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I like Conan O'Brien. I always have. I know I'm not alone, too. It's just that I never watched his show. Few people I know did -- not regularly. His hourlong late-night TBS stint was officially over Thursday. His show will return in January as a half-hour show sans band. I used to dip into his TBS show two or three times a year or to see this interview or that. Or ma…

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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 )…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Despite being shut out for the first time since 2008, the Buffalo Bills scored again in the TV ratings Sunday. The Bills’ 22-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers had a season-high 35.7 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), which was two-tenths of a point higher than the 35.5 rating for the Bills’ shocking 27-6 upset of the Minnesota Vikings a week earlier. Some of the credit for…

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Tony Romo spoiled Buffalo Bills fans. So did Steve Beuerlein, to a lesser degree. The two Pro Bowl quarterbacks who worked the previous two Bills game this season were much more informative and insightful than analyst Dan Fouts was during the Bills 22-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. The last two quarterbac…

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Fans of “Downton Abbey” and British period dramas in general will enjoy this entertaining series set in the late 18th century, filmed on location in Cornwall and starring dashing Capt. Ross Poldark, who gallops about the scenic countryside in his high boots and tri-corner hat, scandalizing his peers in the gentry with his sympathy for the working class. This excellent adap…

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You had to know Phil Corigliano a little to understand why Diane English would want to pay tribute to him in a hit TV sitcom. And why she'd want to continue doing it when that sitcom — "Murphy Brown" — was resurrected in 2018 as one of the pale Lazaruses emerging from the nostalgic caves into 2018 network television. Phil Corigliano was that lovable. He died at 78…

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The riveting almost nine-hour hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee featuring testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wasn’t exactly must-see TV Thursday in Western New York. The three broadcast network affiliates with local news operations and the three main cable news outlets had a combined average rating of 17.1 from…

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At the start of the third episode of the new “Murphy Brown,” written by series creator and Buffalo native Diane English, a cable news anchor is on location at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo. OK, he’s not really at the Main Street restaurant, but there is an establishing shot of the actual storefront. The anchor, Brown’s son Avery, is there to interview two regular people …