WNBC blinks first

The first station to make a move in the new fall season is NBC-owned WNBC-TV in New York, which is dropping its soft news-oriented News4You, and replacing it with a traditional newscast at 5:30 p.m. Ratings for the show were behind ABC-owned WABC-TV, which ranks number one at 5 and 5:30 p.m.

WNBC has also removed the second half-hour of Merv Griffin’s Crosswords at 4:30 p.m., replacing it with Access: Hollywood, which also retains its 7:30 p.m. time slot. Crosswords remains at 4.

These changes at WNBC does not affect other NBC O&Os, including WMAQ-TV in Chicago, which will stay the course for now.