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November 2020 PPM Ratings Takeaways – Round One

| November 24, 2020

November 2020 PPM Data – Information for Nielsen Audio‘s November 2020 ratings period has been released for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey).

Nielsen Audio’s November 2020 survey period covered October 8 – November 4 (one day after Election Day).

Managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@TALKERS.com) provides his “Takeaways” for spoken-word stations finishing in their respective markets’ top 20.

NEWS/TALK

  • Having doubled (+1.8) its 6+ AQH share in four straight gains (1.8 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR “710 The Voice of New York” enters the top ten (#13 to #9).
  • In Los Angeles, co-owned KFI “AM 640” is up six-tenths in four straight sweeps without a loss (3.9 – 4.0 – 4.5 – 4.5, 6+), but backslides from third to fourth.
  • Flat at #11, Nexstar Media Group Chicago’s WGN “Radio 720” (White Sox and Blackhawks) is down an overall seven-tenths in three straight drops (3.6 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+).
  • Conversely, cross-town Cumulus Media-owned WLS-AM “890 AM” is up six-tenths in the same time period (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.5, 6+), zooming from #19 to #13.
  • San Francisco sibling KSFO “560 – The Bay Area’s Exclusive Hot Talk” posts its fourth straight flat or up trend for a net gain of three-tenths (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 2.0, #20 to #16, 6+).
  • In that same stretch, cluster-mate KGO adds seven-tenthswithout a loss (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 1.7, #20 to #19, 6+).
  • Including November’s +1.6, Dallas sibling WBAP “News Talk 820” is +2.2 in three straight spikes (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 4.9, 6+), leaping from #12 to #4.
  • Over and above being a collective +2.1 via three successive improvements (5.3 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 7.4, 6+), iHeartMedia Houston’s KTRH “News Radio 740” marches from second to first.
  • Steady at #17, Entercom Philadelphia’s WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” is +1.1 in three straight gains (1.4 – 1.7 – 2.2 – 2.5, 6+).
  • Not only is Cox Media Group-owned WSB-AM & WSBB-FM “Atlanta’s News & Talk” a cumulative +1.4 through three straight spikes (10.1 – 10.6 – 11.0 – 11.5, 6+), it is #1 the 17th time in a row.
  • A combined +1.1 in October/November (3.8 – 4.4 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WOR “710 The Voice of New York” progresses from seventh in the Long Island report to fourth.
  • Unlisted the past 13 sweeps, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario sibling KKDD “1290 News Talk IE” resurfaces with a .1 (#18, 6+).
  • Via its fifth straight sweep without a loss, Cumulus Media’s KGO is a collective +1.1 in the San Jose report (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.7, #14 to #11, 6+).
  • Slipping from third in Middlesex-Somerset-Union to fourth,Townsquare Media’s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” is down a combined nine-tenths in October/November (6.6 – 6.1 – 5.7, 6+).
  • Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s WOR “710 The Voice of New York” is +1.2 in three consecutive bumps (1.7 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 2.9, #17 to #15, 6+).

NEWS

  • After being -1.1 in September/October (4.3 – 4.0 – 3.2, 6+), Entercom New York City’s WINS is up two-tenths to 3.4 (#11 to #10, 6+)
  • Cluster-mate WCBS-AM “News Radio 880” (Mets) has lost one-half share in three straight reports without an increase (3.1 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6, #14 to #15, 6+).
  • Los Angeles sibling KNX “1070 News Radio” is an overall -1.0 via five consecutive negative or neutral trends (3.9 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #11).
  • Co-owned WBBM-AM & WCFS-FM “News Radio 780 AM & 105.9 FM” (Bears) is in alternating up/down sequence (7.0 – 7.3 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 6.5, 6+) and holds Chicago’s runner-up slot the third month in a row.
  • Also in a rotating up/down pattern and continuing in second-place is San Francisco sibling KCBS-AM & KFRC (8.3 – 7.5 – 8.0 – 7.6 – 7.8, 6+).
  • Slipping from sixth to seventh in Philadelphia is Entercom’s KYW “News Radio 1060,” which is -1.5 in three straight sweeps without an increase (6.1 – 5.9 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+).
  • In the Long Island report, co-owned WCBS-AM is up a combined four-tenths in October/November (2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2, #13 to #11, 6+), while cluster-mate WINS, which was -1.3 in September/October (4.3 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+), picks up one-tenth to 3.1 (#13 to #12, 6+).
  • Steady at #3 in San Jose, co-owned KCBS-AM & KFRC continues an alternating down/up sequence which includes November’s +.5 (4.7 – 4.1 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.7, 6+).
  • Yet another Entercom property – WCBS-AM in the Middlesex report – gains one-tenth in October/November (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+), but backslides from #18 to #19.

