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Zombies beat "The Bible" and Sabres here

By Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

I’m not sure what this says about Western New York, which has a large percentage of Roman Catholics in the area or what it says about the area’s youth.

But in a head-to-head cable matchup on Easter Sunday between AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “The Bible” on The History Channel, the zombies won. Nationally, "Dead" is a huge hit, especially with younger viewers. Both programs had excellent local ratings that almost doubled the audience of any scripted program on the broadcast affiliates.

WNY’s version of the skating dead – the Buffalo Sabres – also lost to the zombies Sunday in a 2-0 loss to the Boston Bruins carried by MSG. The score at 9 p.m. Sunday: “Walking Dead”: 9.9; “The Sabres”: 8.6 “The Bible”: 8.4 

Surprising Story of the Week:  A week ago, Channel 2 ran a lengthy story about an East Aurora man who won $5,000 in Tim Horton’s "roll up the rim" contest. It was the best free advertisement for the coffee chain since Lindy Ruff cracked a roll up the rim joke in his farewell press conference for
the Buffalo Sabres. Channel 2 should have charged Horton’s at least $5,000 for running that non-story. 

After only one episode of the third season has been carried, "Game of Thrones" has been awarded a fourth season by HBO. Sunday's third-season opener had its highest national viewership despite playing opposite "The Walking  Dead" and "The Bible." I don't yet have a local Sunday rating for the opener, but HBO series don't just rely on opening night numbers since viewers of the pay-cable channel have all week to watch it On Demand or in repeats. 

Finally, after exhaustive research, I was able to uncover the age of Channel 4 meteorologist Don Paul, who on Tuesday said he was closer to the age of David Letterman and Channel 2 sports anchor Ed Kilgore than to Channel 4 morning co-anchor Diana Fairbanks. OK, the research wasn't that exhaustive. I just looked at a website available to reporters. Paul, who just agreed to a new three-year deal, will be 66 this month a few weeks after Letterman also turns 66.   

apergament@buffnews.com

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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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