HARTFORD March 14, 2008 –Fox 61 WTIC-TV is the uncontested late news leader in Connecticut. More viewers tuned to Fox 61 News at Ten than any other 10 or 11 pm newscast in February. An average of 105,000 people viewed the Fox 61 News at Ten, 30% more people than its next closest competitor, WFSB.
Bob Rockstroh, Fox 61 News Director said, “What sets us apart is the quality of our newscasts. From our Super Bowl coverage to our no-nonsense weather forecasts to our Special Assignments, I think viewers recognize they get stories on Fox 61 they can’t get anywhere else.”
“I am very proud of our experienced and talented news team. We cover the stories that affect Connecticut and viewers have obviously responded in a big way,” said Richard Graziano, Vice President and General Manager of Fox 61.
In 2006 and 2007 the Fox 61 News at Ten consistently dominated late news in key viewing demographics. This February the Emmy award-winning newscast was number one in households as well, while maintaining its #1 position in all major demographics. Fox 61 News at Ten was watched by an average of 75,000 households compared to WFSB at 62,000, WVIT at 58,000, WTNH at 57,000, and WCTX at 25,000.
On top of being the number one late news Fox 61, dominated primetime with hit shows like American Idol and House, finishing well ahead of its competitors. The station also showed big gains in audience for Two and a Half Men at 7 pm, more than doubling the number of households viewing last year.
In addition to being a continual market ratings leader, in 2007 Fox 61 News at Ten was honored with five Emmy Awards, more than all the other Connecticut news organizations combined and was also the recipient of two prestigious awards from the Associated Press. The same team that has made Fox 61 News at Ten number produces the Fox 61 Morning Show, which launched to high viewer praise on March 3rd 6-8am.