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Pro Bowl draws 12.5 million viewers

AFC's Rivers of the San Diego Chargers looks to throw the ball during the NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu Reuters

It may be a glorified exhibition, but the Pro Bowl is still NFL football, which means it still draws big TV ratings.

Last night’s Pro Bowl got 12.5 million viewers for the AFC’s 59-41 victory over the NFC.

To put that in perspective, the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star game had 11 million viewers. Baseball’s All-Star game is usually treated as a great sporting tradition while the Pro Bowl is usually treated like a second-rate game of flag football, but in the end, more people watch football. At this point, the NFL isn’t capable of drawing anything other than strong TV ratings.

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34 Responses to “Pro Bowl draws 12.5 million viewers”
  1. staff2cj4td says: Jan 30, 2012 4:15 PM

    would of had about 16 million if Matthew Stafford was there instead of the turnover box cam newton!!!

  2. souldogdave says: Jan 30, 2012 4:16 PM

    It’s rigged for the O, calling it flag football is a kindness. The D doesn’t even try, it’s a joke. I didn’t watch it, none of my friends bothered, it’s really bad football.

  3. coldplay519 says: Jan 30, 2012 4:22 PM

    There is absolutely no way that 12.5 million people etched any more than 15 minutes of the Pro Bowl. McCoy’s “walk to the line of scrimmage” and the lines playing patty cake was enough to make me turn it off after five minutes. Terrible TV.

  4. elvoid says: Jan 30, 2012 4:23 PM

    For the first time ever, I tuned in to the Pro Bowl. After watching O and D lineman play patty-cake with each other for about 10 minutes, I turned it off.

    Seriously – name the “all-star” players at the end of the year – give them that recognition. But please, just kill this silly, useless game.

    These guys are too valuable to risk injury, so I understand the half-speed attitude. It’s just silly to make them go through the motions. Might as well put flags on their hips.

  5. homelanddefense says: Jan 30, 2012 4:24 PM

    I know its an all star game, but the d linemen werent even trying. Literally standing up and not moving. After Revis allowed Fitz to catch that second TD I turned it off.

  6. wtfchiefs says: Jan 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    Just because a lot of people watch something doesn’t make it quality TV.

    The Pro Bowl sucks

  7. ingraven says: Jan 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    Correction….”12.5 million disappointed viewers”…

  8. bearsstillsuck says: Jan 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    Next year we should all boycott it.

  9. joesuhunka says: Jan 30, 2012 4:26 PM

    They actualy should have it be a flag-football game. Would be more fun – maybe through some punt/pass/kick kids in there for a couple of plays.

  10. turdfurgerson68 says: Jan 30, 2012 4:27 PM

    Everyone realizes this game is a joke, but how does a QB who throws for 5,000+ yards in a season NOT get invited to play in this game???

    5,000 yards!!!

  11. waxedagain says: Jan 30, 2012 4:29 PM

    The MLB All Star game is played in the middle of the summer, while the Pro Bowl is played in the dead of winter. You tell me which event is likely to attract more couch potatoes.

  12. footballprophet says: Jan 30, 2012 4:31 PM

    Do you really expect anyone to believe 12.5 million people watched that trash they called football yesterday. Cut me a brake

  13. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Jan 30, 2012 4:32 PM

    I stopped watching after 12.5 minutes

  14. grogansheroes says: Jan 30, 2012 4:49 PM

    I watched about 2 minutes. Seeing the lines stand up and waltz after each snap, made me wonder why they even bother playing the game. I’ve seen powder puff football with more hitting and intensity. Just name a pro bowl team, cut them a check and be done with it. No one will bow out from the check.

  15. rcampore says: Jan 30, 2012 4:49 PM

    maybe 12.5 million viewers in the first 5 minutes…then it probably dropped down to like 5 after everyone realized the game was being played in super slow motion

  16. tdk24 says: Jan 30, 2012 4:50 PM

    If Stafford had played, i would have watched something else. So i’m glad he didn’t play, it was a fun game to watch. Stafford would have been chasing Dalton back to the locker room all huffy about his strong handshake.

