February TV ratings: KXAN wins mornings and evenings

KXAN’s newscasts were No. 1 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

KXAN continues to be Austin’s No. 1 choice for TV news, winning virtually every head-to-head competition in February, according to the latest Nielsen ratings.

The city’s NBC affiliate took the top spot at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

At 4:30 a.m., KXAN and KVUE tied, while KVUE is home to Austin’s top-rated midday newscast.

KXAN’s margin of victory, in most cases, was well into the double digits, averaging 54 percent. Its 6 p.m. newscast had 80 percent more viewers than the No. 2 station and was watched by more people than the No. 2 and No. 3 stations combined.

Those numbers make KXAN one of the highest-rated NBC affiliates in the country, the station said.

“Each story KXAN investigated in February uncovered valuable information viewers couldn’t get anywhere else,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said. “This critical reporting affects your investments, safety and well-being. Viewers trust KXAN as their source for local news because we focus on what affects their lives.”

In primetime, NBC was the English-language network to beat in February, followed by CBS, ABC, Fox, The CW and then MyNetworkTV.

February Nielsen ratings

Each ratings point equals 7,712 Central Texas households. The first number is ratings points, the second is share (the percentage of in-use TV sets tuned to a particular channel) and the third is total households.

4:30 a.m.

  • KXAN: .5 / 6 / 3,856
  • KVUE: .5 / 6 / 3,856
  • KTBC: .3 / 3.3 / 2,314
  • KEYE: .1 / 1.3 / 771

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.4 / 12.5 / 10,797
  • KVUE: 1 / 8.9 / 7,712
  • KEYE: .7 / 6.1 / 5,398
  • KTBC: .6 / 5.2 / 4,627

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 2.7 / 16.2 / 20,822
  • KVUE: 1.8 / 10.7 / 13,882
  • KTBC: 1.7 / 10.1 / 13,110
  • KEYE: .8 / 5.1 / 6,170

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.3 / 11.2 / 17,738
  • KNVA: .3 / 1.4 / 2,314

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.1 / 9.2 / 16,195

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.9 / 8.1 / 14,653
  • KEYE: .9 / 3.9 / 6,941 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.6 / 10.1 / 20,051

Noon

  • KXAN: 2.1 / 7.9 / 16,195
  • KTBC: 1.2 /4.6 / 9,254

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.4 / 5.4 / 10,797 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.6 / 14.7 / 43,187
  • KVUE: 3.7 / 9.7 / 28,534
  • KTBC: 2.5 / 6.2 / 19,280
  • KEYE: 1.6 / 4.1 / 12,339

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 7.2 / 16.5 / 55,526
  • KVUE: 4 / 9.1 / 30,848
  • KEYE: 1.7 / 3.8 / 13,110

6:30 p.m.

  • KEYE: 1.6 / 3.3 / 12,339

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 3 / 5.3 / 23,136
  • KNVA: .8 / 1.4 / 6,170

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .6 / 1.1 / 4,627 (‘KXAN Sports: More Than the Score’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6 / 11.8 / 46,272
  • KVUE: 4 / 7.9 / 30,848
  • KEYE: 3.1 / 6 / 23,907
  • KTBC: 2.4 / 4.7 / 18,509

Brittany Glas joins KXAN’s investigative team

Brittany Glas (KXAN photo)

KXAN has filled one of its two investigative reporter openings by promoting from within.

Brittany Glas, who joined the station as a reporter in August 2016, is shifting fulltime to the KXAN Investigates team, KXAN said.

Glas arrived in Austin after a stint as an investigative reporter and fill-in anchor at KSNW in Wichita, Kan. Both KXAN and KSNW are owned by Irving-based Nexstar Media Group.

Glas joins “one of the largest units of its kind at a local television station,” according to Eric Lassberg, president and general manager for KXAN and sister stations KNVA and KBVO.

“She has quickly proven to be excellent at uncovering information and cultivating contacts in Austin,” Lassberg said.

A posting for the second investigative reporter opening is currently up on kxan.com.

The vacancies were created earlier this year when Arezow Doost and Kevin Schwaller left the station.

Doost joined KXAN after spending eight years as a reporter at CBS-owned KTVT in Dallas. Earlier in her career, she worked at Austin’s Fox 7.

Schwaller was at KXAN for about three and a half years, coming here from a station in Springfield, Mo.