The Buffalo Bills’ 24-12 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday was one of the lower-rated games of the season.
However, it still received an impressive-sized audience when you consider the Bills' record and it was played two shopping days before Christmas. And it is by far the highest-rated TV program of the week.
The telecast had a 33.9 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate, down from the 35.1 rating the first 14 games averaged before Sunday.
It was the fourth-lowest-rated game of the season.
Not surprisingly, the game experienced a big dropoff from the first Bills loss to New England this season, which was carried by ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
The Bills’ 25-6 loss to the Pats in the first MNF home game in a decade is the highest-rated game of the season with a combined rating of 41.7 on ESPN and WKBW-TV (Channel 7).
By comparison, the Buffalo Sabres' two games over the weekend had ratings of 9.6 and 8.5 on MSG.