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NHL analyst buries Sabres; WBBZ on the move, too


By Alan Pergament

This is what I'm thinking as I await the local TV ratings for the Bills loss in Cleveland:

He might not be wrong, but NBC Sports Network analysis Keith Jones sure buried the Buffalo Sabres after one loss.

In the network's post-game show following Detroit's 2-1 win Wednesday over the Sabres, Jones was more depressing than all of my Twitter followers watching the game.

"Buffalo is going to struggle to win games this year," he said.

I might wait for a larger sample than that to make such a statement.

The comment seemed to contradict an earlier remark by Jones in which he stated the Sabres' Ryan Miller would only be behind Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick as the goaltendering starter for Team USA in the upcoming Olympics.  Miller isn't getting that much respect here. If Jones is right, then Miller probably should be able to win the Sabres some games this season.

Now that many of you know where WBBZ is on your TV boxes after the Bills loss, be prepared to look for it in a different location in December when Time Warner plans to move all the local stations on its HD tier. WBBZ has been told it is going to be carried on Channel 1230, which is far away from the other local channels. It currently is on 710 on the HD tier, near the big boys. 

The rating for Thursday's NFL Network game has been delayed by Nielsen. But it reports the 33.7 rating for the Bills win over Baltimore here last Sunday made the Buffalo market No.6 among all NFL markets last Sunday. I would expect Thursday's rating will be in the high 30s or low 40s.

At the end of Thursday's 6 p.m. newscast, Channel 4 surprised co-anchor Jacquie Walker with a cake and a big bouquet of flowers in honor of her 30th anniversary at the station. Shameless plug: My feature on Walker's career appears in this Sunday‚Äôs Buffalo News. You will read the unusual way she met her supportive husband of 28 years. 

Remember when I told you that the popular History Channel series "American Pickers" was in town to film an episode? A History spokesperson told me the episode will air on Jan. 8, but added there are no
details available about it yet.

My coolest new show of the season -- Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" -- has been renewed for a second season. That is very quick by network TV standards. It has had very strong ratings here on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate.



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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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