Hard to do a 40 share at 7:45 a.m. but WTNH-8 did last Saturday with live coverage of the New Haven Coliseum's implosion. In the New Haven area, the channel scored a 16 rating, 40 share (about 55,000 households) and in most of the rest of the state it was a 9 rating, 26 share. (WFSB scored a 6/18 and WVIT a 5/14).
There were also 2,000 people viewing live on-line that morning, says WTNH General Manager Jon Hitchcock. And video was also loaded on nhregister.com.
Strange that New Haven's biggest show of the year involves a demolition. I remember when I was riding the bus to Notre Dame High School as the Coliseum and KofC buildings were being built. When they were finally done, they didn't look done. It's as simple as that. Odd design. But here's a question: If the Coliseum, with its strange but distinctive architecture wasn't a landmark to preserve, why is the Pirelli building? If the Pirelli building is so worth preserving, why hang advertising from it? I just don't buy that it was worth keeping.