"The Simpsons" debuted on Fox to national acclaim in 1989 (and has been on the air ever since). The reaction to the show was more muted in Buffalo, however, as Alan Pergament noted in his column on this date.
" 'Simpsons' is a national hit, but scores low ratings locally"
"What do Bart and Homer Simpson have in common with Channel 2's Allison Rosati and Don Postles?
"A lot more people are talking about them locally than watching them -- at least according to the Arbitron and Nielsen ratings services."