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Bills game sidelines Part 2 of 'Story of Diana'

If you were one of the many Western New Yorkers hooked on Wednesday's highly-rated Part One of the ABC documentary series "The Story of Diana," this news might make you want to shout.

The Buffalo Bills preseason opener with the Minnesota Vikings carried by WKBW-TV (Channel 7) preempts Thursday night's Part 2.

The ABC affiliate plans to air Part 2 at 1 p.m. Sunday. It also might be available on or On Demand before then.

It is usually safe for stations to preempt prime time broadcast network programs in the summer, but this documentary is getting a lot of attention.

The two-part series arrived a few weeks before the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death on Aug. 31, 1997. Friends and family members of Princess Diana are interviewed about their memories of her.

Part One had a 6.4 rating on Channel 7, which is very high for a summer program on that station. It was WNY's second highest-rated prime time program of the night and had a higher rating than all of the programs on the local Fox, CBS and NBC affiliates combined in the time period.

The only program to beat it locally was CBS' "Big Brother," which had a 6.8 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4) at 8 p.m. and had the added lure of watching Grand Island's Mark Jansen avoid elimination.

Bills preseason games normally get ratings in the high teens or even 20s.

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