May TV ratings: KXAN has Austin’s No. 1 news from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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

From 5 in the morning till 10 at night, KXAN is home to Austin’s most-watched newscasts, according to the latest Nielsen ratings.

Those wins rank the station as one of the top NBC affiliates in the country, KXAN said. Other top-performing NBC stations include affiliates in Denver and Sacramento.

KXAN continued to widen its lead in May, winning some time slots with as much as 69 percent more households than its nearest competitor.

The only head-to-head news competition where KXAN didn’t finish first last month was at 4:30 a.m., where KVUE came out on top.

In primetime, NBC was the network to beat. ABC and CBS tied for second place, followed by The CW and MyNetworkTV.

May 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: .7 / 7.1 / 5,219
  • KXAN: .5 / 5.3 / 3,728
  • KTBC: .5 / 4.8 / 3,728
  • KEYE: .3 / 2.9 / 2,237

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.5 / 11.9 / 11,184
  • KVUE: 1.2 / 9.9 / 8,947
  • KTBC: .8 / 6.8 / 5,965
  • KEYE: .5 / 3.9 / 3,728

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 3.2 / 16.5 / 23,859
  • KVUE: 2.1 / 10.8 / 15,658
  • KTBC: 2 / 10.1 / 14,912
  • KEYE: .8 / 4.2 / 5,965

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.3 / 9.6 / 17,149
  • KNVA: .4 / 1.6 / 2,982

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.9 / 8.2 / 14,166

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.6 / 6.6 /
  • KEYE: .7 / 2.8 / 5,219 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.3 / 9.1 / 17,149

Noon

  • KXAN: 2.4 / 9.3 / 17,894
  • KTBC: 1.1 / 4.1 / 8,202

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.5 / 5.5 / 11,184 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.8 / 14.5 / 43,245
  • KVUE: 3.8 / 9.4 / 28,333
  • KTBC: 2.7 / 6.4 / 20,131
  • KEYE: 1.5 / 3.8 / 11,184

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 7.1 / 15.7 / 52,938
  • KVUE: 4.2 / 9.2 / 31,315
  • KEYE: 1.9 / 4.2 / 14,166

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.8 / 4.8 / 20,877
  • KNVA: 1.1 / 2 / 8,202

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .5 / .9 / 3,728 (‘ATX Uncensored(ish’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.3 / 11.6 / 46,973
  • KVUE: 4.2 / 7.8 / 31,315
  • KEYE: 2.6 / 4.7 / 19,386
  • KTBC: 2.5 / 4.6 / 18,640

 

 

 

Fox 7 adding MeTV subchannel featuring classic TV shows

11990524_10154205321166686_2537473550133782487_nOne of the most popular over-the-air digital subchannels is (finally) coming to Austin.

MeTV has signed a deal with Fox-owned KTBC that will put it on channel 7.4.

The station said it expects to announce soon when exactly MeTV will make its debut.

The MeTV network airs some of the best-known classic TV shows, such as “M*A*S*H,” “Happy Days,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “Kojak,” “Perry Mason” and “The Twilight Zone.”

On KTBC, MeTV will join two other digital subchannels: Movies! on channel 7.2 and Buzzr on channel 7.3.

Other local stations have also added stations recently, including Cozi and Ion on KXAN and Grit and Laff on KNVA.

2 new TV networks, Grit and Laff, hit Austin’s airwaves

'Ellen,' the sitcom that helped make talk show host Ellen DeGeneres a household name, is featured on the Laff network's lineup. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press photo)
‘Ellen,’ the sitcom that helped make talk show host Ellen DeGeneres a household name, is featured on the Laff network’s lineup. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press photo)

You don’t need cable or satellite to get your favorite TV shows.

Many are available free, over the air – and, thanks to two newly launched networks, that number has grown significantly in recent weeks.

Those two networks, Laff and Grit, are available on digital subchannels of local CW affiliate KNVA.

