The CW Austin to air 5 Texas State football games this season

Ralph Barrera photo / American-Statesman

Austin CW affiliate KNVA will air five Texas State University football games this year.

The matchups set to be broadcast include:

  • Sept. 8: Texas Southern (6 p.m.)
  • Oct. 6: Louisiana (6 p.m.)
  • Oct. 27: New Mexico State (6 p.m.)
  • Nov. 10: Appalachian State (3 p.m.)
  • Nov. 24: Arkansas State (3 p.m.)

David Saltzman and Keith Moreland will anchor the broadcasts, joined by sideline reporter Megan Birdsong.

“KXAN and The CW Austin are committed to bringing more exciting local programming and sports content to the local communities that we proudly serve across Central Texas,” Eric Lassberg, vice president and general manager of sister stations KXAN, KNVA and KBVO, said in a written statement. “College athletics are unique in that strong bonds are formed between students and alumni across multiple generations based on shared traditions and a continued passion for their athletic teams. As a result, we are thrilled to partner with Texas State University to deliver unprecedented viewing experiences and coverage of these five exciting games to local viewers and Bobcats fans throughout Central Texas.”

 

November TV ratings: KXAN’s still the station to beat

KXAN’s morning team features Amanda Dugan, Sally Hernandez, John Dabkovich and David Yeomans.

KXAN continues to be Austin’s top choice for local TV news, according to the latest Nielsen ratings.

In the November “sweeps” period, the city’s NBC affiliate was home to the No. 1-rated 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. English-language newscasts.

ABC affiliate KVUE placed first at 4:30 a.m. and middays.

Mornings, in particular, were especially competitive, with less than one rating point separating the top three contenders.

“We continue to stand by our commitment to producing in-depth stories in all newscasts and investigating the issues that affect our local community,” KXAN vice president and general manager Eric Lassberg said. “We work as hard as we can to follow up on the tips we receive from the people of Central Texas; please keep them coming because it’s working to get results. The entire KXAN staff is honored to continue being the top choice for local news in Central Texas.”

Looking at national news broadcasts, ABC’s “Good Morning America” is the most-watched network morning show in Austin, while “NBC Nightly News” is the nighttime network newscast of choice here.

In prime time, Fox was the network to beat in Central Texas, followed by NBC, CBS, ABC, The CW and then MyNetworkTV.

CBS’ Stephen Colbert wins the late-night TV race among local viewers, followed by NBC’s Jimmy Fallon and then ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel.


November Nielsen ratings

Each ratings point equals 7,915 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.

  • KVUE: .8 / 8 / 6,332
  • KXAN: .6 / 5.5 / 4,749
  • KTBC: .6 / 5.3 / 4,749
  • KEYE: .3 / 2.7 / 2,375

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.1 / 9.2 / 8,707
  • KTBC: 1.1 / 8.9 / 8,707
  • KVUE: 1 / 8.7 / 7,915
  • KEYE: .4 / 3.1 / 3,166

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 2.3 / 12.9 / 18,205
  • KVUE: 2.2 / 12.5 / 17,413
  • KTBC: 1.7 / 9.4 / 13,456
  • KEYE: .8 / 4.4 / 6,332

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.3 / 9.8 / 18,205
  • KNVA: .3 / 1.4 / 2,375

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.5 / 10.1 / 19,788

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.2 / 9.1 / 17,413
  • KEYE: .6 / 2.6 / 4,749 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 1.9 / 7.2 / 15,039
  • KXAN: .8 / 3.2 / 6,332 (‘Studio 512’)

Noon

  • KXAN: 1.8 / 6.5 / 14,247
  • KTBC: 1.6 / 6 / 12,664

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 4.9 / 12.4 / 38,784
  • KVUE: 4.2 / 10.6 / 33,243
  • KTBC: 2.7 / 6.6 / 21,371
  • KEYE: 1.1 / 2.9 / 8,707

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.1 / 13.2 / 48,282
  • KVUE: 5.6 / 12.1 / 44,324
  • KEYE: 1.6 / 3.6 / 12,664

6:30 p.m.

  • KEYE: 1.9 / 3.8 / 15,039

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 3.2 / 6.3 / 25,328
  • KNVA: .5 / 1 / 3,958

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .3 / .6 / 2,375 (‘KXAN Sports: More Than the Score’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 4.2 / 8.4 / 33,243
  • KVUE: 4 / 8 / 31,660
  • KEYE: 2.8 / 5.5 / 22,162
  • KTBC: 1.9 / 4 / 15,039

 

KXAN names new weeknight anchor

Sydney Benter (KXAN photo)

KXAN has wrapped up its search for a new weeknight anchor to sit alongside veteran Austin broadcaster Robert Hadlock.

