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Pardon the Interruption But I’m Back

 

It is nice to be back stilltalkintv.

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To be honest, it is nice to be able to talk about anything.

With apologies to Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, please Pardon the Interruption between blogs while I have been living through an episode of “ER,” Grey’s Anatomy,” “House” and just about every medical show for the past four weeks.

I will spare you many of the details, other than to say I owe my life to my terrific, fast-acting girlfriend and two angels who live next door to me – a cardiologist and a nurse. Best move I ever made was living next to a cardiologist and his wife.

I did get a kick out of a former colleague’s remark that he was surprised to learn I had a heart when he learned of my attack. I want to thank him and all my friends and readers who have expressed concern over the last few weeks in humorous and serious ways.

My initial fear after the attack was that I was going to get too soft because I seemed to cry after watching just about every season finale during my recovery. I knew I was in trouble when I cried during  the “Revenge” finale. Kidding. It was just about the only finale that I didn’t cry over, which was an indication that I was finally recovering. I loved the series finale of “House” with Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) and Dr. Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) riding off into the sunset together on motorcycles, and the season finale of “Glee,” which I caught On Demand after I left the hospital for a second time. I will talk about them more in an upcoming blog.

During my time off, I read the Buffalo News online and came away more determined to fill what I believe is a glaring need — the coverage of national and local television.

My initial schedule won’t be as heavy as it was before my health scare. I don’t plan on writing daily at the start. More likely, I will borrow a future page from the New Orleans Times-Picayune and write three times a week. The blogs may be written at various times of the day and not just early morning. The schedule will expand back to normal as my energy level increases and after I deliver about 140 final grades to college students waiting patiently for them.

But enough about me.

It’s time to deliver the results of the local May new ratings, one of the areas the Buffalo News seems less interested in covering. I’ve always found who is No. 1 to be interesting. But that’s me.

It was a good sweeps for Channel 2. It won the 6 a.m. morning competition by a wider margin over Channel 4 than it did a year ago. Channel 2 also was No. 1 at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., though the 6 p.m. win was practically a dead heat.

With Oprah Winfrey no longer serving as Channel 4’s news lead-in, the former No. 1 station saw declines everywhere but at 11 p.m., where it was No. 1 by a wide margin thanks to the help of the prime time lead-ins from CBS programming. Its 8.9 rating at 11 p.m. was flat from a year ago. Channel 2, meanwhile, slipped almost two points from a year ago to a 6.0 and was closer to third place Channel 7 (5.0) than Channel 4. Channel 7 remains a distant third in all time periods.

The 10 p.m. race has become a little more interesting. Channel 4’s newscast anchored by Diana Fairbanks on WNLO has more than twice the audience that Channel 2’s newscast anchored by Melissa Holmes has on WNYO-TV. However, a year ago, Channel 4’s newscast had three times the audience. Channel 2’s newscast saw a .1 increase to a 2.1 rating, while Channel 4’s newscast dropped 1.7 rating points to a 4.5.

Channel 4 shouldn’t cry too much about the ratings drops for now. After all, audiences are being asked to adjust to all the new personnel changes at the station in the past year or so. In the meantime, Channel 2 is adjusting to life on top everywhere but at 10 and 11.

pergament@msn.com

 

 

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25 responses to "Pardon the Interruption But I’m Back"

  1. Glad your back Alan. Love reading your blogs!!

  2. Butch says:

    Great that you are back……….and, of course, still talkin!

  3. Bob says:

    Glad you’re back.
    But I lost a bet.
    I thought you had Lupus.
    Silly me, should have known – it’s never Lupus

  4. Sarah says:

    So glad you are back. I’ve been crying, too, at the shows, and yes, you do have a heart, I’ve seen it….

    • alanp says:

      Thanks Sarah. My daughter didn’t think my friend’s crack about my heart was that funny. She is so protective that she didn’t see the humor in it. It is nice to get support like that. I did laugh when my friend wrote it.

  5. Glad that you are rebounding….your words were missed and are welcome again.

    Take care

  6. Welcome back Alan! Glad you’re doing OK.

  7. Libby Maeder says:

    So glad your medical scare is over. Thank you for sharing it with readers.

  8. grr says:

    Alan, you were missed! So glad you’re back and doing better :)

  9. Judi says:

    Welcome back, Alan! I missed reading your blogs and am glad you are feeling better!

  10. RaChaCha says:

    Welcome back, and best wishes for your continued recovery!!

    And just in time: today WIVB news said that a program at a Buffalo east side school is the “only one of it’s kind in central New York.” CENTRAL?? WIVB apparently figured that with the local TV critic out of commission, they could get away with their D game ;-)

    http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/buffalo/40m-in-improvements-at-buffalo-school

  11. e says:

    Glad you’re back. you were missed. So did you feel like you went 15 rounds with Tyson? That’s how I felt after having a scare. Feel better.

  12. Rob says:

    It’s great to see such a good person on the mend and getting better. All the best to you and your family

  13. George says:

    Good to have you back in the saddle! I grew up in WNY and have lived in Ohio for 16 years now…loved your column and now stilltalkintv.com! Funny, I only get to see the Buffalo newscasts a few times a year when back visiting family in Buffalo, but I still love reading about what’s happening at the stations. Great to hear you’re feeling better and welcome back!

  14. Glad to hear you are doing better and back in the blog world! Good luck with a speedy recovery :)

    -mb

  15. Randy says:

    May 29: A great day! My wife came home from Roswell, and you are stilltalkintv! Glad you’re back in action!

  16. Tom W. says:

    Alan- glad to see you are doing better and that you’re back to fill us in on everything happening with tv. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    One thing I did find out tonight through Autumn Lewandowski’s facebook page is that her last day doing the weather on Ch 2 is tonight (6/3/12). It’s unclear where she may end up, but my guess is that Mary Beth Wrobel may be back doing weather full time now on the weekends.

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