RATINGS NEWS & NOTES: RATINGS DOWN ON ALL BIG FOUR NETWORKS
Published May 27, 1998
The Big Four TV networks closed their season "on a sour note" as none had ratings gains "for the first time in more than a decade," according to USA TODAY's Gary Levin, who wrote that fledgling nets WB and UPN "have nibbled" away at the major nets' audience, while cable's growth has also "drained viewers." NBC led the Nielsens this year with a 10.2/17 average (-3%); CBS averaged a 9.6/16 (-4%); ABC a 8.4/14 (-4%); and Fox a 7.1/12 (-8%) (USA TODAY, 5/26). RATINGS: For a full listing of weekend ratings, see (#30)....In Boston, WABU-TV drew the highest rating in its five-year history Friday night for the Yankees-Red Sox series opener, earning a 13.1/23. Sox games on WABU this year have averaged in the high 7s and low 8s (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/27)....In the January-March ratings survey, N.Y.'s WFAN-AM averaged 2.2% of the total audience, down from 2.8% in the October-December period. One-On-One Sports affil, WJWR-AM, which didn't "show up" in the survey, says it has "planted a foot on the turf of WFAN" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/27).