Listening during the holidays is skewed, with KODA getting double digits playing Christmas music. So any ratings taken in December are not going to reflect true listening patterns, especially for Country stations.
But .3 is not good news for News 92. I hope Radio One knows an All-News station builds s-l-o-w-l-y. That said, it didn't take very long for All-News KOMO Seattle to be a top station when it debuted a few years ago. Of course, they had already been a Talk station, so they kept some of their audience. And they were already the Mariners' flagship station as well. Still, they debuted I believe in the Top 10 in the Seattle ratings and are at #4 today.
Should I remind everyone again that there is NO successful All-News station in the Sunbelt, except maybe for KNX Los Angeles, which is at #9? CBS's KRLD runs All-News in Dallas 5am - 8pm weekdays, and is ranked somewhere around #25, despite a 50,000 watt signal. And that's it. No All-News station in Atlanta, Miami, Puerto Rico, Phoenix, San Diego, Tampa, Orlando, San Antonio, Charlotte, St. Louis, Kansas City, etc. There were All-News stations in some of these markets and they lost them for lack of interest.
Why does a new All-News station debut so strongly in Seattle and KROI debuts with a .3 in Houston? Doesn't Houston have as much news as Seattle? As much need for frequent traffic and weather reports around the clock? Why is there no All-News station in any other Sunbelt market except LA and Dallas, while there's a successful All-News station in all the major Northern markets?