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Buffalo's Mr. September, Game 1 of Series and "Supergirl" fly high

It is late notice, but you might want to make a date with “Steve Harvey” at 2 p.m. today on Channel 2.

That’s when the daytime hit program geared to women viewers features a Buffalo native, Jay Hunter, who was nicknamed Mr. September in the “Steve Harvey Man Candy Calendar.”

According to a release sent by the program, the calendar was a big hit.

“The ladies definitely liked what they saw – especially in one man in particular,” the release stated. “Producers have been inundated with emails and messages from single women wanting to meet Mr. September, Jay Hunter, a native of Buffalo, N.Y. who currently works as a teacher in the Los Angeles area. Steve chose one woman who he thought would be a good fit for Jay, and sends them out on a fantasy date! Will Steve make a love match for Mr. September? Tune-in to find out!”

Hmm. I’m speechless.

If there are a some sleepy eyes at work this morning, blame Game 1 of the World Series. It ended at 1:19 this morning on WUTV with a 5-4 victory by the Kansas City Royals over the New York Mets.

The five-hour, seven minute game had a 6.8 local rating, which was up from a 5.9 for Game 1 of the San Francisco- Kansas City series a year ago.

And local viewership was still strong at midnight. It had a 6.4 rating then and a 5.0 at 12: 15 a.m. The final hour averaged a 4.5, which is very good for that hour. The highest-rating was a 9.4 at 10 p.m.

However, CBS’ “NCIS” (14.8) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (10.6) and NBC’s “The Voice” (7.1) all beat the baseball game locally.

Somewhat surprisingly, the baseball game had a slightly higher rating than the Buffalo Sabres’ 4-3 overtime victory over Philadelphia on MSG. The hockey game had a 6.6 rating, peaking with an 8.4 for the last 30 minutes.

In my season preview in September, I referred to the new CBS series “Supergirl” as the one sure hit of the broadcast season.

Sure enough, Monday’s premiere did very well nationally and locally.

With the benefit of a 12.6 lead-in from the popular sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” “Supergirl” averaged an 8.8 rating from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It had a 9.2 average for the first 30 minutes and slipped to an 8.4 from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

That’s a promising start. However, it couldn’t beat NBC’s “The Voice,” which averaged a 10.4 rating here in the hour.

I expect CBS will immediately call “Supergirl” a hit in promos, but let’s see how it does in week two before drawing that conclusion.







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