Laff, as you might expect, has a comedy-focused lineup, running beloved sitcoms such as “The Bernie Mac Show,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Ellen,” “Empty Nest,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Night Court” and “Spin City.”

“Everyone needs comic release at some point during the day,” said Eric Lassberg, president and general manager of KNVA and its sister stations, NBC affiliate KXAN and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO. “We are very excited to introduce Laff and its hilarious shows to Austin.”

Find Laff on Channel 54.3. To view the full schedule, head to laff.com.

The other newcomer, Grit, is action-focused, with a host of classic movies, as well as repeats of well-worn Western TV shows such as “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Laramie” and “Zane Grey Theatre.”

“The addition of Grit’s action-packed entertainment programming greatly enhances the free, over-the-air offerings KNVA is providing Austin,” Lassberg said. “We are committed to delivering more unique programming not found anywhere else.”

Grit is on Channel 54.2 and its full schedule can be found at grittv.com.

In addition to being available over the air, Lassberg says both networks have already been picked up by some local cable providers, including San Marcos-based Grande Communications and Suddenlink Communications, which serves the Georgetown, Jarrell, Leander and Pflugerville areas.

January TV ratings: KXAN wins in 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.

If KXAN is your choice for TV news, you’re in good company.

Austin’s NBC affiliate was the No. 1 station at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. during January, according to new ratings data from Nielsen.

ABC affiliate KVUE, meanwhile, was the top choice for news at 4:30 a.m. and middays.

At both 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., KXAN drew more viewers than the second- and third-place stations combined. And with an audience of nearly 60,000 households, KXAN’s 6 p.m. broadcast was the city’s most-watched newscast, regardless of time period, last month.

Other January ratings highlights:

  • NBC’s “Today” is the network morning show to beat and “NBC Nightly News” is the top-rated evening network newscast.
  • NBC and CBS were essentially tied for first place in prime time, followed by ABC, Fox, The CW and then MyNetworkTV.
  • Late nights, NBC’s Jimmy Fallon leads the pack. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel is second and CBS’s Stephen Colbert ranks third.

January 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: .9 / 8.6 / 6,710
  • KTBC: .6 / 5.7 / 4,474
  • KXAN: .6 / 5.4 / 4,474
  • KEYE: .2 / 2.2 / 1,491

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.5 / 11.7 / 11,184
  • KVUE: 1.4 / 10.8 / 10,438
  • KTBC: 1 / 7.9 / 7,456
  • KEYE: .4 / 3.5 / 2,982

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 2.9 / 14.6 / 21,622
  • KTBC: 1.8 / 9.7 / 13,421
  • KVUE: 1.7 / 9 / 12,675
  • KEYE: .7 / 3.8 / 5,219

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.4 / 6.7 / 10,438
  • KNVA: .2 / .9 / 1,491

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.4 / 6 / 10,438

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.1 / 4.8 / 8,202
  • KEYE: 1 / 4.3 / 7,456 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.3 / 8.8 / 17,149

Noon

  • KXAN: 2.1 / 7.8 / 15,658
  • KTBC: 1 / 3.6 / 7,456

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.3 / 4.7 / 9,693 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.1 / 15 / 55,174
  • KVUE: 3.9 / 9.4 / 29,078
  • KTBC: 2.3 / 5.5 / 17,149
  • KEYE: 1.5 / 3.8 / 11,184

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 7.6 / 16.2 / 56,666
  • KVUE: 4.5 / 9.6 / 33,552
  • KEYE: 2 / 4.3 / 14,912

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.6 / 4.7 / 19,386
  • KNVA: 1.1 / 2 / 8,202

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .5 / 1 / 3,728 (‘ATX Uncensoredish’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.6 / 10.8 / 41,754
  • KVUE: 4.2 / 8.3 / 31,315
  • KEYE: 3.2 / 6.2 / 23,859
  • KTBC: 2.1 / 4.2 / 15,657

 

 

Texas firm buys 3 Austin TV stations as part of $4.6B deal

kxanThree Austin TV stations are in line to get a new owner — and it’s not the company everyone was expecting.

