"CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor said he hoped fellow Western New Yorkers would "give me a shot" in his new job and they obliged in big numbers for his Monday debut.
On a night that viewership was higher than usual, the premiere of the Glor-led newscast had a rating on CBS affiliate WIVB-TV (Channel 4) that was more than 40 percent higher than the network news broadcast averaged locally during the November sweeps.
It also came close to beating the most popular network newscast in Buffalo, the "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt."
Glor's newscast had a 11.2 rating for the full half hour at 6:30 p.m. after CBS averaged a 7.8 rating on Channel 4 in the time slot during the November sweeps.
Holt's newscast had a 11.5 rating on WGRZ-TV, the local NBC affiliate, which was about 20 percent higher than the 9.8 rating it averaged during the November sweeps.
Thank you for this https://t.co/2enqlVGZD3
— Jeff Glor (@jeffglor) December 5, 2017
Holt's newscast won the first 15 minutes with a 12.4 rating to a 11.5 for Glor's first 15 minutes. Glor's newscast won the last 15 minutes, 10.9-10.6.
ABC's "World News Tonight with David Muir" was third Monday with a 5.1 rating on WKBW-TV (Channel 7), lower than the 5.8 it averaged during the November sweeps.
The national numbers weren't in as of this writing.
Glor did have a local advantage Monday going in, with Channel 4 winning the 6 p.m. half-hour with a much higher-than usual 12.1 rating. In addition, the newscast featured an interview by anchor Jacquie Walker with Glor and his parents that served as a promo.
Channel 2 was second at 6 p.m. with a 11.7 rating, with the impending weather issues possibly driving the higher ratings. Channel 7 was third with a 4.2 rating that didn't help Muir's newscast.
Glor's newscast had sharper graphics and the anchor cleanly read and introduced stories by CBS correspondents.
The sign-off at the end of the newscast was as understated and as simple as the Town of Tonawanda native said it would be: "Thank you for watching. Good night."
Now the question is whether local viewers will continue watching in such high numbers or if many of them will return to Holt's newscast.