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Nearly every person in Seattle was watching Seahawks

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Bigfoot, Ken Griffey Jr. and the ghost of Jimi Hendrix could have carried an NBA team back into Seattle Sunday, and there’s a very good chance no one would have noticed.

Nearly 87 percent of all televisions that were on in the Seattle market were tuned to the end of the Seahawks-Falcons game, according to the Seattle Times.

The game drew a 45.6 rating and a 79 share (the percentage of televisions in use) for the entire game, translating to nearly 1.5 million viewers in the Seattle-Tacoma area.

“It was beyond our expectations,” said Jeremy Dietz, research director at KCPQ. “The last couple of weeks of the season the numbers started spiking. These playoff games were way higher than anything we’ve seen in a long time.”

Dietz said the ratings were the highest of any television program since the Seahawks lost in the Super Bowl to the Steelers in 2006, a game which drew a 54.4 rating and 85 share.

The Seahawks fans were apparently more into the game than Falcons fans as well. In Atlanta, the game drew an overall rating of 39.7 with a 64 share, climbing to a 48.1 rating and a 71 share by the end of the game.

Given the Seahawks’ surge in the standings this year, and a tendency toward exciting finishes, their popularity isn’t a surprise — though those ratings are extreme for any market, for any team.

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56 Responses to “Nearly every person in Seattle was watching Seahawks”
  1. niners816 says: Jan 15, 2013 8:49 AM

    Well of course they were. What were they gonna do watch the Sonics? Oh they get to watch the Niners in the NFC championship game. I love it. Go Niners!

  2. jnammour39 says: Jan 15, 2013 8:53 AM

    that’s an impressive bandwagon

  3. norcalmafia says: Jan 15, 2013 8:55 AM

    Haha..thats cause it rains every day in that miserable city…There isnt nothing else to do but sit around and watch tv..Haha well at least the Seahawks are consistent. …0 rings and counting…I told you to be ready for the pain you northwest lames!

  4. patsfanforlife says: Jan 15, 2013 9:10 AM

    It was 10am on Sunday morning in Seattle. Other than going to church, what else was anyone going to be watching? Meet the Press or NFL playoff football? No brainier.

  5. seattlerogueburner says: Jan 15, 2013 9:11 AM

    Haters will hate (especially that troll, norcalmafia). But Seattle loves our Hawks. We were there at the airport to welcome them home from Atlanta with cheers and support. We show unity. Pride. Sure, no championships. Yet. But we’ll always show our support. And that’s what a fanbase is all about. Looking forward to next season. Go Hawks.

  6. rap49er says: Jan 15, 2013 9:12 AM

    How many people were watching that tired act of throwing the salmon at Pikes Place Market? About as interesting!

  7. myspaceyourface says: Jan 15, 2013 9:15 AM

    They should be excited. I think their team is headed in the right direction. Russel Wilson is fun to watch.

  8. hawks12 says: Jan 15, 2013 9:16 AM

    Love all the 49ers fans here anytime we are mentioned you come droves i cant wait until we make you not relevant again.


  9. fumblenuts says: Jan 15, 2013 9:19 AM

    norcalmafia – What mental facility gave you internet access?

  10. cameltoehoe says: Jan 15, 2013 9:25 AM

    Looks like Seattle had everything in place,….except a competent Coach. What’s his deal?

  11. jr4real says: Jan 15, 2013 9:30 AM

    How couldnt you watch. Great QB. Great story. Not a seahawks fan but i wish they won.

  12. ravenmuscle says: Jan 15, 2013 9:30 AM

    If the stupid defensive coordinator didn’t play a SOFT ZONE or a PREVENT defense in the last minute there is no way Matt Ryan completes that LOOOONG sideline pass that set up the field goal. Just plain stupidity to let the Falcons come even close to getting a shot at that field goal.

    Of course that makes up for the totally UNDESERVED touchdown???? they were given by that stupid replacement ref in that Packer game. You can’t be laying on the ground and place your arm AROUND the defenders body, simply put one hand on the ball and be GIVEN a touchdown.