Virginia-based Media General, which operates NBC affiliate KXAN, CW affiliate KNVA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO, is being acquired by Irving-based Nexstar Broadcasting Group in a deal valued at $4.6 billion in cash and stock, according to an announcement made Wednesday.

The new company will be named Nexstar Media Group and will have 171 full-power TV stations in 100 U.S. TV markets.

Last year, Media General had agreed to merge with Iowa-based Meredith Corp. That deal almost immediately hit a series of roadblocks when Nexstar executives made a counteroffer. They were rebuffed initially, but criticism from key Media General stockholders steadily grew.

The breakup up with Meredith will cost Media General $60 million. Meredith will also get first dibs on buying any stations Nexstar is required to sell off in markets where it overlaps with Media General. TVSpy.com reports those markets will likely include Roanoke, Va; Green Bay, Wis.; Davenport, Iowa; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Lafayette, La.; and Terre Haute, Ind.

“Together with Nexstar, we can deliver a more comprehensive, integrated and competitive offering across all markets for the benefit of our advertisers and brands,” Media General president and CEO Vincent Sadusky said in a written statement. “I am thankful for the hard work and dedication of our talented employees, and I’m confident they will continue to make many valuable contributions as part of a larger and stronger organization. I look forward to working closely with the Nexstar team to bring our companies together to realize the power of this compelling combination and ensure a smooth transition.”

In Texas, KXAN, KNVA and KBVO are Media General’s only stations. Nexstar, however, owns several more, including ones in Abilene, Amarillo, College Station, El Paso, Harlingen, Lufkin, Midland, San Angelo, Tyler, Waco and Wichita Falls.

Through a contract with Four Points Media Group, Nexstar briefly operated Austin CBS affiliate KEYE beginning in 2009. That deal ended, though, when Four Points was sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group, KEYE’s current owner, in 2011.

“The acquisition of Media General’s broadcasting and digital media assets represent a transformational growth opportunity for Nexstar and is strategically and financially compelling,” Nexstar president and CEO Perry Sook said in a written statement. “The transaction increases Nexstar’s broadcast portfolio by approximately two thirds with very limited overlap with our existing properties, more than doubles our audience reach, provides entrée to 15 new top-50 (markets) and offers synergies related to the increased scale of the combined digital media operations.”

Austin represents one of those new top-50 markets Sook mentioned, ranking 39th in the nation, according to Nielsen, with 745,640 TV households.

The Media General deal is expected to close in either the third or fourth quarter of this year, Nexstar said.

 

November TV ratings: KXAN wins all major news competitions

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

A clean sweep.

That’s what KXAN got during the November “sweeps” period, with the city’s NBC affiliate scoring wins in every major head-to-head weekday news time slot.

It’s the first sweeps month in recent memory – there are four each year – where Austin ABC affiliate KVUE didn’t claim a single victory.

KXAN started the day bright and early with a win at 4:30 a.m., a time period where KVUE ranked No. 1 during July, the most recent sweeps month. This time around, Fox-owned KTBC also managed to outdraw KVUE at that early hour.

At 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., KXAN remained the station to beat, with KVUE taking the silver at 5 a.m. and KTBC yanking it away at 6 a.m.

Middays, KXAN’s noon newscast edged KVUE’s 11 a.m. broadcast.

The story was the same at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., where KXAN drew thousands more viewers that its competitors – an audience larger than KVUE and CBS affiliate KEYE combined for both half hours.

KXAN finished the day with one last win at 10 p.m.

While KXAN saw big gains throughout the day – from 100 percent at 4:30 a.m. to 32 percent at 10 p.m. – the other stations have reasons to smile, too. KTBC, for example, grew 23 percent year over year at 5 p.m., 32 percent at 9 p.m. and 31 percent at 10 p.m.

