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Colts-Steelers audience peaks at 10.3 million

Steelers' Antonio Brown evades Colts' Jerraud Powers to score a touchdown in the first quarter of their pre-season NFL football game in Pittsburgh Reuters

The NFL will complain about but ultimately retain the preseason for the same reason the NFL complains about but ultimately retains the Pro Bowl.

People watch it.

An average of 8.9 million viewers tuned in for Sunday night’s non-game game between the Colts and Steelers, with the audience maxing out at 10.3 million between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. ET, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Based on those preliminary numbers, NBC won the ratings battle for the evening.  Even though preseason was and always will be glorified practice.

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21 Responses to “Colts-Steelers audience peaks at 10.3 million”
  1. vikingsvoice says: Aug 20, 2012 7:43 PM

    The tv numbers have never been the issue. It’s the actual game attendance and full price tickets for largely football with backups and reserves.

  2. stonecoldsays says: Aug 20, 2012 7:43 PM

    10.3 mil saw a tremendous bust get exposed and throw pick after pick. This Saturday many more will watch as Robert Griffin proves once and for all why he is head and shoulders the best QB from the draft and that’s the bottom line cause Stone Cold said so!

  3. pftree says: Aug 20, 2012 7:48 PM

    That means 10.3 Million people saw the replacement officials mess up back to back calls that directly affected the score of the game.

    The knee was down, but since when does the ball get placed where the knee touched, and not where the ball was? It should have been the inch line. Followed by a go ahead slide that was definitely not a score since its again, where the ball was when the slide started. But for some reason, that was allowed and even approved by upstairs with no review.

    This is going to be a looong, crazy season until the real refs back.

  4. thetokyosandblaster2 says: Aug 20, 2012 7:49 PM

    That’s 300,000 wanting to see Luck, and 10 million laughing at a Steelers franchise that will finish last in their division.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  5. coltsluckdynasty says: Aug 20, 2012 7:52 PM

    Got to watch 2 great teams, and players! Luck, way to bounce back after a pick 6, and if it would have been a full game, I think Luck wins that game. Antonio Brown is a beast, great receiver, one of my favorite players, that’s not a colt. Florio, I think it’s time to admit the power rankings should move the colts up to let’s say top 10. Bad thing, is you all know it’s coming, the colts will be back!!!

  6. coltsluckdynasty says: Aug 20, 2012 7:56 PM

    Oh, and you are a total douche that’s 10 years old if you actually have a wrestlers name, and end each post with a wrestling quote. It’s ok, I’m sure your mom kept interrupting the game, while you were eating KFC, telling you, son your 40, time to get a job. C’mon mom, it the colts steelers game…..

  7. heracleitus says: Aug 20, 2012 8:00 PM

    @pftree – You forgot whistling a likely scoring play dead for 12 men right before those two calls.

  8. cincinnasti says: Aug 20, 2012 8:17 PM

    I think this is proof that every team should broadcast training camp coverage through channel.. With the ever growing need for instant information. I imagine many people would tune in to find out about injuries, people returning from injuries, scrimmages, etc.. As long as the broadcasting partner tries to add entertainment and emphasis on the more important story lines concerning the team and doesn’t just broadcast videos of passing routes, this would be very succesfull, as is anything concerning the NFL.. MAXIMIZE your dollar Goodell! :D

  9. briang123 says: Aug 20, 2012 8:23 PM

    I am sure most of those wanted to see how Drew Stanton performed.

  10. obama8mydog says: Aug 20, 2012 8:29 PM

    One of the Luck passes that was picked off was right in the bread basket of T.Y Hilton who bobbled it.
    Luck also threw a beautiful pass to Collie who dropped it after he was hit in the head. It was the 4th concussion for Collie and may be the last play of his career

  11. 1bucfan813 says: Aug 20, 2012 8:32 PM

    @stonecoldsays
    I don’t know what Qb you saw but Luck had 1 pick the other was a tipped ball by his own player. RG3 has not done anything this preseason, he is the ultimate bust. What’s going to be the Redskins excuse for being in last place this year. Who are you going to blame?

  12. sesmock says: Aug 20, 2012 8:33 PM

    Stone cold, you didn’t watch the game if you think Luck through pick after pick. He had one that was a fluke bounce. Had Hilton caught it, it would have been another big TD. It definitely wasn’t a game you could look at the stats and make a judgment. He hung in there against a tough defense. He does need some help from his young receivers. Too many drops so far.

  13. eventhorizon04 says: Aug 20, 2012 8:33 PM

    It’s the combination of football being the biggest draw in the USA and the lack of TV show competition for Sunday nights in late summer (i.e., “There’s nothing else good on TV”).

    The only TV show I look forward to this time of year on Sunday nights is Breaking Bad.

  14. 6250claimer says: Aug 20, 2012 8:48 PM

    Collie can ride off into the sunset, undrafted Stanford rookie Griff Whalen looks to be ready to step in and be the next great undrafted WR to overachieve.

  15. stonecoldsays says: Aug 20, 2012 9:16 PM

    All you haters are just jealous of RGIII and his athletic body. In all my years, I have never seen a body as fit and tight at RGIII. I would love to be the center for the ‘Skins hike it to RGIII, if you know what I mean – and that’s the bottom line cause Stone Cold said so!

  16. mavajo says: Aug 20, 2012 9:18 PM

    NFL preseason gets higher ratings than the MLB World Series. Awesome.

  17. youhavenoclue says: Aug 20, 2012 9:32 PM

    The only rookie QB that will be a bust this year is RGIII how can you not see it coming?

  18. footballisfun says: Aug 20, 2012 9:51 PM

    stonecoldsays says: Aug 20, 2012 7:43 PM

    10.3 mil saw a tremendous bust get exposed and throw pick after pick. This Saturday many more will watch as Robert Griffin proves once and for all why he is head and shoulders the best QB from the draft and that’s the bottom line cause Stone Cold said so!

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    One of the dumbest comments I’ve ever read on this board. And that’s saying something.

  19. blackandyellow71 says: Aug 20, 2012 10:16 PM

    Yes Luck only threw one interception, but if caught, the second pick wasn’t going to score. That’s just crazy talk.

  20. slomax10 says: Aug 20, 2012 10:17 PM

    But the fans pay full price……rich keep getting richer

  21. dionoil says: Aug 20, 2012 10:28 PM

    Sick of people complaining about replacement refs. they miss no more calls than the pros. We’re just scrutinizing them too closely.

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