Considering Early Morning News?

More TV stations around the country are adding 4:30am newscasts — and some are expanding to 4:00am.

Why? According to the Nielsen Company, more viewers are waking up earlier and watching early newscasts. Local TV stations are offering advertisers an opportunity to reach these quality news audiences in 4:30am newscasts.

  • Audiences in the 4:00-5:00am time period have increased over 200% from May ’08 to May ’10.

  • Stations with early newscasts deliver higher ratings later in the morning, providing  a cumulative lift throughout the morning daypart.

  • Nearly 2/3 of markets with 4:30am newscasts had at least one that out-delivered the 5am newscast.

  • Early newscasts appear to have strong appeal for viewers under age 35.

  • For example, a higher percent of viewers under age 35 in NY watch early morning news than any other time of day.

  • In the past 5 years, the number of households that have a TV set on at 4:30am has doubled, from 8% to 16% since 2005.

  • In the morning, there is less media competition from the Internet.










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