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Bills outdraw prime time Rio Olympics, which faded in the ratings here at the end

This is what I’m thinking:

The 4 p.m. start time for the Buffalo Bills’ 21-0 preseason victory over the New York Giants Saturday and the beautiful weather undoubtedly led to a reduced rating on Channel 7 compared to the preseason opener.

It also didn’t help that the game wasn’t competitive and there was no scoring in the second half.

The game had a 14.8 rating, down more than 25 percent from a 20.3 rating for the 19-18 season opening loss to Indianapolis that was decided on the game’s final play on a Saturday night.

The 14.8 rating still was higher than 10.5 rating that Channel 2 had Saturday for the last night of competition for the Rio Games.

The United States men’s basketball team gold medal victory over Serbia, 96-66, that started about 2:45 p.m. Sunday had a 10.0 rating on Channel 2, which is much higher than the ratings that the NBA Finals won by Cleveland over Golden State had here in prime time.

The Olympic ratings declined as the end neared, with the closing ceremonies Sunday night averaging a 12.2 rating on Channel 2.

CBC’s Ron MacLean gave a shout out to the Buffalo restaurant Mother’s at the end of the network coverage of the Tragically Hip concert Saturday night. Hosting the show from a beach in Rio with Canadian Olympians, MacLean mentioned that he first heard one Hip song in Mother’s when he with former Buffalo Sabre Darryl Shannon.

CBC’s decision to pull out of its prime time coverage of the Rio Games to show the Hip concert may have been one of the best ways to illustrate how important Gord Downie and the band are to the country.

I can’t tell you how many WNYers watched the concert on CBC because the station isn’t rated in our market. But I can tell you the sound was a lot better than it reportedly was at Larkinville.

Confession time: I haven’t seen a second of the Bravo series “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Don’t Be Tardy” that feature Kim Zolciak, the wife of Bills linebacker Kroy Biermann.

But plenty of WNYers do.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” averaged a 2.9 household rating for the season that concluded in April. That’s higher than several lower-rated prime time network programs.

“Don’t Be Tardy,” which I am told features Kim and Kroy’s family, didn’t do as well. It averaged a 1.6 household rating here for its last season.

NBC is trying to get the most mileage out of Matt Lauer’s interview with disgraced American swimmer Ryan Lochte. It has carried excerpts during its prime time coverage of the Rio Games, on the Nightly News and this morning on “Today.” No matter where the interview runs, Lochte doesn’t look good trying to explain his "over-exaggeration" that he and his three teammates had been robbed at gun point. His sniffles when answering questions even makes it seem like he is trying to cry rather than be genuine. Like his green hair during the Games, it isn’t a good look.

My favorite summer program, HBO’s “The Night of,” has its season finale on Sunday and it reportedly is a 95-minute episode. If you get HBO and haven’t seen the show or missed the last three episodes of the murder case because of the Olympics, I recommend you catch up quickly. The episodes get stronger and stronger.

apergament@buffnews.com

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