Will Rowe’s engagement change her plans about Buffalo?
WKBW-TV co-anchor Ashley Rowe announced during a newscast Monday that she is engaged to be married.
When it comes to such personal things, my general rule is to report them only if the subjects verify them and if it may have relevance to their future in the job.
Rowe’s engagement to Dan Greene, the Buffalo-born director of operations at 43North, qualifies on both counts.
When the then Torontobased Rowe joined Channel 7 almost two years ago, there was the belief she might be here only a few years before possibly going to a larger market.
The engagement appears to change that thinking as Rowe is about to enter the third and final year of her Channel 7 contract.
Rowe and co-anchor Jeff Russo haven’t moved the ratings much in the two years they’ve teamed but that was to be expected; the Buffalo TV market is very slow to change and usually appreciates stability in its anchor teams.
In the recent November sweeps, Channel 7 remained deep in third place but it did show some gains at 5 and 6 p.m. from a year ago.
In a text exchange, Rowe said she and Greene met through a mutual friend at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and they’ve been together for more than a year. He worked in Chicago, New York City and Miami before moving back to his hometown.
Weather scares predictably drive ratings.
As much as people want to complain that there is too much weather coverage, viewership rises when storms are predicted even if they never materialize.
From Monday through Wednesday, combined 6 p.m. news viewership of WGRZTV (Channel 2), WIVB-TV (Channel 4) and WKBW-TV (Channel 7) was up by more than 13 percent from the recently concluded November sweeps.
Channel 2 was first with an 11.8 average rating, Channel 4 was close behind with an 11.5. Channel 7 averaged 4.8.
The ratings at 11 p.m. were pretty normal, possibly because by that time people knew the predicted big lake effect storm in Buffalo and some nearby suburbs hadn’t happened.
WNED-TV, the local PBS affiliate, plans to start carrying “Amanpour on PBS” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, hours after the program featuring veteran correspondent Christiane Amanpour begins airing on many PBS stations across the nation as a temporary replacement for Charlie Rose’s interview program.
PBS and WNET announced Monday that Amanpour’s weekday program, which also airs on CNN International on weekdays, will air on many PBS affiliates on an interim basis starting at 11 p.m. Monday. However, they allowed PBS stations to air it where they want.
WNED also aired Rose’s long-running program – which was owned by his production company – on a slight delay before it was dropped Nov. 21 following a Washington Post report that addressed the veteran newsman’s alleged sexual harassment of several women.
Besides losing his PBS program, Rose also was fired by CBS, where he co-hosted its morning program and was a When Ashley Rowe joined Channel 7 almost two years ago, there was a belief that she would go to a bigger market.
contributing correspondent for “60 Minutes.”
CNN’s chief international correspondent, Amanpour’s list of achievements include 11 Emmy Awards and four Peabody Awards.
“CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor said he hoped fellow Western New Yorkers would “give me a shot” in his new
job and they obliged in big numbers for his Monday debut.
On a night that viewership was higher than usual, the premiere of the Glor-led newscast had a rating on CBS affiliate WIVB-TV (Channel 4) that was more than 40 percent higher than the network news broadcast averaged locally during the November sweeps.
It also came close to beating the most popular network newscast in Buffalo, the “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.”
Glor’s newscast had a 11.2 rating for the full half hour at 6:30 p.m. after CBS averaged a 7.8 rating on Channel 4 in the time slot during the November sweeps.
Holt’s newscast had a 11.5 rating on WGRZ-TV, the local NBC affiliate, which was about 20 percent higher than the 9.8 rating it averaged during the November sweeps.
Holt’s newscast won the first 15 minutes with a 12.4 rating to a 11.5 for Glor’s first 15 minutes. Glor’s newscast won the last 15 minutes, 10.9-10.6.
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was third Monday with a 5.1 rating on WKBW-TV (Channel 7), lower than the 5.8 it averaged during the November sweeps.
Glor’s newscast had sharper graphics and the anchor cleanly read and introduced stories by CBS correspondents.
The sign-off at the end of the newscast was as understated and as simple as the Town of Tonawanda native said it would be: “Thank you for watching. Good night.”
Now the question is whether local viewers will continue watching in such high numbers or if many of them will return to Holt’s newscast.