WPRI Media: Eyewitness News at 6:30pm

Eyewitness News to Launch 6:30pm News on Fox Providence

Eyewitness News is expanding its commitment to local news viewers. Beginning Monday, January 27, 2014, Eyewitness News at 6:30pm will debut on Fox Providence and will be the market’s only local newscast in the time period Monday through Friday.

“We’re expanding our early evening news coverage to help fit the busy lifestyles of our viewers in Southern New England,” says Eyewitness News Director Karen Rezendes. “Our news team is committed to providing them more local news and weather content when they want it.”

Eyewitness News at 6:30pm on Fox Providence will be co-anchored by Shannon Hegy and Steve Nielsen. The half-hour newscast will provide viewers more coverage of the day’s top stories, breaking news coverage, and investigative coverage. Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca will keep viewers prepared with his live Pinpoint Doppler 12 Futurecast. Eyewitness Sports Director Yianni Kourakis will provide highlights and coverage of local sports, college sports, as well as Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins.

“Our news expansion is all about giving our viewers more of what they’ve come to count on us for,” says Patrick Wholey, President & General Manager of WPRI 12, Fox Providence, and myRITV. “This new, nightly newscast will give them more local coverage, breaking news, dependable weather and sports information when it’s convenient for them.”

To learn more about Eyewitness News at 6:30pm on Fox Providence, go to WPRI.com.

WPRI Media: November Sweeps Results

Eyewitness News Wins & Makes Significant Gains in November Ratings
Number 1 at 5am, Noon, Saturday AM, virtual tie in late news
and impressive growth in early evening

During the November 2013 ratings period, Eyewitness News on WPRI 12 and Fox Providence had significant wins and impressive growth on its broadcast and digital screens in the competitive Providence/New Bedford television market.

Highlights include:

  •   Eyewitness News This Morning was the #1 newscast weekdays at 5am
  •   Eyewitness News at Noon also achieved the #1 position in the market
  •   Eyewitness News at 10pm on Fox Providence was a virtual tie in late news
  •   Eyewitness News This Morning on Saturdays was the #1 newscast
  •   Eyewitness News from 5pm to 6:30pm grew viewership in all key demographics
  •   WPRI has dramatic growth in AM & early evening news while WJAR decreases in all newscasts

More specifically, Eyewitness News This Morning at 5am on WPRI 12 won in both key demos of Adults18-49 and Adults 25-54. Eyewitness News This Morning at 6am on WPRI 12 saw dramatic increases as well, up 155% with Adults 18-49 and up 115% with Adults 25-54. Overall, Eyewitness News improved its morning growth from 5am to 7am in key demographics an average of 160% and continues to close the gap on WJAR. WJAR’s morning news decreased 32% with Adults 25-54. Eyewitness News This Morning at 7am on Fox Providence increased 25% with Adults 25 -54, while Eyewitness This Morning at 8am on Fox Providence saw an increase of 100% with Adults 18-49 and 200% with Adults 25-54.

While Eyewitness News at Noon was once again #1 with Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, the success for Eyewitness News also extends to the early evening. From 5pm to 6:30pm, Eyewitness News grew the key demo of Adults 25-54 by 22%. This growth was at its closest competitor’s expense. WJAR was down 15% in Adults 25-54. In the late news race, Eyewitness News at 10 on Fox Providence was in a virtual tie for #1 in late, local news.

“In every story and in every newscast, our team is working hard to deliver the best news and weather coverage for our audience,” says Eyewitness News Director Karen Rezendes. “From digging deeper on the day to day stories to delivering groundbreaking investigations, we’re dedicated to having the best local content for viewers.”

In other key programming, The Rhode Show on WPRI 12 continues to be a success story. Rhode Island’s only local, lifestyle, news and entertainment program was up 130% in Women 35+ year to year. It also averaged 50% increases across most major demographics. WPRI’s growth also extends to its digital multi-screen coverage. According to comScore, WPRI.com was the top broadcast website in Rhode Island for unique visitors.

“These achievements have been a multi-department effort, and our team is determined to deliver the most in-depth news and weather product to the viewers in our market,” says Patrick Wholey, President & General Manager of WPRI 12, Fox Providence, and myRITV. “We’re grateful that more and more viewers are connecting with our Eyewitness News coverage across all of our screens.”

Source: Nielsen Media, November 2013, comScore. November 2013