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Williams' series has "Crazy" DVR ratings; WNED extends "Denial"

By Alan Pergament

 This is what I’m thinking:

The big local winner in DVR and On Demand viewing in Western New York for the first two weeks of the TV season that ended Oct. 6 is Robin Williams. 

His new CBS comedy, “The Crazy Ones,"” experienced a 5.3 ratings point gain for the first two episodes, which was one-third of its overall 15.4 average rating.

"Crazy" is the No. 3 rated series in WNY, behind only "Big Bang Theory" and "NCIS."

Other new series getting big DVR and On Demand boosts include NBC’s "The Blacklist," which is No. 4 among all series here, and Fox's "Sleepy Hollow," which is in the Top 15.

The highest percentage gain of any popular series is NBC’s “Parenthood,” which gets a 92 percent boost and gets almost half of it 6.1 rating from viewing seven days after it originally airs at 10 p.m. Thursday. I would guess that's because many young parents who are watching one of my favorite series are in bed by 10 p.m.

The premiere of ABC's "Scandal" got about one-third of its rating from DVR and On Demand viewing and tied with CBS’ "Hostages" with an 8.1 overall rating here.

It was bad enough that WNED-TV delayed Frontline's "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion" a week from its national air date, but then it used Tuesday's two-hour program as a pledge drive that extended its running time to two and a half hours. That made it a lot to ask of its audience. After all, it wasn't "Les Miserables," though it dealt with a lot of misery. 

I just noticed that Channel 7 appears to have anchors Keith Radford and Joanna Pasceri go solo at 11 p.m. Friday on alternate weeks. That enables one of them to be a reporter during the day. It isn't a bad idea since it gets them out in the public and because the station is short on reporters.

I don't have the TV ratings for the entire 2013 shortened season of the Buffalo Sabres. But for the first 23 TV games last year, the Sabres averaged about a 9.4 rating. For the three games before Tuesday's 4-3 shootout victory over the New York Islanders, they averaged a 5.6 rating. That’s a decline of about 40 percent. The Sabres' first win Tuesday had an improving 6.9 rating, which was still about 25 percent below the 9.4 rating. The rating peaked at about a 10 during the overtime and shootout. 

The Sabres' victory Tuesday enabled Channel 2's Kevin O'Neill to sport a clean-shaven look this morning on "Daybreak." He vowed not to shave until the Sabres won a game, though he didn't expect the losing streak to last this long and wasn't happy that people told him he looked years older with his start of a beard.    



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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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