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WNY is No. 2 in soccer viewership

By Alan Pergament

Western New York is known for being a big NFL and NHL town when it comes to television viewership and it recently became known for its Kentucky Derby viewership.

But who knew that this is also one of the best TV markets for high-level professional soccer? 

According to NBC, Buffalo was the No. 2 market in the country Sunday for NBC's coverage of Manchester City winning its second Premier League title in three years with a 2-0 win over West Ham United on the day 10 Premier League games were carried simultaneously on 10 different NBCUniversal TV networks.

Buffalo averaged a 1.13 rating on Sunday on Channel 2, which was second only to the 1.42 rating on the NBC affiliate in the Seattle market. The rest of the top five were Richmond, Washington, D.C. and Knoxville, Tennessee.

I'm not terribly surprised by soccer's relative popularity here. I recalled a while ago dropping off my oldest son -- a former All-WNY soccer player -- to a Hertel Avenue bar to watch a big international soccer game involving the United States, only to be told later that it was too crowded for him to get inside.

It also helps that Channel 2 is one of the stronger NBC affiliates in the country, especially for sports.

Of course, a 1.13 rating for the European version of football is a fraction of what the NFL, NHL or Triple Crown horse races attract here. But it still is quite impressive by national standards.


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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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