South Florida viewers gobbled up all the NFL coverage they could last week, according to the Sun Sentinel’s Johnny Diaz. The network you rarely watch but pay through the nose for (ESPN) came in at number one with 309,000 local viewers followed by WSVN in second place with 220,000 for the NFL game on FOX. Channel 10 and NBC 6 won the weekend with Saturday and Sunday Night Football, ranking third and fourth overall for the week of December 1 through 7th.
WFOR squeezed in 6th place with 60 Minutes at 173,000 thousand viewers and some telenovelas made the most watched list as well.
By the way, almost nobody cared to watch Peter Pan Live on WTVJ. The androgynous green boy, and daughter of NBC newscaster Brian Williams, couldn’t skip past the 91,000 viewers that tuned in. Which if our math is correct is (at most) 5% of the viewers in Miami-Fort Lauderdale.
After 14 years covering sports for WFOR, sports anchor Kim Bokamper is calling it quits. The former Dolphins player says he’s retiring from the TV biz to spend more time with his daughters, and to take some time to travel and see the world.
In an announcement released by the station, Bokamper says “I will miss the people that I’ve worked with in the sports community, I’ll also miss the excitement of covering the sports scene here in South Florida, which has been such a big part of my life for as long as I can remember.”
Bokamper has covered sports for WFOR since 2000 when he joined as the Sunday through Thursday sports anchor for the 5, 6, and 11 pm newscasts. He is the second high-profile sportscaster in Miami to retire, NBC 6 sports director Joe Rose is set to sign off from WTVJ this month.
Bokamper’s last day at WFOR will be sometime in January.
It’s that time of the year again, the Suncoast Emmy Awards are upon us. Recently the chapter announced nominees and as usual we tallied up the nominations. In total South Florida stations and media grabbed 156 nominations this year with WFOR, Telemundo 51, and WJAN leading the pack with 22, 23, and 24 nominations. In Palm Beach WPEC and WPBF have nomination vying for an Emmy statue as well.
The award ceremony will be held on December 13th at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa.
WFOR – 22
WTVJ – 10
WSVN – 3
WPLG – 9
WSCV – 23
WLTV – 7
WJAN – 24
WSFL – 3
WBFS – 2
WLRN – 3
WPTB – 5
WSBS – 1
Becon – 1
WDFL Mira TV – 2
Sun Sentinel – 1
Miami Dolphins – 4
Miami Heat – 14
Sun Sports – 14
Royal Palm Films – 2
Common Machine Prod. – 1
Armenoid Productions – 1
Miami-Dade TV – 1
Sportman’s Adventures – 1
Television Marti – 2
Palm Beach Stations
WPTV – 14
WPEC – 2
WPBF – 1
You can see the complete list of nominees here [PDF]
Unless you live under a rock, you probably heard what happened last night at the Governor debate moderated by WFOR anchor Eliott Rodriguez. In what looked like an SNL skit, Governor Rick Scott refused to get on stage for several minutes because Charlie Crist had a fan under his podium then lied it was because he was waiting for Charlie Crist to get on stage.
And here’s WTVT FOX13 in Tampa on the Gov’s habit of not answering questions
Someone at WFOR managing the Facebook page accidentally referred to Michael Phelps as Josh Phelps in a post about the swimming star’s DUI arrest. There is a Josh Phelps however, but he’s a former MLB first baseman.
40 minutes later someone edited the post but not before viewers chimed in with snarky comments.