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The Buffalo Bills are consistent in one area besides poor quarterback play: TV ratings. The Bills’ 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans had a season-high 36.4 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. The rating peaked when the game was decided from 3:45 to 4 p.m. at a 42.2 rating. The lowest-rated 15 minutes were at the start at 1 p.m., when it had a 30.2 …

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James Lofton received the usual player-turned announcer treatment Sunday when CBS showed highlights of the Hall of Fame wide receiver catching balls during the Buffalo Bills glory deals in the 1990s. It almost played like an attempt to remind Bills fans what a quality receiver looks like. If the 62-year-old Lofton were in uniform Sunday, he still might have been one …

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Buddy Shula has a reason to celebrate. But WBLK, WYRK and WGRF have even more reasons to celebrate, finishing 1-2-3 in the summer Nielsen ratings book. Shula, who purchased WECK (1230 AM/102.9 FM and 100.5 FM) 16 months ago, is celebrating a book that shows his plan to use legendary local disc jockeys – including Danny Neaverth, Harv Moore, Jon Summers, Joe Chille, T…

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The Anchor Bar will have to wait another week for some free publicity from “Murphy Brown.” CBS pulled the episode of the reboot of “Murphy Brown” that was originally scheduled to run Thursday night in favor of a more-timely episode dealing with the #MeToo movement. In the Thursday episode, titled #MurphyToo,” Murphy confronted the college professor and mentor who sex…

TV

I was stunned by what happened over the Columbus Day weekend when attending two professional sporting events in Buffalo that featured some embarrassing moments. I wasn’t stunned by the Bills’ 13-12 win over Tennessee in New Era Field last Sunday. After all, it is the National Football League and parity is evidenced by the fact 12 of the 16 teams in the AFC are 2-2-1, 2-…

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Spoiler alert. This column is about spoiler alerts. When I review programs before they air, I try to avoid telling key details in episodes that a critic wouldn’t want to know if he or she didn’t see them before regular viewers. I avoid reviews that give play-by-play of what happens in shows because I don’t want to know what happens when I am a regular viewer. T…

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Old friends Andrew Catalon and James Lofton will be the announcers on the Buffalo Bills road game Sunday against the Houston Texans, according to a CBS release. Catalon, the play-by-play man, worked three of the four Bills preseason games last summer on WKBW-TV (Channel 7) alongside analyst Steve Tasker and has been the Bills' primary preseason play-by-play voice for a …

Bills

CBS play-by-play man Spero Dedes said the Buffalo Bills won a “thriller” over the Tennessee Titans Sunday after Steven Hauschka’s game-winning field goal as the clock expired. But not as many Bills fans were thrilled enough by their team’s performance in the previous four games to watch the 13-12 victory. The game had a 34.9 rating on CBS affiliate WIVB-TV (Channel )…

Bills

After CBS sent Pro Bowl quarterbacks as analysts for the first four Buffalo Bills' games, it had Adam Archuleta work Sunday afternoon’s game with the Tennessee Titans alongside play-by-play man Spero Dedes. I would think many Bills fans were asking, Adam who? The former safety for four different NFL teams isn’t anywhere near as well-known to armchair fans as Rich Gan…

TV

All the excitement for a new Buffalo Sabres season featuring the National Hockey League's top draft choice and several other additions didn't translate into as big of a television audience as might have been expected. But at least the TV audience for the Sabres’ lackluster 4-0 season-opening loss Thursday to the Boston Bruins didn’t appear to flee the game at the same r…

It is 8 o’clock through 11 o’clock: Do you know where the prime-time viewers are? That’s the question after looking at the live and same-day household ratings for the new prime-time broadcast television season. There has been a significant dropoff in live household ratings compared to last season in prime time. There are a variety of theories why it is happening. …

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This is what I’m thinking: WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) reporter Michael Wooten deserves praise for his balanced coverage dealing with the race for the congressional seat in the 27th district between incumbent Republican Chris Collins and Democratic challenger Nate McMurray. The huge difference in the bankrolls of the two candidates makes it imperative that local media fact-c…

Colleges

The University at Buffalo football team will be getting its biggest local television exposure on Oct. 20 when WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) simulcasts the ESPN Plus coverage of a Mid-American Conference game against Toledo. The 4-1 Bulls have had four games on television this season, but all of them were on channels with limited potential viewership. UB will be on the CBS Spor…

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Before the Buffalo Sabres played games last season, play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret and analyst Rob Ray would formulate a game plan. “We’d say, ‘You know any good jokes lately?’ ” explained Jeanneret in an interview over lunch. They were looking for jokes because the Sabres became a joke, finishing in last place in the National Hockey League. It was as tough for t…

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It is 8 o’clock through 11 o’clock. Do you know where the prime-time viewers are? That’s the question after looking at the live and same-day household ratings for the new prime-time broadcast television season. There has been a significant drop-off in household ratings compared to last season in prime time. There are a variety of theories why it is happening. T…