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Bills continue December to remember in TV ratings

The Buffalo Bills' 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday had the third-highest rating of the season as viewership in December for the National Football League continued to climb as they seek to end a 17-year playoff drought.

The Christmas Eve game had a preliminary 41.1 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. That was off by 1.1 points from the 42.2 rating for the Bills' 24-16 win over Miami on Dec. 17 and 0.3 points ahead of the 40.8 rating for the Bills victory over Oakland on Oct. 29.

The Bills' 13-7 victory over Indianapolis in the snow on Dec. 10 has the season's highest rating at 46.7.

With only one game left in the season, the Bills have averaged a 37.4 rating, down from 38.3 at this point last season.

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However, the final game on New Year's Eve Sunday with Miami has playoff implications and has been moved to 4:25 p.m. and could pull the Bills very close to the 38.1 full-season average of a year ago despite all the negativity surrounding NFL ratings this season.

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