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Channel 2 is the big winner in November sweeps

This is what I’m thinking:

The demographic results are in for the November sweeps and once again Channel 2 is the big winner.

I won’t bore you with too many numbers, but can tell you the only place that it doesn’t dominate in the age 18-49 and age 25-54 when all three stations compete is at 11 p.m. Channel 4’s household margin at 11 p.m. had narrowed in November but interestingly its lead in the age 18-49 and age 25-54 demographics increased.

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The Buffalo Bills playoff hopes ended with a season-high television rating for their 26-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

The CBS game had a 42.7 rating on Channel 4. That was a half a point higher than 42.2 rating for the Bills’ 17-13 loss to Kansas City on Nov. 9 at The Ralph.

The rating for Sunday’s game peaked at a 46.9 from 7 to 7:15 p.m.

Bills games are the highest-rated TV shows in Western New York every week, with the rating for the games two or three times higher than the live rating for the highest-rated prime-time entertainment program.

A 42.7 rating means 42.7 percent of television homes in Western New York were watching the game.

Pittsburgh’s 20-12 victory over Kansas City, which briefly helped the Bills’ playoff chances, had a 21.8 rating on Channel 4. That is a very strong rating for a game not involving the Bills.

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There will be some new television wrinkles for the National Football League playoffs this season. The NFL hasn’t officially announced anything, but sources report that CBS and therefore Channel 4 will be losing one of the two divisional playoff games it has customarily had.

ESPN is getting one of the wild-card games that NBC has been airing, which suggests that NBC may get one of the two divisional playoff games that CBS has usually aired.

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I give “Homeland” all that praise for its recovery from a slow early season start and then the Showtime series rewards viewers with a clunker of a fourth season finale.

I won’t reveal any details to give some time for those fans who watch later in the week to see the finale.

Let’s just say I was a little bored of the personal stories that slowed things down and kept on waiting for something – anything – to happen.

I ended up being as disillusioned as Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) when I realized the finale was just setting up things for next season. The finale might as well have ended with a To Be Continued tagline.

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When I think of Joe Cocker, I think of one of my all-time favorite TV series, “The Wonder Years.” Some people who buy the DVD set of all seasons may fast-forward through the opening in which Cocker sings a portion of The Beatles tune, “A Little Help From My Friends.” I listen to it before every episode as scenes of Kevin Arnold, his friends and his family play out. It is one of the best openings in TV history.

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Inquiring minds want to know what ever happened to the report here that former Channel 7 anchor John Borsa was going to Channel 2? Good question. Borsa had told friends he was joining Channel 2 but the station never officially announced he was coming. It’s been weeks since the report, which suggests it is unclear if it is ever going to happen.

email: apergament@buffnews.com

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