Local newsies have a brief holiday breather before the next sweeps period, which kicks off in February.

Other highlights:

  • ABC’s “Good Morning America” is the city’s top-rated network morning show, followed by NBC’s “Today” and “CBS This Morning.”
  • “NBC Nightly News” is the nighttime network newscast of choice, followed by ABC’s “World News Tonight” and the “CBS Evening News.”
  • During primetime, among the English-language networks, it’s NBC, then ABC, CBS, Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV.
  • In late night, NBC’s Jimmy Fallon is king, followed by ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and CBS’s Stephen Colbert.

November 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.

  • KXAN: .8 / 7.1 / 5,965
  • KTBC: .7 / 6.5 / 5,219
  • KVUE: .7 / 6 / 5,219
  • KEYE: .2 / 1.5 / 1,491

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.8 / 12.5 / 13,421
  • KVUE: 1.4 / 9.7 / 10,438
  • KTBC: 1.3 / 9.3 / 9,623
  • KEYE: .5 / 3.7 / 3,728

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 3.2 / 15.5 / 23,859
  • KTBC: 2.5 / 12.3 / 18,640
  • KVUE: 2.2 / 10.7 / 16,403
  • KEYE: .8 / 3.6 / 5,965

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.2 / 9.3 / 16,403
  • KNVA: .2 / 1 / 1,491

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.7 / 6.9 / 12,675

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.4 / 6.1 / 10,438
  • KEYE: .9 / 3.7 / 6,710 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.3 / 9 / 17,149

Noon

  • KXAN: 2.5 / 9.7 / 18,640
  • KTBC: .9 / 3.6 / 6,710

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.2 / 4.8 / 8,947 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.1 / 15.6 / 45,482
  • KVUE: 4.6 / 11.6 / 34,298
  • KTBC: 2.6 / 6.3 / 19,386
  • KEYE: 1.5 / 3.8 / 11,184

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 7.8 / 17.4 / 58,157
  • KVUE: 5 / 11.2 / 37,280
  • KEYE: 2 / 4.5 / 14,912

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.5 / 5.1 / 15,658
  • KNVA: 1.1 / 2.2 / 8,202

9:45 p.m.

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

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.7 / 12.3 / 42,499
  • KVUE: 5 / 10.7 / 37,280
  • KEYE: 3.2 / 6.9 / 23,859
  • KTBC: 2.1/ 4.6 / 15,658

 

Austin viewers get 2 new over-the-air TV networks

Programming on Laff includes 'The Drew Carey Show.'
Programming on Laff includes ‘The Drew Carey Show.’

Two more over-the-air TV channels are on their way to Central Texas.

Media General, owner of CW affiliate KNVA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO, has signed deals to carry the Grit and Laff networks.

Grit, which targets a primarily male audience with shows such as “Walker, Texas Ranger” and Western flicks, will pop up soon on KNVA’s 54.2 digital subchannel.

The network is about a year old and has a companion female-focused network, Escape, that can be found on Univision-owned KAKW’s 62.4 digital subchannel.

Laff will air on KBVO’s 14.2 digital subchannel. The network, which launched seven months ago, primarily runs reruns of sitcoms such as “Empty Nest,” “Ellen,” “Spin City,” “Grace Under Fire,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “The Drew Carey Show.”

A Media General representative said Monday that Grit and Laff should make their debut here sometime in late December.

“The addition of these powerful stations … widens our already robust and expansive market coverage for our young networks,” said Jeffrey Wolf, chief distribution officer for Katz Broadcasting, the company behind Escape, Grit and Laff.

Monday’s announcement comes just about a week after Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, another Media General station, added the ION network to one of its digital subchannels.

DirecTV customers will keep 3 Austin stations, but Dish subscribers might lose KVUE

kxanOne satellite TV dispute has been resolved, but another still lingers.

