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Thank the rain: Bills-Raiders game hits season-high rating

With the rainy weather getting an assist, the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders Sunday hit a season-high rating of 40.8 on WIVB-TV, the local CBS affiliate.

The previous high was a 36.9 rating for the Bills home victory over Denver on Sept. 24.

The Bills have averaged a 36.8 rating for the first seven games of the surprising season, down about 4 percent from the 38.5 average at this point last season.

All three NFL games televised Sunday had significantly higher local ratings than the rating for the exciting, five-hour plus Game 5 of the World Series that ended around 1:30 a.m. Monday.

Dallas' 33-19 victory over Washington in the late Sunday afternoon game had a 15.3 rating on WUTV (Channel 29), the local Fox affiliate as the lead-in to Houston's 13-12 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.

Pittsburgh's 20-15 victory over Detroit on Sunday Night Football opposite the World Series game had a 13.6 rating on WGRZ-TV, the local NBC affiliate.

The World Series game averaged a 7.8 local rating from 8:15 p.m. to 11 p.m. and a 6.3 rating from 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Tuesday for a combined 7.1 rating on WUTV. Game 3 Friday averaged a 7.1 local rating and Game 4 Saturday an 8.7 rating.

Ohio State's 39-38 comeback victory over Penn State in the last minutes of the college football game had an 8.6 rating Saturday on WUTV-TV (Channel 29).

The Buffalo Sabres' 3-2 loss to San Jose Saturday had a 6.7 rating on MSG.

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