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Channel 12 Eyewitness News finishes #1 in Feb. 2019 ratings

Providence, R.I.: March 20, 2019 — Channel 12 Eyewitness News finished the February 2019 ratings period as southern New England’s #1 choice for local news. According to Comscore, the Nexstar Media Group station, along with the Providence FOX affiliate, was the leader in local news coverage, winning most head-to-head newscasts in the Providence, R.I./New Bedford, Mass., local market. *

For February 2019, Eyewitness News on Channel 12 and FOX Providence finished first (or tied) in seven newscasts:

  • 4:30am #1
  • 5:00am #1
  • Noon #1
  • 5:00pm #1
  • 5:30pm #1
  • 6:00pm #1
  • 11:00pm #1

Comscore is one of the industry’s most trusted sources for television viewing data. Comscore measures more than 82,500 households in the Providence local market, while Nielsen has a fluctuating panel of roughly 400 households covering the same area.

Also noteworthy, Eyewitness News on WPRI 12 had the largest growth of all local news year-over-year, up 5.8% percent in households with A25-54. Eyewitness News This Morning on FOX Providence (from M-F 7-9am) out-delivered Good Morning America by 50%.*

Channel 12 Eyewitness News continued its dominance online. WPRI.com was the #1 digital resource for February 2019 beating out its competitors. According to Hitwise, WPRI.com was #1 delivering 11.4 million-page views. **

“It’s very humbling to see the viewers in our area recognizing the level of commitment from our Eyewitness News team,” says Patrick Wholey, Vice President & General Manager of WPRI 12 and FOX Providence. “While we are proud of the ratings wins, our team remains dedicated to providing viewers with the most relevant, accurate, and updated news on all of our platforms.”

“As the ratings show, the viewers in our market have a high level of trust in Eyewitness News,” says News Director Karen Rezendes. “It’s our team’s job to deliver on the promise we make every day to people of Southeastern New England. From our anchors and reporters, Target 12 Investigators, and our Pinpoint Weather team, we’re working to empower our viewers with the information they’re looking for.”

About WPRI 12: A Nexstar Broadcasting Inc. station, WPRI provides local news, network and syndicated entertainment and local programming to the viewers of the Providence, R.I./New Bedford, Mass., television market. WPRI 12 is known for broadcasting Eyewitness News and delivering quality television and digital media.

* Source: Comscore StationView Essentials ® Report Builder Dates: 01/29/2018 -2/24/2018 and 1/27/2019– 02/23/2019, HH with A25-54, All Day, All Week, Stations in Providence-New Bedford: WJAR (NBC), WLNE (ABC), WNAC (FOX), WPRI (CBS), ENAC (CW).

** Source: February 2019 Hitwise competitive Visits & GA360


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