WFAN's Mike Francesa did not finish first in radio ratings (not even close) | Bob's Blitz

WFAN's Mike Francesa did not finish first in radio ratings (not even close)

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New York, NY -- You all hate it. The radio ratings piece that proclaims someone #1 based not on total listeners but, instead, on the number of boys in a certain age group that tuned in. Every single time we run a story like that the emails roll in, "But were they really #1?"

And those numbers are hard to get.

The most recent influx of emails came after #1 Mike Francesa Mocks Michael Kay's ratings failures; B&C #2. Joe & Evan? Meh. summed up Neil Best's Newsday piece, WFAN's Mike Francesa finishes first in radio ratings.

But did he really?

Best gushed:

The station [WFAN] ranked first from 3-7 p.m. in the period covering Sept. 12-Dec. 4, averaging 7.2 percent of the listening audience in the key demographic of men ages 25-54. It was the fifth time in the past six quarters (not counting summers) that Mike Francesa has finished first.

In the key demographic of men ages 25-54...

But what about overall? WSKQ would beg to differ with Newsday's take on who's #1 in the afternoon. (And it's not that WSKQ isn't beyond using the numbers to their benefit as well, just this July proclaiming that "its New York station WSKQ-FM "Mega 97.9FM" achieved significant ratings gains and strengthened its market position in Arbitron's recently-released July 2013 trend report. WSKQ-FM Mega 97.9FM has captured the number one position amongst all RADIO stations in the Tri-State New York market, for Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49, regardless of language.")

But you want the straight dope on the Pope. Here you go:

WSKQ Arbitron rating for the time and dates above: 9.6

WFAN Arbitron rating for the time and dates above: 6.9

Mega 97.9FM...acabados de primera en los ratings de radio.

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