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Ch.4 still big favorite in 10 p.m. news battle

By Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking about the move of Channel 2’s 10 p.m. news from WNYO to WUTV on April 8:

On the night that Channel 2 announced its 10 p.m. news would move to the local Fox affiliate, Channel 4’s 10 O’Clock News on WNYO had a higher rating that Fox’s “American Idol” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Ch.2 Is big winner in dreaded demos

By Alan Pergament

The word demographic is more routinely abbreviated to demo, which is fitting since some critics feel it is as foul as any four-letter word.

The demo values youth and financial potential over experience and deeper pockets today.

Before I bore you with some statistics (I promise there won’t be that many), let me tell you a demographic story that I heard two or three decades ago when an advertising executive spoke to a group of television critics in Los Angeles.

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Ch.2's 10 p.m. newscast headed to WUTV

 By Alan Pergament

Channel 2 News is arguably the top news station in town, but one of the areas where Channel 4 still dominates is at 10 p.m.  That might be about to change.

Effective April 8, Channel 2’s 10 p.m. newscast will switch from little-watched WNYO-TV to local Fox affiliate WUTV and it will expand from five nights a week to seven nights a week with the addition of weekend newscasts. Both stations are owned by Sinclair Broadcasting.

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Ch.2 drops silly reverse countdown

By Alan Pergament

Here’s another reason to applaud Channel 2’s sharp new graphics package.

The station quietly decided to end its “10 at 10” reverse countdown of the important news on Tuesday, the same day it introduced the new graphics package. Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner confirmed the end of "10 at 10" this morning.

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A positive vote for Ch.2's sharp new graphics look

Channel 2 anchor Scott Levin told viewers during the 5 p.m. newscast tonight to wait two weeks to decide whether they like the NBC’s affiliates new graphic look.

I don’t need two weeks.

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Funny Thing, Letterman Beats Leno Here

By Alan Pergament

I’ve already told you that Buffalo is a funny TV market.

I was referring to how unusual this market is when it comes to national news ratings, with CBS affiliate Channel 4 in a stronger position here for the network’s morning and evening news than it is nationally and ABC affiliate Channel 7 much worse in both categories.

So it should come as no surprise that the unusual nature of this market also holds true with the funny men who appear in late-night.

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A Sunday with phony suspense in prime time

 By Alan Pergament

Call it Phony Sunday in prime time.

On CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” it sure looked like the Buffalo newlyweds, Max and Katie Bichler, were goners after they finished last in a challenge in Botswana, Africa.

I watched only the final 15 minutes of the series, which meant I missed Max almost fainting when he watched a Bushman put a scorpion in his own mouth. (Remember 15 minutes is my limit for any reality series). That was long enough to see the frustration of Max and Katie in failing to complete a challenge involving setting a trap over eggs.

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"CBS This Morning" Overtakes "GMA" Here; Radford Quiz Answered

By Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

When it comes to network news ratings, Western New York is an unusual TV market.

As I wrote Thursday, “CBS This Morning” on Channel 4 was closing in on second place ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Channel 7 in the national morning news wars during the February sweeps.

NBC’s “Today” show, which has fallen into second place nationally behind “GMA,” remains No.1 on Channel 2 here.

Now comes word this week that the CBS morning show co-anchored by Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King has overtaken “GMA” locally since the sweeps ended. That’s an incredible local achievement since CBS has historically been a poor third on Channel 4 through countless anchor and
programming changes over decades.

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Ch.7's Pasceri Has New Deal; "Today" Still No.1 Here

By Alan Pergament

A few months after signing co-anchor Keith Radford to a new deal, Channel 7 has retained co-anchor Joanna Pasceri.

Channel 7 News Director Polly Van Doren confirmed Pasceri’s new deal and added both anchors have been upped for three years.

She said neither anchor took a pay cut, which has become routine lately in the Buffalo market.

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"2 Sides" Moving to Sundays; New Graphics for Ch.2


You haven’t stumbled into the Politics Now blog by accident, but I do have some political news to report this morning.

Channel 2’s low-rated “2 Sides” political debate show is losing its daily seat at noon in a few weeks as the station has elected to cut the program down to once-a-week on Sundays.

The daily show with Kristy Mazurek and Michael Caputo will end its run on April 12 and move to noon on Sundays, General Manager Jim Toellner reported.

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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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