SOURCE: Fisher Communications, Inc.

Fisher Communications, Inc.

February 04, 2013 08:00 ET

KOMO-TV Steals the Crown in Local News

Station Begins 2013 on Top of Every Evening Newscast in Key Audience Demographics

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Feb 4, 2013) - Fisher Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSCI), a leader in local media innovation, announced today its flagship television station, KOMO-TV (ABC) in Seattle finished the January rating period as the number one news station at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 11pm in both the 18-49 and the 25-54 demographics.

KOMO 4 News at 4pm doubled the rating of its nearest competitor in Adults 25-54 outperforming "Katie" by 84%. At 5pm KOMO's newscast outperformed its closest competitor by 37% in Adults 18-49 and by 19% in Adults 25-54. It's the second month in a row that KOMO has finished #1 at 5pm in the 25-54 demographic.

Vice President and General Manager of KOMO-TV Janene Drafs commented, "This is a terrific moment for us. Seattle is a very competitive market known for producing high quality newscasts and I am thrilled to see KOMO on top as we begin the New Year. I couldn't be more proud of our team but at the heart of our success is our viewers, and we thank them for their continued loyalty and viewership."

Holly Gauntt, Vice President/News Director, added, "Every member of the KOMO team has been working very hard to become the number one source of news in Seattle. I'm extremely proud of the team effort and the quality of news we produce. Our ratings growth has been steady for some time and it's great to reach the top in all of our evening news broadcasts."

KOMO is also the number one source of news online and on social media. has ranked #1 among television station websites in page views and total visits for the past 11 months. Further, KOMO's Facebook fan base of more than 57,000 followers leads the market by a wide margin.

In the past six years, KOMO-TV has won 75 Emmy awards and 32 Edward R. Murrow Awards including the national Murrow for Overall Excellence in 2008. KOMO also received the coveted Walter Cronkite award for political coverage in 2010.

About Fisher Communications, Inc.
Fisher Communications (FSCI) is an innovative local media company with television, radio, internet and mobile operations throughout the western United States. Fisher operates 20 television stations, which include network affiliations with ABC, CBS, FOX, Univision and CW that reach 3.5% of U.S. television households, and 10 radio stations targeting a full range of audience demographics. Fisher Interactive produces more than 125 local and hyper-local websites and delivers comprehensive multiplatform advertising solutions to local businesses. The Company is headquartered at Fisher Plaza, a 300,000 square foot media, telecommunications and data center facility in Seattle, WA. More information about Fisher Communications, Inc. is available at

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