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Sabres should be must-see TV again tonight

By Alan Pergament

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you undoubtedly know that I have been documenting the ratings slide of the Buffalo Sabres this horrific season.

It is hard to say if Buffalo Sabres Owner Terry Pegula took into account the drop in TV ratings of about 30 percent into his decision to fire General Manager Darcy Regier and Coach Ron Rolston on Wednesday.

But it certainly should have made him aware of fan disinterest in this unwatchable team.

That should change tonight.

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Ch.2, Ch.4 have a dicey food fight

By Alan Pergament

If you're going out to a local eatery this weekend, you might first check out Channel 4's website.

You can watch the "Dicey Dining" series reported by Luke Moretti and check out if the restaurant you plan on eating at has been guilty of any health code violations.

The series was in keeping with the local news stations' mission to scare the heck out of viewers during the November sweeps by presenting stories that are cautionary tales and can be considered a public service.

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Ch.4 halfway home to morning upset; Ch.2 ahead at 6 p.m.

By Alan Pergament

It wouldn't be surprising if Western New York TV viewers were going to see more promos than usual for the morning shows on Channel 2 and Channel 4.

That's because halfway through the November sweeps period, Channel 4's new "Wake Up!" team of co-anchors Teresa Weakley and Jordan Williams and meteoroligist Todd Santos is maintaining a slight lead over Channel 2's "Daybreak" team of John Beard, Melissa Holmes and Andy Parker.

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Ch.2 scores with hockey fans on Sabres' game-changing story

By Alan Pergament

If you were watching Channel 2 Wednesday morning and its newscasts Wednesday night, you undoubtedly were in hockey heaven.

The NBC station was the only network affiliate to carry the lengthy Buffalo Sabres press conference live announcing the firings of General Manager Darcy Regier and Coach Ron Rolston and the hiring of beloved former Sabre Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations and the extremely popular Ted Nolan as interim head coach. (Time Warner Cable's YNN also carried it live.)

By late evening, Channel 2 engaged in some self-congratulation, running a promo that said it was the only place to carry the press conference "on the air and online."

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Ch.4, Ch.7 make stunning news decisions on Sabres press conference

By Alan Pergament

Talk about stunning.

The Buffalo Sabres hiring of beloved former Sabre star Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations and extremely popular former Coach Ted Nolan as interim coach this morning was almost  equaled by the stunning decisions of Channel 4 and Channel 7 to stick with their regular programming rather than carry the press conference live announcing the moves.

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A Hail Mary proposal to have Ch.4 help avoid Bills blackout

By Alan Pergament 

With Buffalo Bills fans apparently facing their first TV blackout of the season for this Sunday's home game with the New York Jets, I offer a modest proposal.

You might call it a Hail Mary.

I propose that the entity that stands to gain the most from the game being televised cough up the most money to pay for the remaining 5,500 tickets or so.

It isn't the fans, who have suffered enough through a 3-7 season.

It isn't the Bills or the National Football League, which will do fine whether the game is televised or not.

It is Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate.

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Critics aside, early holiday music pays off for WJYE 96.1, Star 102.5

By Alan Pergament

Santa Claus may be coming to town on local radio a little too early for some local listeners, but it is music to the ears of local stations 96.1 FM (WJYE) and Star 102.5 FM (WTSS).

That's because "Jingle Bells" clearly helps jingle the stations' bottom lines during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.

Inquiring minds wanted to know if there was any evidence that the early holiday music helps the stations.

I know I'm not the only one who heads for the new alternative format at 107.7 FM or some other station as soon as I hear the lyrics of "Frosty the Snow Man," "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" or some other Christmas or holiday classic.

I also know that my musical taste is not everyone's taste and not everyone is protesting.  

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Local TV news ratings down in early evening as race tightens

By Alan Pergament

Where are local news viewers going from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.?

That's the question after looking at ratings for the first week of the November sweeps.

Local television news experienced a big ratings drop during those time periods compared to a year ago.

At 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m, the combined ratings for Channels 2, 4 and 7 were down 20 percent from the average for the entire sweeps a year ago and more than that compared to the first week of the November, 2012 sweeps.

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Ch.4 has mild early morning surprise; "2 Sides" returning Nov.17

By Alan Pergament

Emptying out the notebook before the long weekend:

Here's some good early morning news for Channel 4.

During the first week of the November sweeps, Channel 4's morning program "Wake Up!" with its new team of Teresa Weakley, Jordan Williams and Todd Santos is ahead of Channel 2's "Daybreak" with John Beard, Melissa Holmes and Andy Parker from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. It wins both the 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. hours.

The turnaround from a year ago is most dramatic at 6 a.m. where Channel 4 holds a 6.4-5.8 lead. A year ago, Channel 2 was ahead, 7.4-4.7 for the entire sweep.

The results aren't a complete surprise since Channel 4 has been trending upward in the early morning since Weakley and Santos joined "Wake Up!"

Channel 2 has three weeks to catch up but the results are a promising sign so far for Channel 4.

Of course, the sweeps are also designed to judge demographics and the bigger story ahead could be where Channel 4 is getting its new viewers. If it is from younger viewers, it will be a bigger triumph.

Channel 2's Sunday political show "2 Sides," which was suspended for several weeks before the November elections because of co-host Kristy Mazurek's political activity, is set to return on Nov. 17. Mazurek, a Democrat, will once again be joined by Republican Michael Caputo, who this week is filling in for morning talk show host Sandy Beach on WBEN-AM.

The University at Buffalo's 30-3 victory over Ohio University Tuesday night on ESPN2 was a local ratings hit. It averaged a 4.5 rating, which is high by college football standards here.

Speaking of UB's win, I was driving near the stadium Tuesday and can confirm it is difficult to hear the radio coverage on 1270 AM nearby. I picked it up much better the closer I got to Buffalo.

Anthony Weiner just won't go away. The former Congressman is appearing on tonight's edition of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher." It could be great TV since Maher was a frequent critic of Weiner during his recent New York City mayoral  campaign.

I'm guessing one of the major beneficiaries of all the holiday music being played on local radio stations is 107.7, the new alternative station programmed by Entercom. It certainly is an alternative to the premature holiday music. I've listened to it more in the last week than I have since the first day it started.

LIN TV, which owns Channel 4 (WIVB-TV) and Channel 23 (WNLO-TV), is doing quite well financially these days. The national company reported this week that its net revenues are up 23 percent for the third quarter from a year ago. Maybe it could find some money to allow Channel 4 to hire a third sports reporter.

Marv Albert and Rich Gannon call the Buffalo Bills game with Pittsburgh Sunday on Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate. I'm sure that will make Twitter happy.

apergament@buffnews.com

 

Ch.4 is election night winner; Bentley defends Buffalo weather

By Alan Pergament

The local news winner on Election Night at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. was Channel 4 by close to landslide margins.

The CBS affiliate usually wins those time periods, but Channel 2 might have expected a 11 p.m. boost from the lead-in from a two-hour edition of the popular NBC series "The Voice."

It didn't happen.

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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.

@StillTalkinTV | apergament@buffnews.com

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