WSOC (Channel 9) retained its No. 1 position in news in February, the first sweeps period where Nielsen measured viewers in Charlotte with new technology called local people meters.
Under the new technology, viewers in the Nielsen sample log in on a remote control before watching TV. By knowing the demographic background of each viewer in the household, Nielsen computes which programs attract certain types of viewers by race, age, gender, income.
Before the switch, Nielsen had about 400 households in the 22-county Charlotte television market hooked up to sensors that recorded TV viewing habits and provided daily ratings information. That information was supplemented by diaries kept by other viewers.
Now about 600 households have the new meters, providing a better sample of the 1.1million homes in the region.
Sweeps data showed no change in the rankings of local news programming. Channel 9 retained its lead in early morning and 6 p.m. newscasts. WBTV (Channel 3) still led at noon and 11 p.m.
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