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Giants-Packers sets ratings record

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It’s almost a surprise at this point when NFL playoff games don’t set ratings records.

The NFL notes that an averaged of 45.1 million viewers watched Packers-Giants, which set the all-time record for viewers for a divisional round game. It beat last year’s Jets-Patriots game by 4%.

The 49ers-Saints (35.6 million viewers) and Broncos-Patriots on CBS (34.2 million) also broke records for divisional round games played on Saturday.

The 49ers-Saints rating shows how valuable a close game can be. It beat Tebow-Brady despite an inferior timeslot. To put the NFL’s dominance in perspective, Texans-Ravens topped the BCS title game by almost 30%.

The Super Bowl, of course, will crush all the numbers above. Patriots-49ers or Patriots-Giants could do an especially huge number.

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36 Responses to “Giants-Packers sets ratings record”
  1. mjbulls45 says: Jan 17, 2012 11:59 AM

    shoulda never dissed favre…

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Jan 17, 2012 12:00 PM

    Pats-Giants would have to be the biggest draw. EVERYBODY wants to see that rematch. 49ers v Ravens would probably be a close second. I think both of those games would draw much larger crowds than Pats-9ers…

  3. ickky says: Jan 17, 2012 12:05 PM

    This is a surprise. While it is always fun to see the the Packers lose, The game was kind of a snoozer. MAybe if GB had shown up

  4. londonfletcher says: Jan 17, 2012 12:08 PM

    Yeah, but “Harghbowl” has a better ring to it. Niners/Ravens would be awesome just for the fact that both HC’s are brothers.

  5. zaggs says: Jan 17, 2012 12:22 PM

    Would Pats-Giants really break it? Thought more would have tuned in to the first one to see possible perfection.

  6. The Prophet says: Jan 17, 2012 12:32 PM

    According to these figures Patriots-Giants should probably do the best, so I’d keep an eye on the officiating. The Patriots game in particular will probably put the Patriots in the Packers role if its a close game.

  7. contra74 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:32 PM

    45.1 million viewers got to witness the EPIC FAIL that was the Green Bay Packers’ delusion.

  8. The Prophet says: Jan 17, 2012 12:35 PM

    touchdownroddywhite says:Jan 17, 2012 12:00 PM

    Pats-Giants would have to be the biggest draw. EVERYBODY wants to see that rematch.
    I definitely don’t. It’s already been done and I can’t stand Super Bowl rematches. I like the angles of Tom Brady and Belichek going for a SB win, 8 years after the last one, and the 49ers returning to prominence.

    The brother vs brother angle is great, but 99% of people watching the game wouldn’t be able to name ONE player on the field!

  9. waxedagain says: Jan 17, 2012 12:37 PM

    The Ravens can expect many close calls to go in the Pats favor. The NFL owes it advertisers the best possible Superbowl ratings. Packers-Pats would have been a blockbuster, thus the confusing calls against the Giants last weekend.

  10. cowboys282 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:38 PM

    Looks like people prefered watching real football instead of the media hype bowl between the Pats and the Broncos.

  11. dgstan says: Jan 17, 2012 12:40 PM

    How do they measure the ratings? At what time is the measurement taken? I’ll bet the first 5 minutes of the Tebow/Brady game was high, but after that, not so much.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:40 PM

    Giants vs. NE or BAL would both be palpable rematches. NE for obvious reasons, and BAL because the Giants still owe them some get-back from 2000.

    They’d beat either one, though.

  13. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:41 PM

    Look at Joe Ruback, I need to go to more games with him, he’s always on TV lmao.

  14. ttommytom says: Jan 17, 2012 12:44 PM

    You assuming Baltimore won’t win?

  15. southpaw79 says: Jan 17, 2012 12:46 PM

    The biggest draw would have both a East coast team and a West coast team, So Pats-9ers or Ravens-9ers. Pats-Giants is only what the east wants to see.

  16. donlagreca says: Jan 17, 2012 12:46 PM

    Not surprised that the Giants Packers had the biggest draw those are two of the oldest and strongest fanbases in the NFL

  17. wtfchiefs says: Jan 17, 2012 12:49 PM

    On a Saturday, middle of winter, right around drinking time….Of course its gonna draw ratings! What the heck else would there be to watch?

  18. sportsinhd says: Jan 17, 2012 1:11 PM

    The idea that the Patriots=Ratings, and that the TV rating will be higher if the Patriots play is garbage. People will watch the Super Bowl no matter who is playing, and the media has always been far more fascinated with New England than the general public has ever been.

    It angers me that media outlets are acting as if there’s nothing compelling about this Ravens team. Ray Lewis? Terrell Suggs? The guy from the Blind Side movie? Disrespectful. Any team that makes it this far is compelling, period.

  19. pencepost says: Jan 17, 2012 1:12 PM

    Hard to believe certain matchups really affect the Super Bowl ratings. Everyone I know watches it every year, regardless of who’s in it.

  20. kmart0319 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:15 PM

    The fix is in, the refs will make sure it’s a Harbowl.

