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Local ratings for World Series down significantly from historic 2016 Series

The Houston Astros' 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 to win the World Series Wednesday night for the first time in the team's history had a 12.3 rating on WUTV (Channel 29).

Naturally, it was the highest-rated game locally and the only one to hit double figures.

The three-hour, 40-minute game was the highest-rated program of the night, but the syndicated game show "Jeopardy" came close with a 12.0 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4) for a half hour.

Local interest in this World Series was down about 36 percent from a year ago when the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years over the Cleveland Indians in a seventh game that went extra innings.

The seven games a year ago averaged a 12.6 local rating, fueled by a 22.3 rating for Game 7 that was the highest-rated World Series game nationally in 25 years. All but two games hit double figures locally a year ago.

The seven games this year averaged an 8.1 local rating.

Nationally, the series has done much better than it did in Western New York. The first six games reportedly averaged a 9.8 national rating that is bound to go up when the rating for Game 7 arrives later today. Fox reported this morning that Game 7 had an 18.8 rating in metered markets, which include Buffalo. The final national rating arrives later today.

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