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"Idol" finale steady here; Stanonis full-time at Ch.2

By Alan Pergament

This is what I'm thinking:

You may have read that viewership for the two-hour season finale of "American Idol" fell 33 percent from a year ago.

Not so on Buffalo's Fox affiliate, WUTV.

"Idol" ratings dropped big time in Western New York this season. But the rating here on the night that Candice Glover was pronounced the winner was a statistical tie with the rating here for the 2012 finale when whatshisname won. OK, Phillip Phillips.

That's probably more a testament to all the well-known acts performing on the finale than interest in who was going to win. After all, the announcement of the winner takes place in the final four minutes of the show.

"Idol" is clearly at a point that getting name judges might be more difficult than it has been in the past even with the megabucks the producers are offering. It might be easier now to attract top free agents to the Buffalo Bills than it would be to attract big name judges to "Idol" who might not want to be associated with a show that has had its best days behind it.   

WNY can be a peculiar ratings market. On Sunday night, the Billboard Music Awards on ABC were a big demographic winner nationally and Tim McGraw's CBS special tanked opposite it in a tough time slot that included the season finale of NBC's "The Apprentice." WNY doesn't immediately get demographics. But McGraw's special (7.6) was a huge household winner here on Channel 4 over "The Apprentice" (5.2) on Channel 2 and the Billboard Awards (4.5) on ABC.

If Donald Trump was hoping for a big national rating to save his show it didn't happen. It got its lowest rating in key demographics in 13 seasons, falling 32 percent from a year ago. NBC has yet to announce if the series is going to be renewed.        

The ratings for Monday's 11 p.m. newscasts indicated that local viewers appreciated Channel 7's lengthy report on the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornado at the top of its newscast. Despite having the worst lead-in of the night from ABC programming, Eyewitness News (7.6) jumped into a tie with Channel 2 for second place during the first 15 minutes of the 11 p.m. newscast. It is typically third at 11 p.m. Channel 4 (9.8) won the first 15 minutes as it usually does at 11 p.m. 


Jennifer Stanonis: Now full-time


Channel 2 announced Tuesday that weekend meteorologist Jennifer Stanonis is now a full-timer and added that means the station has the largest weather team in Buffalo. Kevin O'Connell, Andy Parker, Mary Beth Wrobel and Maria Genero comprise the rest of the team. Channel 2's release didn't make it clear whether Wrobel and Genero are full-timers. General Manager Jim Toellner emailed this morning that Wrobel is part-time and Genero is considered to be full-time. 

Channel 4 is expected to soon replace Amelia Segal , who left to work in Washington. D.C, two months ago. Without Segal, Channel 4 has been going with three meteorologists -- Don Paul, Mike Cejka and Bryan Shaw. Channel 7 also has three meteorologists in Aaron Mentkowski, Mike Randall and Autumn Lewandowski.

Stanonis and Lewandowski essentially traded places. Stanonis used to work at Channel 7 and Lewandowski used to work at Channel 2. Channel 2 got the better of the trade because Stanonis' weather presentation is much clearer on most nights.   

If you haven't seen HGTV's "Cousins on Call," tonight would be a good time to start watching cousins John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino do their makeover magic.

The episode, which airs at 8 p.m., features the Buffalo Hope Lodge, which for 29 years has been giving cancer patients and their caregivers a place to stay when they are being treated far from home.

The cousins first transform the garden area of the Hope Lodge and then head to Jamestown to remodel the home of a cancer survivor who was the guest of the Lodge. The episode airs in honor of the American Cancer Society turning 100 years old.

In case you wondered, "AM/Buffalo" co-host Linda Pellegrino gave a nice tribute to her former co-host Brian Kahle on the morning after he died. It also was the morning after Channel 7 anchor Keith Radford's report on Kahle's death aired the previous night.



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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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