Preliminary November sweeps figures for the Los Angeles metro market show KNBC making a clean sweep of the four major news categories for the first time in eight years, winning at 4, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. and in the early morning.
This happened despite KCBS’ much-hyped, much-milked series on unsanitary conditions in L.A. County restaurants. The series — coupled with a sharp CBS primetime showing — helped the station close the gap on its rivals (particularly at 11 p.m.). But Channel 2 still finished third to KABC and KNBC in every news time period.
But the story of the sweeps locally may have been “The Jerry Springer Show,” the syndicated talkshow airing locally at 11 p.m. on KCAL. It nearly doubled its numbers from a year ago and knocked off every newscast (except KNBC) and every talkshow (including “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “Late Show With David Letterman” and “Nightline”) locally.
Meanwhile, at 10 p.m., KTTV’s “Fox 11 News at 10” once again beat KTLA’s “News at Ten,” as it has done during every major sweeps since May 1996.
Final ratings figures are expected today.