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Fox25 News Outperforms CSI

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  March 19, 2009 11:40 AM

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Here's a look at Boston's most watched TV shows for the week of March 9-15. Of note: Fox25 News at 10 p.m. is outperforming primetime network programs. The newscast, anchored by Mark Ockerbloom and Maria Stephanos, ranked #5 with 386,000 total viewers ahead of 60 Minutes. The newscast popped up again at #7 with 356,000 viewers ahead of CSI (#8) and Criminal Minds (also #8.) The newscast also came in #25 with 236,000 viewers and at #29 with 221,000 viewers. Also of note: A special George Clooney-starring episode of ER came in at #25 and drew 237,000 folks. NBC's The Office also had a strong showing: #16 with 271,000 viewers.


1. FOX25:FOX American Idol (Wed) 725,000 total viewers
2. FOX25:FOX American Idol (Tues) 626,000
3. WBZ:CBS Two and A Half Men 461,000
4. WCVB:ABC Dancing with The Stars 413,000
5. FOX25 News at 10 p.m. (Mon) 386,000
6. WBZ:CBS 60 Minutes 361,000
7. FOX25 News at 10 (Wed) 356,000
8. WBZ:CBS CSI 353,000
8. WBZ:CBS: Criminal Minds 349,000
10. WBZ:CBS The Mentalist 325,000
11. FOX25: Fox 24 322,000
11. WBZ:CBS NCIS 319,000
11. WBZ:CBS Rules of Engagement 319,000
14. FOX25:FOX House 304,000
15. WBZ:CBS CSI NY 278,000

source: Nielsen Media Company

compiled by Johnny Diaz, Globe staff writer,

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15 comments so far...
  1. Does Fox 25 news get the rating if I forget to turn off the TV after American Idol? If so that is not very fair and shouldn't be considered.

    Posted by Mike March 19, 09 12:50 PM
  1. Remember when Sunbeam Television bought CW56 and people actually thought "7News at 10" would beat Fox25 News in the ratings?

    Posted by Matt March 19, 09 01:29 PM
  1. Eye on the T.V. Keeping it anywhere but reality.

    Turning your T.V. off is your first step towards waking up.

    Posted by Joey Jo Joe Jr. March 19, 09 01:37 PM
  1. Are the ratings for Fox 25's Ten O'Clock News, to a great degree, due to the lead-in from "American Idol", do you think? Whew, look at the top five -- depressing! In fact, for the whole top 15, I only regularly watch two of the shows -- "CSI" (Thursday) and "House". I do check the headlines periodically on the Fox 25 Ten O'Clock News, but it tends to be awfully sensationalistic.

    Posted by redglare2 March 19, 09 01:45 PM
  1. Maybe its cus FOX NEWS is right after IDOL, HOUSE, 24 ... DUH !.. put anything there... their news is like news for kids... its like the Herald on tv

    Posted by Pound Sand March 19, 09 01:53 PM
  1. Where does the entertainment end and the news begin?

    Be very careful of news when it's lumped into the same catagory as a talent show.

    One day you'll wake up and they'll be advertising on Police cars.

    Posted by Erik March 19, 09 02:00 PM
  1. Maria's legs do it again!!

    Posted by Frank March 19, 09 02:16 PM
  1. I guess it's outperforming CSI, but since they're on at different times and days, it's not the best comparison to make. It's like saying Fox News at 10pm on Wednesday beat Sabado Gigante -- apples and oranges. The ratings for the local newscast ARE interesting, but it would make a better story to show the numbers for directly-competing programs.

    Also, many people "DVR" CSI and other programs, or watch the "On Demand," but I'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who DVR's Maria Stephanos.

    I'll give Fox News at 10 their props, though -- they do a good job of covering everything.

    Posted by Dave Pasquantonio March 19, 09 02:23 PM
  1. It has to be Maria's legs because its certainly not her delivery. Sara underwood comes across as bright and articulate. Maria's delivery is choppy and she appears
    errrr not so bright. Wonder how she got that job?

    Posted by mark March 19, 09 02:28 PM
  1. This is probably more indicative of viewer fatigue with "dead body shows" than any regard for Ch. 25 "news."

    Posted by PatriciaFD March 19, 09 02:32 PM
  1. Well, given it's the only real 10:00 news left, there's not much choice (although they have gotten a bit better, but they're no (original) channel 56 news...)

    Posted by JMc March 19, 09 03:01 PM
  1. Hi everyone.
    To answer your questions about American Idol:
    Fox25 News at 10 p.m. landed at #5 overall for the week in Boston on a Monday night when 24 is the lead-in. (Idol airs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
    The newscast also came in at #29 that week on a Sunday. Again, a non-Idol night.

    Posted by Johnny Diaz March 19, 09 03:06 PM
  1. of course the lead-in show has a lot to do with it... it's also the time of the newscast, and the competition.. Are you gonna watch the crappy 7News on CW56 at 10pm? Or maybe wait for the cast -du-jour on WBZ or WCVB at 11? Zzzzzzzzz.

    The FOX25 cast are bright, entertaining, and convey the info in a non-condescending way. They are the official local news of our household...

    Keep up the good work Maria, Mark, and Kevin..

    Posted by Vin March 19, 09 03:47 PM
  1. Let's see how Fox25 news performs on a rerun-led night...

    Look at the stats closely: Wednesday night was the Idol results show, it went over past 10pm (10:02pm to be exact) with 725,000 viewers watching, then half of them decided to either turn off the tv, or turn the channel, in which both cases they did not want to watch the newscast. When more than half the viewers do that, I think it says something. It's not like there was an increase to watch the newscast, there was a sharp decrease...

    Posted by TJM March 19, 09 04:03 PM
  1. exactly Frank. Maria's legs. she's so fine.

    Posted by sfnacho March 19, 09 05:26 PM

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