MetroFocus Homes In on Clinton-Trump

The New York nightly newscast just had its most-watched week ever.

For the first time in more than 70 years, since the 1944 election, both major party presidential nominees are from New York.

And as the race for the White House enters its final weeks, one locally-produced news show appears to be benefiting from Clinton-Trump. MetroFocus is a nightly newscast that airs on several PBS stations in the tri-state: Thirteen, WLIW21 and NJTV, at various times in the evening. The show, which is co-hosted by Jack Ford, Rafael Pi Roman and Jenna Flanagan, drew 312,125 viewers last week for all its airings: it’s most-watched week ever. MetroFocus added nearly 110,000 viewers, a gain of +54 percent, from the week prior.

The biggest share of the audience (182,055 viewers last week) came from viewers of WLIW, which mostly serves Long Island. The show, which is executive produced by former Fox News and CNN ep David Brown, expanded to seven nights per week last October.

@ChrisAriens Chris Ariens is the managing editor and director of video at Adweek.
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