WDIV tops competition in evening news ratings
WDIV's Local 4 News won at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., while Local 4 News: First at 4 p.m. and Inside Edition essentially tied with Oprah in the 4-5 p.m. time period during the May 2010 Nielsen ratings period for the Detroit television market. Local 4 News experienced a combined growth of 21 share points over May 2009 for the largest increase of any local station (compared to WXYZ's 8 share and WJBK's 5 share).
Local 4 News at 5 p.m. garnered a 7.2 household rating and a 17 share to win the 5-6 p.m. time period over WXYZ's 5.8 rating / 13 share and WJBK's 4.9 / 11. WDIV's 5 p.m. offering registered a growth of 20% in household ratings over the previous year.
In the 6-6:30 p.m. time period, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. finished #1 in household ratings scoring an 8.2 household rating and an 18 share (compared to WXYZ's 5.8 / 13 and WJBK's 4.1 / 9). In addition, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. won in the key demo market of adults ages 25-54 and tied in women ages 25-54. This signifies a 6% increase in share over the previous year.
Local 4 News at 11 p.m. enjoyed the highest ratings of news on any station, in any time period. In May 2010, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. garnered an 8.7 household rating and a 16 share (compared to WXYZ's 6.4 / 12, WJBK's 10pm 7.8 / 12, and WJBK's 11pm M-F 4.8 / 9). In addition, May ratings for Local 4 News at 11 p.m. topped the late newscast of all NBC affiliates in the top 10 markets nationwide.
In the 4-5 p.m. time period, Local 4 News: First at 4 p.m. and Inside Edition garnered a 5.1 household rating and a 13 share, nearly tying Oprah on WXYZ, which earned a 5.2 household rating and 14 share. Local 4 News: First at 4 p.m. and Inside Edition registered a growth of 58% in ratings of the key demo market of women ages 25-54 and 38% share over the previous year.
Irv Romig loved clowning around to brighten a kid's day. For decades the longtime circus performer known as Ricky the Clown regaled young viewers throughout Metro Detroit on his own local TV show. And even through his 80s, he continued donning a wig, bright makeup, rubbery nose and colorful outfits for personal appearances. "He had an amazing transformation. Truly he became a different person," said Ed Golick, master of detroitkidshow.com, which profiles area children's programing from the 1950s and 1960s. "He put his heart and soul into his clowning. He lived and breathed being a clown." Mr. Romig died Sunday, May 23, 2010, after an illness. He was 90. Born Feb. 1, 1920, in Detroit, he grew up with parents who both performed in the circus. Performing through his teens, Mr. Romig later served in the Army as an infantryman and K-9 Corps dog trainer, according to Detroit News archives. Returning to the United States, he joined the Detroit Shrine and Ringling Brothers circuses as a rider and clown. He later appeared in the 1952 film "The Greatest Show on Earth," relatives said, and wed Rose Dobo, who became part of his act. In the early 1950s, he joined WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), eventually hosting a program as Ricky the Clown... Performer loved life as Ricky the Clown (Mon, 5/31)
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