Sydney Benter will take over for Shannon Wolfson, the city’s NBC affiliate announced Tuesday.

Wolfson revealed in August that she’ll be leaving the station in late November to focus more time on her family and to do some traveling.

Benter arrives from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she works as an anchor and reporter for the city’s CBS and MyNetworkTV affiliates.

“I’m looking forward to joining an award-winning team with such a strong commitment to quality storytelling,” Benter said. “In a day and age when news is available 24 hours a day and in 140 characters or less, KXAN’s in-depth, investigative approach sets it apart from all the rest.”

Benter will start in mid-December, according to KXAN, co-anchoring the station’s top-rated 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, as well as the 9 p.m. newscast on sister station KNVA, Austin’s CW affiliate.

“Sydney is a stand-out storyteller who has a captivating and compassionate way of communicating,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said.  “Her dynamic reporting style will complement our team.”

A Cincinnati native, Benter has a journalism degree from the University of Cincinnati.

“At KXAN, we remain focused on delivering the most compelling and informative local reporting that touches the daily lives of our viewers,” said Eric Lassberg, vice president and general manager for KXAN and KNVA. “After conducting a nationwide search, we found Sydney aligns with our in-depth, investigative brand.”

Anchor Shannon Wolfson leaving KXAN

Shannon Wolfson (KXAN photo)

KXAN news anchor Shannon Wolfson will leave the city’s NBC affiliate later this year.

Wolfson, who co-anchors with Robert Hadlock at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on KXAN and at 9 p.m. on sister station KNVA, will depart in late November to focus more time on her family and to do some traveling, according to a post on kxan.com.

“If I were to continue in TV news, I’d be staying right here at KXAN,” Wolfson said in the post. “This is one of the strongest news operations in the country, and I have been so lucky to be an anchor at KXAN. I would like to thank my KXAN family and our loyal viewers for the incredible support.”

During two different stints at the station, the University of Texas graduate has held a variety of positions, including general assignments reporter, investigative reporter, 9 p.m. anchor and, since 2013, co-anchor of all four evening newscasts produced by KXAN.

Wolfson took over for Leslie Rhode, who also left the station citing a desire to spend more time with her family.

Wolfson’s job has already been posted on kxan.com.

 

 

May TV ratings: KXAN, KVUE split the wins

The ‘Daybreak’ team: Erika Lopez, left, Yvonne Nava, Bryan Mays and Anavid Reyes (KVUE photo)

In the race to keep you informed before you head to work or school each morning, two Austin TV stations are duking it out for first place.

ABC affiliate KVUE and NBC affiliate KXAN have been relatively close in the pre-dawn hours for the past several years, with KXAN winning most head-to-head competitions. May was different, though, with KVUE taking the top spot at 4:30 a.m., 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., according to Nielsen.

“This win was all about teamwork,” KVUE president and general manager Kristie Gonzales said. “From the producers and staff behind the scenes, to the team you wake up to every morning, each person put their heart and soul into making ‘Daybreak’ the best morning newscast in Austin.”

KVUE also was home to the top-rated midday newscast.

Evenings, KXAN continues to be the station to beat, dominating at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. “KXAN News at 6,” for instance, draws more viewers than the second- and third-place stations combined.

In primetime, NBC was No. 1, followed by CBS, ABC, Fox, The CW and then MyNetworkTV.

May 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.

  • KVUE: .8 / 10 / 6,170
  • KTBC: .3 / 4.3 / 2,314
  • KXAN: .3 / 3.6 / 2,314
  • KEYE: .2 / 2.5 / 1,542

5 a.m.

  • KVUE: 1.2 / 12.5 / 9,254
  • KXAN: .9 / 9.6 / 6,941
  • KTBC: .7 / 7.6 / 5,398
  • KEYE: .6 / 6.1 / 4,627

6 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.3 / 15.2 / 17,738
  • KXAN: 2.1 / 14 / 16,195
  • KTBC: 1.6 / 10.8 / 12,339
  • KEYE: .8 / 5.3 / 6,170

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.1 / 10.9 / 16,195
  • KNVA: .3 / 1.5 / 2,314

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.9 / 8.6 / 14,653

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.6 / 7.3 / 12,339
  • KEYE: .8 / 3.6 / 6,170 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.2 / 9.5 / 16,966
  • KXAN: .8 / 3.4 / 6,170 (‘Studio 512’)

Noon

  • KXAN: 1.5 / 6 / 11,568
  • KTBC: 1 / 4.2 / 7,712

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 4.9 / 13.6 / 37,789
  • KVUE: 3.9 / 10.9 / 30,077
  • KTBC: 2.5 / 6.8 / 19,280
  • KEYE: 1.3 / 3.7 / 10,026

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.2 / 15.2 / 47,814
  • KVUE: 4.4 / 10.8 / 33,933
  • KEYE: 1.6 / 3.8 / 12,339

6:30 p.m.

