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Angola's 'Pigman' to be featured on new Travel Channel series

One of the "15 places in Western New York sure to send shivers down your spine” is going to get a national audience.

“The Pigman of Angola,” which made this Buffalo News list in October 2018, is being featured in a six-episode new Travel Channel series, “Hometown Horror,” that premieres at 10 p.m. Oct. 11.

“Pigman” is believed to haunt Holland Road in Angola, which is referred to as “Pigman Road” by local residents.

According to the October 2018 list in The News, “Pigman was supposedly a real Angola resident who stuck pigs' heads on stakes in his yard to scare people away. One night, when a group of teenagers decided to play a prank on the man and his pig heads, the Pigman is said to have murdered the teens and put their heads on stakes.”

A Travel Channel release explained “Hometown Horror” and Pigman’s appearance this way: “Many white picket fence communities across America are gripped with tales of horror, mystery and intrigue that have lingered over these towns for centuries – dark forces haunting unassuming communities with stories of the undead, ghouls, monsters and things that go bump in the night. 'Hometown Horror' delves into these quiet communities to examine what is behind these stories and myths, and to shine a light on what may be lurking in the shadows of small-town America – such as the Pigman of Angola in New York, the hauntings of circus town Baraboo, Wisconsin, the blood-stained history of Perryville, Kentucky, and more.”

The release didn’t say in which episode “Pigman” will appear.

WGRZ-TV apparently isn't expecting weekend anchor Ron Plants to return to work anytime soon. The station has posted a job opening on its website for a temporary part-time weekend anchor. Members of the station's staff have been filling in as anchors in Plants' absence.

I’m not surprised the curiosity factor of the Fox reboot of “Beverly Hills 90210” fell off substantially for the second episode last week.

The same-day audience locally of the second telecast a week ago had a 1.6 rating on the day it aired on Fox affiliate WUTV, down from a 2.9 rating for its premiere. A repeat opposite the Bills game last Friday had a 0.1 rating. Of course, ratings are expected to climb via secondary viewing On Demand.

It will be interesting to see if the audience declines or grows for tonight’s third episode.

Comscore, the other method of judging local TV viewership, agrees with Nielsen that WGRZ dominated during the July ratings period.

According to Comscore, WGRZ-TV won over WIVB-TV in the demographic categories of adults 18+, adults age 25-54 and women and men 25-54 at 4:30 a.m., 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 5 p.m.,  5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

The new 4 p.m. light newscast “Most Buffalo,” won in adult and men and women 25-54 as well.

In Nielsen, WGRZ won in all four demos at 6 a.m., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. but men 25-54 at 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. “Most Buffalo,” which lost in households to WIVB by a tenth of a point, won in adults 25-54 and men 25-54.

WKBW-TV remains deep in third place.

WIVB’s owner, Nexstar, dropped Nielsen and only uses Comscore to measure audience.


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