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Lottery is a TV loser after Ch. 2 drops live drawing


By Alan Pergament

This is what I’m thinking:

It has been a tough month for the lottery.

The first new TV show of the season to be canceled was ABC's "Lucky 7" about lottery winners. It lasted two episodes.

Western New Yorkers were more concerned about Channel 2's cancellation of the lottery drawings on Oct. 1.

Inquiring minds want to know what happened.

Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner reports the station decided not to renew its expired contract and ended live coverage of the drawings after 12 years.

"It took a lot of time out of our newscasts," explained Toellner. "We didn't renew it and apparently no one else in the market was interested. We still put the numbers up immediately on the air and on our website."

Toellner added that it didn’'t cost the station anything to run the drawings except for news time. And that can be priceless.

The morning news competition between Channel 2’'s "Daybreak" and Channel 4’'s "Wake Up" continues to be extremely tight.

Two weeks ago, Channel 2 won the competition from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m by .03 of a ratings point. That’s three-hundreds of a point. Last week, Channel 4 won the competition in those hours by .03.

When the November sweeps are over, we will be able to see the demographics of the morning newscasts, which will tell the most important story.

Here's another reason why fans of the PBS series "Downton Abbey" wish the series ran simultaneously here and over the pond. It already has started running in Great Britain.

This week, there were published reports about a controversial story line in the new season over the pond concerning a key character.

I'm not going to tell you what happens because knowing what happened was a downer for me.

The new season of "Downton" on PBS will start Jan. 5.

CBS canceled the cliched divorce comedy "We are Men" after two low-rated episodes. Almost all marriages last longer than two weeks. I could see from the pilot that this series couldn't be saved despite the presence of Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O'Connell and Kal Penn.  It made my preseason list of the five worst new shows.


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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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