  17. mksnpcola says: Jan 30, 2012 5:04 PM

    Very nice to see Brandon Marshall CAN catch Touchdowns. Now how about doing it for the Dolphins! His praise of the Pro Bowl QBs was stupid. How about the fact that nobody covered you. I’m 50 and I could have thrown those.

  18. bunjy96 says: Jan 30, 2012 5:08 PM

    When was it on?

  19. i10east says: Jan 30, 2012 5:15 PM

    Bad as the Pro Bowl was this year, it’s still better than this year’s BCS Championship game. College football is a joke.

  20. stewballz92 says: Jan 30, 2012 5:17 PM

    Tim Tebow should have been in it. If Tebow, Stafford, Romo, Flacco, and Hasselbeck were in it, there would be 1 billion views. DAMMIT!!!

  21. thedingo8 says: Jan 30, 2012 5:17 PM

    how can you have an all star game without tebow…this isnt football ..cmon man..

  22. jhumbe says: Jan 30, 2012 5:19 PM

    Cam Newton definitely did not deserve to be there and looked lost… Stafford or Cutler would’ve been better choices

  23. kingjoe1 says: Jan 30, 2012 5:19 PM

    Who? I hang with many hardcore football junkies and not one watch this mess. I have a hard time believing this is accurate.

  24. steelhammer92 says: Jan 30, 2012 5:21 PM

    Why are the writers on this site so friggin obsessed with comparing the NFL to the MLB in every other article. Seriously, we get it. Football is more popular in American than baseball. Just because people follow the NFL, doesn’t mean they can’t follow the MLB as well. Let it go already.

  25. laeaglefan says: Jan 30, 2012 5:22 PM

    Any resemblance between the Pro Bowl and NFL Football is purely coincidental.

  26. jkearse2005 says: Jan 30, 2012 5:38 PM

    I turned it on for 3 minutes seen Andy Dalton in the game laughed and turned it off, do I get included in the 12.5 million???

  27. chipper41 says: Jan 30, 2012 5:58 PM

    Pro football needs an all-star game just have it be anything but a football game. A golf tournament, baseball game, basketball game, monopoly. Have the stars compete. Just don’t let them play fake football.

  28. realitypolice says: Jan 30, 2012 6:00 PM

    Hilarious.

    I am actually a baseball fan, not as much as football, but still.

    But how humiliating that a meaningless exhibition game that featured offensive and defensive lineman standing around with their hands on their hips while QBs waited for recievers to come open, and a QB attempting to drop kick an extra point would out rate the MLB All-Star game, which DETERMINES HOME FIELD FOR THE WORLD SERIES.

    Takes me back to the summer time, with all of the outrage about the lockout and all of the people on here angrily proclaiming that they were done with the NFL forever.

    How’d that work out for ya?

  29. packerman1968 says: Jan 30, 2012 6:02 PM

    That number was for the first 3 minutes of the game, i am sure it dropped by 50% after that.

  30. yerdoneson says: Jan 30, 2012 6:12 PM

    In the beginning they were waltzing. With Cam Newton playing in the 4th quarter, the AFC linemen were really getting after him. There were a lot of big hits in the 4th quarter. Cam Newton was under constant pressure, and you could really tell the AFC wanted that extra 25k.

    ..but I guess you guys wouldn’t know since you only watched 15 minutes of the game.

  31. hawkitnow says: Jan 30, 2012 6:20 PM

    And I’m sure that number dropped dramatically after the first offensive series.

  32. laeaglefan says: Jan 30, 2012 6:29 PM

    Joke as it might be, the Pro Bowl will continue to be played as long as they fill (or mostly fill) the stadium and they get the TV revenue. Its all about money for the NFL. On the other hand, they don’t want a star player getting a torn ACL in a meaningless game, hence the modified rules and lack of effort on the part of the players. Its a bigger sham than the preseason exhibition games. At least in those games, you’ve got rookies and bubble players seriously playing for a job.

  33. buzzbissinger says: Jan 30, 2012 10:09 PM

    Yeah right, 12.5 million people turned on their TVs, realized the Superbowl is on next week and changed the channel. Sorry MLB, no one cares.

  34. steelerfan9598 says: Jan 31, 2012 6:09 AM

    Moving it to the ‘off’ week before the Super Bowl was a great idea. Plenty disagreed but, that’s two years in a row with respectable ratings.

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