South Florida PBS Original Productions Achieve #1 Spot on Prime Time

Posted by Jacqueline Gutierrez on

South Florida PBS (WPBT & WXEL) has achieved a significant TV ratings milestone, powered by its original, locally produced, programs.

For Prime Time, February 8, 2018, WXEL West Palm, was the # 1 Live Overnight market in the nation among Public Television main channels, according to Nielsen Research Gross Rating Points*. The evening led off with the premiere of the South Florida PBS original production, Battleground Everglades, the first in a six part-series that explores solutions to the threats to this great natural resource. This was followed by South Florida PBS’ Emmy award-winning series, Changing Seas. Now in its 9th season, this documentary series lets viewers experience first-hand how oceanographers and other experts study earth’s last frontier and sheds light on how human activities are impacting ocean resources.

“We are very pleased to acknowledge the viewer support for WPBT and WXEL since these stations merged and became South Florida PBS. The rating results for Prime Time on February 8th, along with other very positive viewer response, serves to validate our mission to super-serve the diverse communities of South Florida. Our staff is dedicated to this mission and it is gratifying to achieve this measure of recognition and approval,” said Dolores Sukhdeo, CEO and President, South Florida PBS.

* Gross Rating Point (GRP): a unit of measurement of audience size.

Battleground Everglades, premiered at 8 PM on WXEL with a 1.2 rating, followed by Changing Seas, with a 1.26 rating. Prohibition, a national PBS program built on that success and garnered a 1.66 rating.