Austin’s a top market for Sharyl Attkisson’s ‘Full Measure’

Sharyl Attkisson
Sharyl Attkisson

Sharyl Attkisson took a big risk by leaving network news, but it’s a gamble that appears to have paid off.

The former CBS correspondent now hosts “Full Measure,” a Sunday morning political show airing on stations nationwide owned by Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The program kicked off its second season this fall.

Here in Central Texas, where the show airs at 10 a.m. on CBS Austin, “Full Measure” is doing especially well. In fact, showrunners say Austin has been one of Attkisson’s top-performing markets.

Among viewers ages 25-54, the demographic most advertisers crave, ratings have doubled year over year and “Full Measure” is either tying or beating its more-established competitors – “Face the Nation,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and “Fox News Sunday” – many weeks.

“Season one of ‘Full Measure’ proved that we could bring honest reporting to stories that much of the mainstream media ignores,” executive producer Batt Humphreys said. “Season two will be even bigger. We have a lineup of compelling new stories and correspondents that will make the show must-see TV on Sundays.”

Topics already tackled so far this season include allegations of bias in media coverage of the presidential campaign, as well as the validity of political polling. Attkisson also scored an interview with Donald Trump.

“We live in dangerous times,” said Sinclair vice president of news Scott Livingston. “The kind of reporting that Sharyl and her team are doing is not just interesting, it’s essential.”

‘Full Measure’

10 a.m. Sundays

CBS Austin

 

Popular KUTX radio host leaving this week

Trina Quinn (KUTX photo)
Trina Quinn (KUTX photo)

A popular Austin radio host is signing off this week.

Trina Quinn, who handles the midday shift on 98.9 KUTX-FM, told colleagues she plans to leave the station and take an extended road trip.

“I’ve more than enjoyed my time here, I have cherished it,” Quinn said. “It is bittersweet and I’m feeling the loss, but when dreams actualize, one must act. I wholeheartedly encourage all to seize their day and also, make time to travel, travel, travel.”

Starting next week, Laurie Gallardo will slide into Quinn’s 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday time slot.

“To say I’m bummed would be an understatement,” KUTX program director Matt Reilly said. “I almost didn’t accept her resignation.  I will miss Trina’s immense talent on air and her unparalleled sense of humor. She’s like my sister from another mother. It’s hard to make me blush and she can do it easily. I wish her nothing but the best as she pursues her dream of being a vagabond.”

Gallardo’s nighttime shift – 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday – will be split between two hosts. Jack Anderson will be heard Monday and Tuesday, with Katie Bradley holding down the fort Wednesday and Thursday.

September TV ratings: KXAN wins most news time slots

KXAN's morning team features David Yeomans, Sally Hernandez, John Dabkovich and Amanda Dugan.
KXAN’s morning team features David Yeomans, Sally Hernandez, John Dabkovich and Amanda Dugan.

KXAN’s winning streak continued in September, finishing first in most head-to-head news competitions.

The city’s NBC affiliate was No. 1 at 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. last month.

ABC affiliate KVUE was the top-ranked station at 4:30 a.m. and middays.

NBC’s “Today” was the first-place network morning show and “NBC Nightly News” is the nighttime network newscast to beat.

In primetime, NBC is the frontrunner, followed by CBS, then ABC, Fox, The CW and MyNetworkTV.

September Nielsen ratings

Each ratings point equals 7,456 Central Texas households. The first number is ratings points, the second is share (the percentage of in-use TV sets tuned to a particular channel) and the third is total households.

4:30 a.m.

  • KVUE: .6 / 5.3 / 4,474
  • KXAN: .5 / 4.6 / 3,728
  • KTBC: .4 / 4 / 2,982
  • KEYE: .2 / 1.7 / 1,491

5 a.m.

  • KXAN: 1.2 / 9.7 / 8,947
  • KVUE: 1.1 / 8.9 / 8,202
  • KTBC: .7 / 5.3 / 5,219
  • KEYE: .5 / 3.8 / 3,728

6 a.m.

  • KXAN: 2.9 / 15.5 / 21,622
  • KVUE: 1.7 / 9 / 12,675
  • KTBC: 1.4 / 7.2 / 10,438
  • KEYE: .9 / 5 / 6,710

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.7 / 7.2 / 12,675
  • KNVA: .5 / 2 / 3,728

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.6 / 6.6 / 11,930

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.5 / 6 / 11,184
  • KEYE: .7 / 2.9 / 5,219 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.1 / 7.8 / 15,658

Noon

  • KXAN: 1.7 / 7.5 / 12,675
  • KTBC: 1.1 / 3.8 / 8,202

12:30 p.m.

  • KXAN: 1 / 4.4 / 7,456 (‘Studio 512’)

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.6 / 14 / 41,754
  • KVUE: 4.3 / 10.8 / 32,061
  • KTBC: 2.2 / 5.5 / 16,403
  • KEYE: 1.3 / 3.3 / 9,693

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.8 / 15.3 / 50,701
  • KVUE: 4 / 9 / 29,824
  • KEYE: 1.8 / 4 / 13,421

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.5 / 4.4 / 18,640
  • KNVA: 1 / 1.8 / 7,456

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .7 / 1.3 / 5,219 (‘KXAN Sports: More Than the Score’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.5 / 13.2 / 48,464
  • KVUE: 3.5 / 6.9 / 26,096
  • KEYE: 2.5 / 5.2 / 18,640
  • KTBC: 2.2 / 4.4 / 16,403

It’s official: Albert Ramon is KVUE’s new chief meteorologist

Albert Ramon
Albert Ramon

Albert Ramon has spent the past six months filling in as KVUE’s chief meteorologist.

Now, the gig’s officially his.

The city’s ABC affiliate said Friday that Ramon, who had previously been the featured weathercaster on the station’s morning and midday newscasts, has been promoted.

He replaces former chief meteorologist Mark Murray, who took a voluntary buyout earlier this year.

“Albert is a market-leading talent with the vision and drive to lead the KVUE Storm Team into the future,” KVUE president and general manager Kristie Gonzales said. “We are very excited that he will continue to serve KVUE’s viewers on all of our platforms.”

Ramon joined KVUE seven years ago. In an interview with the American-Statesman earlier this year, he said Murray was “my friend, my mentor, someone I’ve looked up to since I was a kid.”

Before coming to Austin, Ramon worked for a TV station in Corpus Christi.

“Albert is tremendously popular in Austin and has grown into a real leader at KVUE,” news director Mike Redding said. “We are proud to announce this well-deserved promotion.”