Philadelphians tuning out newscasts

First it was Washington, D.C., now its Philadelphia that’s suffering the news blues. While ABC-owned WPVI still leads all local newscasts, ratings for the four major stations in the market are down in the key 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. time slots. Not only that, the article points out that local news ratings are down nationwide – including here in Chicago.

The usual suspects? The internet, changing lifestyles, disinterest by young viewers, and of course, the overall crapiness of the newscasts.

But with a dearth of first-run and off-network programming (and the fact that local news still make a lot of money for stations), don’t look for any stations for pare down the number of hours they produce news anytime soon…