Category: Ratings

Nielsen Audio Ratings – October 2014

| October 28, 2014

Different Sort of “Holiday” #1 Club

| February 4, 2013

Conclusion of a Multi-Part Ratings Overview

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

LOS ANGELES — Over the past week or so, we have extensively detailed results from Arbitron’s “Holiday” 2012 survey period. Noted here in past “Holiday” 2012 ratings overviews have been such breakouts as stations finishing first and second in their respective PPM markets; highlighting the top 40 finishers (by 6+ AQH share); and indexing those stations to a comparable “Holiday” 2011 top 40.

In the final installment, we focus on the more than five-dozen facilities that registered (6+) December 2012 – “Holiday” 2012 improvement of at least one share. In addition, in hopes of seeing which formats are most commonly wounded in the same sweep, stations declining by at least one full share are shown.

Only Arbitron subscribers are eligible.

San Diego’s KOGO-FM – denoted by “@” – began the ratings period as a talk station; stunted with all-Christmas music; and after the first of the year, became rhythmic oldies as “Kiss-FM.” Read More

Top 40 With AC’s Holiday Twist

| February 1, 2013

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

LOS ANGELES — In the past week, we have chronicled the astonishing PPM “Holiday” ratings period success enjoyed by the great majority of stations that took the all-Christmas route.

Time now to address what has become one of the most pertinent questions in the past several years: Has the all-Christmas music phenomenon peaked?

Holiday 2012 Top 40 By (6+) Share

To establish perspective, we have noted the 40 stations that registered the highest 6+ shares in the “Holiday” 2012 sweep. With three exceptions (KJMS, WQMG, and WPRO-FM), all those in this particular breakout finished first in their respective markets.

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Holiday Toppers

| January 29, 2013

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

LOS ANGELES — In its albeit relatively short history, Arbitron’s “Holiday” ratings period has given a window of opportunity for some stations – predominantly those adult contemporary outlets playing all-Christmas music – to not only register  their highest 6+ stats of the year, but also achieve vaunted #1 or #2 market status.

In Memphis, for example, Entercom AC WRVR (“The River”) had watched cross-town KJMS fashion an absolutely amazing accomplishment: The Clear  Channel urban AC sat atop the #1 spot in all 27 previous PPM surveys. As of this “Holiday” report though – appropriately enough – “The River” is the new #1 in the “River City.”

It is the equivalent of running the board when one format has representatives ranked #1 in more than 70% of the 48 PPM markets in a given survey period, but that is precisely what AC did (71.4%) in the “Holiday” 2012 sweep.

The following scoreboard summarizes each format’s #1 and #2 stations (6+, “Holiday” 2012) and indicates adult contemporary’s utter dominance.

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Many ACs Still Enjoying Happy Holidays –
Part 4

| January 28, 2013

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

LOS ANGELES — The final dozen markets for which Arbitron shared “Holiday” ratings information are noted below.

Each market is summarized by the station that made the most significant 6+ gain from December. It is followed by that metro’s outlet registering the largest (6+) December-Holiday loss.

The “Holiday” ratings period was December 5, 2012 – January 1, 2013.

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Many ACs Still Enjoying Happy Holidays –
Part 3

| January 25, 2013

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

LOS ANGELES — Noted below are the 12 most recent markets for which Arbitron shared ratings information.

Each market is summarized by the station that made the most significant 6+ gain from December. It is followed by that metro’s outlet registering the largest (6+) December-Holiday loss.

The “Holiday” ratings period was December 5, 2012 – January 1, 2013.

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Adult Contemporary’s Holiday Heaven – Part 2

| January 24, 2013

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

LOS ANGELES — Data from another dozen PPM markets for the “Holiday” survey produces similar results to what we saw yesterday: Big dividends are being paid to stations that played all-Christmas music.

Noted below are the 12 most recent markets for which Arbitron shared ratings information. Stations in each metro that made the most significant 6+ gains from December are listed, followed by outlets that registered the largest (6+) December-Holiday loss.

The “Holiday” ratings period covered December 5, 2012 – January 1, 2013.

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Adult Contemporary’s Holiday Heaven

| January 23, 2013

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

LOS ANGELES — An argument could be made that each of the 13 surveys that Arbitron conducts each year in its 48 electronic-measured PPM markets has its own particular relevance, but executives at adult contemporary outlets that transition to all-Christmas music from roughly Thanksgiving to Christmas will instantly say that the “Holiday” report is the one they most enjoy seeing.

The first wave of ratings data covering that period (December 5, 2012 – January 1, 2013) rolled out yesterday.

Specifically, information from the following 12 markets was released.

Stations in each metro that made the most significant 6+ gains from December are listed, followed by outlets that endured the greatest (6+) December-Holiday loss.

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Dramatic December Deliveries

| January 8, 2013

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo

LOS ANGELES — Owing to such factors as the presidential campaign/election, Superstorm Sandy, and the horrendous tragedy in Newtown, spoken-word formats (news and talk) tended to perform exceptionally well in October and November.  Eleven talk outlets registered September-October improvement of at least one full share, with Salt Lake City’s KSL notching the strongest gain (+2.2, 6+).

The following month (November), the same number of talk facilities was up by a minimum of one share, as were five news stations.  WCBS-AM in the Long Island report made the most significant advance (4.5-7.8, +3.3, 6+, October-November).

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For Some – It Was a December
to Remember

| January 7, 2013

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

LOS ANGELES — So – how did that all-Christmas music-programming plan work out for you?

Early results are available in the form of the December PPM monthlies and based what we have seen, (once again) not many programmers who went that route are very disappointed.

Most stations that played all-Christmas music around the holidays will actually look to clean up in the “Holiday” (December 6, 2012 – January 2, 2013) report, as “December” numbers covered November 8 – December 5.

Our initial taste of the December 2012 numbers comes in the form of the 30 stations that logged the highest (6+) numbers in the 48 PPM markets.

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