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'This Is Us' and Scott Pelley reportedly are on the move

"This Is Us" is moving home. CBS' Scott Pelley is leaving his home of the last six years.

Those are the big national TV stories his morning.

Remember when I warned readers about NBC's disturbing decision to move the extremely popular new series from Tuesday night opposite Thursday Night Football in the fall?

After further review, NBC apparently has agreed it wasn't such a hot idea.

According to the trade publication Variety, NBC has reversed the decision and has moved "This Is Us" back to its successful spot this fall at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Variety said the reversal will allow the program to air nine or 10 episodes in succession and also to avoid going head-to-head against the final season of ABC's "Scandal" on Thursday night.

The original plan was a bad idea for a couple of reasons. First, it would have meant NBC would have had to disrupt the schedule of "This Is Us" to air its own portion of Thursday Night Football. It shares the schedule with CBS and The NFL Network.

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It also might have caused some disputes between football fans and their partners over which program was more important to watch when they aired opposite each other.

According to Variety, the new NBC schedule will mean four comedies will play in order on Thursdays – "Superstore," "The Good Place," the revival of "Will & Grace" and "Great News" -- before "Chicago Fire" at 10 p.m.

"Law & Order True Crime" The Menendez Brothers" will air at 10 p.m. Tuesday after "This Is Us."

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Now on to the Pelley story.

Scott Pelley, of "CBS Evening News," in an undated handout photo. (John Paul Filo/CBS via The New York Times)

The New York Post was the first of multiple media outlets to report Tuesday that the anchor of "The CBS Evening News" is being replaced in that seat but will remain at the network as a "60 Minutes" correspondent.

According to the reports, the announcement is expected to be made today. It is unclear who is going to replace Pelley, though one newspaper said Anthony Mason is the front-runner. Another outlet reported Pelley might return to say goodbye and then Mason will be the temporary anchor until a permanent one is named.

An award-winning journalist, Pelley is a solid, low-key, principled anchor who unfortunately hasn't inspired much enthusiasm among viewers.  He is even viewed as a little dull. OK, more than a little dull.

The CBS evening newscast has long been No. 3 nationally and reportedly has plunged even further this year as relative newcomer David Muir has led a strong rally as anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight."

However, Pelley has done decently in the Buffalo market with the help of a strong lead-in from WIVB-TV's (Channel 4) 6 p.m. newscast. Muir, a Syracuse native, suffers here from WKBW-TV's (Channel 7) poor lead-in at 6 p.m.

During the just completed May sweeps, "The NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt" in No. 1 with a 9.3 household rating on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2). Pelley's newscast is second here with a 7.4 rating on Channel 4. Muir's newscast is third with a 4.9 rating. Nationally, Holt reportedly has been winning the age 25-54 demographic but Muir's newscast has more total viewers.

Holt's newscast also is a big winner locally in the key age 18-49 and 25-54 demographics. Pelley is in second place in the those demographics, although Muir wins the 25-54 female demographic by one-tenth of a point over Pelley.

email: apergament@buffnews.com

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