This is what I’m thinking:
The first two games of the World Series weren’t a big hit nationally or locally on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate.
But the two games split by Kansas City and San Francisco received local ratings in the ballpark of the first two games of the 2013 Series won by Boston over St. Louis.
San Francisco’s 7-1 victory in Game 1 on Tuesday averaged a 6.4 local rating, well below the 7.3 national rating. Kansas City’s 7-2 victory in Game 2 on Wednesday had a 7.5 rating here, below the 7.9 fast national rating.
The combined local average was about 7.0. Game 1 last year had a 6.8 rating and Game 2 an 8.9 rating for a combined average of about 7.9, which is about 12 percent higher than this year's ratings here for the first two games.
Of course, the Red Sox are a bigger draw here and in many Eastern markets than Kansas City and that contributed to last year’s higher ratings.
Nationally, Game 2 reportedly was Fox’s highest-rated prime time program this season. The fall has been a disaster for the network, with several shows getting ratings of 2 or lower in Western New York.
Numerous network prime time series out-rated the two Series games here on both nights, including “Survivor,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Modern Family,” “Black-ish,” “The Voice,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Person of Interest.”
However, the baseball games draw a large percentage of male viewers who are more difficult for advertisers to reach.
Ed Drantch makes his Channel 7 anchor debut this Sunday. He will eventually be teamed with Katie Morse, who has been an anchor with Time Warner Cable News.
Kenmore native Jeff Glor reportedly is going to have significant involvement in the new CBS News 24-hour streaming channel.
According to the website TVNewser, Glor will be the primary anchor and work with Elaine Quijano. Glor is a national correspondent for CBS sent around the country to cover big stories and the anchor of a weekend edition of “The CBS Evening News.”
If you’re a fan of “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court,” which airs at noon and 12:30 weekdays on WNYO-TV, be advised that local residents are scheduled to be featured in one of Monday’s episodes.
According to the show’s publicity department, the episode features “a 20-year-old from Buffalo who tries to prove her three-month-old daughter was fathered by a 48-year-old traveling pastor.” The local angle isn’t enough to get me to watch, but feel free to do so yourself.