49ers-Ravens was most-watched NFL Network program ever

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The Har-Bowl did big business for the NFL.

NFL Network drew 10.7 million viewers for Thursday night’s 49ers-Ravens game, making it the most-watched program in the eight-year history of the league’s cable channel. The rating broke a record for NFL Network set in 2009, when 10.5 million viewers watched the Cowboys play the Saints.

It’s easy to see why the game drew big ratings: It featured two winning teams, it was close and competitive into the fourth quarter, and the Jim Harbaugh vs. John Harbaugh coaching battle made it an easy game to market to the folks who don’t automatically watch every NFL game and were considering — gasp! — turning off the TV and talking to their families on Thanksgiving night.

This year’s Thanksgiving night game drew about 50 percent more viewers than last year, when NFL Network got 7.1 million viewers for a Jets-Bengals game. Through three games this year NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football is averaging 7.5 million viewers a game, a 28 percent increase from the ratings in 2010.

97 responses to “49ers-Ravens was most-watched NFL Network program ever

  1. Just think how good the ratings would be if the friekin’ NFL and Time Warner could reach an agreement. I would have loved to have seen that game.
    This is several years now and it is very annoying.

  2. “Through three games this year NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football is averaging 7.5 million viewers a game, a 28 percent increase from the ratings in 2010.”

    Maybe because they dumped what was the worst announcing trio in sports history.

  3. So, 10.7M people saw the top 5 plays from last Sunday approximately 37 times. What was up with that?

  4. I can’t wait for the niners to get beat by the bears or pac in the playoffs to shut all these dumb fans up. They know nothing but spoiling their drug addicted children. It’s pathetic.

  5. Didn’t know 10 million people had the NFL network. I know I can’t get it where I live (on Comcast). Makes me hate the NFL and Thursday nights!

  6. Only 1 reason why…same reason bengals were sold out 1 game this season! Steelers nation sold out cincy stadium and steelers nation watched that lame ravens vs 49ers game.. We are a huge fan base. We invade opponents stadiums and we take over! We are Americas team! For the ratings on NFL network & for all the money the Steelers Nation generates for the NFL & opponents cities that we invade their stadiums….YOU’RE WELCOME!!!

  7. You would think they would find better commentators than those two turds last night. If I heard one more stat about the 49ers D or something about brotherhood, I was gonna go crazy. They didn’t say a damn thing about the number of sacks we had until we tied the franchise record. Solid win by my ravens though.

  8. More people watched the har-bowl than the Ryan bowl. What does that tell you about the public opinion on the Ryan sisters. The Ryan bowl even had the 2 best teams in the NFL, if you believe what the Ryans preach.

  9. norcal031 says: Nov 25, 2011 5:19 PM

    I can’t wait for the niners to get beat by the bears or pac in the playoffs to shut all these dumb fans up. They know nothing but spoiling their drug addicted children. It’s pathetic.

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    U mad bro?

  10. For those of you who couldn’t watch it let me say you didn’t miss much as the game was the worst of the 3 in the day, boring and you missed getting inundated with the Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh lovefest.

    I understand it was “historic” because brothers were the coaches, but after LITERALLY hearing it over 50 times, I was sick of it. Harbaugh this, Harbaugh that….

  11. The NFL is an in demand product, don’t blame the NFL that they aren’t lowering their standards to please Time Warner.

    You should be pissed at Time Warner and call them and demand they pay up. This isn’t A&E or some other joke of a cable network where TW can play hard ball. This is the NFL, suck it up and pay what they ask.

  12. Don’t hate the NFL for not having a contract with your cable provider. Time Warner and Comcast want to charge customers a additional fee to have it and the NFL refuses to have their fans pay any extra for there network. The NFL wants it as part of there basic programming package seeing how they are already are willing to cut the cable company in on some profit’s.

  13. has anyone checked the Frsco area hospital for Sam from Frisco ? The heck with Christmas presents Ma, I’ve already gotten mine!! God IS god!

  14. Maybe the NFL should take the hint– its fans still love to see physical, fundamentally sound football. And defense. Far too many of the games I’ve seen this year have featured none of the above, but rather lots of penalties, dropped passes and poor tackling.

