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Beijing Games a Hit in Western New York

How big an attraction are the Beijing Olympics to Western New Yorkers?

Would you believe, Channel 2's prime time coverage out-rated the Buffalo Bills preseason opener Saturday against Washington on Channel 7?

The Games averaged a 16.2 rating on Channel 2, while the Bills game averaged a 14.7 rating on Channel 7.

Naturally, the 16.2 rating was the lowest-rated of the first three prime time nights. Despite competing against the Bills, Channel 2 was getting Olympic ratings higher than the national average of 16.2 for the first two nights.

The opening ceremonies averaged a 20.1 rating on Channel 2 on Friday and Sunday's taped women's gymnastics coverage and live coverage of the United States' incredible comeback victory over France in the 4X100 men's freestyle race led to a 20.9 rating.Channel 2 also is drawing incredible daytime audiences.

For a review of NBC's coverage of the first three nights of the Games, read Tuesday's Buffalo News.

-- Alan Pergament   

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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