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NFL Network, Fox Sports 1 big winners in TWC realignment

 By Alan Pergament

Time Warner Cable made an announcement Monday that you read here four weeks ago -- it is revising its lineup in early December by putting channels in genres.

The genres include Entertainment, News & Info, Kids & Teens, Sports, Movies & Premium, Sports Packages, Latino, On Demand, Local Programming, International, Radio and TWC Info.

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World Series loses to hockey, football here; Congi exiting Ch.4

 By Alan Pergament

 This is what I'm thinking:

 The World Series took quite a local hit Monday playing opposite two big sports events that Western New Yorkers were more interested in watching.

The return of former Buffalo Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff to the First Niagara Center with the victorious Dallas Stars was the top-rated sports event locally. The Stars' 4-3 win had a 7.3 rating on cable MSG.

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Buffalo looks beautiful amid "Top Gear" foolishness


By Alan Pergament

It was a good idea to close the Skyway for four hours in July for the area to get all the positive publicity from the episode of "Top Gear" that premieres at 9 tonight on The History Channel.

It certainly was a much better idea than the one concocted by the three male stars of the show to take a 35-mile trip down Lake Ontario via a homemade amphibious vehicle from Western New York to Toronto.

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MSG shows Lindy moment on brief delay instead of live

By Alan Pergament

There was a really nice moment during the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 loss to Dallas tonight when the team honored former Coach Lindy Ruff, who is now coaching the visiting Stars.

It would have been nicer if it had been carried live on MSG, where most Sabres games are carried with a TV crew it hires. 

I initially tweeted tonight that it would have been nice if the Sabres had told the TV crew that a tribute was coming so it would have been carried live instead of on delay after a commercial break.

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World Series ratings up here; Bills get another strong rating

By Alan Pergament

The local Fox affiliate has a minor baseball hit on its hands going into tonight's game five of the World Series between Boston and St. Louis.

The four games so far in the Series, which is tied at two games apiece, have averaged a 7.4 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate commonly referred to as Channel 29.

The average is slightly higher than the 7.2 rating that WUTV averaged for San Francisco's four-game sweep of Detroit last season.

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Ch.7's new morning show being ignored by viewers

By Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

It looks like Western New York has made a quick decision on Channel 7's new morning team of Cole Heath and Tiffany Lundberg.

For the last month, the already low ratings for the ABC affiliate's third-rated morning program are down 33 percent from a year ago.

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"Breaking Bad" actor Forster to perform at Buffalo State

 By Alan Pergament

The actor who played the character called “The Disappearer” on the next to last episode of “Breaking Bad” is appearing at Buffalo State College next week.

Robert Forster, the Oscar-nominated actor who played the character, Ed, who helped Walter White (Bryan Cranston) hide out in a cabin in New Hampshire in the Emmy- Award winning series, is going to be an artist-in-residence at the Burchfield Penney Art Center on the Elmwood Avenue campus.

Forster, who earned an Oscar nomination as best supporting actor for his performance in the movie "Jackie Brown," will begin his residency with a program billed as a "Conversation with Robert Forster." He is expected to give an insider’s view of the movies and TV -- hopefully including some “Breaking Bad” info -- during the program. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Burchfield Penney's Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium. Admission for students is free. It is $10 for the general public.

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World Series opener has big competition here

By Alan Pergament

The national ratings for postseason major league baseball are up 9 percent this year going into Wednesday's opener of the World Series, according to multiple national media reports.

It isn't happening in Western New York, which many people believe is very interested in major league baseball.

The declining ratings here from a year ago should come with an asterisk.

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Bills get big TV rating; Sabres still sliding

By Alan Pergament

The Buffalo Bills rivalry with the Miami Dolphins might not be what it used to be, but you wouldn't know that by TV ratings for Sunday's game.

The Bills' 23-21 victory over the Dolphins had a 36.6 rating on Channel 4, making it the second highest-rated game of the season.

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Roswell Park program tops critically-acclaimed Poehler comedy here

By Alan Pergament

A couple of strange things happened Thursday night in local TV.

First, Channel 2 preempted a critical darling, Amy Poehler's "Parks and Recreation," to carry a paid programming for Roswell Park at 8 p.m. That doesn't happen often since there are network limits on the number of prime time preemptions that affiliates are allowed to do.

I wasn't terribly surprised since "P and R" has never had much of a following on the local NBC affiliate and I've never shared the love my colleagues in the critical fraternity have for this show. 

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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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