  13. russellwilsonsighting2013 says: Jan 15, 2013 9:41 AM

    It feels abhorrent to say it but congrats to the 9er fans. See you next year. Cant wait to watch the next great qb duel. Go hawks

  14. blowpackblow says: Jan 15, 2013 9:52 AM

    They must not have Directv out there, a slight sprinkle and my tv connection goes out.

  15. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 15, 2013 9:53 AM

    It’s not easy being a Seattle sports fan. We’ve been conditioned to suffer through crappy sports teams and some of the worst owners and management in all of sports (Paul Allen and the current regime excepted). Seattle’s a great sports town though with very loyal fans, so it’s very excitable to finally have a team with some relevance. Too bad we lost but I don’t think Seattle fans have ever been so optimistic about a team as we are about the seahawks next year.

  16. azarkhan says: Jan 15, 2013 9:54 AM

    Congratulations to the Seahawks and their fans. You have an excellent team, an excellent young QB, and a great future.

  17. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 15, 2013 10:01 AM

    Seattle does have good fans, no one can argue that.

  18. seahawksbmx says: Jan 15, 2013 10:03 AM

    The Seahawks’ season is done.
    The Packers’ season is done.

    Can we now be done with Fail Mary references?

  19. trollhammer20 says: Jan 15, 2013 10:05 AM

    Give people a product worth watching, and they’ll tune in.

    As a fan since the Zorn to Largent days, this is the most complete team Seattle’s ever had, and clearly the best front office. Three years into the Holmgren regime, Mike was still trying to figure out who his QB was and also trying to fix the defense. Three years into the Carroll/Schneider regime, we’ve got the second-youngest team in the league, and a QB who can bring his team from 20 points behind, in the fourth quarter, on the road, in the playoffs.

    That’s some must-see TV, right there. Yeah, the ending sucked, but to answer the gladiator’s question of “Are you not entertained?”, yes….yes, I was. Looking forward to seeing the front office fix the pass rush, add a weapon for our brilliant young QB, and seeing this team take another step forward next year.

  20. 2difshoe says: Jan 15, 2013 10:06 AM

    As a Bear fan, I like this Wilson kid, nice to watch a player who appreciates the game more than the paycheck, for now at least. Looks like football is his passion and he craves winning.

    Good for the people or WA. Is this crazy world it’s nice to have something nice to look forward to, winning football in Seattle. Hope this kid has a long, healthy career.

  21. madpunter88 says: Jan 15, 2013 10:08 AM

    Don’t think for a second that the Seattle Mariners haven’t at least considered signing Russell Wilson…

  22. fafaflunky says: Jan 15, 2013 10:19 AM

    the only thing to come out of seattle was nirvana a.i.c and pearl jam..

  23. musicman495 says: Jan 15, 2013 10:37 AM

    harrisonhits2 says: Jan 15, 2013 10:01 AM

    Seattle does have good fans, no one can argue that.
    If by “good,” you mean loud in an artificially engineered sound environment, then yes. If by “good,” you mean some of the biggest loud mouth trolls in the NFL (to go along with their loud mouth coach and some – not all – loud mouth players), despite never having won squat, then yes, they have very good fans.

  24. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 15, 2013 10:39 AM

    I’ve lived all across this great country of ours (D.C., Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, Nashville, and Charlotte), and I can honestly say, the Seattle area is the only region of the U.S. I’ve seen that follows football as passionately as we do in the South. That’s why their stadium is always in the running as the loudest in the NFL and it’s why the city comes to a standstill for the Seahawks. (Honorable mention to Green Bay, a town as passionate about their team as any. The Seattle phenom is more noteworthy simply because you’re talking about massively more people.)

  25. oreo51 says: Jan 15, 2013 10:53 AM

    The weather in Seattle this last weekend was clear and sunny. The mountains were inviting. Those that chose not to go snow skiing were watching the game. Seattle loves sports. 68,000 show up to see soccer.

