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“Jeopardy” a Hit, Eyewitness News Takes a Hit

Image via Wikipedia You don’t have to be as smart as a computer to know that the three “Jeopardy” programs that pitted IBM’s Watson against two of the show’s best all-time contestants would get higher ratings than usual locally on WKBW-TV. The three programs this week averaged a 12.3 rating, ...
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Bills in Jeopardy As Boring as Computer Jeopardy

Image via Wikipedia This is what I’m thinking: *After the Hassan trial, we knew the local TV news departments would need something to fill their 30 minutes of time besides telling us about the weather. So Channel 2 trotted out an old standby Tuesday – whether the area is in jeopardy of losing the ...
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Ch.2′s Levin Wonders If Lee Will Ever Talk

Image by Domain Barnyard via Flickr   Who is going to get the first interview with former Congressman Chris Lee? You might think that Channel 2 anchor Scott Levin would have the inside track since he and Lee were neighbors for seven years. A few days before the Craigslist scandal broke, Lee even stopped ...
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Chris Lee for Chris Lee’s Seat?

Image via Wikipedia Just about everybody remotely connected to politics in Western New York has tossed his or her hat into the ring to replace Congressman Chris Lee. I have one more obvious candidate: Chris Lee. This thought came to mind even before reading today’s very positive Buffalo News story ...
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Sorry, Hassan Trial Coverage Was Overdone

Image via Wikipedia   The local media has congratulated itself so much for its coverage of the Hassan murder trial that several members probably need a visit to the chiropractor to deal with back problems. Even my former colleague Jeff Simon got in the act about 10 days ago, praising “especially” ...
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Lee Story Leads Network Morning Shows

Image via Wikipedia “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts channeled Jay Leno (see right) after ABC’s morning program opened with the Craigslist scandal involving former Congressman Chris Lee. “That story definitely goes in the ‘what were you thinking’ column,” said Roberts. Of ...
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Perry’s Show Heads in Right Direction

Image via Wikipedia   Matthew Perry has always been my favorite “Friend.” That may only be partially because he once helped me with directions when I was lost in Pacific Palisades, Calif. I recall pulling over in my car years ago and looking for anybody to help guide me when Perry and his girlfriend ...
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Super Bowl Sets Buffalo Record

Fox affiliate WUTV-Channel 29 set a local Super Bowl ratings record Sunday. Green Bay’s 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers had a 52.7 local rating and a 71.7 share of the audience. That means 52.7 percent of area households were tuned in and 71.7 percent of all households with their ...
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It’s a Go for Fox’s Amusing “Traffic Light”

Image by Getty Images via @daylife   After all the crude, sexually-themed, supposedly funny Super Bowl commercials featuring Faith Hill, Kim Kardashian and others Sunday, the new Fox relationship comedy “Traffic Light” seems rather tame. And better yet it is occasionally even funny. Think CBS’ ...
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Aikman Does Post-Game Flip Flop

Image via Wikipedia The funny thing about Super Bowl analysis isn’t that analysts like Fox’s Troy Aikman (see right) forget what they say in a few minutes but that they think viewers do. With Green Bay nursing a 21-17 lead over Pittsburgh Sunday early in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Super ...
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