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The Doctors Improve Health of 7 News

How important is a news lead-in? The 4 p.m. Monday premiere of "The Doctors" on Channel 7 generated a rating that helped 7 News get an unusually high and extremely competitive rating at 5 p.m.

In the last 15 minutes ending at 5 p.m., ''The Doctors" had a 5.2 rating, which was higher than the rating for "Oprah" (4.7) on Channel 4 and "Ellen" (2.7) on Channel 2.

Channel 2 started the 5 p.m. news with a 7.2 rating, with 7 News getting a 7.0 and Channel 4 a 6.3. In the next 15 minutes, Channel 4 gained a point to 7.3, while 7 News fell .6 to 6.4 and Channel 2 slipped 1.6 to 5.6.

Monday's success highlighted Channel 7's folly of carrying the low-rated "PM Buffalo" fat 4 p.m. for years and driving news viewers away. Of course, it is only one day. But if  "The Doctors" continue to draw viewers, they certainly will help the failing health of 7 News.

-- Alan Pergament

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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