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Surprise, surprise, WNY was watching hockey Saturday night

By Alan Pergament

While the rumors surrounding the departure of now former Buffalo Sabres president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine and other front office intrigue were swirling Saturday night, Western New Yorkers were watching hockey in big numbers.

Buffalo was the No.3 market in the country for NBC's coverage of Chicago's 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh in the NHL Stadium Series.

Not surprisingly, the two participating teams were No.1 and No.2. Chicago had a 14.9 rating and Pittsburgh a 13.3. WNY is often the highest-rated market outside the participating teams for NHL games and was the top-rated market for many games during the Sochi Olympics.

Channel 2 had a 6.8 rating for Saturday's game, which was twice as high as the fourth place city, Milwaukee, with a 3.2. The game had a national overnight rating of 2.1, which NBC said was the highest overnight rating ever on NBC for a non-Winter Classic NHL regular season game.



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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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