March 13, 2006

Early Evening Local News Share, Big Three Affiliates

Share
May 1997 58.2
May 1998 57.1
May 1999 55.8
May 2000 52.3
May 2001 50.3
May 2002 49
May 2003 48.4
May 2004 47.8
May 2005 46.8

Fewer of the TV sets on during the dinner hour are tuned to local news. The combined share of the three network affiliates local newscasts has fallen from more 58% of TVs in use in 1997 to less than 47% in 2005.