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The first match-up that featured Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen and New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold led to the Bills’ highest-rated Sunday afternoon game of the season. The Bills’ 27-23 loss to the Jets had a 38.5 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate. The rating peaked at game’s end at a 44.2 rating. Before Sunday, the Bill…

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen may be must-see TV, but the warm weather rarely seen in December in Western New York Sunday may have kept the audience down for the Bills’ 21-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins. The game had a 35.4 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate, down from a 38.0 the week earlier for the Bills win over Jacksonville. However, the…

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Despite being shut out for the first time since 2008, the Buffalo Bills scored again in the TV ratings Sunday. The Bills’ 22-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers had a season-high 35.7 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), which was two-tenths of a point higher than the 35.5 rating for the Bills’ shocking 27-6 upset of the Minnesota Vikings a week earlier. Some of the credit for…

Soccer

How is the World Cup faring on television in Western New York? The answer is complicated for a variety of reasons. Many World Cup viewers aren't being counted because they are watching at area bars, such as Hertel soccer bar Mes Que and a smattering of other destinations. The matches in Russia are carried here in the morning and afternoon during work hours, which …

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"The Rasmus Dahlin Show" was a big hit in Western New York. I'm referring to the 30-minute time period dealing with Dahlin becoming the first pick of the National Hockey League draft by the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. The 30-minutes before, during and after the Dahlin pick was the highest-rated period of the coverage by cable's NBCSN hire. The program had a 5.…

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Most people in Western New York consider the area a much bigger pro hockey town than a pro basketball town. Heck, the folks at WGR 550 SportsRadio barely mention the National Basketball Association during the regular season. But the past two nights of the NHL and NBA playoffs provided a good test of which sport wins the popularity contest in the Buffalo area as the g…

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WIVB-TV (Channel 4) reporter-anchor Callan Gray exited laughing. Gray was laughing at comments by meteorologist Andrew Baglini before and after a brief goodbye speech at the end of the 11 p.m. Sunday newscast in which she thanked viewers for watching on weekends and added it "has been a wonderful three years here." Baglini first got Gray to laugh with an off-the-air …

Colleges

The University at Buffalo women's basketball team deserves a larger TV audience for its NCAA Tournament game against Florida State at 6:30 Monday on ESPN 2 than it received for its first-round victory over South Florida early Saturday afternoon. UB's 102-79 upset of South Florida had between a 2.1 and 2.3 preliminary local rating on ESPN 2. That was about one-seventh…

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It wouldn't be surprising if there are a lot of sleepy people at work this morning in Western New York after so many compelling TV events aired Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. If you were on Twitter from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, you might have thought a good portion of WNY was tuned in to the riveting CNN Town Hall, "Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Dou…

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I was amazed to discover Monday that halfway through the PyeongChang Olympics, Buffalo's WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) is in 12th place nationally in TV ratings among the 56 NBC affiliates. I was even more amazed Tuesday when Channel 2 researcher Jon May advised me that the station has moved up to No. 8 in household ratings in prime time, No. 2 in weekday and weekend daytime view…

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How the Buffalo Sabres will fare without Jack Eichel isn't a question relating to only the team's play on the ice. It also is a question for its TV ratings, which already are down significantly from a year ago in this disappointing season. Before Buffalo's surprising 5-3 home win Tuesday over the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, the Sabres were averaging a 5.2 rat…

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Depending on who your friends are, you might have thought interest in NBC's coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics from South Korea isn't very high in Western New York. Nielsen says otherwise. People might not be talking about these Games as they have about past Games, but they are watching the competition in big numbers for network television these days. WGRZ-TV, C…

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Western New York's intense dislike of the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady, as well as all the former Buffalo Bills playing and coaching in the Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 victory over the Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl, fueled local NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) to the top rating among 56 NBC stations in metered markets across the country. The 56.4 pr…

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The rating for the Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl soared in Western New York, but it was slightly lower than the rating for the Patriots overtime win over Atlanta a year ago. The 56.4 preliminary rating Sunday on WGRZ-TV(Channel 2) tied with the 2016 Super Bowl win by the Denver Broncos over Carolina, 24-10, for s…

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President Trump and The National Football League have been at odds this season, but they do have one thing in common. A lot more people in Western New York claimed they weren't going to watch them than actually followed through on the threat. President Trump's first State of the Union address Tuesday night had a combined 24.7 local rating on the eight primary channel…