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Paging "Dr. Oz" in WNY; Dorenbos helps "AGT" get magical local rating

Where’s “Dr. Oz”?

That was my first question after hearing that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is going to reveal some additional personal medical information on the doctor’s television program.

More than a year ago, the program used to be carried at 3 p.m. weekdays on WIVB-TV.

It was dropped from that station a year ago because of declining local ratings. Channel 4 also doesn’t have as much daytime real estate available now that it carries a 4 p.m. newscast.

I had to go to my channel guide to discover that “Dr. Oz” is now carried at 9 a.m. weekdays on WNLO-TV, Channel 4’s little-watched sister station. Presumably, the program that Trump is taping today will air Thursday here, by which time what the nominee has revealed might already have been leaked.

It shouldn’t be hard for Thursday’s program to get a higher rating than normal. It usually gets a 1.5 rating on WNLO-TV, which is a healthy number for that station affiliated with the CW. Heck, many CW prime time programs struggle to get a live rating like that here.

Dr. Mehmet Oz has downplayed expectations for the Trump appearance, saying “I’m not going to ask him questions he doesn’t want answered.”

In other words, Dr. Oz is going to act like Matt Lauer.

Inquiring minds want to know: What kind of audience did the first new network program to premiere this season, Fox’s weird “Son of Zorn,” do in Buffalo.

Not so good.

Despite massive promotion during a NFL doubleheader Sunday on Fox, “Zorn” had a 2.5 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. The New York Giants one-point victory over Dallas had a 14.7 rating on the same station and the finish of another game for 30 minutes after that had a 10.4 rating. In other words, local viewers fled “Zorn” more quickly than Tyrod Taylor tried to escape Baltimore’s pass rush Sunday in the Bills loss.

Wow. That is all I can say about the local rating for Tuesday's two-hour performance finale of “America’s Got Talent.” It had a 13.8 rating on Channel 2, which is as strong as some NFL games not played by the Bills get here.

The appearance of former Bills snapper Jon Dorenbos among 10 finalists may have helped spike the local rating a little. Dorenbos didn’t appear until near the end of the program with his magic card act. He is a great guy with a great personal story and I’m rooting for him in tonight’s results finale. But it would be magical if he beat several more impressive finalists for the $1 million first prize.

Inquiring minds want to know: How did Buffalo’s Nate Siwiec do on the Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” Tuesday night? The 13-year-old finished second in the competition. “I feel very proud because I got all the way to the last round and that’s hard to do,” Nate said at the end of the program.

apergament@buffnews.com

 

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