Monthly Archives: August 2013

Eyewitness News to Air Severe Weather Week Starting August 19th

Exclusively on Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News is helping viewers prepare for the 2013 hurricane season with Severe Weather Week. Starting Monday August 19th, Eyewitness News will present special, in-depth stories focusing on severe weather and hurricanes. These exclusive reports will air every day and in every newscast on WPRI 12 and Fox Providence throughout the week. Eyewitness News will also have extended coverage on that will serve as a lasting resource for viewers whenever severe weather strikes.

During Severe Weather Week, the Eyewitness News Pinpoint Weather team will look back at some of the more powerful storms to hit our area, give viewers an exclusive look at the technology they use to forecast the weather, and show you the progress some communities have made since Super Storm Sandy. In addition, Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca will deliver his exclusive 2013 Hurricane Futurecast so you’ll know just what to expect this season.

Call 12 For Action reporter Susan Hogan will show viewers how to prepare for any type of severe weather – with vital information about survival kits, food safety and power loss plans. The week will conclude with Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca, who will show viewers exactly what it’s like to be in a Category 3 Hurricane.

Severe Weather Week demonstrates our commitment to the viewers of Southern New England,” says Eyewitness News Director Karen Rezendes. “Our weather team is sharing their know-how and experience to help viewers plan, prepare and stay safe during times of severe weather.”

Severe Weather Week starts Monday, August 19th only on Eyewitness News on WPRI 12, Fox Providence and online at

WPRI Media: July Sweeps Results

Eyewitness News Shows Growth in July Ratings

10pm News on Fox Providence is #1 late news

In the July 2013 Nielsen ratings period, Eyewitness News showed significant growth with its late night newscasts and was #1 in late news, beating all local newscasts in the key demographic of A18-49.  Eyewitness News also demonstrated terrific growth with its weekend morning news coverage, again winning in A18-49, with its early evening newscasts and showing sustained growth across its digital screens.

The late news growth experienced in the May 2013 ratings period continued during the July measurements with Eyewitness News at 10 on Fox Providence winning the late night news race outright. In July 2013, Eyewitness News at 10 on Fox Providence was up in all key demos- up 27% in A18-49 and up 10% in A25-54. Eyewitness News at 11pm on WPRI 12 was also up year to year 23% in A18-49, up 47% in A25-54 and up 32 % in W25 -54. The fact remains that more viewers are getting their late night news from Eyewitness News on Fox Providence at 10pm and WPRI 12 at 11pm.

The success for Eyewitness News also extends to its weekend morning news coverage.  On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, Eyewitness News was #1 among A18-49 and tied for #1 in A25-54. In particular, Eyewitness News This Morning, airing Sundays from 6am to 9am on WPRI 12, was up 50% in A18-49, up 44% in A25-54 and up a whopping 150% in W25-54.

In addition, Eyewitness News saw solid growth with its early evening newscasts. Eyewitness News Live at 5 and Eyewitness News at 5:30 each saw a 10% increase in A25-54 from last July.  Eyewitness News at 6 grew all key demos in its time period. The 6pm news increased by 31% in A18-49, 17% in A25-54, and 14% W25-54.

“Every day and every newscast, our team is working hard to deliver the vital news and weather information that viewers are looking for,” says Eyewitness News Director Karen Rezendes.  “I’m very proud of the accomplishments of our team and grateful to the many viewers who have made Eyewitness News their station of choice.”

The Rhode Show on WPRI 12 was another success story from the July 2013 book. Rhode Island’s only local, lifestyle, news and entertainment program saw significant growth in Women 35+, growing 72%.

WPRI 12 and Fox Providence also excelled in prime time programming. The top 3 July primetime shows for A25-54 and A18-49 aired on WPRI 12 and Fox Providence.

WPRI’s growth also extends to its digital multi-screen coverage. delivered more desktop unique visitors in July 2013. saw a 16% growth in desktop unique visitors year to year, more than any other local TV website. is also the #1 mobile site in terms of unique visitors among all media mobile platforms in the market.

“This is a very competitive market on all screens,” says Patrick Wholey, President & General Manager of WPRI 12, Fox Providence, and myRITV. “We know viewers have so many choices for news coverage, and we’re committed to bringing them the most comprehensive local coverage on all platforms. I’m very proud of the growth we’re seeing both on-air and online.”

Source:  Nielsen Media, July  2013, All Nielsen data included in this report represents Nielsen’s estimates, and Nielsen has neither reviewed nor approved the data included in this report. comScore. January to July 2013.