CW Austin sets debut date for new show featuring Austin comedian Brian Gaar

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

Local CW affiliate KNVA has set a debut date for “ATX Uncensored(ish)” hosted by Austin comedian Brian Gaar.

The news satire show will air weekdays at 9:45 p.m., following the station’s 9 p.m. newscast. It’ll also run at midnight each Saturday on sister station KXAN, following NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

Gaar, a former American-Statesman reporter who is well-known on the local and national comedy scenes, will be joined on “ATX Uncensored(ish)” by a pair of correspondents, fellow comedians Kath Barbadoro and Joe Barlow.

Here’s how KNVA describes the show in promotional materials: “‘ATX Uncensored(ish)’ is the only show of its kind in Austin (and maybe even in the nation … we’re too lazy to look it up). It’s entirely produced in Austin and will give an edgy, satirical take on local news, incorporating a variety of platforms and styles. … It’s kind of a mix between ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘Tosh.0,’ if they were set in Austin and sandwiched in between shows by Steve Harvey and judges yelling at people.”

If you’re itching for a preview, the station has already started posting clips at atxuncensoredish.com.

“We want the show to be funny, engaging and true to the CW Austin brand,” Gaar said. “So I’ll also be refereeing paternity disputes and starring in a terrible show about vampires.”

Look for an interview with Gaar, Barbadoro and Barlow online and in print next week.

Austin TV stations adding new talk shows, sitcoms

‘Mike & Molly’ enters syndication this fall. Look for it at 5:30 p.m. weekdays on KNVA.
‘Mike & Molly’ enters syndication this fall. Look for it at 5:30 p.m. weekdays on KNVA.

Fall’s here, which means it’s time for a bevvy of new syndicated shows on Austin TV stations.

Here’s a look at some of the newcomers you’ll see during daytime hours — and late at night — starting as soon as next week.

KEYE

Tyra Banks returns to daytime TV on “The Fab Life” starting Monday at 3 p.m. The show displaces “Celebrity Name Game” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” which land at 12:35 a.m. and 1:05 a.m., respectively.

KTBC

“Hollywood Today Live” debuts Monday at 1 p.m. The entertainment newsmagazine bumps back-to-back episodes of “Divorce Court” to 3 a.m.

KNVA

“Crazy Talk,” spotlighting the craziest moments from daytime TV, can be seen at 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. starting Monday.

Hit sitcom “Mike & Molly” joins the CW affiliate’s lineup at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 21. That’s the same day Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0” settles into the 1 a.m. time slot.

KVUE

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Austin’s ABC affiliate is sticking with its existing syndicated shows — including “Live with Kelly and Michael,” “Extra,” “Inside Edition” and “Ellen” — this season.

KXAN

“Crime Watch Daily,” featuring crime news and features from across the country, bows Monday at 2 p.m.

The American-Statesman will take a look at new primetime shows a little later this month, so stay tuned.

July TV ratings: KXAN is the station to beat

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.

In depth. Investigative. And now firmly in the lead.

NBC affiliate KXAN, which has built a reputation in recent years for its investigations and special reports, was the station to beat in July, with the top-rated 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts in Central Texas, according to Nielsen.

Last July, the story was much different, with KVUE leading in three of those time slots – at 5 a.m., 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. This time around, the ABC affiliate’s only outright win was at 4:30 a.m.

Middays, KXAN and KVUE are essentially tied.

Also worth noting:

  • ABC’s “Good Morning America” is the network morning show of choice in Central Texas, followed by NBC’s “Today.” Meanwhile, the audience for “CBS This Morning” continues to grow, with the broadcast posting some of its strongest numbers in recent memory.
  • “NBC Nightly News” rules the 5:30 p.m. time slot, followed by “ABC World News” and then “CBS Evening News.”
  • At 9 p.m., KTBC’s newscast leads KNVA’s broadcast, but the gap is narrowing.
  • NBC is the top-rated network in primetime in Austin, followed by ABC, CBS, Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV.

July is one of four “sweeps” periods each year. The others are February, May and November. Ratings during these months are used to set advertising rates.