  21. lanman11 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:21 PM

    The Ravens have whined about officiating for years, yet replay after replay shows the calls were legit. The fact they play physical yet drew zero penalty flags this past weekend could be attributed to the “squeeky wheel gets the grease” theory, which will be in full effect this weekend. I just hope the officials don’t buckle when the Ravens send players diving at Brady’s knee (regardless of where the play went) like they did in 2009. That was a below the belt move. They were penalized for it but the whining afterward was incessant. You get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, that’s what happens. Remember Bernard Pollard is now playing for the Ravens too. I imagine there will be some head games going on with some blitzes involving Pollard. I’ll not comment on what I think of Pollard.

    Shocking that the Ravens drew zero flags with their style of play last weekend. Perhaps the whining works?

  22. jerrygogo says: Jan 17, 2012 1:24 PM

    The guy from the blind side movie – Tim McGraw?

  23. dvdman123 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:29 PM

    Honestly does anyone really want to see a Niners/Ravens Super Bore?

  24. goniners49 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:39 PM

    Niners-ravens. I want to see a rematch, especially on a neutral field. 2 more wins for #6!

    Lets go Niners!

  25. glac1 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:40 PM

    No surprise. Both of those storied organizations have a huge loyal fan base.

  26. papacrick says: Jan 17, 2012 1:45 PM

    Doesn’t matter who is playing in the Super Bowl. EVERYBODY will be watching. Half the people watching don’t even know who or what teams are playing.. It’s the freakin Super Bowl. Match ups will have no effect on the ratings period.

  27. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 17, 2012 2:00 PM

    waxedagain says:
    Jan 17, 2012 12:37 PM
    The Ravens can expect many close calls to go in the Pats favor. The NFL owes it advertisers the best possible Superbowl ratings. Packers-Pats would have been a blockbuster, thus the confusing calls against the Giants last weekend.


    That is an asinine comment.

  28. 8man says: Jan 17, 2012 2:20 PM

    Defending world champs versus a storied team from New York. No surprise. My favorite team plays in the AFC and I was transfixed.

  29. n0hopeleft says: Jan 17, 2012 2:23 PM

    Alex Smith doesnt make it out of this game alive.

  30. n0hopeleft says: Jan 17, 2012 2:26 PM

    Eli Manning owns the Pack when it matters.

    Green Bay can have the last 2 regular season wins.

    All you losers up there talked all week. The entire fan base disappeared to their snow mobiles.

  31. mistersmith22 says: Jan 17, 2012 2:27 PM

    The BCS title game was a weeknight (a Tuesday, I think?) and was only shown on cable — EPSN — which, as much as they like to pretend isn’t the case, is a network a lot of people still don’t get.

    Of course Ravens-Texans outdrew the BCS title game: it was a Sunday morning on free, over-the-air “real” network TV.

  32. aquamore says: Jan 17, 2012 2:28 PM

    The rating dominance over the BCS title game may have had something to do with the fact that the college game was only televised on ESPN and the NFL playoff games were available on broadcast networks. I would have watched the BCS game but was unable to because I don’t subscribe to anything more than basic cable.

  33. beedubyatoo says: Jan 17, 2012 2:37 PM

    Let’s face the facts. Many non-football fans watch the Super Bowl due to the pre-game hype about the up coming commercials.

    Given that kind of pre-show hyperbole, re-runs of Gilligan’s Island would probqably draw 75-100 million viewers.

  34. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 17, 2012 3:00 PM

    I am sure those big numbers came from all the folks in there ice fishing houses in the middle of a frozen lake

    Fact is there ratings matter get two teams in big markets and that means $$$$$$

    NY #1 Market
    Boston #7
    San Fran #6
    Balt #26

    So for the add money NY NE wins the biggest dollars and while everone watches the game only real fans watch after the halftime show

  35. cuda1234 says: Jan 17, 2012 4:45 PM

    So the NFL doesn’t need Tim Tebow to draw eyeballs? Yet another story that’s only “news” to people in the media!

  36. jscopus says: Jan 18, 2012 9:07 PM

    Hats off to the Giants-Packers for remarkable viewership. This creates an unexpected problem for the NFL to explain- how do they sweep under the rung the 45.1 million to 1 odds that the one person watching that game that did not think it was a fumble turned out to be the referee? And who on the field overturned the initial fumble call? Was that Leavy as well? You have to have pretty definitive proof to overule, correct? So how was that possible? I thought they did that to negate the return, but suddenly you have a nit wit needing compelling proof to overule (which was obvious) not simply no decision which would have left the fumble call intact. I am curious who the scab was that initially overuled as he is likely the one on the take realizing Leavy does not have the brains or balls to overturn a call. The NFL cannot remain silent as I have never seen such universal outrage, even from Packer fans who acknowledge the calls were embarassingly one sided. Also who was letting Eli take a thrashing well after he threw? Roger Goodell needs to man up an acknowledge the Refs were so bad that an investigation needs to be launched or he looks duplicitous, which is what people are saying already about his relationship with the Packers.

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