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WLS-Channel 7 triumphant in August local late news ratings

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The August local late news Nielsen ratings numbers are in for Chicago television stations. And guess what? ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 is right where it's been for some time now -- solidly in first place. The station scored a 7.9 rating for its late news product Monday through Sunday, putting it comfortably in front of second-place NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5, which pulled a 5 rating, a sharp drop from the 6.6 rating the station's late news had a year ago. WMAQ was in fact just a hair ahead of Tribune Co.'s WGN-Channel 9's hour-long news at 9 p.m., which managed a 4.8 rating, exactly what it scored a year ago. Meanwhile CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 still is looking for that sure sign a ratings turnaround has begun. In August, the station could do no better than a 3.1, up slighthly from its 2.8 a year ago. And bringing up the rear in the August ratings was Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 and its 9 p.m. news program, which scored a 2.7, up slightly from a 2.4 a year a go.

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