Well, pat yourselves on the back, erudite Twin Citians — for the second year in a row, you’ve made TPT the top-rated prime-time public-TV station in any U.S. market.
TPT Chief Content Officer Terry O’Reilly says his station grabbed more 14 percent more prime-time ratings points than runner-up Thirteen (New York). The next three finishers were Detroit’s DPTV, San Francisco’s KQED and Sacramento’s KVIE.
Overall, TPT’s ratings were 60 percent greater than the average U.S. public TV station.
Weirdly, TPT bested Chicago’s WTTW by 22 percent in prime-time, but the Windy City is the all-day leader. TPT finished third, behind Detroit (sort of a bizarro-world American League Central, at least this year). Apparently we love us some “Antiques Roadshow” but are not quite as keen on “Sesame Street.”
Anyway, combined with MPR’s dominance among public-radio stations, it shows that the Twin Cities supports major public media with its eyeballs as well as its bucks.
On a related note, O’Reilly says the University of Minnesota has not rescheduled an airing of “Troubled Waters,” the river-pollution documentary that gained ratings juice after the U canceled its premiere. While a Bell Auditorium screening is on for Oct. 3, you’ll have to wait a bit longer if you’re a (hopefully sustainably grown) couch potato.