WLTW Caps 2012 as Number One Station in New York

It was another successful year for WLTW. “Lite” FM/106.7 finished 2012 where it started–as New York’s most listened to station. WLTW, which switched to Christmas music prior to Thanksgiving, enjoyed a huge leap in its monthly PPM Arbitron ratings.

For December, the Clear Channel heavyweight had an 8.4. WLTW registered a 6.5 for November.

By contrast, 2012’s perennial number two WCBS-FM took its familiar slot with a 6.8.

The resurrection of WBLS takes the Urban music home into 2013. The YMF Media-owned station is holding at third with a 6.1.

Back to the Clear Channel cluster, Z100/WHTZ was fourth with a 5.1. WKTU made a .4 gain to 4.5. Classic rocker WAXQ/Q 104.3 saw a .6 jump to 4.4.

The city’s two Spanish outlets cracked the Top 10—WSKQ and WXNY, both with .6 gains, to 4.8 and 4.3, respectively.

More of the December ratings analysis after the jump

Now that WFAN and ESPN are entrenched on the FM dial, here’s the rating perspective of the 24-hour sports stations. CBS’ WFAN, which acquired Merlin Media’s 101.9 and began simulcasting 660 in November, had a 3.2.

ESPN/WEPN 98.7 had an overall 1.8, down from a 2.3 the previous month.

WOR, making numerous changes since the Clear Channel takeoff, lost .4 to 1.5. WABC also went in the wrong direction, falling .6 to 2.8.

Other highlights of the current ratings, WINS and sister station WCBS 880 each saw big losses for the month. WINS nose-dived more than a point to 3.7, while WCBS toppled 1.7 from last month’s position to 3.6.