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Local ratings winner between Clinton and Trump is too close to call

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton almost proved to be as big a rating grabber in Western New York Thursday as Republican nominee Donald Trump did a week earlier.

Indeed, the math is so complicated that you could say it is too close to call.

From 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., when Clinton’s daughter Chelsea introduced her and the first woman to get a major party’s presidential nomination started her speech, the collective local rating for the three broadcast and three cable channels was a 17.5. Channel 2, the local NBC affiliate, had the highest-rating with a 4.7.

A week earlier, in the 10 p.m. hour, when Ivanka Trump introduced her father and he began his speech, the local rating for the six channels was a 19.0.

From 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Thursday -- about the time Hillary Clinton finished her speech – the six channels had a collective rating of 19.8.

That was slightly higher than Trump did from 11 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. – about the time Trump finished his speech. The collective rating was a 19.2.

If you add the ratings for WNED-TV, the local PBS affiliate, the viewership for the two nights was extremely close.

WNED averaged a 3.0 rating for the speeches by the Clintons and a 1.8 rating for the speeches by the Trumps. That makes the overall ratings winner too close to call.

Of course, WNY has lagged behind the rest of the nation in ratings for the Democratic Convention. Nationally, the Democrats have had higher ratings for their convention than the Republicans had for theirs.

National ratings arrive later in the day.

apergament@buffnews.com

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