Buffalo Bills fans enjoyed the team's one-sided victory over the New York Jets Sunday in record numbers this season.
The game averaged a 40.7 rating on Channel 4 until 4 p.m., with the final figure expected to be adjusted upward to a 41.2 rating because the rating rose after 4 p.m. The rating on the CBS affiliate peaked at 45.1 at 3:45 p.m. when the Bills were in control of the game they eventually won, 43-23.
According to one local ratings expert, Sunday's game was the highest-rated Bills game in almost seven years. The Bills' 8-0 loss to Cleveland in the snow in a game on Dec. 16, 2007 that had playoff implications had a 46.9 rating.
This is the first Bills game this season to hit a 40 rating, which means that 40 percent of Western New York households were watching the game on average. To put the rating in further perspective, Super Bowls generally get ratings in the 50s here.
And San Francisco's game five victory over Kansas City, 5-0, Sunday night averaged about a 5.2 rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate.