The Massachusetts Senate race won big ratings for Boston TV stations on Jan. 19. Election coverage gave most stations a ratings boost during primetime and the numbers rivaled some of their network programs. WBZ-TV (Channel 4)'s 9 p.m. coverage that night, for example, tied in ratings with its Sunday airing of 60 Minutes.
WCVB-TV Channel 5's 8 p.m. election coverage drew 234,000 total viewers, then 339,000 viewers at 9 p.m. and then 324,000 people at 10 p.m. WBZ's 9 p.m. news coverage had 280,000 folks and WHDH-TV (Channel 7) had 186,00 viewers on election day at 10 p.m. Below is a list of most watched Boston programs in primetime for the week of Jan. 18-24.
1. WFXT-FOX NFC Championship (Jan. 24) 1.07 million total viewers
2. WFXT-FOX American Idol (Wed.) 668,000
3. WFXT-FOX American Idol (Tues.) 661,000
4. WBZ-CBS Two and A Half Men 409,000
4. WBZ-CBS Criminal Minds 406,000
6. WBZ-CBS Big Bang Theory 391,000
7. WFXT-FOX 24 385,000
8. WCVB-ABC Senate race coverage 9 p.m. 339,000
9. WBZ-CBS How I Met Your Mother 336,000
10. WCVB-ABC Senate race coverage, 10 p.m. 324,000
11. WBZ-CBS NCIS 308,000
12. WFXT-FOX NFC Postgame 286,000
13. WBZ-CBS NCIS LA 280,000
14. WBZ-CBS Accidentally on Purpose 268,000
15. WBZ-CBS WBZ News Special 9 p.m. 251,000
15. WBZ-CBS 60 Minutes 250,000
source: Nielsen Media Research
compiled By Johnny Diaz, Globe Staff, email@example.com
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