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Mike Francesa Tops Radio Rankings For First Month Back On WFAN

In the autumn period last year, Francesa beat Kay before leaving the station on Dec. 15
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Mike Francesa "ranked first" among males 25-54 for his first month back on WFAN-AM in the 3:00-6:30pm ET window, during which he is "head-to-head" with ESPN Radio N.Y.'s Michael Kay, according to Neil Best of NEWSDAY. Kay "ranked fourth" during April 26-May 23. Those figures are "similar to what they were when the two last went head-to-head." In the autumn period last year, Francesa beat Kay before "leaving the station" on Dec. 15. Radio ratings traditionally are "judged on a quarterly basis, so monthly figures are an incomplete snapshot." But in this case, they "illustrate Francesa’s return to his earlier ratings status in his first full month back on the air" (NEWSDAY, 6/12). Meanwhile in N.Y., Andrew Marchand notes the radio show in the 1:00-3:00pm window made up of WFAN's Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott, who Francesa replaced when he returned, rated "higher than it had performed" in the 2:00-6:30pm window (N.Y. POST, 6/12).