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Oscars send WNYers to bed at 11 p.m., suffer 10 percent rating decline here

Many Western New Yorkers went to bed rather than wait for all the big Academy Awards to be given out Sunday night.

The three hour and 35-minute Oscar telecast hosted by Chris Rock had a 19.1 rating on Channel 7, about 10 percent lower than the 21.1 rating the program had a year ago. To put the rating in further perspective, the Oscar rating was about 30 percent higher than the 15.7 rating on Channel 4 for CBS' coverage of the Grammy Awards two weeks ago.

From 11 p.m. to midnight when Brie Larson was named best actress, Leonardo DiCaprio was named best actor and “Spotlight” was named best picture, the program dropped to a 14.9 rating on Channel 7.

The program started with an 18.4 rating for Rock’s monologue at 8:30 p.m. and hit a high of 22.5 at 9 p.m.

I apologize for losing count of the “Downton Abbey” episodes that have played this Sunday, In my Sunday column, I wrote there were two episodes left when there is only one. PBS smartly decided not to schedule it Sunday opposite the Oscars. The series finale plays this Sunday on WNED-TV.

Fox announced over the weekend that “Bones,” which has been one of its most popular series here on WUTV and nationally for years, will end its 12-year run with a farewell season of 12 episodes that will run in the 2016-17 season. The series, which stars Buffalo native David Boreanaz, returns this season at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Fox noted that by the end of its run next year “Bones” will have had 246 episodes. That isn't in "Simpsons" territory, but it is pretty high up there for any Fox series.

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