The Former KOCE-TV — Now PBS SoCal — Sees Ratings Improve After Taking on PBS Schedule

Feb 4, 2011  •  Post A Comment

The former KOCE-TV, which became PBS SoCal after KCET-TV split from PBS over a dispute over dues, has seen its ratings more than double since it took on the full PBS schedule on Jan. 1, reports the Los Angeles Times’ ShowTracker blog.

The Orange County-based public broadcasting station had delivered a 0.2 household rating for its programming day before its overhaul, but since adding PBS staples such as "Frontline" and "Masterpiece," the station’s rating jumped to 0.5 last month, the article notes. That’s the same rating that KCET-TV was pulling a year earlier, it adds.

But since KCET left the PBS network, its ratings have plunged, the article points out. PBS SoCal’s highest ratings have been for "Masterpiece", with a 1.2 rating, "Antiques Roadshow," with a 1.0 rating, and ‘Nova,’ with a 0.9 rating, it adds.

In percentages, KOCE’s ratings have improved by 150%, while KCET’s have declined by 38%, according to the Times.

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