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First day of the November ratings "sweeps" has some notable ratings and moments

The November “ratings” sweeps” began a 20-weekday run on Thursday, Oct. 27th. We break down the opening D-FW newscast ratings, plus the virtual meltdown of TEGNA8’s 5 p.m. newscast, which paid a stiffer ratings price than usual. It’s all on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Also, the Back Channels page rewinds to a colorful, anecdote-filled 2002 interview with impressionist Rich Little, who at the time played nine U.S. Presidents during a six-day engagement at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas.
Ed Bark

The World Series comes to Wrigley -- and this time it's personal

Youthful Barky loved the Chicago Cubs. And all these years later, they’ll be playing a World Series game in Wrigley for the first time in my lifetime. The Cleveland Indians also have known futility, winning their last World Series in 1948. A star player-manager then became a Cubs mainstay after his retirement. Ladies and gentleman, please give a warm re-welcome to Lou Boudreau on our Network News & Reviews page.

Plus, you can find our review of TBS’ People of Earth right here. And Wednesday’s D-FW ratings “snapshot” highlights Game 2 of the Cubs-Indians World Series.
Ed Bark

Last of the fall rollouts with CBS' The Great Indoors and Pure Genius

CBS has ended this season’s abbreviated Thursday Night Football run, meaning there are holes to fill.

The network fills them with the last of this season’s fall rollouts on the Big Four broadcast networks. Our review of The Great Indoors, starring Joel McHale, is here. And for a look at the medical drama Pure Genius, go here.

Also, a roundup of D-FW Nielsen ratings spotlights Tuesday night’s Game 1 of the World Series.
Ed Bark

"How the News Got Made:" an evocative, provocative panel from Dallas VideoFest

For an old hound like myself, the most interesting event at the just concluded 29th annual Dallas VideoFest was “How the News Got Made.” WFAA-TV’s 16 millimeter filmed newscasts from the late 1960s and early 1970s were the focal point of an 18-minute film preceding a panel with three of the station’s former stalwarts. A side dish of Bill O’Reilly also was served. See our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page for a detailed account.
Ed Bark

Hugh Laurie, Matt LeBlanc respectively return in Chance and Man With A Plan

Hugh Laurie returns to M.D. mode in Hulu’s Chance while Matt LeBlanc is back as his amiable self in CBS’ Man With A Plan. Both have their flaws and appeal. Our review of Chance is here, and a critique of Man With A Plan is here.

Plus, the D-FW ratings are in for the last of three presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Get the complete 10-network breakdown on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark