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Trump rally gets "Big Bang"-like ratings; TV coverage doesn't rate that high


In honor of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s speech at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo Monday, I’m going to ramble in this morning’s blog.

I may ramble, but the goal is to make this blog great again. It is going to be so great that people are going to post it on their Facebook walls and the Great Wall of China. Which is a huge wall, as you know.

My goal is to prove there is no place better, more fun, more safer than a Talkin’ TV blog.

If you don’t stand up and cheer after reading it, you can just call me Lyin’ Alan.

In all seriousness, let’s look at the TV polls. I meant the ratings.

Here’s the headline: Trump Pulls Huge Numbers. I’m not exaggerating. Channel 4’s live coverage (it was the only broadcast station to carry the speech live) interrupted “Jeopardy” around 7:35 p.m. The first full 15 minutes measured at 7:45 p.m. had an 11.8 rating, down from a 13.4 at the start of “Jeopardy.” But the 30 minutes of prime time coverage of the rally from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. averaged a 14.1 rating. Those are “Big Bang Theory” numbers. The rating also was higher than the combined local rates for the first 30 minutes of the popular reality shows “The Voice” (7.1) on Channel 2 and “Dancing with the Stars” (4.7) on Channel 7.

I noticed the Bills put out a statement that said Bills Coach Rex Ryan was acting on his own in introducing Trump at the rally and he wasn’t talking for the organization.

I wish someone in the media would have been able to ask the Pegulas how they felt about Ryan doing everything but endorse a candidate who has been accused of being a racist and verbally mistreating women.

Considering the majority of players in the National Football League are minorities and the league has a women problem of its own, the Pegulas should have realized that Ryan’s participation wasn’t a good look for the league or the team. The headline in today’s New York Daily News features a picture of Ryan in his Bills hat and Trump beside him with the headline: “He’s With Stupid, Too!” The sub-headline said: "Dopey ex-Jets coach supports bigot Trump."

Cheers to the guy interviewed on Channel 7 after the rally who noted that Trump talked only in generalities and he preferred to hear more specifics.  The guy may have been the best reporter on the air Monday. It would have been nice to hear a TV reporter note that Trump didn’t say how he was going to do all the things he promised to do.

I’m betting that some Channel 4 viewers were asking, who is that woman after watching morning co-anchor Teresa Weakley during the station’s coverage on the evening newscasts. After all, many people who watch in the morning have never seen her. It was a smart station move to give Weakley more exposure. It also needed her there because Nalina Shapiro is off for a few days.

Channel 7’s new anchor Ashley Rowe continues to make a strong impression even if she occasionally goes into Canadian speak. I had to laugh at 11 p.m. at the way she read the word “organization,” which was used twice in the Bills statement about Ryan.

Here’s something that was visible but unspoken in the media coverage. Almost all the people exiting the rally during Channel 2’s coverage had one noticeable thing in common. They were almost all white. I didn’t see one minority in the video of those exiting. But I might have missed one or two. I am sure there must have been some minorities there even out of curiosity. The lack of minority supporters is one of the problems facing the Republicans.

Channel 4 pulled the Trump speech at 8:30 p.m. as planned so viewers could see the full episode of the season finale of CBS’ “Supergirl.” I got the sense that if it had waited one minute Trump would have finished. I feel for “Supergirl” fans, who on the previous Monday had an episode joined in progress because Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders was speaking at the University at Buffalo and Channel 4 carried his speech. Channel 4 was thinking more of “Supergirl” viewers this time to air the entire episode, even though it meant the 11 p.m. news was delayed until 11:30 p.m.

Finally, it is time to look at the polls, eh, ratings again. “Supergirl” took a ratings hit by starting at 8:30 p.m. It had a 5.7 rating. However, more fans can watch it online or On Demand.

Channel 4’s late night also took a hit because of the 30-minute delay. That helped Channel 7. Channel 2 won at 11 p.m. with a 6.4 rating. Channel 7 had a rare second place finish with a 5.5 rating. More importantly, it got some sampling from Channel 4 viewers. Channel 4’s 11:30 p.m. newscast had a 4.9 rating.

OK, I’m finished. I don’t really expect you to stand up and cheer. I was exaggerating. I’ve been shown that it can be a winning strategy.

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