Viewers flock to Weather Channel for Hurricane Ian coverage | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — The Weather Channel reached its biggest audience in five years last week when Hurricane Ian made landfall in West Florida.

The average viewership of 3.4 million last Wednesday was more than any other day for the network since Hurricane Harvey inundated Texas with record rainfall in 2017, the Nielsen company said.

The network’s peak day came despite other cable news and broadcast networks also devoting resources to the storm, and a myriad of streaming options that gave people many different ways to follow along. Ian and its consequences.

For example, the free streaming service Local News Now, which is owned alongside The Weather Channel by the Allen Media Group, had a record day of usage last Wednesday, the company said. Through the service, people could watch Ian’s local news coverage from markets in Tampa, Fort Myers and Orlando Florida.

Allen did not give specific numbers on how many people have used the service.

Also new to the Weather Channel app were screen views that allowed users to follow the storm’s progress through fixed cameras placed in Ian’s path, Fort Myers Beach, Punta Gorda and Venice, in Florida, for example.

The average consumer who used the app spent a staggering four hours there the day the storm hit, the Weather Channel said.

Fox News Weather, a streaming service that debuted a year ago, easily had its most-used day last Wednesday, though Fox didn’t provide specific details either. For three nighttime hours after the storm passed, Fox News Channel simulcast the coverage on the Fox Weather feed.

NBC was again the winner in week two of the new TV season, averaging 6.1 million prime-time viewers, Nielsen said. CBS averaged 5.7 million, ABC had 4 million, Fox had 2.2 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 900,000, and Telemundo had 820,000.

ESPN was the most-watched cable network, averaging 2.15 million prime-time viewers. Fox News Channel had 2.12 million, MSNBC had 1.15 million, HGTV had 796,000, and CNN had 756,000.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” won the evening news ratings race, averaging 8.4 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.1 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5 million.

For the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2, the 20 most watched programs in prime time, their networks and audiences:

1. NFL Football: Kansas City at Tampa Bay, NBC, 20.85 million.

2. “NFL Pregame Show” (Sunday), NBC, 15.74 million.

3. “Football Night in America”, NBC, 11.04 million.

4. “60 minutes”, CBS, 10.27 million.

5. NFL Football: Dallas vs. NY Giants, ABC, 10.18 million.

6. NFL Football: Dallas vs. NY Giants, ESPN, 7.73 million.

7. “The Equalizer”, CBS, 7.09 million.

8. “FBI”, CBS, 7.08 million.

9. “Young Sheldon”, CBS, 6.88 million.

10. “Chicago Fire”, NBC, 6.73 million.

11. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 6.6 million.

12. “Ghosts”, CBS, 6.46 million.

13. “NFL Pregame Show” (Monday), ABC, 6.28 million.

14. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 6.111 million.

15. “NCIS,” CBS, 6.107 million.

16. “FBI: International,” CBS, 5.88 million.

17. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 5.87 million.

18. “Chicago PD”, NBC, 5.41 million.

19. “FBI: Most Wanted”, CBS, 5.4 million.

20. “Eastern New York,” CBS, 5.27 million.

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