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WNYW: Thrive at Five

WNBC made quite a splash by scrapping 5 p.m. news/adding 7 p.m. news this week, believing viewers weren’t really home at 5 anymore. Is that really the case? New York’s Fox affiliate WNYW reports a 33% boost in household ratings for its 5 p.m. newscast Monday, when WNBC aired Extra in a new time slot. (WNYW came up with the number by comparing it to the average from the previous 12 days.)

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