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ABC’s Kimmel Needs a Boost Here on Channel 7

Jimmy Kimmel told me in early January that he has never been to Buffalo. After looking at the local late-night ratings for the February sweeps, he might consider coming here on his next publicity tour. In his first sweeps period since taking over the 11:35 p.m. time slot from “Nightline” on ABC affiliate Channel 7, Kimmel’s [...]
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Ch.2 Scores on Weekends; “Amazing Race” Couple in Jeopardy

Here are some more interesting things to note about Western New York viewing patterns after the just- concluded February sweeps. Channel 2 News Owns the Weekends: The NBC affiliate dominated at 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and at 11 p.m. Saturday and wins a tight race at 11 p.m. Sunday. Of course, viewing patterns are frequently [...]
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Ch.2 Dominates News Early, Ch. 4 Late

Channel 2 News is the big winner at 6 a.m. and from 5 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. Channel 4 News remains the leader in the late evening newscasts. And Channel 7’s Eyewitness News has seen big percentage gains from a year ago, which is easier to do when your ratings are low. There is something [...]
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Ch.4′s Segal Gives a Classy “Wake Up!” Goodbye

I’ve got to hand it to former Channel 4 meteorologist Amelia Segal. She sure can keep a secret. It wasn’t until a day before her departure from WIVB-TV that just about everybody inside her station learned where she is headed this afternoon. WRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C., announced Wednesday that Segal is joining [...]
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Lessons Learned About Constitution, Twitter and Arrested Development

  The semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour can be quite an educational experience. I can’t tell you how many times I said to myself over the course of a week in Pasadena, Calif. last month “I didn’t know that.” Here’s a Top 10 list of things I learned from talking to people or listening [...]
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Oscars Gain Here; TWC Rate Hike Explained

Despite the complaints about the edginess or crudeness of host Seth MacFarlane and how long it took to get around to giving out the top awards, the local ratings for the Oscar telecast Sunday improved from a year ago. The 3 hour and 35 minute program had a 24.6 rating on Channel 7, up slightly [...]
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MacFarlane Gives Oscars Something to Talk About

  Well, at least “Oscar” host Seth MacFarlane gave us something to write and talk about Sunday night. The rest of the evening was as dull and boring as a bad Bills game in the 2012 season. If you read my Sunday blog, you saw that MacFarlane’s knew he would be under “a ruthless bit [...]
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MacFarlane at Center of Unpredictable Oscars

  With the Oscars on ABC tonight, it is all about expectations. The host — “Family Guy” writer-producer-performer  Seth MacFarlane – tried to lower them last month in a press conference during the Television Critics Association press tour in California after the nominations were announced. I was at the tour but didn’t make the press [...]