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The tearful Bode Miller interview helped his image

By Alan Pergament

My Olympic journal:

I woke up Monday morning and hadn't seen The Bode Miller interview that blew up Twitter and other social networks the night before.

So I went online, found it and was shocked.

Not really by anything that NBC's skiing reporter Christin Cooper did in her interview with Miller after he won a bronze medal.

I realize it is a minority view  -- I read Twitter and have seen the polls overwhelmingly blasting NBC and Cooper -- but I was shocked that her line of questioning became controversial when Miller cried as she pursued the impact that his brother's death almost a year ago had on his race and his feelings about the medal.

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Fallon's premiere makes him a good bet to succeed

By Alan Pergament

I got up this morning doing what I imagine many Western New Yorkers will do later today -- watch the premiere of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on my DVR.

After all, it started at midnight, when I ordinarily fall asleep on the couch watching NBA games.

Many WNYers stayed up to see Jay Leno's replacement.

The premiere had a healthy 7.6 rating on Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate, despite its midnight start.

But I am sure the rating will go up a few more points after DVR and other secondary recording is added.

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Buffalo is No.1 with Miller in net

By Alan Pergament

Buffalo hockey fans can shout "we're No.1, we're No.1" this morning after the ratings came in for the USA's 5-1 victory over Slovenia Sunday morning with Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller in net.

The Buffalo market had a 6.3 rating for the game on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), with Boston (5.6), and Pittsburgh (3.9), Providence (3.6) and Philadelphia (3.2) rounding out the top five.

The cable rating Sunday here was about 25 percent below the 8.5 rating in Buffalo for Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over Russia. Buffalo was third in the country for Saturday's more intense, exciting and meaningful game, behind Pittsburgh (9.8) and Boston (9.2).

Here is the rest of the Top 10 for Sunday's game: Minneapolis-St. Paul 3.1, St. Louis (3.0), Chicago and Hartford-New Haven (2.8) and New York (2.7).

Buffalo's NBC affiliate also scored well for four hours of Sunday's prime time broadcast network coverage. Channel 2 was No.3 among all NBC stations with a 19.1 rating, with only Kansas City (20.0) ad Milwaukee (19.6) ahead of it. NBC averaged a 12.1 household rating nationally.


Buffalo No. 3 for record NBCSN audience for USA win over Russia

By Alan Pergament

It is no surprise that the United States' 3-2 shootout victory over Russia Saturday morning is the most-watched hockey game ever carried on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).

The cable game averaged 4.1 million viewers nationally, beating the 4 million average that game 3 of the 2013 Stanley Cup finals had in the Chicago-Boston series.

It also isn't any surprise that the Buffalo market had the third-highest ratings Saturday morning, averaging an 8.5 rating, with only Pittsburgh (9.8) and Boston (9.2) ahead of it. Of course, many people here also watch CBC's coverage of Olympic coverage and aren't counted.

Buffalo is typically in the top five in ratings nationally during the Stanley Cup playoffs, sometimes only behind the two cities the participating teams play in. 

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Rocca's humorous Millard Fillmore piece gets stamp of approval

By Alan Pergament

CBS correspondent Mo Rocca's piece on President Millard Fillmore today on "Sunday Morning" was much funnier and spicier than his mildly amusing piece on Super Bowl Sunday on chicken wings.

You could say that Rocca was back at the top of his game.

Besides Rocca's sense of humor, the success of the Fillmore piece had a lot to do with the Western New Yorkers who went along for the ride in which Rocca made fun of Fillmore's name and his awful standing as a president.

They were a lot more fun than the "cool" WNY trio in the chicken wing piece.

Kathy Frost, the curator of the Millard Fillmore Presidential site, may have a second career coming as a comedian.

After explaining that people came from as far away as China, Korea and Cuba to visit the site, Rocca cracked: "Someone escaped from Cuba just to see the Millard Fillmore home."

"It was on his bucket list," she deadpanned.

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NBC: Trump will be on "Celebrity Apprentice"

By Alan Pergament

A spokesperson for NBC confirmed this morning that Donald Trump will be on his reality show "Celebrity Apprentice" when it goes into production next month.

I'm no political expert, but it would seem to be awfully difficult to be on a reality series and also run for governor of New York State, as many Western New York Republican leaders have urged Trump to do.

It would also seem to make it difficult for NBC to run the series next fall if Trump is running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo because of the equal time provision of the 1934 Communications Act that "if any licensee shall permit any person who is a legally qualified candidate for any public office to use a broadcasting station, he shall afford equal opportunies to all other such candidates for that office in the use of such broadcasting station."

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Syracuse hoops more popular than the Beatles replay

By Alan Pergament

If you were to read my Twitter feed Wednesday night, you might have thought that everybody in  Western New York is a fan of Syracuse University basketball.

That's largely because my followers include a number of SU graduates who work in the local media, including WGR's Jeremy White and Sal Capaccio, WNLO-TV's Lauren Hall and Channel 2's Melissa Holmes.

Needless to say I was curious to see what the local ratings were for SU's thrilling 58-56 victory over Pittsburgh that ended with an incredible 35-basket by Orange freshman sensation Tyler Ennis.

The basket kept undefeated SU No. 1 in the nation and made it to No.1 on ESPN's "SportsCenter" the next day.

And Buffalo was watching big time.

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Demler silent as Ch.2 boys act out; Trump may have "Apprentice" deadline

By Alan Pergament

I can't believe I am writing this, but I wish I knew what Maryalice Demler was thinking during her Channel 2 male teammates' sexist discussion of New York Yankee star Derek Jeter's dating life.

Normally I would never advocate Demler adding her two cents to any story. I've criticized her in the past for her frequent habit of commenting on news stories after they are read.

But the behavior of her male teammates at the end of the 6 p.m. newscast Thursday practically demanded some response from a 21st Century woman.

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"CBS Sunday Morning" piece on Millard Fillmore airs Sunday

By Alan Pergament

If you're tired of me telling you how wonderful "CBS Sunday Morning" with Charles Osgood is, better look away now.

Correspondent Mo Rocca -- whose chicken wing piece ran on Super Bowl Sunday -- is back again this Sunday with a piece on President Millard Fillmore.

Rocca visited the Fillmore home in East Aurora on the same week he was here to sample chicken wings.

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Scripps bringing original programs to Ch. 7

By Alan Pergament

Stay tuned for "Let's Ask America," "The List" and "RightThisMinute."

Those are among the original programs that the E.W. Scripps Co. plans to bring to Buffalo once it becomes the owner of WKBW-TV.

Scripps management officials made that clear during a conference call earlier this week after it announced it had purchased the ABC affiliate from Granite Broadcasting and the hedge fund that has controlled it for seven years.

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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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