The Buffalo Bills set a season-high record in Sunday’s loss to Oakland that is very unlikely to be beaten in the final four games.
The Bills’ 38-24 loss to the Raiders had a 41.6 rating on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate. That beat the previous season high of 41.3 for the Bills victory over the Los Angeles Rams in October.
NFL games that start at 4 p.m. on the road often deliver higher ratings because more people are in front of their TV sets as the day goes on and around 70,000 fans aren't at New Era Field for home Bills games.
The Bills-Raiders game also was attractive because fans still believed in the team’s playoff chances and also because former University at Buffalo star Khalil Mack is a Raider.
The next three games are at 1 p.m. at home, starting with Sunday’s game with Pittsburgh, followed by a game with Cleveland and ending with a 1 p.m. Saturday game the day before Christmas against Miami.
The season ends with a Jan. 1 game at the New York Jets.