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Conference championships draw big TV ratings

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The NFL’s surging television ratings show no sign of slowing down.

In the early game, CBS Sports announced that Ravens-Patriots drew an average overnight household rating of 29.1, which was the highest for an afternoon AFC Championship since January 23, 1994, when Joe Montana leading the Chiefs against the Bills drew a 29.5 rating.

And in the prime time game, FOX Sports announced that Giants-49ers earned a 33.4 rating, which is the highest for any conference championship game since 1995, when the 49ers played the Cowboys in a game that was labeled that year’s real Super Bowl.

For the NFL, it’s been a full season of impressive television ratings, making talk that fans were turned off by the lockout a distant memory.

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14 Responses to “Conference championships draw big TV ratings”
  1. mjbulls45 says: Jan 23, 2012 12:48 PM

    sterling moore ,

    magic hand

  2. steelerhypocrite says: Jan 23, 2012 12:49 PM

    Why was Veron Davis flagged for jumping on that TV stand? Isn’t that the same thing as the stupid Lambeau Leap?

  3. tmcb7 says: Jan 23, 2012 12:54 PM

    agree fans forget lockouts and hold outs…
    but one thing that will significantly hurt the NFL is having a team in London and all this playing in London BS.
    This just in NFL… you make tons of money already! you will alienate your fans base if you expand overseas… and just because you are greedy and want more and more money.
    We can’t NFL exec’s see this? cause NFL Europe worked so well here in the states, right?
    Goodell and TV people talk about it all the time as if it is a given. Ask the fans, no one likes the idea.

  4. nesuperfan says: Jan 23, 2012 1:06 PM

    steelerhypocrite says:Jan 23, 2012 12:49 PM

    Why was Veron Davis flagged for jumping on that TV stand? Isn’t that the same thing as the stupid Lambeau Leap?
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    They said the Lambeau Leap was grandfathered in. It is time the league stops grandfathering things in for JUST the Packers. Everyone should play be the same rules, including selling worthless paper, called “stock”.

  5. clk320cpe says: Jan 23, 2012 1:17 PM

    steelerhypocrite says:
    Jan 23, 2012 12:49 PM
    Why was Veron Davis flagged for jumping on that TV stand? Isn’t that the same thing as the stupid Lambeau Leap?
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    The Lambo Leap is grandfathered into that rule.

    The Lambo Leap is allowed – what VD did wasn’t.

  6. trollhammer20 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:36 PM

    Baseball has been a waste for a couple of decades, and basketball? Please. The NBA is interfering in the legitimate moves teams want to make, and has the most corrupt officiating I’ve ever seen (although, to be fair, I’m not a fan of international soccer).

    College football’s “playoff” system is the biggest joke in American sports, and nothing less than a national disgrace.

    The NFL rules, and for excellent reason: It’s the best sport going, and while it’s far from perfect, it’s much better-run than other sports in the USA.

  7. herlies says: Jan 23, 2012 1:43 PM

    Davis showed what he’s all about after that second TD, when he ignored his ecstatic teammates so that he could get some room to do his diva dance.

    Then he snubbed Alex Smith by running right by him on the way to the sidelines.

  8. indycolts1 says: Jan 23, 2012 2:12 PM

    So if the Lambeau leap is grandfathered in then wouldn’t all TD celebration have to be grandfathered in as well?

  9. Deb says: Jan 23, 2012 2:20 PM

    You mean two relatively low-scoring defensive games drew big TV ratings? Goodell must be speechless.

  10. jackntorres says: Jan 23, 2012 2:26 PM

    Davis showed what he’s all about after that second TD, when he ignored his ecstatic teammates so that he could get some room to do his diva dance.

    Then he snubbed Alex Smith by running right by him on the way to the sidelines
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    Fitting how the highest drafted TE in NFL history is the one with seemingly the biggest problems in the head. You’d expect someone with a tough upbringing like Jimmy Graham to have some times when they are socially awkward with the world watching. However, to have this pampered diva live up to his title makes Singletary smile. “I can’t play with him, I won’t play with him.” Best TE in the league? Ha it’s pushing it to say he’s the best 6’3″ TE this year. He’s just lucky Dallas Clark didn’t have Peyton this year or he wouldn’t even have that title. Graham and Gronkowski are miles better than Davis, no doubt about it.

    Bottom line is the world tuned in to watch Alex Smith stink it up with his 12 of 26 passing performance. Glad to see what a real defense can do to the 9ers, and I hope Spags can bring that intensity and intelligence to the Saints next year.

    A good point was brought up a few days ago on Deadspin, that turnovers are one of the most random aspects of the game. So the clock was bound to strike midnight on the 9ers bread and butter. Yes they can hit hard. But Harbaugh needs to teach his players that one of the most successful strategies for scoring points is to get FIRST DOWNS. You know, a team has 4 attempts to move the ball 30 feet? 1-13 on 3rd down is BEYOND embarrassing. What did you expect from a team that kicked 52 fgs in the regular season?

  11. cometkazie says: Jan 23, 2012 2:34 PM

    For once the announcers didn’t drive me up the wall.

  12. winkeroni says: Jan 23, 2012 2:54 PM

    Anyone else wish they’d allow some excessive celebrating and taunting? It seems to be that after the Last Boy Scout was released the NFL has slowly been tightening up it’s taunting and celebrating rules.

  13. rcali says: Jan 23, 2012 3:20 PM

    Why would people not watch free NFL football at home, lockout or not? Free is free.

  14. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 23, 2012 4:19 PM

    Deb says:
    Jan 23, 2012 2:20 PM
    You mean two relatively low-scoring defensive games drew big TV ratings? Goodell must be speechless.

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    I would have to agree and disagree at the same time… I think the fact that we are calling a 23-20 game and a 20-17 game “low scoring” shows that Godell has exactly what he wants…….. Not exactly a blow out but in 2000 or 2002 (Bucs/Ravens last true “Defensive champions”) we never would have called these games low scoring. As a Ravens fan I can remember that 2000 run and thinking the O only needs to score 10, if they score 10 the Ravens will win the game 10-6 or 10-3. In 4 playoff games including the superbowl they gave up a total of 23 points. Not possible anymore.

    The big change in the NFL is that we now expect to see 35-40 points from guys like Tom Brady and anyone with the last name Manning.

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