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NFL blows out baseball in TV ratings

The NFL’s dominance over the American television landscape continues.

Sunday night’s Eagles-49ers game drew an 11.7 overnight rating, easily topping the 3.9 rating for the Phillies-Reds baseball playoff game.

Sunday Night Football has been the top-rated Sunday night show on television all five weeks this season.

As we’ve mentioned several times before, we encourage the owners and the players to do whatever it takes to make sure a labor stoppage in 2011 doesn’t bring the NFL’s momentum to a screeching halt.

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32 Responses to “NFL blows out baseball in TV ratings”
  1. cjeppesen says: Oct 11, 2010 3:53 PM

    The NFL will go down as the dumbest billion dollar company in history if they allow a lockout. How can millionaires and billionaires not agree on something? If they lock out, the lock us out (fans) and we arent very forgiving. (see MLB)
    MLB has still yet to recover. As the old saing goes, dont bite the hand thats feeds you….we feed the NFL. It all starts with the people.

  2. gbs says: Oct 11, 2010 4:13 PM

    You also forget to mention that football was on NBC while baseball was relegated to the relative obscurity of TBS.
    TBS already has earned my undying hatred for scheduling the Phillies at the same time as the Eagles. But I’m sure the decision was made by those Braves/Bobby Cox fans who run the place just so they could screw the Philly fans. Thanks to the magic of the ‘LAST’ button on the remote, the only ones that got screwed were the advertisers on both channels.

  3. gbs says: Oct 11, 2010 4:14 PM

    You also forget to mention that football was on NBC while baseball was relegated to the relative obscurity of TBS.
    TBS already has earned my undying hatred for scheduling the Phillies at the same time as the Eagles. But I’m sure the decision was made by those Braves/Bobby Cox fans who run the place just so they could screw the Philly fans. Thanks to the magic of the ‘LAST’ button on the remote, the only ones that got screwed were the advertisers on both channels.

  4. IndyColt45 says: Oct 11, 2010 4:26 PM

    There was baseball on?

  5. JSpicoli says: Oct 11, 2010 4:26 PM

    Proving more people like cheap beer than fine wine.

  6. dlmcc0909 says: Oct 11, 2010 4:29 PM

    “MLB has still yet to recover. As the old saing goes, dont bite the hand thats feeds you….we feed the NFL. It all starts with the people.”
    i cant agree with this, as fan attendance is at an all time high in baseball. Football is the dominant sport in this country by a wide margain, but to say baseball did not recover from where they were pre strike would be incorrect. Basketball is the sport in serious trouble at this point

  7. DocBG says: Oct 11, 2010 4:34 PM

    one should also point out the lysping, james woods sounding prick that does color commentary for TBS. ron darling i think his name is.
    Love the twins, but had to mute the sound and let the radio play for the audio. This guy ruins a game faster than anyone else in the industry.
    Hope there are stories like this during the world series, the fact that baseball drew a 3.9 in a matchup featuring mid market teams, on cable, against primetime football, with both football teams having national followings vs limited following of the baseball teams is pretty impressive.
    Baseball is back in this country, and you reading too much in to these numbers, but then again, you are not the smartest writter on this site (unfortunetly, that usually is the commenters)

  8. DemocratsAreStupid says: Oct 11, 2010 4:41 PM

    This is due to the salary cap in the NFL and the lack of one in the MLB. In the NFL, most every city believes they have a chance to make the playoffs and/or win the Super Bowl. This gets people involved in the game and allows more money to flow into the sport.
    Unfortunately, Major League Baseball doesn’t see this and that’s why nobody cares that the Yankees are in the playoffs again. There are a lot of baseball markets like Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Toronto, Milwaukee, etc who know that they have no chance at the beginning of every year. Of course, they might catch lightning in a bottle once a decade, when big market teams catch the injury bug (i.e. Red Sox, Angels), but everyone knows who will be contending in October and this is why nobody cares about baseball.

