Is Anyone Aware That The Largest Television Audience Ever For A Regular Season Sporting Event Could Take Place Tonight?
Friday, November 09, 2007
Pats versus Colts - Largest audience during the game 33.8 million
Super Bowl XLI- Largest audience during the game 93 million
Add those two audiences together, mix in every Friday Night ESPN game EVER televised, and you might come close to tonight's international behemoth of a game. That's right folks.....
It's Yi versus Yao I!!!
I know you're laughing right now, but seriously check out these statistics surrounding the to Chinese Superstars' first meeting.
- The game will be telecast on a total of 19 networks around the world
- The game will also be simulcast on 2 internet outlets in China
- The channel CCTV-5 in China is available in 210 million households
Via the Houston Chronicle......
Yao's first game against Shaquille O'Neal in 2002 drew an estimated audience of 220 million and the largest cable television ratings in the United States for a regular-season game since the 1995 comeback of Magic Johnson.So here's the question I have for you.....David Stern is obviously succeeding in his dream to globalize the Sport of Basketball, but do us as Americans (most of you readers are) even care about this game at all? One of, if not the, most watched sporting events ever will go unwatched by probably 99% of the United States. How crazy is that?
"I heard there were close to 200 million people that watched," Yao said. "But come on, in our country, we have (1.3) billion. That's still a small part of it." Yi's first televised NBA game drew an audience estimated at 100 million, but it went up against a Rockets game that was available on other regional cable networks.
250 million other people will be watching this game, but not you.....because no outlet in America will be covering it.
UPDATE: Via Hardwood Paroxysm comes the news that ESPN isn't even carrying this game. I could have sworn they were, but I guess that answers my question. America doesn't care.
Yikes! Yao vs. Yi is huge (Houston Chronicle)