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Patriots Deliver Ratings Boost; NFL Rules the Week in Boston Ratings

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New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead (34) carries the ball for a touchdown in front of New York Jets linebacker Neville Hewitt (46) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Behind a history-making defensive showing and a 306-yard, two-touchdown performance by Tom Brady, the Patriots defeated the Jets 30-14 at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon, maintaining a perfect 3-0 record on the year.

The Patriots also remained undefeated in the local market ratings, as the CBS (WBZ) broadcast delivered a 33.1 rating and 68 market share, finishing as the highest-rated program on television in Boston for the week. It also marked a 10 percent increase over last year's Week 3 game against the Lions. Ratings peaked at 3:30 p.m. with a 35.1 rating and 67 market share. In viewership, the broadcast averaged 1,182,700 viewers, also peaking at 3:30 p.m. with nearly 1.3 million local viewers. 

The dominance of the National Football League was reflected across local ratings, with NFL games finishing as all five of the highest-rated programs on television in the last week. Additionally, the Patriots' 33.1 local rating on Sunday was more than five times higher than the 2019 Emmy Awards, which delivered a 5.8 local rating on Sunday night on FOX (WFXT).

The Patriots will aim to keep both winning streaks going on Sunday when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. ET at New Era Field. CBS's Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will call the game from the booth, with Evan Washburn providing updates from the sideline. The broadcast can be seen locally on WBZ.

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