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

Look for Buda man on Wednesday’s ‘The Price Is Right’

Trustin Volesky (FremantleMedia North America photo)

Look for a Buda man this week on “The Price Is Right.”

Trustin Volesky got to “come on down” during a recent taping of the popular game show hosted by Drew Carey.

You can catch the episode and see how he does Wednesday at 10 a.m. on CBS Austin.

YouTube TV set to add CBS Austin to its growing lineup

Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of Austin’s CBS affiliate, has signed a deal that will add its stations nationwide to YouTube TV, YouTube’s streaming TV service.

A timeline for when CBS Austin will join YouTube TV, one of a growing number of web-based cable TV competitors, hasn’t been announced.

As part of the deal, YouTube TV will also carry the Tennis Channel, a cable network owned by Sinclair.

Nationwide, Sinclair currently owns – or is in the process of acquiring – stations in 108 TV markets.

The YouTube TV lineup offers more than 40 cable TV networks, as well as cloud DVR service, for $35 per month. In many cases, however, local network affiliates, are not available as YouTube works to negotiate contracts similar to the one it hammered out with Sinclair.

AT&T’s DirecTV Now, a similar service, has also been working to reach deals with owners of local network affiliates. In Austin, it recently added ABC affiliate KVUE to its lineup after signing a pact with the station’s owner, Tegna.

CBS Austin connecting foster children with ‘Forever Families’

Destinee and Lindsay Liepman (CBS Austin photo)

With all the craziness in the world, it’s always nice to see news outlets devote some time to positive, upbeat stories that put a smile on your face.

That’s exactly what’s happening over at CBS Austin, where the station’s new “Forever Families” franchise aims to connect Central Texas foster children with adoptive parents.

If that name sounds familiar, it should. The series had aired for years on Spectrum News, but it was one of several specialty segments the 24-hour cable news channel dropped earlier this year.

CBS Austin news director Rob Cartwright said “Forever Families” fits right in with the station’s desire to deliver community-focused journalism.

Krayshawn and Lindsay Liepman (CBS Austin photo)

“The foster care system is often in the headlines for all the wrong reasons,” he said. “We wanted to do what we could to help some of these children find their forever families.

“It is our honor to work to connect children who have lived a majority of their lives in foster care with a forever family. The reaction we have gotten from people who have seen the segment online and in our newscasts has been amazing.”

Anchor/reporter Lindsay Liepman is producing the reports, which air Wednesdays during CBS Austin’s 6:30 p.m. newscast. The segments are also archived on

Liepman said she grew up watching legendary Dallas news anchor Gloria Campos, whose “Wednesday’s Child” segment on WFAA-TV helped connect countless foster children with adoptive parents.

“The impact she made is immeasurable in both the community and for each child who was adopted,” Liepman said. “All these years later, the need is still there. It’s an opportunity to give more of myself to create real change in a child’s life. I wanted to do it for the kids. I wanted to do it for all the caseworkers and volunteers who are working with our state’s foster children every day.”

A mother of four, Liepman said many of the stories she hears are simply heartbreaking. It’s her goal to help heal that heartbreak.

Beth and Lindsay Liepman (CBS Austin photo)

“I have three boys and a baby girl – all of them 5 years old and younger,” she said. “When I come home after spending time with a ‘Forever Families’ child, I hold my kids closer. I share their stories with my kids and explain how I’m trying to help. It’s making me a better mom. When a child makes an imprint on your heart, it never leaves. It’s the difficult part of telling their stories every week.  But even though the work is hard, it’s important.”

The children she meets are all so incredibly different, Liepman said. That can make it hard, at times, to relate. But she says she’s always able to eventually break down walls and get camera-shy kids out of their shells.

“Some of the children I’ve felt an instant connection,” Liepman said. “Others I’ve had to work hard to build rapport and trust. Interviewing children can be difficult because so much of their personality isn’t in what they say on camera. It’s what you observe them doing. I want each story to reflect the child’s hopes and dreams so they have a chance to shine.”

Reaction, so far, has been phenomenal, Liepman said, and she’s looking forward to sharing some success stories in the coming weeks and months.

