Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 9, 2013

If KVUE and KXAN are your go-to choices for local TV news, you’re in good company.

The city’s ABC and NBC affiliates are, once again, tops in the ratings, according to Nielsen Media Research.

KVUE was No. 1 mornings, middays and at 10 p.m. in the July "sweeps" period, while KXAN snagged first place at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Ratings in July and three other sweeps months - February, May and November - are considered especially important in the TV business because they’re used to set advertising rates.

Mornings continue to be a strong spot for KVUE, which saw its ratings at 4:30 a.m. nearly triple year-to-year, while its 6 a.m. news was up 31 percent compared to July 2012.

At both 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m., Fox-owned KTBC managed to overtake KXAN, claiming second place. But, by 6 a.m., KXAN was in its usual No. 2 spot.

Later in the day, KXAN was back in the top spot at 5 p.m., a time period KVUE won in May. The two stations were especially close at 6 p.m., with KXAN winning by a narrow margin.

KXAN’s 6 p.m. broadcast is the city’s most-watched newscast, regardless of time period, a win president and general manager Eric Lassberg says is due, in large part, to the station’s investigative reports.

"We’re very focused on delivering the best in-depth and investigative stories in order to provide the greatest storytelling value to our viewers, making our community a better place to live," he said.

Finally, at 10 p.m., KVUE remains the station to beat. Its late newscast has consistently finished first for the past several years.

July Nielsen ratings Each ratings point equals 7,053 Central Texas households. The first number is ratings points, the second is share (the percentage of in-use TV sets tuned to a particular channel) and the third is total households.

4:30 a.m. KVUE: .8 / 5.7 / 5,642KTBC: .5 / 4 / 3,527KXAN: .3 / 2.5 / 2,116

5 a.m. KVUE: 1.1 / 6.9 / 7,758KTBC: .7 / 4.7 / 4,937KXAN: .5 / 3.5 / 3,527KEYE: .2 / 1.6 / 1,411

6 a.m. KVUE: 2.3 / 12.2 / 16,222KXAN: 1.7 / 8.9 / 11,990KTBC: 1.5 / 7.9 / 10,580KEYE: .5 / 2.7 / 3,527

11 a.m. KVUE: 2 / 6.8 / 14,106

Noon KXAN: 1.7 / 5.7 / 11,990KTBC: .9 / 2.8 / 6,348

5 p.m. KXAN: 4.6 / 11.8 / 32,444KVUE: 4 / 10.1 / 28,212KTBC: 1.9 / 4.7 / 13,401KEYE: .7 / 1.7 / 4,937

6 p.m. KXAN: 4.8 / 11.1 / 33,854KVUE: 4.6 / 10.5 / 32,444KEYE: 1.5 / 3.4 / 10,580

9 p.m. KTBC: 2.4 / 4.8 / 16,927KNVA: .5 / 1.1 / 3,527

10 p.m. KVUE: 4.4 / 9.5 / 31,033KXAN: 3.9 / 8.6 / 27,507KEYE: 2.8 / 6 / 19,748