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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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