  • KEYE: 1.7 / 4.1 / 13,110

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.6 / 4.9 / 20,051
  • KNVA: .9 / 1.8 / 6,941

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .8 / 1.4 / 6,170 (‘KXAN Sports: More Than the Score’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.3 / 10.8 / 40,874
  • KVUE: 3.5 / 7.1 / 26,992
  • KEYE: 2.5 / 5.1 / 19,280
  • KTBC: 1.9 / 3.9 / 14,653

 

September TV ratings: KXAN wins most news time slots

KXAN's morning team features David Yeomans, Sally Hernandez, John Dabkovich and Amanda Dugan.
KXAN’s morning team features David Yeomans, Sally Hernandez, John Dabkovich and Amanda Dugan.

KXAN’s winning streak continued in September, finishing first in most head-to-head news competitions.

The city’s NBC affiliate was No. 1 at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. last month.

ABC affiliate KVUE was the top-ranked station at 4:30 a.m. and middays.

NBC’s “Today” was the first-place network morning show and “NBC Nightly News” is the nighttime network newscast to beat.

In primetime, NBC is the frontrunner, followed by CBS, then ABC, Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV.

September Nielsen ratings

Each ratings point equals 7,456 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.

  • KVUE: .6 / 5.3 / 4,474
  • KXAN: .5 / 4.6 / 3,728
  • KTBC: .4 / 4 / 2,982
  • KEYE: .2 / 1.7 / 1,491

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.2 / 9.7 / 8,947
  • KVUE: 1.1 / 8.9 / 8,202
  • KTBC: .7 / 5.3 / 5,219
  • KEYE: .5 / 3.8 / 3,728

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 2.9 / 15.5 / 21,622
  • KVUE: 1.7 / 9 / 12,675
  • KTBC: 1.4 / 7.2 / 10,438
  • KEYE: .9 / 5 / 6,710

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.7 / 7.2 / 12,675
  • KNVA: .5 / 2 / 3,728

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.6 / 6.6 / 11,930

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.5 / 6 / 11,184
  • KEYE: .7 / 2.9 / 5,219 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.1 / 7.8 / 15,658

Noon

  • KXAN: 1.7 / 7.5 / 12,675
  • KTBC: 1.1 / 3.8 / 8,202

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1 / 4.4 / 7,456 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.6 / 14 / 41,754
  • KVUE: 4.3 / 10.8 / 32,061
  • KTBC: 2.2 / 5.5 / 16,403
  • KEYE: 1.3 / 3.3 / 9,693

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.8 / 15.3 / 50,701
  • KVUE: 4 / 9 / 29,824
  • KEYE: 1.8 / 4 / 13,421

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.5 / 4.4 / 18,640
  • KNVA: 1 / 1.8 / 7,456

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .7 / 1.3 / 5,219 (‘KXAN Sports: More Than the Score’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.5 / 13.2 / 48,464
  • KVUE: 3.5 / 6.9 / 26,096
  • KEYE: 2.5 / 5.2 / 18,640
  • KTBC: 2.2 / 4.4 / 16,403

Nightly sports show debuts on The CW Austin

KXAN's Andrew Schnitker, Chris Tavarez and Roger Wallace (Annie Ray photo)
KXAN’s Andrew Schnitker, Chris Tavarez and Roger Wallace (Annie Ray photo)

KXAN has launched a nightly sports show on one of its sister stations.

“KXAN Sports: More Than the Score” can be seen at 9:45 p.m. Monday through Friday on CW affiliate KNVA.

The show replaces “ATX Uncensored(ish)” in the time slot immediately following KNVA’s 9 p.m. newscast.

“KXAN Sports: More Than the Score” features KXAN’s sports reporters – Roger Wallace, Chris Tavarez and Andrew Schnitker – as well as CW Austin entertainment reporter Joe Barlow and guests from the Austin American-Statesman and radio station 104.9 The Horn.

The show promises in-depth coverage of college and high school sports.

“Avid sports fans always dish out their opinions and love to agree or disagree with what others think,” KXAN news director Chad Cross said. “Even better is hearing what the insiders have to say. This is the only TV show where you get a seat at the table with KXAN’s sports experts, the Statesman’s sports writers and The Horn’s radio personalities every night.”

 

July TV ratings: KXAN remains No. 1 in most time slots

KXAN's morning team features David Yeomans, Sally Hernandez, John Dabkovich and Amanda Dugan.
KXAN’s morning team features David Yeomans, Sally Hernandez, John Dabkovich and Amanda Dugan.

