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Bills-Raiders is top-rated game of the season

The Buffalo Bills playoff hopes ended with a season-high television rating for their 26-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders Sunday.

The CBS game had a 42.7 rating on Channel 4. That was a half a point higher than 42.2 rating for the Bills' 17-13 loss to Kansas City on Nov.9 at the Ralph.

The rating for Sunday's game peaked at a 46.9 from 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Bills games are the highest-rated TV shows in Western New York every week, with the rating for the games two or three times higher than the live rating for the highest-rated prime time entertainment program.

A 42.7 rating means 42.7 percent of television homes in WNY were watching the game.

Pittsburgh's 20-12 victory over Kansas City, which briefly helped the Bills playoff chances, had a 21.8 rating on Channel 4. That is a very strong rating for a game not involving the Bills.

There will be some new television wrinkles for the National Football League playoffs this season. The NFL hasn't officially announced anything, but sources report than CBS and therefore Channel 4 will be losing one of the two divisional playoff games it has customarily had.

ESPN is getting one of the wild card games that NBC has been airing, which suggests that NBC may get one of the two divisional playoff games that CBS has usually aired.

apergament@buffnews.com

 

 

 

 

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