May TV ratings: See how your favorite Austin news station fared

KXAN’s evening anchor team includes sports director Roger Wallace, left, news anchors Sydney Benter and Robert Hadlock and chief forecaster Jim Spencer.

TV stations across the country wrapped up the all-important May “sweeps” period Wednesday, pulling out all the stops to get viewers to tune in.

Looking at total households and the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults ages 25-54, NBC affiliate KXAN and ABC affiliate KVUE were the frontrunners, for the most part.

KVUE was the station to beat in the morning, while KXAN was the frontrunner in the evening.

CBS Austin, meanwhile, reported that it saw year-over-year growth for six of the seven newscasts it produces weekdays, including a 27 percent increase in households at 10 p.m. That was enough to push “CBS Austin News at 10 p.m.” into second place, behind KXAN and ahead of KVUE.

“I am proud of this team’s hard work,” said Amy Villarreal, vice president and general manager for CBS Austin and Telemundo Austin. “CBS Austin News is committed to winning breaking news on all platforms, providing important consumer advocacy reports and producing exclusive content in all newscasts. We will continue to work hard to be a trusted news source for our Central Texas viewers.”

TV stations use Nielsen ratings from sweeps months to set the price they charge for commercials. More viewers mean higher ad rates.

May Nielsen ratings: Total households

Each ratings point equals 7,915 Central Texas households. The first number is ratings points and the second is total households.

4:30 a.m.

KVUE: 1 / 7,915

KTBC: .7 / 5,541

KXAN: .3 / 2,375

KEYE: .3 / 2,375

5 a.m.

KVUE: 1.5 / 11,873

KXAN: 1 / 7,915

KTBC: 1 / 7,915

KEYE: .5 / 3,958

6 a.m.

KVUE: 2.8 / 22,162

KXAN: 2.3 / 18,205

KTBC: 1.7 / 13,456

KEYE: .9 / 7,124

11 a.m.

KVUE: 2 / 15,830


KXAN: 2.1 / 16,622

KTBC: 1.2 / 9,498

5 p.m.

KXAN: 4.4 / 34,826

KVUE: 4.1 / 32,452

KTBC: 2.4 / 18,996

KEYE: 1.3 / 10,290

6 p.m.

KXAN: 5.9 / 46,699

KVUE: 4.4 / 34,826

KEYE: 1.9 / 15,039

9 p.m.

KTBC: 2.7 / 21,371

KNVA: .8 / 6,332

9:45 p.m.

KNVA: .5 / 3,958 (‘KXAN Sports: More Than the Score’)

10 p.m.

KXAN: 4.8 / 37,992

KEYE: 3.2 / 25,328

KVUE: 2.8 / 22,162

KTBC: 2 / 15,830

May Nielsen ratings: Adults ages 25-54

Each ratings point equals 8,456 Central Texans ages 25-54. The first number is ratings points and the second is total in-demo viewers.

4:30 a.m.

KVUE: .4 / 3,382

KTBC: .1 / 846

KXAN: .1 / 846

KEYE: .1 / 846

5 a.m.

KVUE: .6 / 5,074

KXAN: .6 / 5,074

KTBC: .2 / 1,691

KEYE: .1 / 846

6 a.m.

KVUE: 1.8 / 15,221

KXAN: 1.5 / 12,684

KTBC: .6 / 5,074

KEYE: .4 / 3,382

11 a.m.

KVUE: .6 / 5,074


KXAN: .5 / 4,228

KTBC: .4 / 3,382

5 p.m.

KVUE: 1.3 / 10,993

KTBC: 1.2 / 10,147

KXAN: 1 / 8,456

KEYE: .2 / 1,691

6 p.m.

KXAN: 1.8 / 15,221

KVUE: 1.7 / 14,375

KEYE: .4 / 3,382

9 p.m.

KTBC: 1.4 / 11,838

KNVA: .3 / 2,537

9:45 p.m.

KNVA: .2 /  1,691 (‘KXAN Sports: More Than the Score’)

10 p.m.

