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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) morning co-anchor Jordan Williams is leaving the CBS affiliate after the end of the July ratings period, General Manager Dominic Mancuso confirmed today. Williams, who has been the co-anchor of "Wake Up!" since 2013, told station management Tuesday that he plans to return to Texas to be closer to his family. "We appreciate all he has done for News…

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The "Dateline" story on NBC Sunday didn't just include the parents of Nolan M. Burch, the Amherst resident and Canisius High School graduate who died in 2014 in a hazing-related tragedy at a West Virginia University fraternity. Kim and Theron "TJ" Burch were the centerpiece of a cautionary tale that featured 16 parents interviewed by NBC News correspondent Andrea Cannin…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) is doing what television stations typically do when they do well in the May sweeps reported by Nielsen: Exaggerate their successes. It is my duty to fact-check the promo that I saw while watching my favorite weekend program, "Sunday Morning" on CBS. The Channel 4 promo featuring anchor teams Melanie Orlins and Jordan Williams, Dave Greber and Chri…

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I'll give Michael Caputo some credit. The Republican political strategist managed to get a good deal of publicity Wednesday for a startup streaming service called Bond by saying he is going to reach out to Roseanne Barr. It was unclear if he was interested in saving the hit show that ABC just canceled or financing a new one. The tie to "Roseanne" enabled Caputo, t…

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Of course, the most popular program in Western New York Wednesday was Washington's exciting 3-2 victory over Las Vegas in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. It had an 8.3 local rating on cable's NBCSN, down slightly from the 8.9 rating for Game 1 Monday night carried by broadcast network NBC. Wednesday's series finale of FX's "The Americans" had only a 0.2 live local rati…

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Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched Wednesday night's series finale of FX's "The Americans," don't read this unless you want to know what happened. I'm not buying a big part of the series finale of "The Americans." You could say one of my favorite TV series concluded with an American ending. By that, I mean Russian spies Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip Jenn…

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Here are the top five takeaways after looking at the local ratings during the May sweeps for broadcast network shows in the early morning, evening news and late-night talk shows. *The firing of anchor Charlie Rose from "CBS This Morning" in November after sexual misconduct allegations has hurt WIVB-TV's (Channel 4) ratings for the two-hour program. *The departure of …

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Earlier today, I tweeted: https://twitter.com/StillTalkinTV/status/1001503338532429825 The suggestion that ABC would cancel Roseanne Barr's popular sitcom "Roseanne" was a minority view at the time because many insiders didn't expect Disney to choose integrity over profit. More than an hour later, ABC responded to Barr's racist tweet directed at former President O…

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On a golden night for sports fans, Game One of the Stanley Cup final on Monday was a decisive winner in Buffalo over Game Seven of the NBA's Western Conference finals. The Vegas Golden Knights' 6-4 win over Washington, which did have an advantage of being on a local network affiliate, averaged a preliminary 8.9 rating on NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV (Channel 2), which is more …

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Get set for a movie menu of bagels and killer shrews over the weekend. Two films with local angles will premiere on Buffalo television over Memorial Day weekend. “Bagels Over Berlin,” an hour-long, independent film documentary about Jewish war veterans, will have its broadcast premiere at 9:30 pm May 27, on WNED-TV, the local PBS affiliate. It will air following The …

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A dramatic shift has occurred in viewership of local television news, according to the results from Nielsen about the just-concluded May sweeps. WIVB-TV (Channel 4) probably is producing promos immediately to trumpet its successes. The local CBS affiliate has in recent years lagged behind WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) in the age 25-54 demographic important to local advertisers…

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I couldn't count all the times Becca Kufrin said she was "excited" during Monday's premiere of "The Bachelorette." I wasn't as excited about watching a preview provided by ABC of most of the two-hour episode that airs at 8 p.m. Monday on WKBW-TV (Channel 7). At my age, I'm clearly not in the target audience. I can't remember the last time I watched an entire episode …

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It is time for another edition of "What's WNY Watching?" as the May sweeps end tonight. We’ll start out with more truly stunning evidence that Buffalo is a bigger pro basketball town than being given credit for by local sports radio and television newscasts. On Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals played the Tampa Bay Lightning in what could have been the deciding …

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The royal wedding of the American bride Meghan Markle to Prince Harry early Saturday morning was a ratings hit in Western New York. However, the audience for the newly named Duchess and Duke of Sussex was no match for all but a rare low-rated Buffalo Bills regular season game. The rating was much higher than any prime-time entertainment program or any of the awards s…