Christmas was good to WWSW (94.5 FM). The Clear Channel classic rock station benefited from a seasonal "all-Christmas" format, which helped it win the December Nielsen Audio ratings. The book ran from Nov. 7-Dec. 4.
As interpreted by the Tom Taylor NOW industry newsletter, 3WS topped three consecutive months of growth with an 8.8 rating. Nielsen purchased Arbitron last year, and its portable people meter (PPM) figures list the status of subscribing stations.
The term "station" now includes online, HD and in some cases, satellite numbers. Next in the ratings after 3WS were Clear Channel's WDVE and CBS Radio's country-format WDSY.
Clear Channel talk radio's WPGB had its lowest PPM figures ever after the cancellation of the Jim Quinn and Rose Tennent show in mid-November.
* Comcast's Xfinity Streampix, a subscription-based, multi-platform video service, has begun offering downloadable content. Specializing in older movies and television shows, Streampix is bundled on higher-tier Comcast accounts but is also available for $4.99 a month locally. For now, only a handful of kids' TV programming is downloadable to mobile devices, but a recent search yielded movies such as "When Harry Met Sally," "Doctor Zhivago," "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Driving Miss Daisy."