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Ch.2 headed for May sweeps win; "American Crime" reportedly renewed

This is what I’m thinking:

At the halfway point of the May sweeps, Channel 2 is expanding its lead over Channel 4 as the area’s TV news leader.

The NBC affiliate’s “Daybreak” has widened its lead over Channel 4's "Wake Up!" at 6 a.m. from a year ago at the midway point.

At 6 p.m. -- the time period that Channel 4 has stopped airing a traditional sports report -- Channel 2 is leading by the same six-tenths of a point margin that Channel 4 was ahead at this point a year ago.

And at 10 p.m., Channel 2’s newscast on WUTV has a comfortable lead over Channel 4’s newscast on WNLO-TV, a big reversal of the situation a year ago.

Even at 11 p.m., Channel 4’s lead is tightening.

There is still half a sweeps period left, but Channel 2’s leads look to be too big to overcome at this point.

I had to laugh this week when I heard the CBS drama “Person of Interest” promoted as a hit drama. It actually is reportedly in danger of being canceled.

I also laughed at a tweet sent out by Buffalo native Nick Bakay about the movie he co-wrote with Kevin James, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.” Tweeted Bakay in deadpan style: “$75,000,000 worldwide in three weeks. But it’s the critical acclaim that matters the most to me.” The film has gotten savage reviews.

I’m a big fan of the AMC drama “Mad Men,” the critical favorite that has two episodes left before it is retired. When you look at the ratings here for the final episodes, you have to conclude that never has so much been written about a show watched by so few here.

Sunday’s excellent episode, titled “Lost Horizon,” had a live rating of 1.2, which means 1.2 percent of WNY homes were tuned in. Of course, the 10 p.m. program gets a lot of delayed viewing. But even when you add that, it doesn’t do very well here.

The April 26 episode that had a live household rating of 0.8 ended up with a household rating of 2.3 after seven days.

In a sense, “Mad Men” is saved by advertising. It gets a bigger viewership in the demographics that matter to advertisers, particularly viewers whose household income is more than $100,000.

The big question on social networks is how it will end for enigmatic advertising man Don Draper (Jon Hamm). One theory – apparently first expoused in season two by a fan named Lindsey Green – is that Draper will wind up being D.B. Cooper, who hijacked a plane in 1971 and disappeared without a trace along with a sizable ransom.

Love the theory. Hope it isn’t true and that Cooper was just an inspiration for the character.

ABC gave some renewals Friday to several series thought to be on the bubble of cancellation, including “Castle,” “Nashville,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Secrets and Lies” and “American Crime.”

The renewal of “Agent Carter” is good news for co-executive producer Michele Fazekas, a Cheektowaga native. But her other series, “Resurrection,” reportedly was canceled.

Like “Mad Men,” “American Crime” is a low-rated, critically-acclaimed series that gets plenty of attention. Its first season finale is next Thursday. It is unclear when it will return and in what form since the finale presumably will end the 11 episode arc of the first season case.

ABC canceled the Tuesday series “Forever.”

In other bubble news, Fox reportedly has canceled “The Mindy Project” after three low-rated seasons but it may be saved by the streaming service Hulu. Series generally need 88 episodes to go into syndication and Mindy Kaling’s show is one season away from reaching that milestone.

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