After all the speculation about how the protest by some Buffalo Bills during the National Anthem before the Denver game a week earlier would impact this Sunday's TV ratings, the Bills 23-17 upset of the Atlanta Falcons had virtually the same rating as the upset of the Broncos.
The Bills win over Atlanta had a 36.8 rating on WIVB (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. The win over Denver had a 36.9 rating on the same station.
Sunday's game started with a 30.9 rating, which is low by Bills standards. But it grew to a 37.1 at halftime and ended with a 41.5 rating.
The 36.8 rating is about 7 percent lower than the 39.7 rating for the fourth game of last season but that game was a victory over the hated New England Patriots without a suspended Tom Brady.
The ratings for other NFL games played Sunday were a mixed bag.
Denver's victory over the Raiders – who ended the game with former Bills quarterback EJ Manuel replacing an injured Raider quarterback Derek Carr – had a higher than usual 19.4 rating following the Bills game.
Tampa Bay's victory over the New York Giants had a low 3.7 rating on WUTV (Channel 29), the local Fox affiliate, opposite the Bronco-Raiders game.
Seattle's 46-18 second-half blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts on "Sunday Night Football" had a lower-than-usual 13.7 rating on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2), the local NBC affiliate.
To put the football ratings in perspective, the top-rated entertainment prime time program Sunday was CBS' "60 Minutes" with a 12.2 rating on Channel 4 fueled by the football lead-in. The second-highest rated entertainment program was CBS' heavily-promoted "Wisdom of the Crowd," with a 9.6.