  9. 90ragtop says: Oct 11, 2010 5:02 PM

    Baseball? What time is the (yawn) next game gonna be on? And remind me again who’s still in the playoffs…

  10. sec14 says: Oct 11, 2010 5:03 PM

    @cjeppesen The NFL survived the 1982 lock out with no problem. They dressed a bunch of scabs and played them until the settlement. I don’t remember any drop off in attendancre or TV ratings.

  11. edgy1957 says: Oct 11, 2010 5:05 PM

    When the game goes to Fox, the ratings gap will close and if it’s a 7th game, MLB has historically kicked the living dog out of the NFL so I wouldn’t get too excited about broadcast vs cable ratings, especially early on in the playoffs.

  12. gurnblanston says: Oct 11, 2010 5:09 PM

    It’s apples to oranges. Totally unfair to compare a baseball telecast to sports on television. Why won’t baseball get on with it already – reduce MLB to six teams that go on barnstorming tours of county fairs and arts & crafts festivals. If it weren’t for “the history and lore” of baseball and “nostalgia for a simpler time,” it would already be on the trash heap of history. Its only contribution to society now is to develop generation after generation of college and high school baseball tools who learn how to mix up deadly batches of steroids for themselves and ruffies for the ladies. Hail!

  13. BDawk says: Oct 11, 2010 5:18 PM

    Count me as two. Phils on the big screen, Eagles on my 20 inch tube TV from college, side by side.
    On a side note, everything that is right with the Phillies organization is what is wrong with the Eagles organization. The Eagles are an evil, dark, empire muddied in their own mistakes and self-congratulatory BS. The Phillies are the quiet leaders that get the job done, no excuses.

  14. BDawk says: Oct 11, 2010 5:19 PM

    Also, in Philadelphia, the Phillies prevailed, but the Eagles were not as far behind as one would think:
    http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/Phils_beat_Eagles_on_TV.html

  15. protectthishouse54 says: Oct 11, 2010 5:24 PM

    darn… now that everyone else isn’t watching baseball, how will I ever enjoy the games myself?

  16. tooz56 says: Oct 11, 2010 5:24 PM

    And the NFL has to really rethink their black out rule as well. Times are tough, and the average fan doesn’t have that disposal income laying around to spend going to a football game.

  17. dcowboy7 says: Oct 11, 2010 5:26 PM

    To egdy:
    Your wrong.
    In the 18-49 ratings (the ratings that matter) a deciding baseball playoff game last year lost to a ny giants/arz cards game.

  18. sportsdrenched says: Oct 11, 2010 5:30 PM

    This is NOT 1982….or even 1987.
    This the information age. Fans, even teenagers will be very educated about the issues of any NFL work stoppage. And I would imagine most of us will find something else to do with our time given the opportunity. Lord knows my interests are eccectic enough.
    Baseball is my favorite sport, but understand. MLB is ran by a Used Car Salesman and it shows. While MLB did recover temporaliy from the 1994 Strike, they have had a 3 year decline in attendance, and an even longer decline in relevency and TV ratings. The World Series isn’t going to matter with the ratings. They will still suck.
    Wait! A team that out spends it’s nearest competitor by $120 Million is in the World Series again…how compelling? Click! No Thanks. I’ll watch a sport with a revenue system that allows it’s stars to stay in places like Indy and New Orleans…..for now.

  19. pft_cft_pbt_sucks says: Oct 11, 2010 5:31 PM

    “we encourage the owners and the players to do whatever it takes to make sure a labor stoppage in 2011″
    MDS is begging to you, since his pay check solely depends on the outcome of your dialogue. Poor bastard has a family to feed too!

  20. The Beer Baron says: Oct 11, 2010 5:38 PM

    I think everyone knew the outcome of the baseball game before it started. Reds blow.

  21. sportsbruh3 says: Oct 11, 2010 5:38 PM

    GREEDY BILLIONAIRES!!!!
    nothing more…nothing less.
    millionaires are nothing anymore.

