Local ABC treatment of PR

Many ABC affiliates shuffle Saturday morning programming to make room for local news, sports and/or infomercials. This page is intended to help many of you find when PR is airing on ABC.

This page, even though not updated since Sept. 2009, was officially discontinued on Sept. 1, 2010.

September 2009: For probably the last time, the ABC Stations chart is getting its Fall update. I'm checking the stations to make sure of two things: a) that RPM is still scheduled at the same time and b) if there's going to be any interference from the ABC station carrying a regionally syndicated college football package. I've checked the first 30 of the 60 stations and I don't see any changes for RPM's immediate future.

What happens with KABC in Los Angeles is still up in the air since thet found one slots for RPM after the Sunday afternoon NASCAR coverage but will have TWO new episodes to deal with on Sept. 27 and Oct. 3.

The other interesting discovery from looking at the top-30 listings comes from -- of all places -- Pittsburgh! No, it's nothing as good as WTAE (one of the most non-PR-showing evil ABC stations of all time) changing its mind and adding RPM to the schedule. It comes from the world of digital subchannels -- those places where you find 24-hour local radar/weather forecasts or "oldies" TV services like RTN or ThisTV. And, it's not even on a Pittsburgh channel. It's on subchannel 8.2 of WWCP, the FOX affiliate in Johnstown, Pa., which carries the entire ABC Kids block in its usual 9-1 block.

After a quick check of the listings of the Pittsburgh cable systems, it does NOT appear that WWCP-8.2 is carried by any of them. You'll HAVE to get an antenna, point it toward Johnstown and have a digital tuner (either in your high-def TV set or with a DTV converter) to see RPM in the Iron City.

But, so far, there does NOT appear to be any football impact on WXYZ in Detroit. There are a handful of Michigan teams in the Mid-American Conference whose games, should they be that week's game-of-the-week for the MAC, could be picked up by WXYZ. But I can't tell that by just seeing the listings for Sept. 5 and 12.

SEPT. 28 UPDATE: Looks like I needed to wait a bit longer before having a full grasp of the football impact, since the Big East conference didn't start its regional package of noon games until this past weekend -- Sept. 26. And, there's a HUGE casualty there: Philadelphia. The nation's fourth-largest market didn't see the two new episodes on 9/26. They won't see the two on 10/3. At least the package ends during the Great Break and RPM's last four should be back on WPVI.

  • Another city that is affected by the Big East games is Tampa. But at least they moved the episodes to Sundays at noon and 12:30.

    SEPT. 4 UPDATE: Here's a very quick version of what I found in the listings of markets ranked 31-60. Don't have time to update the chart below, but here's what's happening:

  • Beginning Sept. 12, noon football games kick RPM TOTALLY off the schedule in Greenville, S.C. and Greensboro, N.C. In Grand Rapids, Mich., it's only certain weeks, depending on what schools are playing in that week's Mid-American Conference game of the week. There's not even a time-shift to a pre-dawn or Sunday time slot. The new double-up of new eps means there are more episodes that are going to be kept off the air in those markets. The football schedules will end before the Great Break does and the last four episodes of RPM should be back on the schedule when the new episodes resume in December.
  • San Antonio viewers .... you're back to being ON-TIME. Can't tell you when it happened, but RPM is back in its 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. Central time slots.

    SIGNIFICANT CHANGES: I don't know how current each of these changes is because I haven't looked up the info for the full chart in about two years. But here's what I've found in terms of major changes:

  • San Antonio (Sep. 4 update): WAS: Time-shift. NOW: On-time. The public service programming that was in the 11-noon block is no longer there and RPM has reclaimed its network-scheduled time.
  • KSTP, Minneapolis: (Aug. 1 update) WAS: One week delay. NOW: Same-week time-shift. Holy digital recorders, Batman! I do believe the Twin Cities affiliate has caught up with the rest of the time-shifting affiliates and is now recording the Friday night pre-feed and showing the same episodes as everyone else! We got visual confirmation from a Minnesota viewer this morning (Sat Aug 1) and the Zap2It listings show this change as well. All I can say is ... it's about time!
  • KABC, Los Angeles: WAS: On-time. NOW: Time-shift. Yes, the 2nd-biggest market in America has changed things up. They no longer follow the network schedule and show PR at 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. Pacific time. After finding a 12:30/1:00 Pacific time pattern for a handful of weeks, they moved RPM to SUNDAYS at 12:00 and 12:30 because of football. There's no way to know what will happen once ABC's Sunday NASCAR coverage starts Sept. 20. That 12-1 block won't be there. But once we get to October 10, we're looking at eight straight weeks when the PR hour is pre-empted on the West Coast anyhow.
  • Pittsburgh area: I say 'area' because it's not a Pittsburgh station, but it's in the area and you CAN get the show, with the right equipment. Just see my explanation above.
  • Charlotte: WAS: Time-shift. NOW: No-show. For the longest time, they shuffled the PR hour to Sunday morning but have decided to give viewers more news with their Sunday brunch.
  • Kansas City: WAS: On-time. NOW: No-show. Another affiliate that goes for more local news to pad the coffers.
  • West Palm Beach: WAS: On-time. NOW: No-show. Not so singular here. More local news.
  • Harrisburg: WAS: On-time. NOW: Time-shift. Good thing I'm not planning to drive up and watch PR off this affiliate (like I did for the post-switch part of WF). The addition of a local news hour pushes PR to pre-dawn.
  • Albuquerque: WAS: Time-shift. NOW: No-show. Looks like an hour of real estate/home fix-up shows is a better choice for Sunday morning at 4 a.m.
  • Fresno: WAS: On-time. NOW: Time-shift. Another station that wants an hour of local news after ABC's Good Morning America. That pushes the E/I section of ABC Kids up an hour and slides PR to pre-dawn.
  • Tampa: WAS: On-time. NOW: Time-shift. TWO new hours of local morning news move PR to 1:00 and 1:30 p.m.

