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Grit TV isn't expected until 2015 here; NBC's "Laura" remains on a roll

After further review, the new sub-channel channel aimed at men, Grit TV, won’t be arriving in Western New York until 2015.

That’s the word from Nick Magnini, the general manager of the two Sinclair Broadcasting stations in town.

He originally believed the channel that carries action movies and Westerns aimed at men would arrive within a month after Sinclair made a national deal to carry it.

Magnini said this week that the channel will either be on WUTV’s sub-channel 29.2 or 29.3 some time after the New Year.

Now is the time for the broadcast networks to decide whether their new series deserve to have their first season order of 13 episodes bumped to a full season of 22 episodes.

Not surprisingly, NBC gave the so-called back nine episodes to its surprise Wednesday hit, “The Mysteries of Laura” with Debra Messing. It remains a big hit on Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate. On Wednesday night opposite the start of the seventh game of the World Series, “Laura” had a 10.0 rating on Channel 2. It was the highest-rated prime time series locally Wednesday, topping second place “Modern Family” (9.1). However, it appeals to an older demographic than "Family."

CBS has given all its new dramas, “Scorpion,” “Madam Secretary,” “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Stalker” nine additional episodes.

“Stalker,” which stars Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q, is performing the weakest nationally and in Western New York. But it beat everything in its time slot here Wednesday, except for baseball.

“Scorpion” is a big hit, but it took a significant hit Monday locally on Channel 4 after it lost its hugely popular lead-in, “The Big Bang Theory.”

The CW gave so-called "back nine" episode renewals to its two critically-acclaimed series, “The Flash” and “Jane the Virgin.’ “The Flash” has done very well here on WNLO by CW standards, but the first three episodes of “Jane” pretty much bombed here.

Finally, the syndicator of “The Meredith Vieira Show” has announced it will get a second season. It airs locally as the 5 p.m. news lead-in on Channel 4 and doesn’t get much of a rating here on many days opposite “Ellen” on Channel 2.



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