By Alan Pergament
With the May sweeps ending tonight, it looks like there will be at least one upset in local news competition.
With only Tuesday and Wednesday's newscasts left, Channel 4 is ahead of Channel 2 at 6 p.m. by a small but significant margin that looks impossible to overcome.
Channel 2 has been No.1 overall in the 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. news block since the first sweeps after Channel 4 lost "Oprah" as the news lead-in in November of 2011.
The NBC affiliate has been No. 1 at 6 p.m. for the last five sweeps starting in February of 2013.
A year ago, the newscast led by Channel 2's co-anchor team of Scott Levin and Maryalice Demler won at 6 p.m., 9.4 to 8.5, over Channel 4's anchor team of Don Postles and Jacquie Walker.
But the tide has turned. Up until Tuesday during this May's sweeps, Channel 4 is ahead, 9.9 to 9.3. That's a swing of 1.5 ratings points in a year in the time period.
Channel 2 continues to dominate with Levin and Kelly Dudzik as co-anchors at 5 p.m., when it gets a stronger lead-in from "Ellen" than Channel 4 gets from "Dr. Oz." But its lead drops after that. Channel 4 also has tightened the race at 5:30 p.m. from a year ago. While Channel 4's news numbers were flat at 6.5 from a year ago at 5:30, Channel 2's ratings were down six-tenths of a point from a year ago and averaged a 7.6 after Monday’s newscast.
In other ratings news, WBBZ's telecast Monday night of 30 minutes of memories with Channel 7 legends Irv Weinstein, Rick Azar and Tom Jolls didn't exactly become must-see TV here. Part 1 of the two-part interview had a 1.2 rating, which was lower than the classic shows carried before and after it. An "M*A*S*H" rerun before it had a 1.3 rating and two "Gilligan’s Island" reruns after it averaged a 1.5.
WBBZ did get an unusually high 2.7 rating for a rerun of "The Untouchables" that ran at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. A "Perry Mason" rerun had a 2.5 rating at 11:30 p.m. Monday.
Barbara Walters' goodbye on "The View" last Friday was a big hit on Channel 7, the local ABC affiliate. It had a 5.8 local rating, about 80 percent higher than the 3.3 rating the 11 a.m. program has averaged in May.
The two-hour Walters prime time special Friday had a 7.0 rating on Channel 2, which is very high by Friday night standards.
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