In the morning, Eyewitness News This Morning with Lori Stokes and Ken Rosato is number one from 4:30-5am in DMA households and the key 25-54 demo. The 5am hour of Eyewitness News wins by a sky-high 83% margin in total viewers, and also beats its competitors in the key demo. At 6am, WABC is the leader again, with double the viewers as its closest competitor. The 6am WABC broadcast is up 62% total DMA households and up 60% in the 25-54 demo.
For the network timeslot of 7-9am, "Good Morning America" on WABC holds a 31% advantage in New York DMA households and a 13% advantage in the 25-54 demo over its closest competitor. This was especially significant for this February, as "Good Morning America" faced tough competition from WNBC's "Today," which was expected to see a massive boost from the Olympics, which were exclusively on NBC.
For 12 Noon news, WABC remains the leader. Eyewitness News at Noon, with Lori Stokes and Ken Rosato, has a 83% lead over its closest competitor. In the 25-54 demo, the noon newscast has more viewers than all of its competitors combined for that demo.
Eyewitness News First at 4pm, the only New York City news on at 4, is the only timeslot that WABC doesn't lead. That said, First at 4, anchored by Liz Cho and David Novarro, has apparently grown significantly over the past year and has comparable ratings to 5 & 6pm broadcasts. Judge Judy on WCBS attracted more viewers than the program. However, Eyewitness News did pull ahead of the Olympics coverage during the 4pm hour.
At 5pm, when all of the New York stations air a newscast, WABC is still number one. With a 29% lead in DMA households and a 50% lead in the 25-54 demo over competitors, WABC is the clearly the winner with Eyewitnews News at 5, anchored by Diana Williams and Sade Baderinwa.
At 6pm, WABC comes out on top once again. With a 41% lead in DMA households over its closest competitor and an extremely large 67% lead in the 25-54 demo, Eyewitness News at 6, anchored by Bill Ritter and Liz Cho, has spent the last 120 sweeps in first place.
At 11pm, Eyewitness News at 11 with Bill Ritter and Sade Baderinwa continues to dominate the competition, taking first place in newscasts aired at 11pm, but WABC had a lower rating than WNBC, which aired Olympics until 11:30pm.
In terms of afternoon and evening news from the ABC Network, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer leads its closest competitor by a 44% margin in total viewers, and 12% in the key demo. Nightline is also enjoying increasing ratings in its timeslot, and battles for first place with new program on NBC "Late Night with Seth Myers," which has seen relatively low ratings compared to its predecessor, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
For the weekends, WABC continues the winning streak.
Eyewitness News This Morning (Weekend) with Rob Nelson and Michelle Charlesworth holds the number one spot on both DMA households and the key 25-54 demo.
Eyewitness News at 11 (weekend), anchored by Joe Torres and Sandra Bookman, also stayed competitive, while battling the Olympics on NBC.
In terms of WABC's web ventures, the station's news mobile apps, including the main news app, the alarm clock app, and the "AccuTrack" weather app, have drawn a combined 39 million views in February. 7online also continues to be successful, with over 15 million views per month and a increasing numbers of unique visitors.
This sweeps resulted in an overall dominance of the market for WABC-TV, which remained competitive in every timeslot, compared to the November 2013 sweeps.