Ratings success continues for Hawaii News Now

Ratings success continues for Hawaii News Now

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -  Hawaii News Now takes the lead in the highly contested 5:00 PM time slot, remains the undisputed leader at 10:00 PM and was the news team Hawaii turned to during the recent tsunami threat - with almost triple the number of viewers than its closest competitor.

Airing on KGMB, KHNL and KFVE, Hawaii News Now broadcasts more than 40 hours of unique news content each week across three platforms and online at HawaiiNewsNow.com. Hawaii News Now at 5:00 simulcast on KGMB and KHNL is now #1 in the time period, earning a 9 rating / 25 share. The simulcast is co-anchored by Tannya Joaquin and Stephanie Lum, weather anchor Guy Hagi, traffic reporter Taizo Braden with special business reports by Howard Dicus.

Hawaii News Now at 10 on KGMB keeps the top local news spot, even against the Olympics. Hawaii News Now at 10 on KHNL – which aired immediately following Olympics coverage – retained strong viewership after the heavily-watched Winter Games. The show is co-anchored by Keahi Tucker and Stephanie Lum, with weather anchor Guy Hagi and sports anchor Brooks Baehr.

Hawaii News Now's wall-to-wall coverage of the tsunami scare generated a massive audience during the emergency. Hawaii News Now dominated the market with a 32 household rating as the tsunami made first landfall in Hawaii at 11:30 AM.

"We are grateful the people of Hawaii have embraced all the hard work and commitment of the Hawaii News Now team," said Rick Blangiardi, KGMB/KHNL general manager. "These ratings are a solid testimonial to our value to the people of this state as broadcasters."

"February was a huge test for our team – and for our viewers," said Chris Archer, news director for Hawaii News Now. "There were several major stories, and of course the Super Bowl and Olympics. We knew we had to be there for Hawaii, and we're so happy that our viewers were there for us."

Hawaii News Now: Sunrise is the most-watched morning news, winning most half-hour periods between 5:00 – 8:00 AM, and is off to a strong start in its new 8:00 – 9:00 AM hour on KFVE. Hawaii News Now: Sunrise airs weekdays from 4:30– 8:00 AM on KGMB and is simulcast from 5:00 -7:00 AM on KHNL. An additional hour of Hawaii News Now: Sunrise premiered on KFVE on January 11, 2010. The KFVE broadcast is the only local 8:00 AM newscast in the market.

The 4-½ hour show is hosted by co-anchors Steve Uyehara and Grace Lee, weather anchor Dan Cooke, traffic reporter Taizo Braden, roving reporters Lisa Kubota and Malika Dudley, business reporter Howard Dicus, plus special contributors Billy V and Amy Kalili.

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