    The shortened off-season was bad enough, but it also really looks like the lack of padded practices this year has had some effect on the overall quality of play. That was a horrible concession by the owners, one that somehow needs to be righted far before the expiration of the CBA– give them something they else they wanted and amend that sucker!

    Assuming that they don’t, fundamentally strong coaches like the Harbaughs are going to be in huge demand. I’m not a fan of either team, but the game was fun to watch. . . right down to the last couple of drives, where the Ravens finally wore the Niners out. That’s good, rugged football.

  15. @finfinatic:

    It’s people like you that Goodell is catering to when he turns the game into flag football. The game was far from boring for a true fan of the sport rather than someone who wants to see a 50-49 shootout every game.

  16. If the NFL/Time Warner won’t find a solution that lets me pay to watch the game (yes, LETS me PAY), then I’ll find a solution that lets me watch it for free…that game was being broadcast all over the internet last night. Your loss NFL/TWC.

  17. If those teams make the Superbowl…that’s might be a ratings bonanza…

    They gotta thru my Raiders first. Knocking off this Silver & Black bully is tall order.Ngata knows what happened the last time he saw McFadden. You all can YouTube McFadden making Ngata tap out.knocked him off his fat feet.

    Raider Nation all day, everyday.

  18. Better game was Texas-Texas A&M. Hands down. How did the NFL Network get a 10.7 when there’s not that many people that can get it?

  19. @steelersownyou

    Ohhh Steleers fans….so modest. A fan base filled with front running fans.

    Why are there so many Steelers fans?
    Steelers fans were born in the 70’s after watching “their” team dominate the 70’s when one game was shown on tv nationally. Front running football fans clung to their tv’s wanting to root for a winner. Think my premise is wrong? …in baseball why are there more Yankees, Cubs, and Braves fans? TV Networks.

    How about the Pirates?
    If Pittsburgh fans are not front runners, yet dominate other stadiums…why do you only see 2 or 3 Pittsburgh Pirates fans and opposing baseball games? Years of losing will bring that fan domination to a halt.

    Why are there so many Pittsburgh fans in other stadiums?
    Well Pittsburgh was so depressed financially, that a huge portion of the population moved elsewhere to better cities.

    Well there are Steeler Bars in almost every other city!
    This is my favorite one. Its similar to the answer to last question. For example: Why are there no Chargers bars in Pittsburgh? Who in there right mind would leave San Diego for Pittsburgh? Yet you will find people who have left Pittsburgh in every major city or town. Depressing.

  20. thefiesty1 says: Nov 25, 2011 6:18 PM

    Better game was Texas-Texas A&M. Hands down. How did the NFL Network get a 10.7 when there’s not that many people that can get it?

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    Really? Hands down? Really?

  21. This despite the fact that the NFL cares very little about the fans. Case in point, NFL Mobile on Verizon. They let you watch the game on your tiny cell phone screen with their lame app, but plug in your hdmi cable to your phone so you can watch it on a bigger screen and they’ve programmed it to NOT work. What complete, paranoid losers. This doesn’t even take into consideration that they can’t get it together to simply offer any game a fan wants to watch, LIVE online if you are even willing to pay for it. They partner with losers like DirecTV and ESPN that become middle men and either fail at it or don’t offer it. The NFL are clueless in this regard.

  22. If those teams make the Superbowl…that’s might be a ratings bonanza…

    They gotta thru my Raiders first. Knocking off this Silver & Black bully is tall order.Ngata knows what happened the last time he saw McFadden. You all can YouTube McFadden making Ngata tap out.knocked him off his fat feet.

    Raider Nation all day, everyday.

    _____________________

    Oakland still has a team?

  23. citynative says:
    Nov 25, 2011 6:19 PM
    @steelersownyou

    Ohhh Steleers fans….so modest. A fan base filled with front running fans.

    Well there are Steeler Bars in almost every other city!
    This is my favorite one. Its similar to the answer to last question. For example: Why are there no Chargers bars in Pittsburgh? Who in there right mind would leave San Diego for Pittsburgh? Yet you will find people who have left Pittsburgh in every major city or town. Depressing.

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    Citynative FTW! well said!

  24. Guys, there’s a nifty little website called “firstrowsports” that lets you watch all the NFL Network you want.

  25. Steelersownyou…

    Oh yes…everything that happens is because how great Steelernation is. That is the same reasoning as…The first Ravens/Steelers game was a Superbowl for the Ravens. As if nothing matters outside the context of Steelernation.

