Big News Day 6.25.09–Herenton, Fawcett & Jackson…TV Ratings

Yesterday, June 25, 2009, was a big news day in Memphis, and the world.  At 11:30am cdt, Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton announced that he was resigning from mayor to run for the 9th Congressional Seat.  About that same time, news came from California that Farrah Fawcett (62) had passed away after her struggle with cancer.  WREG held most of the Young and Restless lead-in ratings to win the time period.

Station Network Time / Program Household RTG / Sh
WREG ch. 3   CBS 1130-12n  Herenton News Conf 8.7 / 19.4
 WREG ch. 3  CBS 12-1230p  Midday News 8.5 / 27.5
WMC  ch. 5   NBC 12-1p  Midday News 3.8 / 7.8
WPTY ch. 24  ABC 11a-12n  Midday News 3.8 / 8.6
WHBQ ch. 13  FOX 11-1130a  Midday News 2.0 / 4.7

Late afternoon, we found out that Michael Jackson (50) had unexpectedly died from cardiac arrest.  This news along with the earlier news about Fawcett and Herenton added to the viewer interest for the evening and late news.  WMC was the winner for all 3 newscasts.

Station Network Time / Program Household RTG / Sh
WMC  ch. 5   NBC 5-530p  News 7.9 / 13.1
WREG ch. 3   CBS 5-530p  News 6.9 / 11.4
WPTY ch. 24  ABC 5-530p  News 5.3 / 8.9
WHBQ ch. 13  FOX 5-6p  News 5.5 / 8.9
     
WMC  ch. 5   NBC 6-630p  News 11.1 / 17.4
WREG ch. 3   CBS 6-630p  News 7.8 / 12.2
WPTY ch. 24  ABC 6-630p  News 2.1 / 3.3
     
WMC  ch. 5   NBC 10-1035p  10p News 10.3 / 14.4
WREG ch. 3   CBS 10-1035p  10p News 8.3 / 11.6
WPTY ch. 24  ABC 10-1035p  10p News 4.0 / 5.6
WHBQ ch. 13  FOX 9-10p  9p News 5.9 / 7.8
WLMT ch. 30  CW 9-945p  9p News 4.5 / 6.0

The networks scrambled to put special programming together about Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson for prime time, pre-empting some of the scheduled programs,  Below are the National overnight ratings and viewers as well as the local Memphis overnight ratings.  There is a big difference between the national winners and the local winners.

National Nielsen Overnights for 6/25/09        
Network 9p edt/8p cdt  Program Household RTG / Sh A18-49  RTG / Sh A 18-34   RTG / Sh Viewers  (millions)
ABC 20/20:  Michael Jackson 3.9 / 7 1.7 / 5 1.1 / 4 5.711
CBS CSI  (Rerun) 5.5 / 9 1.6 / 5 1.0 / 3 8.505
NBC Dateline: Michael Jackson 3.5 / 6 1.7 / 5 1.3 / 4 5.245
FOX So You Think You Can Dance 4.2 / 7 2.5 / 7 2.4 / 8 6.862
           
Network 10p edt/9p cdt  Program Household RTG / Sh A18-49  RTG / Sh A 18-34   RTG / Sh Viewers  (millions)
ABC 20/20:  Farrah Fawcett 5.6 / 10 2.3 / 7 1.3 / 4 8.23
CBS Special:  Michael Jackson 5.0 / 9 2.0 / 6 1.3 / 4 7.566
NBC Dateline:  Farrah Fawcett   1.6 / 5 0.9 / 3 5.826

 

Memphis Nielsen Overnights for 6/25/09  
Station Network Time / Program Household RTG / Sh
WMC  ch. 5   NBC 8-9p   Dateline: Michael Jackson 7.0 / 9.9
WREG ch. 3   CBS 8-9p   CSI  (Rerun) 5.6 / 8.1
WPTY ch. 24  ABC 8-9p  20/20  Michael Jackson 4.4 / 6.3
WHBQ ch. 13  FOX 8-9p  So You Think You Can Dance 2.5 / 3.7
     
WMC  ch. 5   NBC 9-10p  Dateline:  Farrah Fawcett 7.2 / 9.5
WREG ch. 3   CBS 9-10p Special:  Michael Jackson 4.9 / 6.4
WPTY ch. 24  ABC 9-10p  20/20  Farrah Fawcett 4.7 / 6.2
From tvbythenumbers.com and medialifemagazine.com
Nielsen TV Ratings

The information not listed here was the NBA Draft where the Memphis Grizzlies drafted Hasheem Thabeet #2, DeMarre Carroll #27 and Sam Young #36.  Other exciting draft news was Memphis Tigers Tyreke Evans was drafted by Sacramento #4 and Robert Dozier was drafted by Miami #60.