Casimiro and Lindsay Liepman (CBS Austin photo)

“The Central Texas community has rallied behind the segment and liked, shared and tweeted each story,” she said. “Within the newsroom, we are all grateful for the chance to do this type of storytelling and we’re all waiting for the update that one of our ‘Forever Families’ children has been adopted. I’ve been told many times the segments have brought viewers to tears. I’m glad people are connecting with the kids.”

CBS Austin debuting new late-night show, ‘Austin After Hours’

Taylor Ellison (CBS Austin photo)

Look for a new locally produced show to pop up next month on CBS Austin.

“Austin After Hours” with host Taylor Ellison will debut Aug. 5 at 10:35 p.m., featuring extended interviews with the people and places who help make Austin such a one-of-a-kind place to live.

The series will air the first Saturday of each month following CBS Austin’s 10 p.m. news.

“The only thing I love more than living in Austin is getting to share the joy of this city with others,” said Ellison, who also co-hosts the station’s weekday lifestyle show, “We Are Austin.” “I look forward to sharing these uniquely Austin stories in hopes that they my uplift and inspire audiences everywhere.”

The first installment includes interviews with “Everybody Loves Raymond” executive producer Phil Rosenthal, ceramic artist Keith Kreeger and soul-pop guitarist Jackie Venson.

“‘Austin After Hours’ gives us the opportunity to highlight Austin in a format that is as unique as our city,” said CBS Austin vice president and general manager Amy Villarreal.

May TV ratings: KXAN, KVUE split the wins

The ‘Daybreak’ team: Erika Lopez, left, Yvonne Nava, Bryan Mays and Anavid Reyes (KVUE photo)

In the race to keep you informed before you head to work or school each morning, two Austin TV stations are duking it out for first place.

ABC affiliate KVUE and NBC affiliate KXAN have been relatively close in the pre-dawn hours for the past several years, with KXAN winning most head-to-head competitions. May was different, though, with KVUE taking the top spot at 4:30 a.m., 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., according to Nielsen.

“This win was all about teamwork,” KVUE president and general manager Kristie Gonzales said. “From the producers and staff behind the scenes, to the team you wake up to every morning, each person put their heart and soul into making ‘Daybreak’ the best morning newscast in Austin.”

KVUE also was home to the top-rated midday newscast.

Evenings, KXAN continues to be the station to beat, dominating at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. “KXAN News at 6,” for instance, draws more viewers than the second- and third-place stations combined.

In primetime, NBC was No. 1, followed by CBS, ABC, Fox, The CW and then MyNetworkTV.

May Nielsen ratings

Each ratings point equals 7,712 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: .8 / 10 / 6,170
  • KTBC: .3 / 4.3 / 2,314
  • KXAN: .3 / 3.6 / 2,314
  • KEYE: .2 / 2.5 / 1,542

5 a.m.

  • KVUE: 1.2 / 12.5 / 9,254
  • KXAN: .9 / 9.6 / 6,941
  • KTBC: .7 / 7.6 / 5,398
  • KEYE: .6 / 6.1 / 4,627

6 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.3 / 15.2 / 17,738
  • KXAN: 2.1 / 14 / 16,195
  • KTBC: 1.6 / 10.8 / 12,339
  • KEYE: .8 / 5.3 / 6,170

7 a.m.

  • KTBC: 2.1 / 10.9 / 16,195
  • KNVA: .3 / 1.5 / 2,314

8 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.9 / 8.6 / 14,653

9 a.m.

  • KTBC: 1.6 / 7.3 / 12,339
  • KEYE: .8 / 3.6 / 6,170 (‘We Are Austin’)

11 a.m.

  • KVUE: 2.2 / 9.5 / 16,966
  • KXAN: .8 / 3.4 / 6,170 (‘Studio 512’)


  • KXAN: 1.5 / 6 / 11,568
  • KTBC: 1 / 4.2 / 7,712

5 p.m.

  • KXAN: 4.9 / 13.6 / 37,789
  • KVUE: 3.9 / 10.9 / 30,077
  • KTBC: 2.5 / 6.8 / 19,280
  • KEYE: 1.3 / 3.7 / 10,026

6 p.m.

