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Like the versatile running back that it glorifies, the NFL Network documentary, “Thurman Thomas: A Football Life,” works on multiple levels. Narrated by actor Josh Charles, the NFL Films production scores as the biography of the great Buffalo Bills running back, as a nostalgia piece, as a history lesson for fans too young to remember the team’s glory days, and as a publ…

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Brady Quinn, the former No. 1 draft choice of the Cleveland Browns who is the analyst on the FOX broadcast of the Buffalo Bills game with the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. Sunday on WUTV, sounds like a big Josh Allen fan. CBSsports.com reported that on a podcast Tuesday, Quinn said Allen might be the rookie quarterback he would choose to start a NFL team, although Cleveland's…

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The first match-up that featured Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen and New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold led to the Bills’ highest-rated Sunday afternoon game of the season. The Bills’ 27-23 loss to the Jets had a 38.5 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. The rating peaked at game’s end at a 44.2 rating. Before Sunday, the Bill…

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If the song hadn’t become so controversial lately, I would have bet CBS would have played “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” during the Buffalo Bills’ 27-23 loss to the New York Jets Sunday. After all, announcers Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta went overboard telling viewers that it was cold at New Era Field. The emphasis on the weather was my one big complaint about the broad…

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At a Catholic church forum Monday designed to move forward from the sexual abuse crisis in the Buffalo Diocese, WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) anchor Maryalice Demler ended up upsetting some in attendance who interpreted her remarks as an unprofessional critique of a competing TV station. Multiple people came away from the panel at St. Joseph University Church near the University …

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CBS’ excellent storyteller Steve Hartman will be in Buffalo Friday to report a heartwarming On the Road story on a social media sensation that first got media attention last month in a Sean Kirst column. According to a CBS producer, Hartman’s story is “about a little girl who left an anonymous note on a stranger’s car” after her school bus drove away after it hit his ca…

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“The Big Bang Theory” is going out with a local bang in its final season on CBS. “This Is Us” is still NBC’s top-rated series here, but not as many of us are watching and many viewers aren’t loving it as much as they used to love it. “The Good Doctor” doesn’t get much of a live rating but it recovers nicely on delayed viewing to become ABC’s top-rated series here. …

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Like practically every television critic, I instantly fell in love with season one of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” After the first season won eight Emmy Awards, I couldn’t wait for season No. 2, which starts streaming on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the first three episodes of season No. 2 that Amazon sent to preview were so disappointing that newcomers to the …

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Many so-called National Hockey League experts have been surprised by the early-season success of the Buffalo Sabres. NBCSN and NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire isn’t one of them. In the preseason, McGuire pretty much predicted the turnaround. Consider this McGuire statement before the Sabres played a preseason game in Clinton: "The one thing that is exciting abou…

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen may be must-see TV, but the warm weather rarely seen in December in Western New York Sunday may have kept the audience down for the Bills’ 21-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins. The game had a 35.4 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate, down from a 38.0 the week earlier for the Bills win over Jacksonville. However, the…

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By now, we know what to expect from CBS’ play-by-play man Andrew Catalon and analyst James Lofton. So there were no surprises during their work on their third Bills game of the season Sunday – a 21-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Catalon does his homework so well – maybe too well – that he can drive you a little crazy with all the statistics he provides during games. …

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The Buffalo Sabres hot streak is continuing in one area – TV ratings. The team’s 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night that ended its 10-game winning streak had a season-high 15.4 rating on MSG. It was easily the highest-rated Sabres game in years. The Sabres are now averaging an 8.3 rating this season, up 46 percent from the same period last season. …

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When it comes to local television ratings, WIVB-TV (Channel 4) is as hot as the Buffalo Sabres. The CBS affiliate was the winner in household ratings and the key age 25-54 demographic in almost all-time periods during the November sweeps, which ended on Thanksgiving eve. The one notable exception is 5 a.m., when the WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) morning program “Daybreak” won …

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Buffalo Sabres games continue to be the highest-rated prime time programs in Western New York. The Sabres’ 3-2 overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night had a season-high 14.0 rating on MSG, topping the previous season high of 13.8 The rating hit a 17.0 in overtime when Jeff Skinner’s goal gave the team its 10th straight win. For comparison, NBC’s mo…