, you might be tempted to do something else: turn the TV off. Permanently. 

Well, you’ve got to live through it for 4 more months. 

There is general agreement that the public is generally unprepared for DTV. Unfortunately, the public is usually unprepared for lot of things (see: any holiday). 

As the Post-Dispatch’s Gail Pennington said her Tube Talk blog: “Oh Yay!” 

Note: Most of this entry was written in jest.

Justice Department disallows Sale of WTVR to Sinclair

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Marketwatch reports the US Department of Justice — Antitrust Division has denied Sinclair Broadcast Group’s purchase of WTVR-TV in Richmond, VA. 

A consent decree between Justice and Raycom Media is the cause of the the denial. The consent decree was a condition for Raycom to acquire three stations from Lincoln Financial. It states that Justice could “reject unilaterally” any buyer of WTVR, without cause.

In June, Sinclair agreed to purchase WTVR from Raycom for $85 million and sell the license of WRLH to Carma Broadcasting (a company affiliated with Sinclair). Sinclair would then provide sales and non-programming services to WRLH-TV.

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May Sweep Ratings (May 2008)

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May 2008 Sweep Ratings (From Arch City Chronicle)

 

STATION          PROGRAM                                             HH RTG/ SHR

M-F

KSDK             TODAY IN ST.L (5-6AM)                             3.4/15

KTVI               Fox 2 News (5-6am)                                 3.2/15

KMOV            CBS Morn/News 4 Morn. (5-6am)             2.2/10

KDNL             ABC News Morn (5-6am)                           0.8/ 4

 

KSDK             TODAY IN ST.L (6-7AM)                            7.2/22

KTVI              Fox 2 News (6-7am)                                  6.2/19

KMOV           News 4 This Morning (6-7am)                   4.1/13

KDNL            ABC News Morn. (6-7am)                          1.0/ 3

 

KSDK            NEWS CH 5 Today @ 10 (10-10:30am)     4.4/15

KTVI             Rachael Ray (10-11am)                             3.2/11

KMOV          Montel Williams (10-11am)                       2.2/ 7

KDNL           The View (10-11am)                                 1.9/ 6

 

KSDK            NEWS CH 5 NOON (12-1PM)                       6.0/17

KMOV           News 4 – Noon (12-12:30pm)                   5.8/17

KTVI             Fox 2 News (11:00am-12pm)                    3.7/12

              

KMOV           Dr. Phil (3-4:00pm)                                  6.5/17

KTVI              Judge Alex (3-3:30pm)                           4.9/13

KSDK            SHOW ME ST. LOUIS (3-3:30 PM)             3.0/ 8

KDNL            Maury Povich (3-4:00pm)                        2.5/ 6

 

M-F     

KSDK             NEWS CH 5 (5-5:30PM)                         11.8/23

KMOV            News 4 (5-5:30pm)                                8.0/16

KTVI              Fox 2 News (5-6:00pm)                          5.7/11

 

KSDK             NEWS CH 5 (6-6:30PM)                         12.7/23

KMOV            News 4 (6-6:30pm)                                7.0/13

KTVI              Fox 2 News (6-6:30pm)                          4.2/ 8

 

KMOV           News 4 (10-10:30pm)                           13.8/21

KSDK             NEWS CH 5 (10-10:30PM)                     12.6/19

KTVI              Fox 2 News Edge (10-10:30pm)              4.7/ 7

 

M-S     

KSDK            NEWS CH 5 (10-10:30PM)                        12.8/20

KMOV           News 4 (10-10:30pm)                             12.4/19

KTVI             Fox 2 News (9-10:00pm)                           8.6/13

 

Source:  NSI St. Louis Multiday Grid Report M-F 20 of 20 days and M-S 28 of 28 days May ‘08  (4/24/08-5/21/08)

KMOV, KSDK, & KTVI Over Cover the Story, KDNL Drops the Ball

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This evening in suburban St. Louis we had a breaking news event. A shooting at a council meeting in suburb of Kirkwood, MO. As expected, the major media outlets in St. Louis went into coverage overdrive rather than getting the full story before going to air. Hype, not content. It took almost and hour and half to get to actual news coverage, as opposed to who got on the scene first.

KMOV & KSDK scrambled their helicopters for no real effect on a story that occurred in a building, at night. One station went to as to call their sports anchor to get “personal” interest into the story. Again, not particularly helpful or relevant to the story, but I suppose forgivable based on situation. Another station’s reporter allowed their emotions to get involved in the story. The only reporter that should be emotional was the one in the council chambers covering the city council meeting.

But to the stations’ credit, KMOV, KSDK, KTVI, & KPLR actually covered the story in a mostly effective, all-around way. KMOV’s Vickie Newton asked some very relevant and pertinent questions.

St. Louis’ black sheep station, KDNL again, not surprising, drops the ball again, with no local coverage at all, as they lack a news department, or anything that resembles news staff. ABC News’ Nightline was forced to cover the news via other ABC stations and Associated Press.

A commendable job by the stations involved in a high stress breaking news event.

KMOV and KTVI broke coverage at 11:45pm, Leaving KSDK with coverage.

More on this breaking news event at:

KSDK (NBC): www.ksdk.com
KMOV (CBS): www.kmov.com
KPLR (CW): www.cw11tv.com
KTVI (FOX): www.myfoxstl.com
KMOX (CBS Radio): www.kmox.com
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: www.stltoday.com