Ratings wise I think WABC has had a fairly huge lead over the other outlets for the past 25 years. I'm more of a WNBC viewer probably because of how well integrated their news product is with the rest of NBC and 30 Rock, but WABC is certainly the ratings magnet here in New York.
WABC on the other hand has a more distinctive identity compared to ABC proper, likely since they have an "ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality. That's not to say they're not incredibly well resourced with new broadcasting technologies, but the feel and format of Eyewitness News has remained largely the same for 20 years.
Regarding NY1, it's only available to Spectrum and Optimum subscribers, so it doesn't reach OTA, Verizon, and Satellite viewers. I've never had access to it, but when I have viewed it it seems really stale, formal, and beholden to the wheel format.
Last edited by seamus on 25 January 2018 4:25pm
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