Another month, another ratings win for KXAN.

Austin’s NBC affiliate continues to have the most-watched newscasts in most time slots, according to July figures from Nielsen.

KXAN is ranked No. 1 at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The station’s 6 p.m. broadcast remains the city’s top-rated newscast, regardless of time period, drawing more viewers than its competitors combined.

ABC affiliate KVUE took the top spot at 4:30 a.m. and middays.

In primetime, NBC was the network to beat, followed by ABC, CBS, Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV.

July Nielsen ratings

Each ratings point equals 7,456 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.

  • KVUE: .5 / 5.3 / 3,728
  • KXAN: .5 / 5.1 / 3,728
  • KTBC: .3 / 2.8 / 2,237
  • KEYE: .2 / 2.1 / 1,491

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1 / 9.2 / 7,456
  • KVUE: .8 / 7.5 / 5,965
  • KTBC: .6 / 5.2 / 4,474
  • KEYE: .4 / 4 / 2,982

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 2.6 / 16 / 19,386
  • KTBC: 1.5 / 9.1 / 11,184
  • KVUE: 1.4 / 8.8 / 10,438
  • KEYE: .6 / 3.8 / 4,474

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.8 / 8.1 / 13,421
  • KNVA: .4 / 1.5 / 2,982

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.7 / 6.8 / 12,675

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.5 / 5.9 / 11,184
  • KEYE: 1 / 3.7 / 7,456 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.7 / 9.4 / 20,131

Noon

  • KXAN: 2.1 / 6.8 / 15,658
  • KTBC: 1.2 / 3.8 / 8,947

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.2 / 4.2 / 8,947 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.4 / 13.6 / 40,262
  • KVUE: 3.7 / 9.2 / 27,587
  • KTBC: 2.6 / 6.2 / 19,386
  • KEYE: 1.6 / 4 / 11,930

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.5 / 14.3 / 48,464
  • KVUE: 3.9 / 8.6 / 29,078
  • KEYE: 2.1 / 4.7 / 15,658

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 1.8 / 3.3 / 13,421
  • KNVA: .9 / 1.6 / 6,710

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .4 / .7 / 2,982 (‘ATX Uncensored(ish)’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.3 / 10.6 / 39,517
  • KVUE: 3.8 / 7.7 / 28,333
  • KEYE: 2.5 / 5.3 / 18,640
  • KTBC: 2.1 / 4.1 / 15,658

Joe Barlow to serve as entertainment reporter for The CW Austin

Joe Barlow (KNVA photo)
Joe Barlow (KNVA photo)

Local CW affiliate KNVA is kicking its entertainment coverage up a notch.

The station said Monday it has tapped Joe Barlow to serve as its new entertainment reporter. Look for his stories to air three days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – during KNVA’s 9 p.m. newscast.

Barlow is already familiar to the station’s viewers, having served as a correspondent on the recently canceled “ATX Uncensored(ish)” news satire show.

“I’m truly excited to get started as The CW Austin’s entertainment reporter,” he said. “I look forward to infusing humor into my interviews with chefs, actors, musicians and honestly whoever will talk to me.”

Before arriving in Austin, Barlow spent four years as a reporter at a TV station in Champaign, Ill.

May ratings: Which TV stations do adults ages 25-54 watch most?

Same stations, different order.

A few weeks ago, we showed you results of the May “sweeps” period. Those numbers were for total households, but now demographic data has been released – and in the advertiser-friendly adults ages 25-54 demo, you’ll notice some slight shifts when comparing the two lists.

KXAN continues to lead, though, in most time slots, typically followed by either KVUE or KTBC.

Take a look …

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: .4 rating / 3,600 viewers in demo
  • KTBC: .4 / 3,000
  • KVUE: .2 / 2,100
  • KEYE: .1 / 1,100

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.5 / 12,100
  • KTBC: 1.3 / 11,200
  • KVUE: .9 / 7,400
  • KEYE: .3 / 2,200

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.4 / 11,400
  • KNVA: .1 / 800

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: .9 / 7,900

Midday

  • KVUE: .6 / 4,800 (11 a.m.)
  • KXAN: .5 / 4,000 (Noon)
  • KTBC: .5 / 3,900 (Noon)

5 p.m.

  • KVUE: 1.4 / 11,400
  • KXAN: 1.3 / 11,000
  • KTBC: 1.1 / 9,000
  • KEYE: .5 / 3,900

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.9 / 16,000
  • KVUE: 1.6 / 13,500
  • KEYE: .5 / 4,100

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 1.3 / 11,000
  • KNVA: .7 / 5,300

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 2.3 / 19,100
  • KVUE: 1.9 / 15,800
  • KTBC: 1.3 / 10,900
  • KEYE: .8 / 6,600