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Ch.7 Morning Moves Weaken It Overall

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 This is what I’m thinking:

* Channel 7 executives never have listened to me, so why should they start now.

 I wouldn’t have blamed Bridget Blythe for the ratings disaster that is “Good Morning Western New York.” I would blame the limited resources it puts in the lifeless show compared to what Channel 4 and Channel 2 do.

 Additionally, at times “GMWNY” seems much more concerned about pleasing advertisers than viewers.

 I also wouldn’t have moved weekend Ginger Geoffery to the mornings to co-anchor with Patrick Taney. Geoffery has done fine as a weekend anchor. But she isn’t loaded with personality and that’s very important for a morning co-anchor.

Additionally, all the moves weaken Channel 7 in its other news time periods.

It would have been smarter to keep Laura Gray – who has been filling as the co-anchor in the morning this week – in Blythe’s seat. Gray would have been my choice for the job to begin with.  

Inquiring minds want to know what the likelihood would be that Blythe could catch on in the market at another station. There aren’t a lot of job openings and the ones there are have been filled slowly.

Channel 4 continues to take its time replacing Lia Lando at 5:30 p.m. weekdays, which suggests it isn’t that high on former CBS News overnight anchor Emily Smith, a Buffallo native. Smith is expected to be interviewed shortly by Channel 2, which has a Saturday morning anchor spot open with the departure of Erika Brason. Blythe could also be a candidate for that job since Channel 2 is known to use staffers from other stations in town as part-timers.

* Last week’s disappointing live episode of “30 Rock” (see cast above) saw a significant ratings bump here to a 5.8, slightly ahead of “The Office” (5.6), the comedy that usually is NBC’s top-rated Thursday show here.  But sadly, CBS’ “Sh-t My Dad Says” almost doubled the “30 Rock” rating playing at the same time.

 * In other notable local ratings news from last week: Ed Kilgore’s climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro in a Channel 2 Saturday special had a very low 1.1 prime time rating.

 NBC’s decision this week to give the Monday suspense series “The Event” a full season didn’t get a ringing endorsement from local viewers as the Oct. 11 episode sank to a season low 5.3 rating. It rose slightly to a 5.6 this past Monday.

 The Friday night premiere of NBC’s feel-good reality series, “School Pride,” had only a 2.5 rating on Channel 2.

And one has to wonder where all the Thursday viewers are going at 10 p.m. as two popular series of old, ABC’s “Private Practice” (3.9) and NBC’s “The Apprentice,” (3.3) couldn’t even hit a 4 rating opposite CBS’ “The Mentalist” (11.9).

The rent is too damn high for the networks to pay for prime time Thursday  shows that get ratings that low.


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