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Senate coverage ratings win for Boston stations

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  February 1, 2010 02:41 PM

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The Massachusetts Senate race won big ratings for Boston TV stations on Jan. 19. Election coverage gave most stations a ratings boost during primetime and the numbers rivaled some of their network programs. WBZ-TV (Channel 4)'s 9 p.m. coverage that night, for example, tied in ratings with its Sunday airing of 60 Minutes. 

 WCVB-TV Channel 5's 8 p.m. election coverage drew 234,000 total viewers, then 339,000 viewers at 9 p.m. and then 324,000 people at 10 p.m. WBZ's 9 p.m. news coverage had 280,000 folks and WHDH-TV (Channel 7) had 186,00 viewers on election day at 10 p.m. Below is a list of most watched Boston programs in primetime for the week of Jan. 18-24.


1. WFXT-FOX NFC Championship (Jan. 24) 1.07 million total viewers

2.  WFXT-FOX American Idol (Wed.) 668,000

3.  WFXT-FOX American Idol (Tues.) 661,000

4.  WBZ-CBS Two and A Half Men 409,000

4.  WBZ-CBS Criminal Minds 406,000

6.  WBZ-CBS Big Bang Theory 391,000

7.  WFXT-FOX  24 385,000

8.  WCVB-ABC Senate race coverage 9 p.m. 339,000

9.  WBZ-CBS How I Met Your Mother 336,000

10. WCVB-ABC Senate race coverage, 10 p.m.  324,000

11. WBZ-CBS NCIS 308,000

12. WFXT-FOX NFC Postgame 286,000

13. WBZ-CBS NCIS  LA 280,000

14. WBZ-CBS Accidentally on Purpose 268,000

15. WBZ-CBS WBZ News Special 9 p.m. 251,000

15. WBZ-CBS 60 Minutes  250,000

source: Nielsen Media Research

compiled By Johnny Diaz, Globe Staff,





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