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I doubt anyone is surprised that the Buffalo Bills’ 27-6 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday was their lowest-rated game of the NFL season.

It had a 26.6 rating on Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate. The games have been getting ratings in the mid-30s for most of the season.

However, even the 26.6 rating for the Bills game is about 50 percent higher than any prime-time network program typically gets here, and Sunday’s game will be the highest-rated program of the week in Western New York.

It also isn’t surprising that TV ratings for the Buffalo Sabres are now back to the low levels of before the hiring of Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan. The Sabres’ 3-2 loss to Montreal on Saturday had a 5.2 rating on MSG.

To put that in perspective, Auburn’s 59-42 college football victory over Missouri for the SEC title Saturday had a 7.9 rating on Channel 4.

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It was nice to hear that Kenmore native Don Criqui was back on CBS this past Sunday, calling the New England Patriots’ improbable last-minute win over the Cleveland Browns, 27-26.

Criqui wasn’t expected to do any CBS games this season, but he was brought in to do the game after play-by-play man Bill Macatee couldn’t do his assignment alongside Steve Tasker because weather problems prevented him from getting out of Dallas.

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Does WUTV, the local Fox affiliate, have to carry New York Giants games even when there are better NFC games available on Sundays?

“No, but they tend to send us those games,” said Mike Bullen, the program coordinator for the station.

He said WUTV requested the San Francisco-Seattle game on Sunday instead of the Giants game with San Diego, but Fox denied the request. But since the Giants fell far behind in a 37-14 loss to the Chargers, Fox at least eventually switched local viewers to San Francisco’s last-minute win over Seattle, 19-17.

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NBC still hasn’t officially announced that “The Celebrity Apprentice” with Donald Trump is going to return for another season, but it is expected to be back next spring or summer.

The idea of Trump possibly running for governor of New York has made me happier than I am about the Time Warner Cable channel changes. I’m all for anything that can permanently kill “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

I figure the chance that Trump will actually run against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is equal to the chance that President Obama was born in Kenya. But Trump certainly does know how to get attention.

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Here’s another possible factor in Channel 4’s quick ratings turnaround in the morning after co-anchor Teresa Weakley and meteorologist Todd Santos arrived: The oddities of Nielsen.

For the first few days after the November sweeps ended, Channel 2 had a huge ratings advantage in the morning and Channel 4’s ratings dropped like a rock. It made no sense, and a few days later things were pretty much back to the new normal.

email: apergament@buffnews.com