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Lehner funeral draws large TV audience

Local television viewership was much higher than usual for Wednesday morning and afternoon's coverage of the funeral of Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner.

WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) averaged a 7.5 rating for the almost six hours of coverage. That is much higher than the ratings for most prime time entertainment programs.

Over the same period of time, the WIVB (Channel 4) coverage averaged a 4.4 rating and the WKBW-TV (Channel 7) coverage averaged a 3.7 rating.

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The combined rating of 15.6 is higher than all but a few prime time programs get on the same day they air.

Sports Report: The Buffalo Sabres lost more than a game Wednesday night. They also lost in the TV ratings.

The Sabres' sorry performance in a 5-1 loss to Columbus tested the loyalty of their armchair fans, who abandoned them.

The Houston Astros' 7-6, extra-inning victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series that ended after 12:30 a.m. tested the loyalty of armchair baseball fans, who stayed with them.

The Sabres loss had a 5.3 rating on cable's NBCSN. The rating of 6.6 at 9:30 p.m. dropped to a 3.6 only 15 minutes later and never recovered after that.

The World Series game had a 7.0 rating up until 11 p.m. on local Fox affiliate WUTV (Channel 29) and stayed pretty steady through the finish. The game finished with a 6.8 rating.

The highest-rated prime time entertainment program was CBS' "Survivor," which had a 9.1 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4).



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