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CBS' Glor remains very busy despite ending weekend anchor shift; NFL draft ratings strong here

This is what I’m thinking:

Kenmore native Jeff Glor should be just fine despite coming to the end of his run as the Sunday anchor of the CBS Evening News in the network’s revamping of the newscast.

Glor probably even is better off without that role since it certainly sounds like the newly titled “CBS Weekend News” is going to be a cheaper and perhaps even more localized version of the “CBS Evening News” weekend news that Glor had anchored on Sunday and Jim Axelrod had anchored on Saturday when sports events didn’t preempt them.

Kenmore native Jeff Glor (Getty Images)

Kenmore native Jeff Glor (Getty Images)

According to the trade publication Variety, the weekend news change is partly a cost-cutting move that will allow the new newscast to use stories from the live-streaming news service, CBSN, that premiered more than a year ago, and occasional reporting from CBS affiliates like Channel 4.

Glor and Axelrod have been replaced as anchors by Reena Ninan and Elaine Quijano, who anchor at CBSN.

Glor is busy enough without anchoring on weekends. He now should have more time to do the reports he frequently does as national correspondent for the nightly “CBS Evening News,” and also doing features on Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports.”

He also has been a substitute anchor for Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning.”

Glor also has recently substituted for Rose when Rose has been too busy to do his PBS interview program. Glor recently interviewed actor Hugh Laurie and historian William Leuchtenburg for Rose's program, and did an appreciation of Prince after the musician’s shocking death.

It wouldn’t be a shock if the extra time Glor has on his hands enabled him to eventually do some stories for the regular version of “60 Minutes” and not just “60 Minutes Sports.”

In any event, Glor could turn out a winner despite losing a weekend anchor spot on a newscast that Channel 4 only started carrying last fall after years using the 30 minutes for an expanded, hour-long local newscast.

Channel 4 is expected to carry the first edition of the new “CBS Weekend News” starting Saturday because it is doubtful CBS is going to allow it to pre-empt it.

Ratings Time: ESPN reports that the Buffalo television market finished No. 7 among national TV markets for its three-day NFL draft coverage last week with a 3.4 rating.  Buffalo was No. 9 for ESPN’s coverage of the first round on Thursday with a 6.6 rating.

However, it should be noted that those ratings don’t translate into that many viewers compared to larger markets with lower ratings. Buffalo is the second-smallest TV market among NFL teams, ahead of only Green Bay. And Green Bay would be ahead of Buffalo if nearby Milwaukee, which is loaded with Packer fans, was counted.

Buffalo also is the smallest American TV market in the National Hockey League.

Considering the size of the Buffalo market, local fans should realize how fortunate they are to have two professional sports teams here.

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner had a collective 3.1 rating from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday night when the four cable networks carried the comedy routines of President Obama and Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore. That would be a decent rating for a program on a broadcast channel on one of the lowest-viewing nights of the week.

If NBC were able to carry the dinner and give it the Golden Globe treatment, it most likely would have a big ratings hit on its hands.

apergament@buffnews.com

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