Will Rowe’s en­gage­ment change her plans about Buffalo?

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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.

Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News

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