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Local ratings for Stewart's show are a bit tepid

Notes and quotes previously left on the cutting room floor:

I'm not a seamstress but I can see a pattern to the local ratings for Martha Stewart's new syndicated daytime show on WGRZ-TV.

The 11 a.m. show opened Monday with a 2.8 rating, slipped to a 2.0 on Tuesday and fell to a 1.7 on Wednesday despite getting a strong lead-in each day from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." The Wednesday rating was actually lower than the 2.0 that "Tony Danza," which moved from Channel 2 to Channel 4, had at 10 a.m. And I don't think Tony is as good a cook as Martha.

This might not be a good sign in Buffalo for Stewart's version of "The Apprentice," which premieres Wednesday on NBC. Like Stewart's daytime show, the opener of "The Apprentice" should benefit from the curiosity factor and get a decent rating. But in week two, she's on her own.

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Say goodbye to WKBW-TV personality Helen Tederous, who left the station a week ago to take a corporate banking job. "I'm very excited about the change but will miss the crazy world of broadcasting," wrote Tederous.

She had been at the station for about 12 years, most recently as a reporter and personality on the low-rated 4 p.m. program, "PM/Buffalo." Before that, she had been a news reporter, producer, writer and weekend anchor.

John DiSciullo, Channel 7's program and community affairs manager, said replacing Tederous "will be a daunting task because of Helen's unique abilities."

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If you go shopping today, you may get a pleasant surprise. Buffalo is on the list of 15 cities that NBC will be visiting to promote its syrupy-feel good, Friday reality series, "Three Wishes," with host Amy Grant. NBC will grant two "little wishes" at local retailers today by purchasing groceries or meals for surprised customers. The third "big wish" will be a $2,500 check presented to a local charity to purchase an item on the charity's wish list.

"Three Wishes," which has the same feel as ABC's reality hit, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," is widely viewed as NBC's most likely success story this season. Grant and a team of contributors formerly from cable reality shows (including Carter Oosterhouse of "Trading Spaces") will go to communities across the country to grant wishes to deserving people.

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Soon, 7 News will be saying hello to Jennifer Stanonis as a weekend weather person and reporter. She arrives from the NBC affiliate in the small market of Casper, Wyo. Adam Colpack, who had been doing weekends since Kristin Wedemeyer left, returns to his job as the station's weather producer.

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NBC's move of "The West Wing" to 8 p.m. Sundays had an inauspicious local debut. A repeat episode had a 2.3 rating on Channel 2, which was barely ahead of the 2.1 a syndicated "CSI" repeat had on WNLO-TV, the local UPN affiliate. Of course, "West Wing" doesn't generally repeat well. Still, its original episodes will face stiff Sunday competition.

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HBO, which rarely cancels any series after one season, has announced that it will carry a second season of "Rome" in 2007. The expensive, beautiful-looking series has hardly been a pretty ratings story for HBO yet. But at least it is doing better than Magnus Pompey. Presumably, HBO will be able to cut down the $100 million cost of the first season.

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FX has announced that Denis Leary's "Rescue Me," which ended its second season run on a high ratings note Tuesday, will return for a third season. The season finale repeats tonight.

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Cartman and Company will be taking on David Letterman and Jay Leno on Monday when edited versions of Comedy Central's adult cartoon series, "South Park," air at 11:30 p.m. weekdays on WUTV.

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Imagine if you wrote about a game you routinely play with your wife, son and friends and spell it wrong in a column. Then imagine that the game is manufactured in Buffalo. Then you know what happened to me Monday in my brief summary of the UPN soap, "Sex, Love and Secrets." The game is called "iMAgiNiff," according to Kevin Renaud, marketing communications manager for Buffalo Games. In an e-mail, he wrote the company was contacted by the legal department of Paramount Pictures last February to ask for permission to use it. The brief game scene is one of the few highlights in the pilot.

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I'm amused by those CBS promos that document some glowing reviews for "Threshold," the aliens-are-among us series that premieres with a two-hour episode tonight. It is sort of like judging a Bills game at halftime. Less than half of the episode was given to critics until late this week, when the full pilot became available.

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Here's a mismatch if there ever was one. UPN is trying to help its new critically-slammed comedy, "Love, Inc.," set in a dating service, by moving it to 8:30 p.m. Thursday after the critically-acclaimed "Everybody Hates Chris."

e-mail: apergament@buffnews.com

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