  26. mungman69 says: Jan 15, 2013 10:55 AM

    Seattle is a fine, but wet, city with a lot of good fans. Looks like that Defensive Coach is going to Philly. Seahawks will miss him.

  27. hooterdawg says: Jan 15, 2013 10:56 AM

    Typical Sunday morning in Seattle -lay around smoking dope and watching cartoons …I mean Seahawks.

  28. hittinhawks says: Jan 15, 2013 11:11 AM

    Idiocracy. I read these posts on a daily basis and realize how abusurd some comments are. Jesus men grow the hell up. A few of you sound like whiny 11 year olds who need to get popped. Sportsmanship and respect are some key components in manhood.

  29. hawks76 says: Jan 15, 2013 11:33 AM

    Can’t believe still bring up packer game. Here is the my dad and family are from Green Bay and like I told Rodgers sacked 9 times they didn’t deserve to win. Once we had our offense going we would have blown them out they are a bunch of winers just like the niner fans on here

  30. goldenperspective says: Jan 15, 2013 11:34 AM

    42-13… big deal. Cheat Carroll is 1-3 vs Niners. Niners are in the NFC championship game for the second year in a row. NFC West champions for the second year in a row. It’s ok though, you can hang on to that meaningless regular season game like you won the SB. Not hating on the Hawks, they are good, but some of their fans are outlandish and unfounded.

  31. granadafan says: Jan 15, 2013 11:39 AM

    Too bad, Seattle. I was looking forward to an epic playoff rematch between my Niners and Seahawks. I’m quite impressed with Wilson, but like our QB just as much.

  32. 8man says: Jan 15, 2013 11:39 AM

    We were all tuned in…and we live in Baltimore.

    Great year for an exciting young team. Better play in the first half and they win that game.

  33. jammer88 says: Jan 15, 2013 11:44 AM

    No doubt the Stinkhawks are the most over-rated team in the NFL. Every 5 or 6 years they make a playoff run and they get way too much credit, but then after their one and done stint in the playoffs, they go back to playing regular ole Stinkhawk football. Show me 3-4 consecutive winning seasons back to back before you come screaming to me that your team, the Stinkhawks are the best thing since sliced bread. Look for a 3-13 or at best a 5-11 upcoming season.

  34. southpaw79 says: Jan 15, 2013 11:48 AM

    You know things have gone bad when fans start their trash talking with ” next year”.

  35. seattlecoug says: Jan 15, 2013 11:54 AM

    Seahawks won the NFC West 4 years in a row (2004-2007) – then again in 2010 — 5 Division titles in 8 years… but don’t let facts get in the way of a good troll….

    And also were in the playoffs as a Wild Card in 2003 and 2012 — 7 playoff teams in 10 years. Yeah, no SuperBowl wins (very disappointing), but to say that the Hawks haven’t been a consistently good team/playoff caliber is stupid. But you’re probably a Raider or Cowboy fan so that goes without saying.

  36. thegaterecords says: Jan 15, 2013 12:08 PM

    Seahawks fans; explain to me again how the Seahawks are gonna beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship game and go on to win the Superbowl….y’all are laughable

  37. acmepacker says: Jan 15, 2013 12:16 PM

    hawks76 says:
    Jan 15, 2013 11:33 AM
    Can’t believe still bring up packer game. Here is the my dad and family are from Green Bay and like I told Rodgers sacked 9 times they didn’t deserve to win. Once we had our offense going we would have blown them out they are a bunch of winers just like the niner fans on here
    And this just as decided maybe I liked the Hawks a little. Hittinhawks said it well.

  38. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 15, 2013 12:16 PM

    If they weren’t watching the Seahawks all those same people would have been watching cartoons that day. You can’t go outside in Seattle at this time of year.

  39. InFact says: Jan 15, 2013 12:21 PM

    Incorrect & false headline should instead correctly read:

    Nearly every TV watcher in Seattle watching Seahawks’ game…….NOT nearly everyone……

  40. audient says: Jan 15, 2013 12:27 PM

    I was tuned in. Between the last rookie QB standing and the Falcons rap for failing to win the big game, it felt like watching two underdogs. Great game. Breathtaking finish. I’m sorry someone had to lose.