    And one other thing. The ranking of markets changes yearly and, since the last time I did this page, Richmond rejoins the list and Dayton drops off. The reason I mention this is that I want to mention the unusual change that's happened in Dayton. They actually moved UP from being a time-shift station to now being ON-TIME!

    This is a disturbing rise in the number of the red no-show stations. There are 15 of the top 60 -- 25 percent -- of the nation's top markets where RPM will not be available.

    There might be some places where you could pull in a station that's not that far away with an antenna and, if needed, DTV converter box. Like in DC, Baltimore is only 35 miles away. KC can get St. Joseph. West Palm Beach can get Miami. Little Rock can get Jonesboro.

    BUT, if this really riles you up ... do something about it! Find your ABC affiliate's Web site and find the 'Contact Us' link. Look for a SNAIL MAIL address and send a card or letter (yes, I know it's radical, give the USPS something to deliver other than bills and junk mail!) to the Program Director of that station saying you are being deprived of your favorite show because of their inconsiderate decision to maximize station revenue.

  • Football: Several stations may time-shift PR to make room for sports programming (Sept-to-March, football and/or basketball) only to return it to its regular time slot for April-to-August. If you see a next to a city name that's on a green line, that means there might be a pre-emption (check your local listings) -- but not on an every-week basis.

    DIGITAL TV TRANSITION: All stations have now made the transition to digital broadcast signals. Antennas and DTV converter boxes are still available (as are the government coupons). There's no need to have the dots in the affiliate list below.

    If your affiliate is listed here and ends up doing something different, please e-mail me at burgundyranger@yahoo.com with the information. Obviously, I can't see these stations first-hand so I need your word-of-mouth to keep things accurate.

    Green means that week's "new" episode is shown sometime that weekend.

    Yellow means the station time-shifts the episodes into the early morning AND delays it by a week from ABC's standard schedule.

    Red means PRRPM is not shown by that ABC station at any time. That means you break out the ol' rabbit ears (remember, the DTV conversion is now in effect, so you need a digital tuner in your TV or a converter box) and pull in a station from the next closest station, wait for them to show up on YouTube or you download them.

    Here's a sampling of how ABC stations in the nation's biggest markets generally handle Power Rangers RPM (all times local):

