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Buffalo Bills TV Ratings: Did People Tune Out?

10:50 PM, Oct 8, 2012   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- There's no doubt the Bills were bad Sunday.

But just like a bad car wreck, many couldn't help but watch what was an awful performance on the field against the San Francisco 49ers.

However, a good number of fans, either chose to watch something else or turn the TV off as the game went on.

Before we give you the numbers from Nielsen, we want you to know that in the Buffalo Niagara TV market, which includes Western New York and a small part of Northwestern Pennsylvania, one ratings point is equal to 6,332 households.

When the game started around 4:30 p.m., with the score 0-0, the game had a 33.4 rating on CBS.  But as the game went on, and the score became more lopsided, many fans changed the channel or turned the TV off.

By the time the game ended around 7:15 p.m., that rating was down to 22.5.

We did the math, and the number of households that turned the channel, or turned it off, is a little more than 69,000.

Of course, oftentimes more than one person in a household watches TV at a given time.  But if you count one household as one person, the number of people who tuned out the game is roughly equal to the attendance at a sold out Bills game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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