  • KXAN: 6.2 / 15.2 / 47,814
  • KVUE: 4.4 / 10.8 / 33,933
  • KEYE: 1.6 / 3.8 / 12,339

6:30 p.m.

  • KEYE: 1.7 / 4.1 / 13,110

9 p.m.

  • KTBC: 2.6 / 4.9 / 20,051
  • KNVA: .9 / 1.8 / 6,941

9:45 p.m.

  • KNVA: .8 / 1.4 / 6,170 (‘KXAN Sports: More Than the Score’)

10 p.m.

  • KXAN: 5.3 / 10.8 / 40,874
  • KVUE: 3.5 / 7.1 / 26,992
  • KEYE: 2.5 / 5.1 / 19,280
  • KTBC: 1.9 / 3.9 / 14,653


WATCH: CBS Austin’s Allison Miller surprises hubby with baby news

Allison Miller (CBS Austin photo)

In need of a smile?

Well, here you go, courtesy of CBS Austin morning anchor Allison Miller.

At a recent Round Rock Express game, Miller had the honor of the throwing out the first pitch. That’s where this sweet tale starts, not stops.

After the – shall we say, creative – pitch, Miller had her 2-year-old daughter, Audrey, hand the ball off to her husband, Thomas.

This is where things really start to get good. Miller prompts her hubby to read the ball. On it he spots, “Little Slugger, coming December 2017.”

“What?” Thomas asks. “Are you serious?”

Yep, she’s serious. Baby No. 2 is on the way.

“Thomas and I are super excited for Audrey to be a big sister,” Miller said. “We’re planning on finding out if it’s a boy or girl when he/she arrives in late November or early December.”

Big congrats to the entire family!

Catch Miller, co-anchor Chris Saldaña, traffic anchor Chrisdyann Uribe and meteorologist Nicole Hartford weekdays from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on CBS Austin, followed by “CBS This Morning.”


CBS Austin traffic anchor Chrisdyann Uribe leaving for Houston

Chrisdyann Uribe (CBS Austin photo)

CBS Austin traffic anchor Chrisdyann Uribe has landed a new gig in Houston.

Uribe, who came to CBS Austin two years ago, will head down U.S. 290 next month to start work as the traffic anchor at Fox-owned KRIV, the station said Thursday.

A Texas State University graduate, Uribe handled traffic duties at KFOX in El Paso prior to landing at CBS Austin.

“Between Chrisdyann’s many years reporting on Texas traffic, and strong presence on broadcast and social media, she is prepared to help Houston’s drivers better navigate their commutes and avoid construction projects or delays,” KRIV vice president and news director Susan Schiller said in a written statement.

New CBS Austin morning meteorologist starts Thursday

Nicole Hartford (KVII photo)

New CBS Austin morning meteorologist Nicole Hartford starts Thursday.

Hartford arrives from Amarillo’s ABC affiliate, KVII, where she’s spent the past two years.

Both KVII and CBS Austin are owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group.

A University of Miami graduate, Hartford has also worked in Grand Junction, Colo.

At CBS Austin, she replaces Jordan Steele, who left in February to handle weeknight weather duties at KING in Seattle.

“CBS Austin This Morning” airs from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays.

CBS Austin names new ‘We Are Austin’ co-host

‘We Are Austin’ hosts Trevor Scott and Taylor Ellison


CBS Austin has selected a new co-host for “We Are Austin,” its weekday lifestyle show.

Trevor Scott is set to slide into the chair recently vacated by Jordan Steele. His first day on air will be April 17.

“Trevor has called Austin home for four years now, but spent three years before that splitting his time between Oklahoma City and Austin, so he is no stranger to Central Texas,” CBS Austin vice president and general manager Amy Villarreal said. “His love for food, the Austin volunteer community and the creative side of life will complement the commitment to Austin and the surrounding areas that ‘We Are Austin’ focuses on.”

Scott has 18 years in the TV business, most recently working as a promotions producer at CBS Austin.

“I love this city and I’m so excited to explore and share the local businesses, stories and products that make Central Texas so great,” Scott said.

“We Are Austin” airs weekdays at 9 a.m., following “CBS This Morning.”