KXAN: 2 / 16,912

KTBC: 1.3 / 10,993

KVUE: 1.1 / 9,302

KEYE: .8 / 6,765

NewsRadio KLBJ making changes to weekday morning lineup

NewsRadio KLBJ is shaking up its weekday lineup starting Monday.

The news/talk station, which can be heard on 590 AM and 99.7 FM, is expanding its signature morning program, “The Todd and Don Show” to five hours, running from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

At 10 a.m., the changes continue with the addition of an extra hour of “The Mark and Melynda Show,” which recently took over the 2 p.m. time slot, where it will continue to be heard, as well.

Gone from the lineup is the nationally syndicated “The Brian Kilmeade Show” featuring Fox News host Brian Kilmeade.

Veteran Austin broadcaster to serve as interim leader for KUT, KUTX

Patti Smith (Ricardo B. Brazziell photo)

A veteran Austin broadcaster has been tapped to serve as interim executive director of Austin radio stations 90.5 KUT-FM and 98.9 KUTX-FM.

Patti Smith arrives with more than four decades of broadcast experience in Austin and elsewhere across the state. Most recently, she spent 17 years as president and general manager of KVUE-TV, Austin’s ABC affiliate.

Smith is a graduate of the University of Texas, which runs both KUT and KUTX. She will take over for outgoing general manager Stewart Vanderwilt, who has accepted a job with Colorado Public Radio.

“In my role as interim executive director of KUT and KUTX, my goal is to support and enhance the longstanding legacy of excellence established at each station to ensure they continue to serve our local listeners and communities,” Smith said in a written statement. “I look forward to working with the outstanding staff at both stations to address the ever-changing landscape of the media industry. I couldn’t be more thankful for this opportunity.”

Smith will start Monday, shadowing Vanderwilt during his final month before taking over.

“I’m very pleased Patti has agreed to serve as our interim executive director while we complete a national search for a new permanent director of these two amazing and important stations,” said Jay Bernhardt, dean of the Moody College of Communication, home to KUT and KUTX. “Patti’s extensive experience in media operations and executive management will provide strong leadership during this period of transition.”

Former KVUE anchor Olga Campos Benz announces new gig

Olga Campos Benz

Longtime Austin newscaster Olga Campos Benz has segued into a new career, joining Austin-based Bloom Communications as community development director.

Campos Benz, who published a book last year, “It’s News to Me,” will work to raise Bloom’s profile in the Austin area by forging connections with community organizations.

“I am thrilled to join a team with such an active and meaningful role in our local community,” she said. “Bloom’s absolute commitment to giving back is more than an organizational program – it’s a foundational principle apparent in everything they do, and I’m proud to be a part of such a smart and genuinely kind agency.”

Bloom, which has offices in Austin and Portland, Ore., specializes in working with clients in the nonprofit and healthcare sectors.

“The addition of Olga to our team is an extraordinary complement to our success and how much we’ve accomplished over the last six years,” said Brianna McKinney, founder and president of Bloom Communications. “Olga’s ties to the Austin community, the extent of her experience, and her shared passion for philanthropy will be incredibly valuable to Bloom and our clients as we continue to grow.”

Learn more about Bloom at

‘Bobby Bones Show’ expanding outside U.S., bound for Canada

Bobby Bones

“The Bobby Bones Show” is bound for Canada.

Bones, who hosted mornings at Austin’s 96.7 Kiss FM before landing a nationally syndicated show heard on country stations in 130 U.S. cities, has inked a deal that will make his highly rated program available throughout Canada.

In Austin, his show airs mornings on KASE 101.

“The Bobby Bones Show” is now based in Nashville, Tenn., featuring sidekicks Amy and Lunchbox.

“‘The Bobby Bones Show’ is the most popular country radio show in the world,” said Rob Farina, Bell Media’s head of radio content, strategy and iHeartRadio Canada. “We are so proud to support ‘The Bobby Bones Show’ as they expand their reach and audience in Canada.”

Another show hosted by Bones, the weekly “Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones” program, is already heard in several Canadian markets across Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Manitoba.