Media General, the company that operates three Austin TV stations, says it has reached a new agreement with DirecTV that means NBC affiliate KXAN, CW affiliate KNVA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO will remain a part of its channel lineup.

Dish Network, meanwhile, has yet to strike a new deal with Tegna, owner of Austin ABC affiliate KVUE.

An existing agreement that expired Sept. 30 was initially extended 24 hours, but the two sides said Thursday that they would up that to an eight-day extension because Hurricane Joaquin is approaching the East Coast, where Tegna owns several TV stations.

Cable and satellite TV providers are required by federal law to compensate broadcasters for carrying their signals. Those fees have been the sticking point in both the DirecTV and Dish Network negotiations, based upon public statements made by those involved.

Disputes with Dish, DirecTV could knock 4 Austin stations off the air

kxanDisputes between broadcasters and satellite TV providers could knock as many as four Austin TV stations off some channel lineups this week.

DirecTV has yet to reach a new agreement to carry dozens of stations nationwide operated by Media General, including Austin NBC affiliate KXAN, CW affiliate KNVA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO.

The current deal expires at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Dish Network is in a similar standoff with Tegna, owner of Austin ABC affiliate KVUE.

The deadline for them to work things out is 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The sticking point in both the DirecTV and Dish Network negotiations is money, based upon public statements made by those involved. Cable and satellite TV providers are required by federal law to compensate broadcasters for carrying their signals.

Just last month, a similar dustup knocked Austin CBS affiliate KEYE and its Telemundo subchannel off the Dish Network lineup for about 24 hours.

‘ATX Uncensored(ish)’ debuts Monday night on KNVA

Brian Gaar (Annie Ray photo)
Brian Gaar (Annie Ray photo)

It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen on Austin TV – and that’s the point.

“ATX Uncensored(ish)” debuts Monday at 9:45 p.m. on CW affiliate KNVA, giving Central Texans a satirical look at the news of the day.

The 15-minute show, which follows the station’s long-standing 9 p.m. newscast, is hosted by comedian Brian Gaar and features contributions from correspondents Joe Barlow and Kath Barbadoro.

“Working on a comedy show has always been a dream of mine,” said Gaar, a former American-Statesman reporter. “It’s been really fun, but a ton of work. Scary and exciting all at once.”

Think of “ATX Uncensored(ish)” as a local version of “The Daily Show” with elements of “Tosh.0” mixed in, KNVA says.

“This is a passion project for all of us,” said Larissa Cartwright, the show’s producer. “We are working our butts off to give the city of Austin a television show that actually reflects our town and the crazy, weird and wonderful people who live in it. We hope viewers support it and love it as much as we do.”

A typical episode will include Gaar — Barbadoro describes him as a “super-funny, ego-less manchild” — delivering a monologue, a roundtable featuring pop-ins from a variety of guests and taped pieces from Barlow and Barbadoro.

“It’s going to be really fast-paced,” Gaar said. “The local news is a great lead-in. Hopefully people will tune in and laugh. It’s a nice end to the day.”

Like Gaar, Barbadoro is well known in Austin’s growing comedy scene. With all the comics out there, she says “ATX Uncensored(ish)” has a never-ending supply of guests to keep things fresh.

“There’s a really deep pool here,” she said. “This city is ripe for something like this. We’re making a show we would want to watch.”

Barlow arrives in Austin after a stint in local news in Illinois – somewhere he admits he didn’t quite fit. Austin – and “ATX Uncensored(ish)” – are more his speed.

“We’re reimagining a comedy show,” Barlow said. “It’s such a unique thing for a local TV market to be doing something like this. With such active comedy and music scenes, Austin is the perfect market to be trying something like this.”


‘ATX Uncensored(ish)’

9:45 p.m. weeknights, KNVA Channel 54

Midnight Saturday, KXAN Channel 36

On the Web: atxuncensoredish.com