NFL Championship Games Take A Hit In The Ratings

Monday, January 19, 2009

With the larger market teams not making, or already knocked out of the Playoffs, most people knew the ratings were going to be down from 2007, and the overnight numbers confirmed that this afternoon. So how much are the numbers down from the Championship games, and timeslots from last year? A good bit....

2008: NFC Championship, Giants at Packers (FOX, 6:30pm)- 31.7
2008: AFC Championship, Chargers at Patriots (CBS, 3pm)- 27.4
2009: NFC Championship, Eagles at Cardinals (FOX, 3pm)- 24.0 (AFC: -12.4%/NFC: -24.3%)

2008: AFC Championship, Chargers at Patriots (CBS, 3pm)- 27.4
2008: NFC Championship, Giants at Packers (FOX, 6:30pm)- 31.7
2009: AFC Championship, Ravens at Eagles (CBS, 6:30pm)- 23.8 (AFC: -13.1%/NFC: -24.9%)

Again, those are some tough matchups to go up against, but that drop is pretty significant. That said though, CBS still won the night with the AFC Championship game last night.

Posted by Awful Announcing at 2:52 PM


While the quality of the actual games were on par with last year, the fact that all 4 teams were huge ratings draws definitley helped them. This year with only Philly and Pittsburgh as the 2-big markets, the ratings were bound to take a shot. Although the quality of the games were actually quite on par with last year. The NFC game was a thriller, and the AFC game was a close one with the eventual winner not pulling away until late in the game.

JFein said...
Jan 19, 2009, 3:04:00 PM  

Yes, the ratigns are down compared to NFL standards, but those are petty strong numers. You dodn't think other ssprots legues like the NBA, NHL and MLB woouldn't like to see those nuumbers for theri playoff games?

sportsfan25 said...
Jan 19, 2009, 3:12:00 PM  

How would you say that CBS won... you're saying that the Ravens/Steelers game drew 23.8 and the Cards/Eagles game drew 24.0.

Michael said...
Jan 19, 2009, 3:24:00 PM  

It won the night, Michael. Nothing on the other networks came even close.

Joe Flacco = lower ratings

GMoney said...
Jan 19, 2009, 4:13:00 PM  

The other netowrks didn't put anyhtig god on last ngiht agaisnt football becaue they kneew they were going to get crushed.

sportsfan25 said...
Jan 19, 2009, 4:48:00 PM  


sportsfan25 said...
Jan 19, 2009, 4:50:00 PM  

The sixth item should say Ravens at Steelers.

mtjaws said...
Jan 19, 2009, 5:15:00 PM  

Did the Eagles play a Split Squad?

John said...
Jan 19, 2009, 7:15:00 PM  

If you watched the game, the Eagles definatley were a different team there in the ssecond half frome the first.

sportsfan25 said...
Jan 19, 2009, 11:04:00 PM  

Wow....just noticed that typo. It's wonder the Eagles did not win, they were too busy focusing on the Ravens. ;-)

JFein said...
Jan 20, 2009, 10:36:00 AM  

sportsfan needs to learn typing or spelling or something....

questionmark said...
Jan 20, 2009, 4:27:00 PM  

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