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Big Bucks Help WBBZ Land Bills Game

Mario Williams: Big TV Draw in Buffalo This Season The first major upset of the Buffalo Bills 2012 season quietly occurred last week. That’s when the National Football League team announced that the local rights to the Bills’ prime time home game with the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 15 on the NFL Network ...
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Hong Exiting Channel 4 and Broadcasting

Channel 4 morning and noon anchor Victoria Hong will be the next personality at the station to walk out the door of the Elmwood Avenue studios. Victoria Hong: Joining Delaware North Hong confirmed this afternoon that she will be leaving the broadcasting business to become the director of communications ...
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Clearing Up The Confusion Through the Mist

  I was on WBEN this morning trying to explain where the Buffalo News went wrong Sunday in exaggerating the ratings success of the Nik Wallenda walk on ABC Friday night.   And it was a big success for ABC – for the summer. Nik Wallenda: ABC's Friday Rates Soar One of the reasons I wrote ...
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A Dangerous View of Wallenda Ratings

It isn’t quite as dangerous as walking over Niagara Falls on a wire, but it is somewhat  perilous for reporters who don’t understand television ratings and viewership to write about them. A case in point is a paragraph in the page A5 jump of an otherwise interesting Page 1 Buffalo News story about ...
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National Rate for Wallenda Strong, But No NBA Final

Nik Wallenda’s spectacular high wire act over Niagara Falls Friday won the night for ABC but received about a sixth of the rating in the national overnights that that it had locally on Channel 7. The two-hour program featuring Wallenda had a 6.2 household national rating in the larger metered markets ...
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Local TV Viewership for Wallenda Out of Sight

The local television ratings for Nik Wallenda’s breathtaking walk over Niagara Falls Friday night were out of sight. Nik Wallenda: Ratings Were As High As He Was ABC’s telecast carried on Channel 7 was a huge local TV hit that was comparable to how Buffalo Bills games rate during the NFL regular ...
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It’s Show Time for Wallenda and Showtime

Claire Danes (L) and Morena Baccarin of Showtime's "Homeland"   I awoke this morning at 7, just in time to hear “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts proclaim “we have a beautiful rainbow over Niagara Falls” and then see ABC’s cameras capture it.  The morning program ...
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NBA Finals, Murphy Sighting and Ch.2 Self-Praise

Kevin Durant: Thursday Must-See TV This is what I’m thinking: It looks like Western New York is going to be heavily into the NBA Finals, which has its second game in the series between Miami and Oklahoma on ABC (Channel 7 locally) at 9 tonight. OKC’s game 1 win featuring superstar Kevin Durant’s ...
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Sabres Make Right Moves With Broadcast Team

  Once again, it is time for The Interpreter to put some broadcasting issues in context. Today’s subject is the Buffalo Sabres revamping of their broadcast team. The big move announced Tuesday is dropping Harry Neale and having Rob Ray become solo as the TV and radio game analyst with play-by-play ...
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James-Durant in NBA Finals May Even Excite Buffalo

  I was rooting for LeBron James and the Miami Heat in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. Jeff Van Gundy: Even Better Analyst Than Coach There I said it. I don’t think I was alone. But in many parts of the basketball world, LBJ has remained a villain because he ...
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