July Nielsen ratings                                                  

Each ratings point equals 7,293 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 / 4.7 / 3,647
  • KXAN: .4 / 4.3 / 2,917
  • KEYE: .3 / 2.9 / 2,188
  • KTBC: .3 / 2.9 / 2,188

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.3 / 10.7 / 9,481
  • KVUE: 1.2 / 9.5 / 8,752
  • KTBC: .6 / 4.8 / 4,376
  • KEYE: .4 / 3.5 / 2,917

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 2.3 / 14.4 / 16,774
  • KVUE: 1.7 / 10.8 / 12,398
  • KTBC: 1.7 / 10.5 / 12,398
  • KEYE: .6 / 4 / 4,376

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.7 / 8.8 / 12,398
  • KNVA: .2 / 1 / 1,459

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.4 / 7 / 10,210

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: .9 / 4.5 / 6,564
  • KEYE: .9 / 4.3 / 6,564 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 1.8 / 7.5 / 13,127

Noon

  • KXAN: 1.8 / 7.1 / 13,127
  • KTBC: .7 / 2.6 / 5,105

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1 / 3.8 / 7,293 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5 / 13.7 / 36,465
  • KVUE: 3.6 / 9.7 / 26,255
  • KTBC: 1.6 / 4.1 / 11,669
  • KEYE: 1.4 / 3.9 / 10,210

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.1 / 15.3 / 44,487
  • KVUE: 4 / 10.1 / 29,172
  • KEYE: 1.7 / 4.3 / 12,398

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 1.9 / 4.1 / 13,857
  • KNVA: 1.1 / 2.3 / 8,022

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 4.3 / 10.2 / 31,360
  • KVUE: 4 / 9.4 / 29,172
  • KEYE: 2 / 4.8 / 14,586
  • KTBC: 1.6 / 3.8 / 11,669

 

 

May TV ratings: KXAN wins in most news time periods

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

The ratings tug-of-war between Austin’s top two TV news stations ended with KXAN claiming victory over KVUE in most weekday time slots during the May “sweeps” period.

NBC affiliate KXAN placed first at 6 a.m., midday, 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to Nielsen, while ABC affiliate KVUE ranked No. 1 at 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.

The results appear to signal a fairly significant shift in local viewing habits. While KXAN has dominated at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. for several years now, the 6 a.m., midday and 10 p.m. wins are relatively new for the station. Last May, KVUE was tops in all three of those time periods.

At 6 a.m., the race for first went down to the wire, with KXAN eking out a win on the final day of May sweeps – one of four months each year when ratings are used to set TV advertising rates.

Middays, ratings for KXAN were up more than 40 percent year over year, continuing a trend that dates back to fall. KVUE was down slightly compared to 2014.

And at 10 p.m., KXAN grew its audience by about 25 percent, allowing it to overtake KVUE, which was essentially flat. At least some of those new KXAN viewers appear to have come from third-place KEYE.

Also worth noting:

  • Among network news broadcasts, ABC’s “Good Morning America” is the top-rated morning show, while “NBC Nightly News” rules the 5:30 p.m. time slot.
  • The 9 p.m. newscast on CW affiliate KNVA managed to more than double its audience, although Fox-owned KTBC continues to lead that time slot.
  • Ratings for David Letterman’s final month on the air were up substantially, giving KEYE a nice late-night boost. “The Late Show” was No. 1 at 10:35 p.m., unseating “The Tonight Show” on KXAN.

May Nielsen ratings                                                  

Each ratings point equals 7,293 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 / 10.6 / 6,564
  • KTBC: .7 / 8.4 / 5,105
  • KXAN: .4 / 4.9 / 2,917
  • KEYE: .3 / 3.8 / 2,188

5 a.m.

  • KVUE: 1.6 / 13.9 / 11,669
  • KXAN: 1.4 / 12.8 / 10,210
  • KTBC: 1.1 / 9.4 / 8,022
  • KEYE: .5 / 4.8 / 3,647

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 2.7 / 16.1 / 19,691
  • KVUE: 2.7 / 15.7 / 19,691
  • KTBC: 2.1 / 12.2 / 15,315
  • KEYE: .6 / 3.7 / 4,376

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.1 / 10.2 / 15,315
  • KNVA: .2 / .8 / 1,459

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.6 / 7.6 / 11,669

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.2 / 5.7 / 8,752
  • KEYE: .8 / 3.8 / 5,834 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 1.8 / 8 / 13,127

Noon

  • KXAN: 2 / 8.6 / 14,586
  • KTBC: .8 / 3.3 / 5,834

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1.1 / 4.5 / 8,022 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.2 / 13.9 / 37,924
  • KVUE: 3.2 / 8.5 / 23,338
  • KTBC: 1.8 / 4.7 / 13,127
  • KEYE: 1.5 / 4 / 10,940

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.8 / 14 / 42,299
  • KVUE: 4 / 9.6 / 29,172
  • KEYE: 1.7 / 4.1 / 12,398

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.6 / 5.3 / 18,962
  • KNVA: 1.3 / 2.8 / 9,481

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.1 / 11.7 / 37,194
  • KVUE: 4.9 / 11 / 35,736
  • KEYE: 3.2 / 7.3 / 23,338
  • KTBC: 1.8 / 4.1 / 13,127

Storms knock 3 Austin TV stations off the air

Update: KXAN, KNVA and KBVO are back on the air.

