NFL outdraws DNC on television

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It might not have been the best game, particularly the best first half, but it was still deemed more popular than the Democratic National Convention.

Last night’s Cowboys-Giants game on NBC drew an audience of roughly 23.9 million people, according to early Nielsen ratings reported by Politico.com.

On five other other broadcast and cable networks, former President Bill Clinton was talking, and as popular as he might be, he can’t touch the NFL.

From 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., roughly 20 million people watched his speech, which was carried on ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and Fox.

This is not to say we’re looking for political nonsense in the comments. We’re not. Just pointing out that football won last night by a significant margin, if not a landslide.

51 responses to “NFL outdraws DNC on television

  1. Obviously. Nobody cares about politics except for the rich and who will give them the biggest tax reduction. Went it all boils down, your “vote” does not count. And who is the lesser of two evils.

  2. We’ve been without competitive Football since February.

    We’ve been bombarded non-stop with political rhetoric non-stop all summer long.

    No competition, really.

  3. Well, predicting that one would’ve been the easiest call of the year. The crowd has always wanted the gladiators more than speeches from the politicians.

  4. I hate both parties, but maybe the Dems would have been wise to plan the DNC like the Republicans did BEFORE the regular season started. I don’t know how the political jockeying goes in regards to such a situation though, did Romney an Co. call “dibs” on going first or is there some “rule” saying they couldn’t have had it already as to not compete with something that will always trump it in viewers?

  5. At least he didn’t lose to Honey Boo Bear like the pathetic Romney and evil Ryan did. Not that’s pathetic. I’ll give the average jarhead who picks NFL over Clinton a pass. Most of the 20 million are sorry Cowboy fans. (AKA Texas morons)

    Honey Boo

  6. You’re kidding me; bread and circus beat out politics in America? Who saw that coming?

    Not that politics would beat out bread and circus under any circumstances, but those conventions are useless pep rallies and have little impact on our political system except to herd the sheep on both sides. Anyone with half a brain shouldn’t be able to stomach either convention, so its an easy choice.

  7. mjkelly77 says:Sep 6, 2012 3:55 PM

    I think this speaks more to the intellectual level and lack of perspicacity of the average NFL fan.

    Said the guy on an NFL blog

  8. That’s EXACTLY why this game was moved up to Wednesday…. the President speaks tonight and the game would have outdrawn him too.

  9. 3 million more is a landslide? it seems close to me. and west coast watched the speech after the game.

  10. The NFL can out draw anything, I don’t think what it did outdraw is relevant.

    Thats like trying to find relevance in the fact that a Ann Romney speech cant outdraw Honey Boo Boo on You Tube.

  11. I turned over to what the speeches at half. Although I love football – there is plenty of football on this year and for the next 4 years. I for one felt it is important to be educated in my decision for the country going forward in a couple months.

  12. We can only hope numbers like these will force the politicos to decide that it isn’t worth the time and money to continue with these over blown pep rallies. Especially since it’s tax payer money paying for it. What a waste.

  13. This was obvious. I mean who wouldn’t rather watch football over taking part in our democracy and playing a role in its future. I watched the game on my iPad and watch both RNC and DNC on my tv.

  14. We’ve been waiting for NFL for 7 months. You can always record or get the rundown on speeches. Sports is always best live; you never know what will happen.

  15. The deciding game of a Yankees playoff series was outdrawn by two winless teams playing on MNF some years ago. The DNC had ZERO chance.

  16. “harbor6261 says: Sep 6, 2012 4:25 PM

    I turned over to what the speeches at half. Although I love football – there is plenty of football on this year and for the next 4 years. I for one felt it is important to be educated in my decision for the country going forward in a couple months.”

    ========
    Educated?
    You already know what’s coming. 4 more years of trillion dollar deficits if you buy what they were selling Wednesday nite from a former president who disgraced the office.. Or did you forget Monica?

  17. I can think of one thing less interesting than a convention speech, peoples political opinions in comments sections of sports websites.

  18. Let’s be realistic. The only people that watch the conventions are people from that party which cuts the potential audience in half. Then add in a spattering of people from the other end of the spectrum that are looking for reasons to exploit what that party said. Now subtract the people that figure they’ll get the blow by blow of the convention on CNN later, watch the speech on YouTube or read it in the paper. It’s more interesting to watch football live and then catch up on the politics later. In surprised it was as close as it was in the ratings. The opening football game vs. an introductory speaker? Not even a contest.

  19. The schedule for both the republicans’ and democrat’s are made a few years in advance, and the NFL makes there season schedule the same year as the games are play except the post season, the league would have done the same if the republicans were on schedule this year for tonight, like it or not about 51% of the voters will pick one or the other, the league don’t want to piss off either one, end of story. Did I mention that Scabs are a cancer on the league? Bill p.s. the Dolphins are going to tear up the league this year, relax, just kidding, enjoy supper.

  20. No one and I mean no one should be surprised by this. The NFL has been the top dog for over 40 years and when you pit 2 popular franchises against each other in prime time you will outdraw everything. The NFL rules. Like many have said you can dvr or watch speeches at a later time, with Football and basically all other sports watching it live is much better than watching it after the fact.

  21. I grew sick of watching or listening to Bill Clinton in like 1998. I’d watch old Brian Bosworth highlight reels before I spent 5 minutes on anything Clinton. Football is back!

  22. mjkelly77 says: Sep 6, 2012 3:55 PM

    I think this speaks more to the intellectual level and lack of perspicacity of the average NFL fan.
    _______
    I think your comment speaks more to your ostentatious egocentism than to the intelligence of anybody in America. catquick said it perfectly without any of your pretentious grandiloquence: “Football is fun.” A national convention, or really any program simulcast on PBS and C-SPAN, is the opposite of fun.

    On top of that, you used the word perspicacity wrong. Perspicacity applies to solving puzzles or applying logic to situations. the phrase you were looking for was “lack of intellectual fervor”.

    Served.

  23. @kiopta1
    ignorance? laziness? I beg to differ. I, like many people, would rather not sit around and listen to people blow smoke up my ass. If you feel the need to be “informed” of the grand plans that the democrats have for you then enjoy but dont call people ignorant and lazy.

  24. “Thats like trying to find relevance in the fact that a Ann Romney speech cant outdraw Honey Boo Boo on You Tube.”

    For what it’s worth, CNN’s live Bill Clinton speech can’t draw better ratings than “Honey Boo Boo” either, according to hollywoodreporter.

  25. *UPDATE (6:09 p.m.): According to the final Nielsen ratings, which include PBS and Current TV, a grand total of 25.1 million viewers watched the Democratic convention, more than the 23.9 million who watched the opening game of the NFL. Excluding PBS and Current TV, NBC’s ratings were still higher than those of ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.

    -Article Cited as the source in the original post.

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