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Answers to Ch. 29 blackout, "Mad Men" viewership and Bills TV schedule

You have questions, I have answers. Inquiring minds want to know:

What happened to Fox affiliate WUTV Sunday night during “The Simpsons” and “Brooklyn Nine Nine”?

Channel 29's satellite went down from 8:25 p.m. to 8:50 p.m., explained Nick Magnini, the station’s general manager.

There is never a good time for that to happen, but it is definitely terribly timing to have it occur on the last Sunday of the May sweeps.

Magnini said there are no plans to re-air the episodes of the two comedies.

Did the “Mad Men” finale Sunday get higher viewing than normal in Western New York?

Somewhat surprisingly, the answer is no.

There was no reason to raise a glass of champagne or even Coca Cola to celebrate.

The 77-minute finale on cable's AMC had a live rating of 1.1. The second airing right after it had a 0.6 for a collective 1.7 rating.

During its heights over seven seasons, “Mad Men” had ratings more than double the initial live rating.

Of course, the episodes of the series usually get two or three times the live rating after three and seven days via DVRs and other secondary viewing.

But you would think that the finale that told the end of the stories involving Don Draper and friends would have drawn a much higher percentage of viewers than other episodes this season.

As I’ve written before, never has so much been written about a series that is watched by so few here.

But the few who watched over the years certainly made many advertisers happy. According to published reports, more than half of “Mad Men” national viewers age 25-54 have household incomes of more than $100,000.

Which local TV station is simulcasting the two Buffalo Bills games that will air on ESPN this preseason and regular season?

According to sources, Channel 7 has a verbal agreement to carry the Aug. 20 preseason game at Cleveland and the Nov. 23 Monday Night Football game at New England in the regular season.

ESPN simulcasts the games on local affiliates of the competing teams so fans without cable can watch them.

apergament@buffnews.com

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