FIRST ON THE BLOG: This is really rare. But because ABC usually doesn’t show as much sports coverage as CBS or NBC, WABC will take that advantage by adding more news.
Starting this Sunday, September 13th, 2015, WABC 7 will add an hour-long 5:00 p.m. newscast on Sundays with Channel 7 Eyewitness News at 5:00. The newscast will be anchored by Joe Torres, Sandra Bookman, AccuWeather from Meteorologist Jeff Smith and Sports with Laura Behnke. The newscast will be put in competition against the first half-hour of WPIX 11 (CW)’s Sunday night 5:00 p.m. newscast, while WABC 7 will be the ONLY ones on at 5:30 p.m. WABC 7 already had (and still has) a weeknight hour-long 5:00 p.m. newscast that the station has done since the Early ’80s.
This is a trend that is starting to take notice by ABC stations across the country. Already known in the West Coast, its starting to be seen in the East Coast, as for example, in my home market, WPLG 10 (ABC) in Miami has added a half-hour newscast on Sundays at 5:00 p.m., some while time ago, which competes against #1-rated WSVN 7 (FOX)’s 5:00 p.m. weekend newscast. This is taking place because, as I said, ABC doesn’t deliver as much sports coverage on Sundays during most times of the year, as CBS and NBC. The same can be said on Saturdays when there’s no college football.
Look an eye out for this new newscast coming soon if you live in NYC. Weekend news at 5:00 p.m. (either on Saturdays or Sunday) could be the new normal.