Jeanneret pur­posely kept opin­ion out of Hous­ley talk

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Notes picked up from the cut­ting room floor, with some new ma­te­rial added:

I’ve heard some peo­ple – Kevin Sylvester of Buf­falo Sports Page on a podcast among them – who thought that the re­marks by Buf­falo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret about never see­ing a team have the wheels come off like it did for the Sabres this year was the first in­di­ca­tion that coach Phil Hous­ley was go­ing to be his­tory.

If so, that wasn’t Jeanneret’s in­ten­tion.

In the same in­ter­view with Jeanneret, I asked whether he had an opin­ion on whether Hous­ley should be re­tained or if he wanted to stay out of it. I didn’t in­clude the ques­tion and answer in the orig­i­nal story be­cause I felt it was ir­rel­e­vant.

“I’m stay­ing out of that,” said Jeanneret. “I don’t have any rea­son to get in­volved in some­thing like that. I can’t do any­thing about it one way or an­other.”

There was a big con­ver­sa­tion on so­cial net­works be­fore Sun­day’s pre­miere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in which nu­mer­ous peo­ple won­dered if they were the only ones who hadn’t watched the heav­ily hyped se­ries. And brag­ging about it.

Judg­ing by the lo­cal rat­ings for Sun­day’s pre­miere of the fi­nal sea­son, clearly those not in the “Game” avail­able on a pay-ca­ble chan­nel are far from alone. All the hype just made it seem like all of West­ern New York and Amer­ica is watch­ing. That doesn’t hap­pen any­more in the frag­mented world of TV with so many choices avail­able.

Nationally, the episode re­port­edly drew 17.4 mil­lion

view­ers, which is the high­est view­er­ship for any episode of a reg­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment se­ries this sea­son. How­ever, it is a frac­tion of the 327 mil­lion peo­ple liv­ing in the United States.

The pre­miere only had a 4.7 lo­cal rat­ing for the 9 p.m. episode, which means

4.7 per­cent of all house­holds in West­ern New York were watch­ing the first chance they got. That puts it in un­der 30,000 homes. Of course,

HBO airs the episode mul­ti­ple times dur­ing the week and it is avail­able on de­mand so the au­di­ence will likely in­crease sub­stan­tially.

Still, con­sid­er­ing all the at­ten­tion “Thrones” re­ceived from even nightly na­tional news­casts you would have ex­pected the live rat­ing to be much higher than that lo­cally.

Spoiler alert: From those num­bers, it is pretty clear that many peo­ple in West­ern New York have no idea who Jon Snow (Kit Har­ing­ton) is. But, hey, Snow didn’t re­ally know who he is ei­ther un­til he found out Sun­day.

If you missed all the ref­er­ences to Buf­falo in the spinoff of CBS’ “FBI” called “Most Wanted” two weeks ago, head to on de­mand. They found the guy on the “Most Wanted” list in Buf­falo af­ter he killed his wife and chil­dren. Ju­lian McMa­hon of “Nip/Tuck” was the star of the spinoff. Alana de la Garza (“Law & Or­der” and its spinoffs) co-starred as an as­sis­tant agent in charge. I didn’t think much of it. But I also didn’t think much of the pi­lot of “FBI,” ei­ther.

West­ern New York­ers love watch­ing golf on TV. The Buf­falo mar­ket was No. 11 among 56 CBS af­fil­i­ates for the cov­er­age of the Masters with a 10.3 av­er­age rat­ing on WIVB-TV (Chan­nel 4) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun­day, which was about 33 per­cent higher than the na­tional av­er­age of 7.7. The en­core cov­er­age of Tiger Woods’ vic­tory had a 4.0 rat­ing, good for 19th place. Buf­falo fin­ished in the top five Fri­day for ESPN’s cov­er­age of the sec­ond round with a 3.7 rat­ing.

John Hickey/Buf­falo News file photo

Sabres broad­caster Rick Jeanneret back in the booth for Satur­day’s home game as Buf­falo Sabres xxxx

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