SPORTS TALK

  • In New York City, Entercom-owned WFAN (Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, Giants) is in a rotating up/down pattern (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.6 – 2.4, #15 to #16, 6+).
  • Chicago sibling WSCR “670 The Score” (Cubs, Bulls) is -1.1 in October/November (3.2 – 3.2 – 2.1, 6+) and fades from the top ten (#10 to #19).
  • Up nine-tenths in October, Cumulus Media San Francisco’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” (Giants, 49ers) surrenders -1.5 in November to 3.4 (third to seventh, 6+).
  • Co-owned KTCK “The Ticket – All Sports All The Time” (Stars),+2.2 via four straight sweeps without a loss (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 3.5, 6+), forfeits seven-tenths to 2.8 (6+) and drops from #11 in Dallas to #14.
  • Entercom’s cross-town KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” (Rangers, Cowboys) is +1.0 in October/November (1.7 – 2.3 – 2.7, #18 to #16, 6+).
  • Atlanta sibling WZGC “92.9 The Game” (Hawks, Falcons) is up one-half share in October/November (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6, 6+) and repeats at #10.
  • In an alternating up/down pattern that includes November’s loss of three-tenths (1.2- 1.0 – 2.0 – 1.7 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+), Dickey Broadcasting-owned WCNN “680 The Fan” (Braves) dips from #13 to #17.
  • Remaining at #4 in Philadelphia, Entercom-owned WIP “Sports Radio 94.1” (Phillies, Eagles) is in an alternating up/down sequence that includes November’s -.5 (4.7 – 4.3 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 5.8 – 5.3, 6+).
  • Cross-town Beasley Media Group-owned WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” (76ers, Flyers) is in a rotating down/up pattern as well and remains at #20 (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.3 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.6, 6+).
  • Up a combined eight-tenths in October/November (3.5 – 4.2 – 4.2, Long Island, 6+) Entercom’s WFAN repeats in eighth-place.
  • Its internet stream gains nine-tenths in that same time period and cracks the top twenty (.8 – 1.2 – 1.7, #25 to #20, 6+).
  • This is the sixth successive sweep that iHeartMedia Riverside’s KPWK “Fox Sports Radio 1350 AM” posts a .1 (#17 to #18, 6+).
  • A combined -1.2 in San Jose (4.1 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+), Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” falls from ninth to tenth.
  • In the Middlesex report, Entercom’s WFAN is in an alternating up/down pattern (2.4 – 2.5 – 2.2 – 3.1 – 3.0, #13 to #14, 6+).

PUBLIC RADIO NEWS/TALK

  • A combined +1.6 in October/November (2.9 – 3.7 – 4.5, 6+), WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM, New York advances from seventh to sixth.
  • In Los Angeles, Pasadena City College-owned KPCC “The Voice of Southern California,” which was +1.1 in September/October (1.6 – 2.1 – 2.7, 6+), drops two-tenths to 2.5 (flat at #13, 6+).
  • Leaping from ninth to fifth is Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ, which is +1.5 in October/November (3.2 – 3.8 – 4.7, 6+).
  • Via four straight upticks In the San Francisco report, Northern California Public Broadcasting’s KQED is a collective +1.6(7.4 – 7.8 – 8.0 – 8.4 – 9.0, 6+) and continues at #1.
  • Down two-tenths in back-to-back Dallas reports (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+), North Texas Public Broadcasting’s KERA answers with a +.9 to 3.4 (#16 to #12, 6+).
  • The University of Houston’s KUHF is in an alternating down/up pattern (2.7 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.9, #15 to #16, 6+).
  • Three bumps in a row by City of Atlanta Board of Education’s WABE accounted for a +.8 (2.2 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 3.0, 6+), but it drops one-half share to 2.5 (#11 to #15, 6+).
  • Off four-tenths in October/November (5.1 – 5.1 – 4.7, 6+), WHYY segues from fifth in Philadelphia to sixth.
  • San Bernardino Community College’s KVCR nets three-tenths in four straight Riverside reports without a loss (.5 – .5 – .8 – .8 – .8, flat at #13, 6+), while Pasadena City College-owned KPCC “The Voice of Southern California” surrenders three-tenths in October/November (.9 – .7 – .6, unchanged at #14, 6+).
  • Not only is Northern California Public Broadcasting’s KQED #1 in San Jose with a staggering +5.7 in four straight upticks (6.6 – 6.9 – 7.7 – 10.9 – 12.3, 6+), this (12.3) is its best-ever 6+-stat in the PPM-era.
  • In Middlesex-Somerset-Union, WNYC Broadcasting Foundation’s WNYC-FM continues a rotating up/down pattern which includes November’s -.9 (2.0 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 3.5 – 2.6, #10 to #17, 6+).

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