This is what I’m thinking:
The NBC musical drama “Smash” took a much bigger hit nationally than locally Monday when its second episode ran.
“Smash” had an 8.1 rating on Channel 2 Monday, down only slightly from the 8.4 the premiere had locally on the Monday after the Super Bowl.
Nationally, “Smash” lost a quarter of its audience Monday from the premiere. But that’s a bit deceptive because the premiere audience was inflated by the viewership it had in the first 15 minutes. The decline wasn’t that much compared to the final 15 minutes of the premiere. “Smash” still won its time slot nationally. That’s a good sign for NBC. Channel 2 rarely gets anything in prime time in the range of an 8 rating.
Talk about timing. Monday’s episode of “Glee” featured Amber Riley, who plays Mercedes, singing the song that Whitney Houston made famous, “I Will Always Love You.”
Sorry to see that Lackawanna’s Ron Jaworski will be off Monday Night Football next season now that ESPN has decided to go with Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden on a two-man team. Jaws and Gruden are both quarterback experts so there was duplication. However, you might have thought that ESPN could have found a defensive-minded analyst to pair with Gruden, who delivers far too many superlatives every game. Jaworski will be busy anyway next season after signing a five-year extension to appear on several football related ESPN program.
Buffalo native David Milch, the creator of the HBO horse racing series, “Luck,” had to be pleased by the endorsement by Tony Kornheiser Tuesday on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption. “At the risk of sounding stupid,” Kornheiser said in between a commercial break, “‘Luck’ may be the greatest show ever made. It is great. It is great.”
I loved the Buffalo News column Bruce Andriatch wrote Monday about listening to radio broadcasts of Buffalo Sabres games during the Time Warner-MSG dispute that is keeping the games off of TV. Andriatch is one of my favorite columnists at the paper.
Rating update: The preliminary 11.4 rating for the Sabres game with Tampa Saturday on Channel 2 rose to a 12.6 rating after the final numbers came in. The rating in Rochester won’t arrive for a while since Rochester isn’t a metered market.