The premiere of the new VH1's reality series, 'The T.O Show," featuring Buffalo Bills receiver Terrell Owens, was a hit in Western New York.
The premiere averaged a 3.4 rating (representing 3.4 percent of area households), which is impressive for a VH1 program.
To put things in perspective, Owens' show more than doubled the local ratings for NBC's "Dateline" and the Channel 2 news on WNYO and was higher than the 2.6 rating that a "Seinfeld" rerun had on WUTV.
However, a "CSI: Miami" rerun on Channel 4, the premiere of the ABC reality series, "Dating in the Dark" on Channel 7 and Channel 4's 10 O'clock News on sister station WNLO had much higher ratings than "The T.O. Show."
The question now is whether viewers will come back for next Monday's second episode, which is expected to be more focused on Buffalo than the premiere. There was very little of Buffalo in the opener until the final minutes, when the program previewed the remaining six episodes of the series.
The most memorable moments concerning Buffalo on Monday were when Owens told his publicists to get their "fur underwear ready" for cold days in Buffalo and the publicists sang the refrain of "T.O, let's go, to the snow." Or something like that.
Owens' show has drawn some national attention as all things T.O. do, with ESPN carrying extensive highlights of the open this morning that left anchor Hannah Storm speechless.
Do you have anything to say about the premiere of "The T.O. Show"?
-- Alan Pergament