It is time for another edition of "What Western New York Is Watching," July sweeps edition:
“America’s Got Talent” is the winner: NBC’s amateur hour reality series is the only program that received a double-digit rating here, averaging a 10.9 household rating during the July sweeps. It also won the key demographics of age 18-49 and age 25-54.
“Code Black” back from “Code Red”?: CBS is rethinking its cancellation of this medical drama, which stars Marcia Gay Harden and Rob Lowe, because of strong summer ratings. Buffalo is Exhibit One. The series averaged a 7.4 rating for two episodes in July, making it the No. 2 series in household ratings behind only “AGT.” Its demos are decent, too.
“The Bachelorette” is demo-nstrably a hit: The ABC reality series, which featured Buffalo native Jason Tartick in this summer’s edition, had less than half the household rating as “AGT.” In the summer, that still makes it in the Top 10 in households. But it thrives in the key demos. It was tied for No. 2 in the age 25-54 demo and finished No. 4 in the age 18-49 demo.
You are watching “Big Brother”: Like “The Bachelorette,” the multiple editions of the long-running CBS reality series have decent household ratings and are strong in the demo department.
“Young Sheldon” and “Big Bang” are rare rerun winners: The networks don’t rely on reruns as much as they did in the past. The top performing series that are in reruns are “Young Sheldon” (6.3) and “The Big Bang Theory” (6.1). That makes them the Nos. 3 and 4 series in household ratings. They also do well in demographics. CBS announced this week that “Big Bang” will end its 12-year run in May. According to Entertainment Weekly, Jim Parsons had enough and the series couldn’t go on without Sheldon. The comedy will be extremely tough for CBS to replace. It also served as a great lead-in for other comedies.
“Rating six-ness”: Only four shows get household ratings as high as 6.0, which illustrates the networks aren’t exactly healthy in the summer. By comparison, WIVB-TV (Channel 4) has higher ratings for its newscasts at 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) has a higher average rating for its 6 p.m. newscast.
“Ninja” power: National Hockey League fans get upset when “American Ninja Warriors” is carried on NBC, meaning playoff hockey games are carried on cable's NBCSN. But “Ninja” is tied for second in the age 25-54 demo and does well in the 18-49 demo, as well.
“NCIS” is getting old: The popular CBS series averages a 5.0 household rating in reruns, but only a 0.7 in the age 18-49 demo.
Young viewers flee: Younger viewers head to cable and the streaming services. Only 12 series hit a 2 rating in the age 18-49 demo.
WNLO really gets low ratings: The highest-rated CW series on Channel 4’s sister station, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” gets a 1.1 household rating. “Whose Line Is This Anyway?” gets a 1 rating. But most CW series, which appeal to younger viewers, don’t even get half of that rating.
“Today” still No. 1 here: NBC’s morning program co-hosted by Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb remains a big winner, almost beating the ABC and CBS morning shows combined in households and the age 25-54 demo. Nationally, “GMA” is No. 1 in total viewers and “Today” is the winner in the key demographics.
Colbert rules: Western New York hasn't tired of all the Trump bashing on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Colbert is the local winner against Jimmy Fallon on NBC and Jimmy Kimmel on ABC by slim margins in households and demographics. But it isn’t as if any of them are keeping people from going to bed. The three late-night shows had a combined household rating of 5.6.
Evening news race is tight: The three-way race at 6:30 p.m. is extremely tight, with first-place “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” on Channel 2 only 0.4 ratings points in households ahead of “The CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor” on Channel 4 and 0.9 points ahead of ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” on Channel 7. Holt’s newscast wins by a wider margin in demos. The newscast anchored by Glor, who grew up in Tonawanda, is doing much better here than it is doing nationally. Channel 4’s 6 p.m. news lead-in helps. Nationally, ABC wins in households and total viewers and Holt and Muir are practically in a tie in the key demographics. All three newscasts average much higher ratings in Buffalo than all but a handful of prime time programs in the summer.
The Bills rule in August: To put all the above ratings in perspective, the highest-rated program of the summer was the Buffalo Bills' 19-17 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns last week. The game had a 23.8 rating on Channel 7, which is more than twice the average rating of "America's Got Talent" in July. The rating for Sunday's Bills-Bengals game is expected to be even higher. Regular season games generally get ratings in the 30s or low 40s.