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All-Star game beaten by "Talent" here; Borsa to co-anchor

By Alan Pergament

Some notes left on the cutting room floor:

The Major League All-Star game tribute Tuesday to New York Yankees star Mariano Rivera didn't get a very big audience on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate.

The game had a 4.5 local rating, which was up slightly from a 4.2 for the 2012 All-Star game. This year’s rating rose about a point late in the game about the time Rivera came into pitch.

Those numbers still reflect the diminishing televised interest in baseball, which also attracts older viewers that advertisers are less interested in.

To put the All-Star rating in perspective, NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" (9.7) and a repeat of CBS' popular "NCIS" (9.5) more than doubled the game's rating here. A repeat of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.2) also beat baseball and a repeat of "Person of Interest" (4.0) was in the ballpark.

On Aug. 11, Channel 7 will become the only local station to have a dual news anchor team on one night of the weekend.

John Borsa, who has one of the best voices in television, will be the co-anchor of the Sunday news alongside Kendra Eaglin on that night. Lou Raguse is Channel 4's solo weekend anchor and Ron Plants is Channel 2's solo weekend anchor.

"We felt it was important to bulk up our talent on Sunday, given this is the highest viewing night of the week and in football season both WGRZ and WIVB run late due to football," noted Channel 7 General Manager Mike Nurse.

Channel 7's Buffalo Bills wrap-up show at 11:35 p.m. Sunday will most likely be competing with the fourth quarter of NBC's Sunday Night Football game on Channel 2 and the delayed newscast on Channel 4.

A reminder. Or is it a warning? Syfy repeats "Sharknado" at 7 tonight. And it has another shark movie coming in a little more than a month. “Ghost Shark,” a new Syfy original movie starring Mackenzie Rosman of "7th Heaven" (Ruthie Camden, who has grown up and now is 23) and Richard Moll of "Night Court" (the tall guy) premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday, August 22. Here’s the network summary: "A great white shark is tortured and killed by a fisherman, then returns from the dead, exacting vengeance on all humans." Twitter, start your engines.

Inquiring minds want to know: Is "The Meredith Vieira Show" going to land on local NBC affiliate Channel 2 when it debuts a little more than a year from now because it is being syndicated by an arm of the network?  Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said he doesn’t get the first crack at the show and it is too early to tell where it will be carried here. NBC Universal Domestic TV, which is producing the show, announced this week that the show will air on 10 NBC owned-and-operated stations representing more than 27 percent of the households in the country. Channel 2 is owned by Gannett, not NBC.




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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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