Viewers vote for KABC on election

KABC-TV’s election-night coverage, which combined local and network reports, dominated the competition Tuesday.

The O&O aired the web feed of the national and state contests from 4-8:45 p.m., then switched to local coverage for the remainder of the night.

ABC’s report earned a 13.8 rating in both services, with a 22 share in Nielsen and a 21 in Arbitron.

During the remaining prime time hours, KABC’s local coverage garnered a 14.7/ 24 in Nielsen and a 13.8/21 in Arbitron.

KNBC-TV finished in second place for the night, with the station alternating between local and network coverage. Its ratings peaked with a 12.0/17 in Nielsen and a 9.9./14 in Arbitron from 8:30-10 p.m., when President-elect Bill Clinton made his acceptance speech.

KCBS-TV grabbed a 7.1/12 in Nielsen and a 7.4/11 in Arbitron for its network coverage, but the O&O’s ratings slid in the prime time and late night hours when it carried extensive local reports. The station collected a 4.7/10 in Nielsen and a 5.8/12 in Arbitron for its 8 p.m.-1 a.m. coverage.

Among indies, KCAL-TV was the only station to provide continuous election coverage throughout the evening. The Disney-owned station signed on for its first presidential election at 5 p.m., averaging 4s and 5s through the early evening hours (peaking with a 5.7/8 in Nielsen from 7-8 p.m.) and declining as the night wore on.

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