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Release Date: 11.06.2017 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: WSB-TV CHANNEL 2

Which Local TV Station Delivered 61% of the News Audience During October Sweeps

(ATLANTA, November 6, 2017) Channel 2 WSB-TV dominated the viewing in the Atlanta market throughout the day, continuing its long run as the #1 local. Channel 2 Action News won every head-to-head newscast, drawing more audience than the combined competition at 4:30 a.m., 5:00 a.m., 5:30 a.m. 6:00 a.m., noon, 4:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. All together the station’s newscasts attracted 61% of the local news audience over the rating period. That distance nearly tripled #2 WAGA with 22%. WXIA attracted 9%, WGCL 6% and WPCH 1%.

October 2017 BY THE NUMBERS
Channel 2 WSB-TV ranked #1 in 21 hours of the average day, Monday - Friday during the October 2017 Sweep.

Sixty percent of Atlanta local morning news viewers continued to wake up to “Channel 2 Action News This Morning” from 4:30-7 a.m. in October. The Early Morning Newscasts drew 48% more viewers than the competition combined.

Channel 2 Action News “This Morning at 6 a.m.” out-delivered the combined audiences of WAGA, WXIA, and WGCL by 48%.

Once again, “Good Morning America,” was Atlanta’s #1 morning news and entertainment program. The two-hour program out-delivered NBC’s “Today Show” by 440% more viewers and beat WAGA’s “Good Day Atlanta” by 93%.

Channel 2 Action News at Noon out-delivered #2 WAGA by 183% and drew 89% more than the competition combined.

In the Early Evening News, Channel 2 Action News continued to dominate the other local news stations.

  • At 4 p.m., Channel 2 Action News delivered more than five times the audience of WGCL, the CBS Affiliate with head-to-head news at 4 p.m. 
  • At 5 p.m., Channel 2 Action News equaled the audience of the combined competition and out-delivered #2 WAGA by 67%. 
  • At 6 p.m., Channel 2 Action News delivered 25% more viewers than the combined competition and out-delivered #2 WAGA by 108%. 

ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” at 7 p.m. continued its ranking as the #1 rated weekday program on any local affiliate in any time period. It more than doubled the combined audiences of NBC and CBS national news. ABC News out ranked “NBC Nightly News” by 209% and was more than 10 times greater than “CBS Evening News.”

“Entertainment Tonight” at 7:30 p.m. delivered 41% more viewers than each of the two competing shows tied for second: “Jeopardy” and “TMZ.”

ABC was the #1 Prime time network in Atlanta.

Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m. out-ranked #2 WAGA with 92% more audience, Monday-Friday.

The following weekday programs also ranked #1 on WSB-TV: “Live with Kelly & Ryan,” “The View,” “The Chew,” “General Hospital,” “ABC Nightline” and “The Doctors.”

“Channel 2 Action News Saturday Morning,” 6-9 a.m., grew over October 2016, outdistancing #2 WAGA with three times the viewers and doubling the combined competition.

“Channel 2 Action News Sunday Morning,” 6-8 a.m. and 9-11 a.m. drew 143% more audience than #2 WAGA and 31% more than the combined competition.

Channel 2’s digital platforms continued steady growth year to year across all channels.

  • Digital Visits UP 15%
  • Digital Page Views UP 27%
  • Video Plays UP 45%

On Facebook, the station’s page grew by 30% over last year to 1,438,369 Likes.

Channel 2’s Twitter station page continues its rapid growth with a 75% increase year to year. The station almost doubled its following over last year, growing to 1,085,203 followers.


About Channel 2 WSB-TV
The ABC Affiliate is part of Cox Media Group and ranks as Atlanta’s number one local television station. The station also operates its website,, its mobile site,, plus News, Weather, Wake-Up and Traffic Apps, airs BOUNCETV on its digital sub-channel 2.2, and LAFF on 2.3. WSB-TV also provides news, weather and traffic on WSB-TV’s Facebook page and on Twitter.

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, more than 60 radio stations, seven daily newspapers and 11 non-daily publications; and more than 100 digital sites and services, like,, Dawg Nation, SEC Country,, Mundo Hispanico, Southern Kitchen and All22. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps - the country’s biggest television rep firm - Gamut, and Videa. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million newspaper readers, and nearly 15 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at

Contact Info

Contact Name: Steve Riley

Company: WSB-TV Channel 2

Phone: 404-897-7447