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Wednesday, June 14, 2000




KHON news
keeps its lead

By Tim Ryan


The Channel 2 News with Joe Moore easily won at 6 and 10 p.m. for the Neilsen ratings' May sweeps period.

The KHON (Fox) show drew a 15 rating, 29 share at 6 p.m. and 13-28 at 10, beating KITV (ABC) with 8-17 and 10-21. KGMB (CBS) was third with 6-12, and 7-15 and KHNL (NBC) was last at 5-9 and 7-14.

The four Hawaii network affiliates' news shows finished in the same order they have in the last several ratings' periods, which take place three times a year: February, May and November.

KITV was strong earlier in the day. Its 5 p.m. news with Gary Sprinkle and Pamela Young more than doubled the ratings-shares received by KGMB and KHNL and beat KHON's frequent frontrunner in that time slot, "Jeopardy." KITV had 9-23. up from a 8-22 for the same period last year. KHON's "Jeopardy" posted 8-20, KGMB had 4-12 with new anchor Jim Mendoza, and KHNL was at 3-7. KITV also took the 5:30 p.m. network national news slot with Peter Jennings with 8-21, followed by KHON's 7-16, KGMB at 6-13, and KHNL at 4-10.

KITV also had a narrow victory in the sign-on/sign-off category -- 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

The Channel 2 Morning News with Leslie Wilcox and Kirk Matthews continued to dominate its time slot with a 5 rating-22 share followed by KHNL's Hawaii Today, 3-16, and KITV's Good Morning Hawaii, 2-11.

KITV won the prime time war largely on the success of ABC's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," followed by KHON, KGMB and KHNL. During the four days when the quiz show had celebrities as guests it pulled in phenomenal ratings: 30, 29, 28 and 26.

If there's any blue sky for KHNL, its that the station's 6 and 10 p.m. ratings-shares have climbed since February when Howard Dashefsky became anchor. KHNL's 6 p.m. numbers in February were 4 and 8, rising to 5-9 in May; at 10 p.m. it saw 6-12 in February and 7-14 in May.

Garnering a strong showing in its first ratings since 1992, KITV's Merrie Monarch Festival averaged a 15 ratings-28 share for the 6-11 p.m. slot for three nights.

A rating number represents the percentage of television households tuned in to a particular program or station. The share represents the percentage of households using television at the time that are tuned to a particular program or station.

There are about 399,500 television households in Hawaii.


Stations brace for storms

Now that Hawaii is officially in the hurricane season, two local stations have scheduled special programs to help people prepare for possible disasters.

"Storm Watch 2000" from KHNL News 8 will be broadcast at 8 p.m. tomorrow on KHNL/NBC and hosted by the station weather team of Guy Hagi, Erin Brown and Kimsheree Napiewocki.

At 7 p.m. July 1, KGMB/CBS presents "Eye on the Storm: Hurricane Watch 2000," hosted by the KGMB 9 team of Kim Gennaula, Ku'ualoha Taylor, Paul Drewes and Britt Ried.

Both programs will cover such topics as the forecast for this year, how to plan for evacuation and what every household should have in its emergency kit, as well as what steps to take to help your home weather a hurricane.


Four falsetto virtuosos, from left, Richard Ho'opi'i, Led Kaapana,
Chris Kamaka and Bobby Ingano, jam in the "Leo Ki'e Ki'e"
episode of "Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song," airing
at 7:30 tonight, repeating 6 p.m. Saturday, on KHET.

On air today

"Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song," 7:30 p.m. KHET/PBS. "Leo Ki'e Ki'e" pays homage to the Hawaiian tradition of falsetto singing.

"Time of Your Life," 8 p.m., KHON/Fox. The spin-off from "Party of Five," in which Sarah Merrin (Jennifer Love Hewitt) seeks her identity in New York, returns for another run.

"The Cleveland Orchestra in Performance," 8:30 p.m., KHET/ PBS. A tape of a Jan. 8 concert.

Staff and wire reports

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