WLS sweeps May, but WMAQ shines in demos at 10

Staying on the subject of local news, it was a good May book for all of Chicago’s news outlets -(second item) despite the fact the networks lost audience share due to the after-effects of the recent writer’s strike with something for everyone to crow about: ABC-owned WLS-TV’s newscasts won the May sweeps in households (second item) – however, NBC-owned WMAQ-TV did very well at 10 p.m. in the key 25-54 news demo.

CBS’ WBBM-TV’s ratings were up (thanks to the departure of Diann Burns?), while WGN finished first in the mornings and also did well at 9 p.m. in households and demos (despite poor lead-ins from the struggling CW.) WFLD can tout to increased ratings at 9 and 10 p.m., thanks to American Idol.