The Buffalo Bills’ 45-16 victory over the San Francisco 49ers Sunday for their fourth straight victory had a lower local rating than the two previous games.
The 38.4 rating Sunday for the game carried on the local Fox affiliate, WUTV, was lower than the 41.3 rating for the Bills win over Los Angeles on Oct. 9 and the 39.7 rating for the Bills win over the New England Patriots on Oct. 2.
However, the Bills rating Sunday was considerably higher than the combined ratings for several other major sporting events over the weekend.
The Buffalo Sabres’ 6-2 win in Edmonton Sunday night had a 5.0 rating on cable’s MSG.
Houston’s 26-23 victory over Indianapolis on NBC’s Sunday Night Football took a hit opposite the Sabres game and Los Angeles’ 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs in a National League championship series game that had a 2.4 local rating on Fox Sports 1.
The football game had a 9.3 rating on Channel 2, which is almost 50 percent lower than the SNF season average.
NBCSN’s decision to carry the NHL game featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs and star rookie Auston Matthews against the Boston Bruins Saturday night didn’t generate much of an audience even in a crazy hockey town like Buffalo. The Leafs’ 4-1 victory had a 1.0 local rating for NBCSN's simulcast of Hockey Night in Canada's coverage competing against big college football games and postseason baseball games. Canadian television stations aren't rated in the States. CBC's affiliate also isn't carried in high definition on local cable, which means cable viewers were more likely to watch NBCSN, which is carried in high definition.
Ohio State’s overtime 30-23 victory over Wisconsin on ABC had a 3.3 rating on Channel 7 for first place Saturday night. Two postseason baseball games on cable had local ratings of 2.8 and 2.7. Notre Dame’s 17-10 football loss to Stanford on NBC had a 2.0 local rating on Channel 2.
The ESPN game featuring Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly in a loss to Arkansas had a 1.8 local rating.