Baltimore area viewers want their early evening local news. And WMAR-TV (Channel 2) has what they want.
That's one of the messages that came through loud and clear with release of the advance local ratings for January, from A.C. Nielsen. Channel 2's audience at 5 continued to grow last month and is now twice as large as the audience for reruns of "Golden Girls" and "Who's the Boss?" on WBAL-TV (Channel 11). Channel 11 canceled its 5 o'clock news in September and replaced it with the entertainment programs.
Last month, Channel 2's early evening newscast was seen in about 140,000 area homes. That's up by a margin of 37,000 homes from January 1991. Reruns of "The Cosby Show" and "Night Court" on WJZ-TV (Channel 13) were seen in about 84,000 homes. Nielsen put Channel 11's audience at about 65,000 homes for "The Golden Girls" and "Who's the Boss?" during the 5 to 6 o'clock hour.