Earlier: Heavy storms that hit Central Texas Saturday night knocked three TV stations off the air for several hours.

NBC affiliate KXAN, CW affiliate KNVA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO lost both their main and backup power supplies shortly after 9 p.m., according to posts on Twitter.

The three stations, which are operated by Virginia-based Media General, share studios on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near the University of Texas campus.

The power outage forced KXAN to cancel its 10 p.m. newscast, according to the station’s assistant news director, who tweeted a photo of news anchor David Scott sitting in a darkened studio.

As of 12:30 a.m., the stations remained off the air.

 

 

Deal keeps KXAN, KNVA, KBVO on Suddenlink lineup

Jim Spencer leads the KXAN weather team.
Jim Spencer leads the KXAN weather team.

A last-minute deal has kept three Austin TV stations on the Suddenlink Communications lineup.

Without the newly signed retransmission agreement, the cable provider, which serves the Georgetown, Leander and Pflugerville areas, would have been forced to drop NBC affiliate KXAN, CW affiliate KNVA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO on Tuesday afternoon.

The three stations are operated by Richmond, Va.-based Media General.

Retransmission agreements require cable and satellite providers to get broadcasters’ permission to carry their signals. Typically, as part of the deal, the stations are paid a monthly per-subscriber fee.

Terms of the deal weren’t released, although Suddenlink indicated on its website Tuesday afternoon that it had offered Media General more cash than it was receiving under the terms of the expiring agreement.

“Thanks to our customers for their patience as we worked through this negotiation,” Suddenlink said in a message to subscribers. “Media General now joins dozens of other broadcasters with which we have successfully concluded agreements since last November.”

In addition to KXAN, KNVA and KBVO, Media General stations in several other cities were at risk of being removed from Suddenlink lineups.

“This fair resolution ensures that we can continue to provide top quality news, sports, entertainment and other local programming that is most important to you,” KXAN said on its website. “Thank you for supporting local television.”

Cable and satellite companies have sparred with TV stations in Austin and elsewhere many times in recent years over rising retransmission fees. Some companies have even added broadcast TV surcharges to customers’ bills to help recoup costs associated with carrying local stations.

Suddenlink and KXAN have clashed before, for instance, with the NBC affiliate disappearing from channel lineups for a couple months in early 2008. During much of the unusually long feud, Suddenlink replaced KXAN with Waco TV station KCEN.

 

 

 

KXAN ownership change set for Friday

Austin-based LIN Media is merging with Media General.
Austin-based LIN Media is merging with Media General.

Media General’s merger with Austin-based LIN Media has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission, clearing the way for the $1.6 billion deal to close Friday, the two companies said.

LIN Media owns or operates about 50 TV stations across the country, including three in Austin: NBC affiliate KXAN, CW affiliate KNVA and MyNetworkTV affiliate KBVO.

The combined company will use the Media General name, be traded on the New York Stock Exchange using Media General’s MEG ticker symbol and will be based out of Media General’s headquarters in Richmond, Va., although some corporate employees will continue to call Austin home.

First announced in March, the merger took nearly nine months to work its way through the federal approval process, including a review by the U.S. Department of Justice. To allay regulators’ concerns, the two companies agreed to sell off some stations in five cities where both LIN Media and Media General operate: Birmingham, Ala.; Mobile, Ala.; Savannah, Ga.; Providence, R.I.; and Green Bay, Wis.

“We will now move forward to quickly integrate our operations and build upon our shared values for providing relevant local journalism and deep community engagement, both of which strengthen our ties to viewers and advertisers,” J. Stewart Bryan III, chairman of the Media General board, said in a written statement. “The powerful combination of two strong local television broadcasters enhances our leadership position as we compete in the rapidly evolving media landscape, thus enabling us to deliver greater shareholder value.”

Post-merger, Media General will own or operate 71 stations in 48 cities, reaching 27.5 million U.S. households.

“The new Media General will have significant national reach and scale, numerous synergies, a diversified portfolio and, importantly, opportunities to grow our industry-leading digital business,” said LIN Media president and CEO Vincent Sadusky, who will take over as president and CEO of Media General. “We have an experienced and talented management team that is already hard at work on plans to bring our two great, complementary cultures together.”