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Sabres can't be beat - in the ratings on Sunday

South Buffalo's Patrick Kane and his Chicago Blackhawks are a big TV draw in Western New York.

The high-scoring NBA All-Star game Sunday? Not so much.

On a night with the premieres of three high profile entertainment programs, not much of anything did that well Sunday here except the Buffalo Sabres' 5-1 loss to Kane's Blackhawks that ended the home team's winning streak.

The Sabres game had an 8.3 rating on NBCSN, which is 25 to 30 percent higher than the season average.

The NBA All-Star game, which was played during part of the Sabres game, had a 2.5 local rating on TNT.

The top-rated entertainment program Sunday was "60 Minutes," which had an 8.2 live rating on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate.

The premiere of "The Good Fight," the sequel to "The Good Wife" starring Christine Baranski, had a mediocre 5.4 live rating on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The rest of the series will only be available to viewers who have signed to pay to stream CBS All-Access.

NBC's three-hour celebration of its 90th anniversary had a 4.1 rating on WGRZ-TV, the local NBC affiliate.

The premieres of two high-profile pay-cable series didn't even hit a 1 live rating.

The premiere of the seven-episode HBO series "Big Little Lies" starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman had a 0.9 live rating at 9 p.m. and the second season premiere of Showtime's "Billions" at 10 p.m. had a 0.3 rating.

However, the HBO and Showtime programs air multiple times during the week and also are available On Demand so the live rating isn't as relevant as it is for sporting events that get little later viewing.

 

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