    I hope you enjoyed the Ravens 49ers game from your couch, because you are going to be spending lots of time there in January contemplating how old the Steelers are.

    The worm has turned…Finally…Baltimore isn’t getting screwed by the Refs. Now…the league is in trouble.

  26. @zackattack410 & 52raylewis

    Thank you. The Steelers are a great fan base and have a lot to be proud of, but that guy’s post deserved a response.

    As a Niners fan, great job by your team last night. Hopefully we can knock off “Steelers Nation” in a couple of weeks for you.

    Speaking of that, Steelers fans calling it “Steelers Nation” is embarrassing. One of the Steelers biggest rivals’ is the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders started the term “Raider Nation.” Stealing a term from your rival….weak!

  27. That was a fantastic game and Mike Mayock really does a fine job on commentary. Thank you for letting me watch a game without Dierdork.

  28. @finfinatic

    If you don’t like a well played defensive game then you should watch arena football or basketball. How exciting is a score in basketball or arena football? It’s inconsequential score after inconsequential score.

  29. @citynative…..you are slightly off in your over zealous post to try and skewer the facts. It is true that many pittsburgh natives left town in the early 80’s. When a lot of the steel mills closed. And we do have many spread out through the U.S. But, if you actually check facts pittsburgh is 1 of the lowest crime rate cities & is always voted as most livable city in the U.S. I mean this isn’t crappy Baltimore for god’s sake. I’m sure you make commenys about pittsburgh yet i’m positive where you live is some kentucky god forsaken trailer! Moral of thre story…Know what youre talking about before you ramblr a dumb post like that again. It’s o.k to be jealous of the Steelers & their fans but next time don’t be so obvious..it’s not very becoming….Have a blessed day & GO STEELERS!!!!!!!

  30. flabtreesports says:
    Nov 25, 2011 5:16 PM
    So, 10.7M people saw the top 5 plays from last Sunday approximately 37 times. What was up with that?

    Won’t be watching any other games on NFL net after that in the 2nd quarter i started flipping to other channels just to avoid it during commercials please NFL stop this now.

    what do you know as im typing this its on again you gotta be kidding me

  31. Hey Steelers fan eatch what happens when the Steelers play the Niners on monday night your fans wont be taking over nothing…You may pull that crap in the mid west but well see what happens when you run into Candlestick home of the mexican gangbangers hope you nring your bulletproof vest..

  32. @citynative and ohhh yes. Since youre a 49ers fan. Youre also very welcome for the PITTSBURGH native who brought you 4 super bowls! Thats right none other than Joe Montana! And arguably the greatest QB of all time! So for all you 49er fans…you too..ARE WELCOME! You don’t deserve to be a 49ers fan. Learn the history of Pittsburgh before you spout off your dribble chumly!

  33. i took 2 things away from the game. 1st is that the 49ers are a product of their easy schedule and have shown that they ARE NOT an elite team and 2nd for as much as the ravens controlled every facet of this game their offense scored only 16 points which in my mind 1 doesnt make Flacco an elite quarterback which some writer want so badly to annoint him 2 they will not beat the steelers in January.

  34. The NFL Network also has to step it up when it comes to halftime shows. Nickelback at the Lions/Packers game, Enrique Iglesias at the Dophins/Cowboys game and a tribute to Journey performed by a group of crackly voiced prepubescent teenagers at the Ravens/49’ers game. C’mon, you’ve got to be kidding me. If you’re not going to actually roll in Journey, at least bring in a respectable tribute band. I would have rather have listened to William Hung sing Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star over and over and over again…

  35. I wish they had a better color guy for the call. Listening Mayock say “they call him Sizzle” every time they showed Suggs made me hate that word. It’s not a bad nickname, but Mayock cannot pull it off. It’s like when Stewart Scott says “swagger.” It just doesn’t sound right.

    Way better than Joe Buck though.

  36. zackattack410 says:
    Nov 25, 2011 7:15 PM
    If those teams make the Superbowl…that’s might be a ratings bonanza…

    They gotta thru my Raiders first. Knocking off this Silver & Black bully is tall order.Ngata knows what happened the last time he saw McFadden. You all can YouTube McFadden making Ngata tap out.knocked him off his fat feet.