  22. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Oct 11, 2010 5:52 PM

    i’ve never truly understood how boring baseball was until i went to a game sober.

  23. SF Saints Fan says: Oct 11, 2010 5:59 PM

    NFL>NCAA Football>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>MLB>>>> College Basketball>>>>>>NBA>>>>>> >>>>
    NHL>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ANY Female Sport where the athletes are fully clothed. I do like Womens Beach Volleyball.

  24. jersey73 says: Oct 11, 2010 6:14 PM

    Relative obscurity of TBS??? Come on, how many homes don’t get TBS???
    It’s not like they are on the Versus Network.

  25. Mooch says: Oct 11, 2010 6:16 PM

    Good points – but mostly TBS will always get beat by NBC. No matter what. Especially in sports.
    True about small market appeal of MLB being low because their owners choose not to compete (Pittsburgh) or cannot compete (Natinals).
    Plus, the NFL is a shorter season and therefore more anticipated and compelling. While they are in the process (along with the NCAA Tourney) of ruining that aspect, it comes nowhere close to the marathon that is the MLB season.
    Interesting to note that the Phils clobbered the Eagles in Philly ratings last night.

  26. Jolly says: Oct 11, 2010 7:12 PM

    Lol to the guy who says MLB kicks the living dog out of the NFl in a 7th game…I yearn to see the proof of that.
    Even greater lol to the guy who says wait till the WS to compare ratings to a regular season football game. Talk about missing the point.
    A Regular season football game featuring a team without it’s star playing a winless team got almost 4 times the rating of a aseball playoff game…..End of story.

  27. rbais2 says: Oct 11, 2010 7:13 PM

    AMERICA HAS FINALLY LEARNED!!!!!!
    BASEBALL SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’m from Chicago and we have two teams that deserve treatment that McNabb got from Philly and Angelo Cataldi.
    The fans, however, deserve worse than McNabb.
    A big problem is that the people who claim themselves as fans in Chicago are “mentally screwed-up slaves” or “seat filling lapdogs”!!!!!!!!!! The worst part about it is that exciting baseball is less fun than fights that take place at a ballpark!!!!!!
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!

  28. Canyonero says: Oct 11, 2010 7:56 PM

    Only time I even THINK about baseball is when Bob Costas talks about it on Football Night in America… when he’s supposed to be talking about football.

  29. doe22us says: Oct 11, 2010 8:21 PM

    Baseball sucks ask Lendale White

  30. edgy1957 says: Oct 11, 2010 9:01 PM

    Jolly says:
    Lol to the guy who says MLB kicks the living dog out of the NFl in a 7th game…I yearn to see the proof of that.
    *******************
    It’s amazing on the so-called experts want proof when they don’t even have a clue:
    Game 7 ratings since 1985:
    1985 32.6
    1986 38.9
    1987 32.6
    1991 32.2
    1997 24.5
    2001 23.5
    2002 17.9
    FYI, ratings for the NFL’s regular AND post season have dropped as well (Yeah, we hear all the BS about how the NFL had more viewers this year but back during the Cowboys last appearance in the Super Bowl, they set the record for viewers that stood until just a few years ago. The Cowboys had ratings of 44+ in their 3 appearances in the ’90s and NO ONE had approached that in the last 10 years and that’s why they started using the “viewers” standard. The Yankees were only involved a 7th game in 2001 and the ratings were held down by the involvement of Arizona.

  31. sasquash69 says: Oct 12, 2010 3:06 AM

    @Beer Baron
    “Alcohol is a way of life, its my way of life” Homer J Simpson
    “To alcohol, the cause of and solution to all of lifes problems” Homer J Simpson
    By far my favorite episode

  32. edgy1957 says: Oct 12, 2010 11:20 AM

    # dcowboy7 says:
    To egdy:
    Your wrong.
    **************************
    First off, the key demo (18-49) wasn’t used by MDS so that eliminates that. In the second place, there were NO 7th games in last year’s playoffs or did you not UNDERSTAND what I wrote?

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