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'Big Bang' live viewership conquers 'GOT' here; Holzhauer boosts local 'Jeopardy' rating

This is what I’m thinking:

If you watched all the television news stories about it or follow the social networks, you might have thought everyone was going to watch the series finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” on Sunday.

It sounded like it was going to be one of the few remaining shared TV experiences now that viewing is so fragmented.

With that in mind, the local rating for the live episode that began at 9 p.m. Sunday on the pay-cable channel is more disappointing than the finale was to many hardcore fans.

It only had a 6.0 live Nielsen rating here.

That is about one third of the 17.0 live local rating for the series finale of “The Big Bang Theory” on WIVB-TV (Channel 4) on May 16.

The 6.0 live rating for “GOT” barely beat the 5.7 rating for the “BBT” repeat Monday on Channel 4.

I believe the “GOT” viewership here is much higher than Nielsen recorded because many college students told me they stream the episodes and streaming isn’t measured in the local ratings.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the number of people streaming the episode locally raised the rating by 50 percent or more. But it still didn’t do nearly as well here as the “BBT” finale, which was available on broadcast television.

Nationally, “GOT” had more viewers than “Big Bang” in the time period they originally aired.

Both shows are expected to get significant gains on delayed viewing via streaming sites and On Demand.

The only prime-time program with a higher rating in Buffalo Monday than the “BBT” repeat was “The Voice,” which had a 6.5 rating on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2).

The highest-rated local program Monday was “Jeopardy!” on the night of the return of revolutionary contestant James Holzhauer. It had a 15.8 rating on Channel 4, which was close to the 17.0 for the first airing of the “Big Bang” finale.

CBS sure gave Norah O’Donnell a sweet goodbye last Thursday for her final appearance on “CBS This Morning” before she heads over to  “CBS Evening News” later this summer.

The goodbye played for more than five minutes and featured salutes from co-workers, politicians and network news rivals Lester Holt and David Muir.

It left O’Donnell in tears.

I don’t think Town of Tonawanda native Jeff Glor ever received that much promotional love from CBS during his 17-month reign in the anchor seat that O’Donnell is getting.

Don’t invite Buffalo Seminary graduate Amy Holden Jones and Halle Berry to the same party.

Asked on “The Late, Late Show with James Corden” if she knew a film she was in was going to fail, Berry mentioned "The Rich Man's Wife." The 1996 film was written and directed by Jones, the creator of the current Fox hit "The Resident."

Berry’s remark came during a Corden bit, "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts," where celebrities can answer embarrassing questions or eat something Corden described as "disgusting."

"I'm sorry everybody who worked on this movie," Berry said. "But I kind of knew it wasn't going to be the greatest cinematic experience for the people … You go into these movies always with the best intention. But then sometimes you get on the set and then you realize, 'what was I high when I agreed to do this?' "

The CW is only premiering two new series this fall. The network, which is carried on WNLO-TV, rarely receives live ratings higher than a 1 in Western New York for any of its series.

So the new shows, “Batwoman” and “Nancy Drew,” will have to come to the rescue. Here is a brief summary of the two new CW fall series.

“Batwoman,” 8 p.m. Sunday (before “Supergirl”): Australian Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) plays the vigilante hero. Batwoman is a superhero who appears three years after Batman, her cousin, mysteriously disappeared.

“Nancy Drew,” 9 p.m. Wednesday: Kennedy McMann plays the teenage detective who has to clear her name and that of her friends in the murder of a socialite in a series with supernatural elements. Scott Wolf plays her widowed father.

The CW has saved “All-American,” the series starring Taye Diggs that received very low ratings in WNY on Wednesdays this season. It is moving to 8 p.m. Monday. “Charmed” moves to 8 p.m. Friday.

email: apergament@buffnews.com

 

 

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