    Raider Nation all day, everyday.

    _____________________

    Is there a translator in the house?

  37. This game was a joke…To all the ppl blaming Alex Smith, were you watching the same game? Sure, he got sacked 9 times….how many times did he have to run for his life? Chilo Rachal is a joke and doesn’t belong on the field. The reason we lost wasn’t because of the refs, or, because the Ravens D is so good. Any defense would have looked great. The injury to Snyder is what lost us the game. As soon as he got injured is when we started losing the game. We couldn’t recover from that and you can only ask A. Smith to do so much for you.
    That being said, hopefully Chilo got a reality check because if you play like that then you will only be in the league so long. Anybody else just feel there was gonna be a penalty on the T. Ginn play? The guy isn’t allowed to make big plays apparently unless it’s special teams.

  38. @ citynative

    Don’t quit your day job to be a Social Analyst because you would go Bk! First, most Steelers fans aren’t from Pittsburgh so that argument is worth less than the digital memory it took to display it!! Most Steelers fans may have been introduced to the Steelers by the media in their 70’s era success’ (I was); however, we remain fans because of the standard of greatness & legacy that they embody…not where we live, which just happens to be everywhere. All that says is that there are a lot of other truly smart people out there! Remain Black & Gold my Friends!!!

    @ swagger52

    Enjoy your Ref given victories over the Steelers this year! I’m sure they are rewarding for you desperate fans so needing of a win that the dubious manner in which they come is easily rationalized after years of crying to the Gods “Why do we SUCK so….Why GOD, WHY??!!!”

  39. @norcalmafia..hahaha dude we will be at candlestick in full force! You better bring your gun! Cuz your short mexican azz may get beat up! ill be there with my #7 jersey. Youll know me 6’4 265 lbs of all kinds of sexy beeeotch!

  40. Chop block? OK, you bet zebra. Ha ha ha ha. This game has been ruined. Congrats NFL, strikes/lock outs can’t hurt you but your officials can and ARE killing your game!!!!

  41. @steelersownyou “For the ratings on NFL network & for all the money the Steelers Nation generates for the NFL & opponents cities that we invade their stadiums….YOU’RE WELCOME!!!”

    Some fun facts for you….
    Even with your hordes of bandwagoning idiots….the Ravens as a franchise are worth more $$$ than the Steelers. You’re not even in the top 10. Get over yourself.

  42. Can’t we all just get along. Leave the the Monday night violence to the top notch Niners and Steelers D. Norcalmafia don’t let those idiots bait you. Steelersownyou, seriously dude, don’t test people, u could piss off the wrong guy and u don’t want that result. I’m a Niner fan but I got many Steeler friends… just enjoy the game.

  43. @trbowman I completely agree except for Fox when they have Chris Rose and Torrie Holt. The worst commentary I have ever heard. My Browns are painful enough without that horrendous commentary during one of last year’s games.

  44. Yea and Tom Brady is from the Bay Area so whats your point?Aaron Rodgers is from Nor Cal and grew up a Niner fan…..Joe Montana came out here and still lives here he knew better than to go back to that boring hicktown PITTSburg…..kick rocks succa!

  45. Yea Id like to see all 6`4″ of you make ut through hunters point with that jersey on….Walk one block away from the stick talking that mess..Lets see what the homeboys think about that Steelers jersey..country bumpkin.

  46. @steelersownyou & @dumbaseinstein

    Woh…woh…woh. Easy there. Relax. Remember you injected the Steelers on a Ravens/Niners article. I guess what I posted must be somewhat true to get that reaction.

    First @dumbaseinstein. Thank you for proving my point. The majority of Steelers fans are not from Pittsburgh. Hence the front running claim…just like Cowboys fans. Go back and read the post. I actually whole-heartedly respect Steelers fans actually from Pittsburgh. You watched them on TV in the 70’s, and started to follow them because they were the best team. Front-running…just like I said. How come you did not become a Lions fan? or a Browns fan?

    Now @steelersownyou. Thank you for Joe Montana. Now will you return the favor thank the SF Bay Area for Lynn Swan? And then thank Cleveland for Chuck Noll. See how silly this is? Pennsylvania is a great area for football…everybody knows this.

