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News flash: Sabres more popular with viewers locally than World Series

The Los Angeles' Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros in a very fast Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night took a big hit locally opposite a Buffalo Sabres game and some popular Tuesday night entertainment programming,

The Sabres' 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings had a 7.3 rating on cable's NBCSN.

The World Series game, which was played in about two and a half hours, had a 5.5 rating on WUTV (Channel 29), the local Fox affiliate. That was about  half of the 10.4 rating a year ago for Game 1 of the World Series between Cleveland and the Chicago Cubs.

NBC's "This Is Us," which has been the highest-rated entertainment series locally early in the season, decisively beat both sporting events. But took a hit, too. It had a 10.2 live rating on WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) about three points lower than it normally gets. However, it should pick up those points via On Demand and DVR viewing, especially since there was a surprise twist at the end. (The games ended so quickly I was able to watch the episode On Demand after they ended).

The highest-rated entertainment program Tuesday was "NCIS," which had a lower than normal 11.8 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. NBC's "The Voice" also beat the sporting events with an 8.0 rating on Channel 2. CBS' "Bull" beat the baseball game and barely lost to the Sabres with a 7.0 rating on Channel 4.

Needless to say, Showtime's "Inside the NFL" didn't get much of an audience at 9 p.m. on the pay-cable channel. With all that competition, it didn't register a rating.

Philadelphia's 34-24 victory over Washington on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" game averaged a 6.9 national household rating and 11.3 million viewers, up slightly from the Texans-Broncos game (6.7 rating and 11.2 million viewers) a year ago. MNF's viewership is up five percent from a year ago. The 11.2 rating in Buffalo placed it sixth among the major markets, behind only the markets of the competing team and three markets close to D.C.


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