    (Times shown are local for that market)
    No. CityStationFirst epSecond epWhy?
    1. New YorkWABC-7Sat., noonSat., 12:30 p.m.
    2. Los AngelesKABC-7Sat., 8:30 a.m.Sun., 3:30 p.m.Football/NASCAR
    So, now L.A. gets the first episode BEFORE the East Coast!
    3. ChicagoWLS-7Sat., 11 a.m.Sat., 11:30 a.m.
    4. Philadelphia WPVI-6NOT SHOWNFootball
    Bad timing for these games to start the same week as the double-ups
    5. DallasWFAA-8Sat., 5 a.m.Sat., 5:30 a.m.Local news/infom.
    6. San FranciscoKGO-7Sat., 11 a.m.Sat., 11:30 a.m.
    7. BostonWCVB-5NOT SHOWNLocal news/sports
    8. AtlantaWSB-2NOT SHOWNLocal news
    9. Washington, D.C.WJLA-7NOT SHOWNInfomercials
    10. HoustonKTRK-13Sat., 11 a.m.Sat., 11:30 a.m.
    11. DetroitWXYZ-7Sat., noonSat., 12:30 p.m.
    12. PhoenixKNXV-15Sat., 10 a.m.Sat., 10:30 a.m.
    13. SeattleKOMO-4NOT SHOWNLocal news/infom.
    14. TampaWFTS-28Sat., 1 p.m.Sat., 1:30 p.m.Local news
    15. MinneapolisKSTP-5Sat., 5 a.m.Sat., 5:30 a.m.Syndicated
    16. DenverKMGH-7Sun., 4:05 a.m.Sun., 4:30 a.m.Local programming
    17. MiamiWPLG-10Sat., 5 a.m.Sat., 5:30 a.m.Local news/infom.
    18. ClevelandWEWS-5Sat., 6 a.m.Sat., 6:30 a.m.Local news/infom.
    19. OrlandoWFTV-9NOT SHOWNLocal news
    20. SacramentoKXTV-10Sat., 11 a.m.Sat., 11:30 a.m.
    21. St. LouisKDNL-30Sat., 11 a.m.Sat., 11:30 a.m.
    22. Portland, ORKATU-2NOT SHOWNInfomercials
    23. Pittsburgh
    Try digital subchannel 8.2
    out of Johnstown
    WTAE-4NOT SHOWNLocal news/football
    You will need an antenna and digital over-the-air tuner to see this channel in Pittsburgh.
    24. CharlotteWSOC-9NOT SHOWNLocal news
    25. IndianapolisWRTV-6Sat., noonSat., 12:30 p.m.
    26. RaleighWTVD-11Sat., noonSat., 12:30 p.m.
    27. BaltimoreWMAR-2Sat., 5 a.m.Sat., 5:30 a.m.Local prog./infom.
    28. San DiegoKGTV-10Sun., 4 a.m.Sun., 4:30 a.m.
    29. NashvilleWKRN-2Sat., 11 a.m.Sat., 11:30 a.m.
    30. HartfordWNTH-8Sat., 5 a.m.Sat., 5:30 a.m.News
    31. Salt Lake CityKTVX-4Sat., 10 a.m.Sat., 10:30 a.m.
    32. Kansas City
    Try Ch. 2 out of St. Joseph
    KMBC-9NOT SHOWNLocal news
    33. CincinnatiWCPO-9Sat., 6 a.m.Sat., 6:30 a.m.Local news
    34. ColumbusWSYX-6Sat., 6 a.m.Sat., 6:30 a.m.Syndicated
    35. MilwaukeeWISN-12NOT SHOWNLocal news
    36. Greenville, SC WLOS-13NOT SHOWNFootball
    37. San AntonioKSAT-12Sat., 11 a.m.Sat., 11:30 a.m.
    38. W. Palm BeachWPBF-25NOT SHOWNLocal news
    39. HarrisburgWHTM-27Sat., 5 a.m.Sat., 5:30 a.m.Local news
    40. BirminghamWCFT-33
    NOT SHOWNInfomercials
    41. Grand Rapids WZZM-13Sat., noonSat., 12:30 p.m.Football (only certain weeks)
    42. Las VegasKTNV-13Sun., 4 a.m.Sun., 4:30 a.m.
    43. NorfolkWVEC-13Sat., noonSat., 12:30 p.m.
    44. AlbuquerqueKOAT-7NOT SHOWNNews / syndicated
    45. Oklahoma CityKOCO-5NOT SHOWNSyndicated
    46. Win.-Salem /
    WXLV-46NOT SHOWNFootball
    47. Jacksonville WJXX-25Sat., noonSat., 12:30 p.m.
    48. AustinKVUE-24Sat., 5 a.m.Sat., 5:30 a.m.Local news/infom.
    49. LouisvilleWHAS-11Sat., 5 a.m.Sat., 5:30 a.m.Local news
    50. MemphisWPTY-24Sat., 11 a.m.Sat., 11:30 a.m.
    51. New OrleansWGNO-26Sat., 11 a.m.Sat., 11:30 a.m.
    52. BuffaloWKBW-7Sat., 6 a.m.Sat., 6:30 a.m.Infomercials
    53. ProvidenceWLNE-6Sat., noonSat., 12:30 p.m.
    54. Scranton/W-BWNEP-16Sat., noonSat., 12:30 p.m.
    55. FresnoKFSN-30Sun., 5 a.m.Sun., 5:30 a.m.
    56. Little Rock
    Try Ch. 8 out of Jonesboro
    57. AlbanyWTEN-10
    Sat., noonSat., 12:30 p.m.
    58. RichmondWRIC-8Sat., noonSat., 12:30 p.m.
    59. KnoxvilleWATE-6Sat., noonSat., 12:30 p.m.
    60. MobileWEAR-3Sat., 11 a.m.Sat., 11:30 a.m.
    2009 RPM update complete through here
    26 on-time stations (43%)
    19 time-shift stations (32%)
    15 no-show stations (25%)
    (Representing approx. 19.1 million homes)
    65. Dayton WKEF-22Sat., 6 a.m.Sat., 6:30 a.m.Football

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    3. Under 'Local Listings:", scan the pull-down menu until you see the city/area closest to you. (Don't do cable listings.) Click on the 'Go' button.
    4. At the bottom of the resulting TV grid page, find the "Search Listings by Keyword" section. Type in "Power Rangers" and hit search. It will the respond with when PRRPM is on ABC in your area.