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Ch.2 making strong move at 10 p.m; Talley is Buffalo booster

By Alan Pergament

This is what I'm thinking:

It is time to revisit and update some earlier blogs.

I told you earlier this month that the move of Channel 2's 10 p.m. news from Sinclair Broadcasting's WNYO-TV to its more powerful Fox affiliate WUTV appeared to be paying off in its battle with Channel 4's 10 O'Clock News on sister station WNLO-TV.

Channel 4 used to triple the ratings of Channel 2 at 10 p.m. when WGRZ's newscasts were on WNYO.

During the February sweeps, Channel 4 won by a still sizable but closer margin, 4.6-3.2.

From the looks of last week's ratings, the 10 p.m. race is getting even closer.

From Monday through Friday, Channel 4 averaged a 5.8 rating at 10 p.m. on WNLO-TV.

Channel 2 averaged a 5.0 rating at 10 p.m. on WUTV.

Those figures are higher than normal because of the March storm.

On the night of the big storm Wednesday, Channel 4 won by less than a point, 7.2-6.6.

On the next night, Channel 2 actually defeated Channel 4, 5.7-5.4.

Channel 4 recovered to win Friday decisively, 5.5-3.7.

But you still have to ask what is happening?

I have some theories.

Channel 2 certainly is being helped by the stronger lead-ins it is getting from Fox prime time programs. Channel 4 doesn't get much of a lead-in from CW programs. Most news viewers in Western New York -- they tend to be older -- probably can't name one CW program. However, it has been true for a long time that WNLO hasn't gotten much of a lead-in from the CW.

It just could be that viewers have been turned off by Channel 4's money grab decision to extend its 10 p.m. newscast to an hour. Some viewers may think they can watch Channel 2 at 10 p.m. and Channel 4 at 10:30 p.m.

Or last week could just another aberration or quirk from the Nielsen ratings system.

It certainly is worth keeping an eye on.

I had to laugh late Friday when Donald Trump took to Twitter to announce that he wasn't going to run for governor of New York State and added he would have won if he had tried to oust Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

I've been among the biggest skeptics that Trump planned to do anything but use the local Republicans to promote himself before the new season of "Celebrity Apprentice" starts filming.

You may recall an earlier blog in which I quoted an NBC spokesman to the effect that the show would start production in mid-March.

Well, it is mid-March and Trump is a goner from the race.

His supporters say that he is just doing what he always said he would do -- leave the race unless he had no GOP primary competition.

But Rob Astorino announced two weeks that he was entering the race so you have to ask yourself why did Trump wait so long to tweet that he wasn't going to run?

Was he too busy tweeting about the Oscars?

My guess is he waited for an extra week or so to get more publicity mileage out of the idea that he was going ro run. The only thing that might make me laugh louder than his potential candicacy was the idea that he could win.

Sure Trump has high name recognition. But the majority of New Yorkers of both parties downstate can't stand him.

Tim Talley, the Hutch-Tech graduate who got Mark Cuban of "Shark Tank" to invest on his multi-colored laces for sneakers, noticed that I wrote that the one disappointing thing about his appearance on the  March 7 episode was that he said he was from Rochester instead of Buffalo.

My comment prompted Talley to email me with an explanation.

"To be clear I am very proud to be from Buffalo," wrote Talley.

He then enumerated several examples of his Buffalo pride, including having Buffalo paintings on display in his apartment and not Rochester paintings.

"Also when I leave the country to go to Hong Kong or China on business I primarily wear Buffalo, N.Y. Tee-Shirts."

"You can’t fake this stuff."

He didn't fake it. He sent me photos to prove it.

"The Rules of the show for many reasons (the main one being that they want to make it easy for people to find your company by searching on a city) are that you must follow an introduction format," added Talley.

“Hello Sharks, my name is _________________________, I’m from (the city your company is based), My company is (Name of your company), and I am seeking (the $ amount of investment being sought) in return for (percentage offered) percent of my company.”

"Stating incorrect information could have resulted in my taping not being run for breaking the rules. I just wanted to state that for the record. I rep Buffalo wherever I go."

Record is so stated. Thanks Tim.


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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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