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News Leader Now in Third Place

How badly has LIN TV's decision to take WIVB-TV off of Time Warner Cable in a dispute over retransmission fees?

Normally, the news leader, Channel 4 was deep in first place at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. after the first full week in which it only entered about 50 percent of area homes.

According to my unoffical calculations, Channel 2 was in first place at 6 p.m. during the week of Oct.6 through Oct. 10 with a 9.3 rating and first at 11 p.m. with an 11.0 rating. Channel 7, which recently has hit hard times, got strong sampling and finished second with a 7.9 average rating at 6 p.m. and a 7.2 rating at 11 p.m.

Channel 4 averaged an anemic 3.1 rating at 6 p.m. and a 4.6 rating at 11 p.m.

Unless a deal is made quickly, it may take months or even years for Channel 4 to recover.

-- Alan Pergament

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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