Powered by sparkling ratings for part one of the two-night CBS mob mini “Bella Mafia,” KCBS on Sunday generated the highest ratings (excluding Winter Olympics coverage) in 10 years for its 11 p.m. newscast: a 13.3 rating and 30 share, which eclipsed the combined audience for the news broadcasts on KNBC and KABC.
The huge number — the best non-Olympics number for KCBS since Nov. 2, 1987 — coincided with the first installment of a much-promoted three-part station investigative series exposing unsanitary conditions in Los Angeles County restaurants.
Meanwhile, on Saturday night, KTTV created some ratings noise of its own, pulling in the highest Saturday news numbers in the station’s history. It posted a 9.0 rating/16 share to rank first in L.A. and roll over the network series competition on KNBC (“Profiler”), KCBS (“Walker, Texas Ranger”) and KABC (“The Practice”).
The Fox-owned station debuted its Saturday edition of “Fox 11 News at 10” in 1987.