Spanish-lingo net takes on Big Three

For the second time in barely a week, a Spanish-language telenovela has beaten perennial victors “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” in key audience measures in New York’s overnight Nielsen ratings race.

On the same evening, Univision also won New York’s early news races.

The Spanish-language network has sporadically beaten all the Big Three networks in various key markets in primetime during the last nine months.

“Piel de Otono,” a sudser seen weekdays from 7 to 8 p.m. on Univision 41 (WXTV), Gotham’s top-ranked Spanish-language TV station, won its time period Tuesday night in key audience measures, in the 18-49 demo and the 25-54 demo with 229,000 viewers and 235,000 viewers, respectively. Figures were from Nielsen Station Index overnight Local People Meter ratings.

Perennial victors, gameshows “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” on WABC Channel 7 finished fourth for the hour among the 18-49 demo with 156,000 viewers. Second place went to WWOR Channel 9 with 213,000 viewers for “King of Queens,” and third place in the hour went to WNJU Channel 47 with 205,000 viewers in that same demo.

WABC-7’s “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” finished second to Univision 41 among viewers aged 25-54, with 224,000 viewers.

Univision 41 also won New York’s early news races among young-adult viewers Tuesday.

At 6 p.m., “Noticias Univision 41,” with anchors Rafael Pineda and Denisse Oller, was watched by 55,000 viewers aged 18-34 and 181,000 viewers aged 18-49. WABC-7’s “Eyewitness News” was second in both measures with 50,000 and 168,000 viewers, respectively.

In the 6:30 p.m. news race, “Noticiero Univision,” with anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, won both demos, with 118,000 viewers in the 18-34 group and a whopping 289,000 viewers in the 18-49 bracket, more than double the nearest competitor.

“The CBS Evening News” on WCBS Channel 2 placed second among those aged 18 to 34, with 43,000 viewers, while “ABC World News” on WABC-7 placed second in that demo, with 136,000 viewers.

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