    Lastly, you know most of what I said is true. Remember it was you that tried to stir it up on a Ravens/Niners article. Obviously, the Steelers have a great team, franchise, and fan base, but fans like you represent your team in a negative way.

    Now, I am over this. I am moving on.

  47. And if you make it out of Frisco alive you can take a ten minute drive over the bridge to Oakland and see what they think about that Steeler jersey..You small town pittsburg fans better wake up….

  48. @steelersownyou

    Are you stupid? Steelers are a small market team. 25% of NFL Merchandise sold is Dallas Cowboys related. I am pretty sure they bring in the most money for the NFL, considering, ya know, they sell out too…

    Moron.

  49. It’s nice to see this level of hate/fear from the Steelers fans. This is how you know the rivalry is top notch. We went from the Steelers talking this up like it’s not even a rivalry to losing twice to the Ravens in one season. All these hate/whining posts are nothing but flattery to the Ravens, they clearly occupy your minds 😉

  50. The only thing was, I didn’t think NFL Network showed its “Top 5 Plays” enough. They only replayed them 60, maybe 70 times. Another 37 or so would have made watching the game much more enjoyable.

  51. NFL Network broadcasting its own games is just the beginning of the end.

    Before long, all NFL games (and probably other sports as well) will only be available on a PPV basis.

    DirecTV has already opened up its NFL Sunday Ticket to buyers who want to purchase individual games, instead of the entire season.

    The precedent’s been set.

  52. “Most older Steelers fans may have been introduced to the Steelers by the media in their 70′s era success’ (I was) The next batch came with the 2000s success; however, we remain fans because we view ourselves as good people and, therefore, should root for a good team. We have no sense of community and we don’t tough it out and stick with the home team no matter how bad they may play. We are the textbook definition of “bandwagon” Most of us also root for the yankees and lakers. Many of us went out and bought heat jerseys last year. You see, it’s simply the path of least resistance and in football that path is paved with black and gold. So it doesn’t matter where we live, which just happens to be everywhere. All that says is that there are a lot of other truly weak bandwagon lemmings out there! Remain Black & Gold my Friends!!!”

    There I fixed it up for ya.

  53. Drew about 50 percent more viewers than last year.

    Drew about 50 percent more viewers than last year would be a more accurate statement.

  54. Drew about 50 percent more viewers than last year.

    Drew about 30 percent more viewers than last year would be a more accurate statement.

  55. steelersownyou says:
    Nov 25, 2011 9:05 PM
    @citynative and ohhh yes. Since youre a 49ers fan. Youre also very welcome for the PITTSBURGH native who brought you 4 super bowls! Thats right none other than Joe Montana! And arguably the greatest QB of all time! So for all you 49er fans…you too..ARE WELCOME! You don’t deserve to be a 49ers fan. Learn the history of Pittsburgh before you spout off your dribble chumly!

    ******************************************
    History:
    So the same could apply to John Unitis who brought multible championships to Baltimore after the stealers released and did not sign one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
    Ouch. What a bunch of loser’s. Including their uneduacted, clueless fans.

  56. Steelers fans are NEVER scared! I wore my jersey in philly & baltimore! And i’ll be in san fran. In 3 weeks. Steelers all the way this year! Book it chumps!

  57. @steelersownyou – you dude are one major league jackass. it’s one thing to really love your team, it is another to be a total jackass to the rest of the league. you give real Steelers fans a bad name.

    btw – the Ravens have owned you this year. whipped you in our place and had Joe do a Ben on you in your place. You better hope you beat SF because right now you are playing for the second WC spot and if you aren’t careful you will be watching all the games from a Yinstown bar whilst viewing the Ravens to to the SB.

  58. @ppdic13….first off youre a typical ravens fan meat whistle! Win a playoff game against us then talk. All I know is somebody has 6 super bowls and someone has 1. And please never mention unibrow in the same sentence as ben. Flacco is terrible. Never in a million years get to a super bowl with that meat gazer! You just make sure youre around her in january when your gayvens go home again packing & thinking of tee times!

  59. Once again. Steelers were owned by the Ravens. Stealer fans just sound absurd. What a bunch of crying babies. Their fans are a joke. Always living in the past but hey, whatever puts you to sleep at night.

  60. BTW, you don’t just choose to be America’s Team. You’re chosen. The mere fact you bring it up is indicative of why that will never be you.

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