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NFL dominates local market on 'Sports Equinox' night

When the four major professional sports leagues in America have at least one game on the same day, it is called a Sports Equinox.

It reportedly has happened just 17 times in history.

Thursday night was the 17th time, which enables us to see the relative TV popularity of the sports locally.

It was no contest: The NFL rules.

Oakland's 31-30 regular season victory over Kansas City on CBS' Thursday Night Football on the last play of the game had an 11.3 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4) for almost four hours. Actually, it was the last five plays of the game, since penalties led to four do-overs.

The Oklahoma City Thunder's 105-84 season-opening victory over the New York Knicks had a 1.5 rating on cable's TNT. The Los Angeles Clippers' 108-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in the late game that ended Friday morning had a 0.9 rating.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' 11-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs to clinch the National League Championship Series had about a 1.1 local rating on cable's TBS.

There were no televised National Hockey League games coming into Western New York Thursday night, which, considering the NBA and MLB ratings, seemed to be a good idea.

The highest-rated entertainment prime time program locally was NBC's "Will & Grace," which had a 7.6 rating on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2).



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