By Alan Pergament
I could almost hear the cheers from Channel 2 News after NBC's weekend announcement that the reality show "Ready for Love" is being dropped from the Tuesday night schedule after this week.
As reported here last week, WNYers didn't fall for "Love" at all. The 2.8 local rating for the dating reality show produced by Eva Longoria was so bad that Channel 2's 11 p.m. news Tuesday slipped into third place behind Channel 4 and Channel 7 on that night.
The impact that the lead-ins from 10 p.m. series have on local news ratings is one big factor in scheduling.
The premiere of "Love" a week earlier also had a 2.8 rating, illustrating that WNY had the same opinion of it as the rest of the nation.
The terrible rating for "Love" came despite the fact that it received a huge lead-in from NBC's "The Voice," which has surpassed Fox's "American Idol" here by a wide margin.
As I said last week, NBC would have been better off keeping "Smash" after "The Voice" on Tuesday instead of burying the musical series on Saturday night.
On April 30, NBC is moving "Grimm" to the 10 p.m. Tuesday slot even though that often violent fairy tale series looks far from compatible with its "Voice" lead-in.
It hasn't said what it is going to do with the rest of the "Love" episodes, which usually means they will play over the summer or possibly be sent over to one of NBC's cable channels.
Speaking of musical series, Fox has renewed "Glee" for two more seasons. Even though its ratings have declined significantly this season, it remains one of the network's more popular dramas. It averaged a healthy 6.2 rating in WNY in February, behind only ""The Following" (7.9) and "Bones" (7.8) here among Fox's scripted series. And "Glee" gets a strong rating in the 18-34 demographic here.
Quote of the weekend came from NBC News reporter Anne Thompson, covering the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings on Saturday: "April 20th is an important day in Boston history. It is the day Fenway Park opened. The day Ted Williams first swung a bat for the Red Sox. And today, it is a day when a victory was in more than just baseball."