With 97 of the top 100 shows, WTHR dominates July sweeps

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INDIANAPOLIS, July 25—WTHR (Channel 13) announced today that according to Nielsen ratings for the recently concluded July 2013 sweeps period, ninety-seven of the one hundred most watched program telecasts in Indianapolis were on WTHR.* The list of the top one hundred shows is dominated by WTHR's local newscasts and NBC Nightly News. In addition, 13 Eyewitness News again ranked a clear number one in all key local newscasts including Monday through Friday at 5-6am, 6-7am, 5-6pm, 6-6:30pm and at 11pm.

WTHR didn't just rank number one- it dominated among local news viewers. In the morning, 13 Eyewitness News Sunrise from 5-7am was watched in 42% more homes than its nearest competitor. From 6-7am, Sunrise garnered a 4.5 rating followed by a distant second place finish by WXIN-TV with a 2.8 rating; followed by WISH-TV with a 2.5 and WRTV with a 1.2 rating.

Weekdays from 5-6pm, WTHR more than doubles the viewing of the second place station, posting a 109% advantage while increasing its year-to-year dominance over the closest competitor. From 5-6pm 13 Eyewitness News scored a 7.1 rating followed by WISH's 3.4, WXIN's 2.9 and WRTV's 2.5 rating.

At 6pm, WTHR's weekday audience was larger than all other 6pm local news competitors combined. WTHR's 6pm news earned a 9.0 rating, beating the combined ratings of WISH (3.5), WRTV (3.1) and WXIN (2.3), while increasing its lead in a year-to-year comparison. It was the most-watched local newscast in July, comprising a quarter of the top twenty-five shows.

At night, Hoosiers turn to 13 Eyewitness News Nighbeat, the hands-down leader with a 59% advantage over the second place newscast on WISH. With a 7.8 rating, WTHR easily out-distanced WISH's 4.9 rating and WRTV's 2.3 rating Monday through Friday.

The top-rated show of the sweeps period was the broadcast of NBC Nightly News on July 15th, 2013 with a 13.7 rating. That was followed by ratings juggernaut Jeopardy. The Jeopardy show which also aired on July 15th earned a 12.7 rating. The most-watched primetime show was the July 9th telecast of America's Got Talent on Channel 13.

*Source: Nielsen Household Overnight audience estimates (Live + 7 day data where available) June 27-July 24, 2013. Subject to qualifications in said analysis.


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