If Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show dies after the current second season ends in May 2014, not too many Western New Yorkers will be mourning.

If you missed it Friday, reports in the New York Times and elsewhere surfaced that Couric will be leaving her job as an ABC News correspondent to work on a new series for Yahoo.

The Times report by Bill Carter added that the Yahoo deal isn’t expect to affect “Katie,” her expensive talk show syndicated by a different ABC unit than news. He added that a decision is expected by the end of the year on whether it gets a third season.

During the first three weeks of this November’s sweeps, “Katie” is averaging a 1.2 rating at 3 p.m. weekdays on Channel 7, the local ABC affiliate. That means an average of 1.2 percent of area households are watching.

That is 25 percent lower than the 1.6 rating that “Katie” averaged during the 2012 November sweeps, when it ran at 4 p.m. as Channel 7’s news lead-in.

It has been replaced at 4 p.m. by a new talk show hosted by Queen Latifah.

The ratings for “Katie” have been a major disappointment for Channel 7, which had hoped that Couric’s show would have some of the ratings magic that Oprah Winfrey’s show had as a news lead-in for decades for both Channel 7 and Channel 4. Nationally, Carter noted that “Katie” has been one of the stronger daytime talk shows to premiere in the last few years, but it hasn’t gotten near the ratings that were expected.

Channel 7’s 5 p.m. newscasts are getting record low ratings, at least partly because the low-rated afternoon 1-2 punch of Katie and Queen Latifah isn’t bringing news viewers to the station.


With days remaining in the November sweeps, Channel 2’s “Daybreak” has retaken the lead over Channel 4’s “Wake Up!” by the slimmest of margins.

Channel 2 is ahead, 5.9-5.8, at 6 a.m., with the tenth of a point lead essentially a statistical tie.

Still, it is good news for Channel 2, which had fallen behind Channel 4’s new team of co-anchors Teresa Weakley and Jordan Williams and meteorologist Todd Santos in the first two weeks of the sweeps.

But the closeness of the race also is good news for Channel 4, which a year ago was losing, 7.4-4.7, in the time slot.

At 5 a.m., Channel 4 and Channel 2 are tied at 3.6. Channel 2 held a .3 edge a year ago.

There was more bad news for Channel 7’s new “Good Morning” crew of Tiffany Lundberg and Cole Heath, as the 5 a.m. newscast lost more than one third of its audience from a year ago and is now at 1.1. It lost about one third of its 6 a.m. audience as well to a 1.8.


Channel 2 takes a nice subtle shot in promos at Channel 4’s tendency to call so many of its stories “investigations.”

Channel 2’s promos for its investigative team includes the line “investigations that matter.” The implication is that many of Channel 4’s don’t matter.


Channel 4’s latest segment of its “Dicey Dining” series, called “Dicey School Dining,” wasn’t exactly worthy of an A.

The conclusion of Luke Moretti’s report was that sometimes school cafeterias get failing grades for health code violations, but the schools quickly correct their mistakes. Who would have thought?


The consolidation of master control at PBS stations in New York state in a cost-cutting move similar to what is being done at commercial stations has led to the elimination of two positions at WNED-TV, the local PBS affiliate.Master control for the stations now is done in Syracuse.