    I admire that kind of fan dedication. It reminds me of how it once was here in Cleveland, and hopefully will be again someday soon.

  41. glac1 says: Jan 15, 2013 12:54 PM

    You never, never ever take a time out to “ice” a kicker. It gives him time to settle in….

  42. clickablecontent says: Jan 15, 2013 12:58 PM

    I’m a lifelong 49ers fan and division rival. The Hawks won me over a little bit with how they played Sunday. Seattle is a great sports town.

  43. humpofdc says: Jan 15, 2013 1:01 PM

    I am glad the team will be sitting at home watching the rest of the playoffs with the fans. They talk too much crap. Trent Williams put dude in his place….SMACK!!!!!

  44. mtmk0586 says: Jan 15, 2013 1:07 PM

    To bad the coach had to ruin the ending!

  45. rukkus1 says: Jan 15, 2013 1:10 PM

    Fun season… looking forward to september already, but we had a fun ride this last year. Its been fun to watch all the love and hate as well. Especially here on pft. See you all next year! Now that we are out i wanna see the 9ers rip it up so the nfc west can get some well deserved recognition…

  46. kinguga says: Jan 15, 2013 1:17 PM

    In Atlanta, the story is presented this way:

    More people watched the Falcons-Seahawks than the Bama-UGA SEC Championship game.

    That’s damn impressive when you consider how huge college football is in the South.

  47. themackstrong says: Jan 15, 2013 1:29 PM

    The Seahawks have amazing support here in the northwest. I can’t even remember the last time a game was not sold out and we had 2 or 3 years of real struggle. Ignorant fans come on here to talk trash but never have been to a game at Century Link (still miss saying Qwest Field). The energy is truly electric and the fact every single person is screaming their hearts out creates best home-field advantage in sports “The 12th Man” Would have loved to see them in the Superbowl but I believe they secure top seed next year and get home-field.

  48. time2speakup says: Jan 15, 2013 1:36 PM

    time2speakup says: Jan 4, 2013 7:24 PM
    The Seahawks are a good team. In fact, a very good team. However, for them and the sake of their fans, I really hope they didn’t completely buy into their own press-clippings following their drubbing of two of the very worst teams in football – and the whupping they put on the Niners in the one stadium that should be banned by the NFL. With a 1-8 record in these scenarios (road playoffs), I would not get too hyped if I were them.

  49. wnstonchill says: Jan 15, 2013 1:57 PM

    I don’t blame them. When you’re Bear fan, like me, it’s fun to watch a team like the Seahawks, who know how to maximize their QB’s talents!! 😉

  50. bengalsucker says: Jan 15, 2013 2:14 PM

    The fans dubbed them the Super Bowl winners before the playoffs even started. How’s that working out for you?

  51. calicokiller49 says: Jan 15, 2013 2:40 PM

    Legion of whom……?

  52. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Jan 15, 2013 3:06 PM

    how many tv’s were tuned in to the first game of the year? the seventh? thought so. how many more people watch a team when they’re on a run in the playoffs does not equal how big the core fanbase is, or how many football fans there are in a given market. bandwagon fans: there’s your definition…

  53. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Jan 15, 2013 3:10 PM

    living in portland for 12 years. from wisconsin. i’ve gone to the same sportsbar every year of the 12 to watch the packers. never seen hardly any seahawks, or 49’ers fans until this year… just an observation.

  54. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 15, 2013 3:18 PM

    bengalsucker says:
    Jan 15, 2013 2:14 PM
    The fans dubbed them the Super Bowl winners before the playoffs even started. How’s that working out for you?

    Yeah, and no other team in football has fans that spout stuff like that to get a reaction out of people like you.

  55. hendeeze says: Jan 15, 2013 5:28 PM

    “But Russell thew a interception with time running out, JUST like last time! Why didn’t we win?” Said all of Seattle

  56. joetoronto says: Jan 16, 2013 6:04 AM

    Soft city, soft team, soft fans.

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