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Bills armchair fans stay with game despite first-half score, give it a solid TV rating

Buffalo Bills fans didn’t pull a Vontae Davis Sunday during the team’s 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Unlike the cornerback, the fans stayed with the game after halftime even though it appeared to be out of reach with the Chargers holding a 28-6 lead at the break.

The home opener had a 33.1 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), which was only slightly lower than the 34.6 rating for the season-opening 47-3 road loss at Baltimore the week earlier.

The rating held pretty steady throughout the game.

It started with a 30.3 rating at 1 p.m., grew to a 33.4 from 1:15 through 1:30 p.m. and hit a first-half high of 34.4 from 2 to 2:15 p.m.

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The rating dropped to a 28.1 at halftime but quickly grew to a 32.0 when the game resumed from 2:45 through 3 p.m. and steadily improved to a high of 36.1 from 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. before dropping for the last 30 minutes.

By the way, Davis’ decision to quit the Bills at halftime and retire has received national attention beyond sports, with NBC’s “Today” addressing the unusual nature of it Monday morning.

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