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Ratings up for Week Three Thursday night game

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The bad news is the game stunk (except for Patriots fans). The good news is that the numbers didn’t.

Via John Ourand of SportsBusiness Daily, Thursday’s Texans-Patriots game generated an overnight rating of 12.5. That represents an increase of five percent over last year’s 11.9 for the Week Three game between Washington and the Giants.

While not a major jump, it’s a welcome sign for the NFL following a string of seven prime-time games featuring dramatically lower ratings than the apples-to-apples comparisons from 2015.

The trend could continue on Sunday night, given the presence of the Cowboys in the main prime-time game of the week. Come Monday night, however, the viewership for Falcons-Saints undoubtedly will drop, perhaps dramatically, as the game conflicts with the first presidential debate.

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37 Responses to “Ratings up for Week Three Thursday night game”
  1. barsfordays says: Sep 23, 2016 11:12 AM

    Bill Belicheck has announced that the Patriots will start the stupidest commentor from PFT as their QB next week.

    “Oh God im screwed” – thepftpoet

  2. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 23, 2016 11:12 AM

    Everyone was waiting for the demise of the Patriots ……Haters gonna have to wait another year…..Three games into the season with a three game lead and a 10 day mini bye Bbefore Buffalo comes to town , then Brady and Ninkovich are back……..

  3. jchipwood says: Sep 23, 2016 11:14 AM

    Apparently cheating gets good ratings. Why not these days apparently breaking the rules and laws are the trend.

  4. joetoronto says: Sep 23, 2016 11:16 AM

    Hats off to the Pats, what they’ve done is nothing short of amazing.

    Bill Belichick has to be considered as the greatest HC of all time, IMO.

    Bring on the Bills.🙂

  5. pastabelly says: Sep 23, 2016 11:16 AM

    The ratings would have been higher if Brady had played. The end result wouldn’t be much different.

  6. brettfavrecellphone says: Sep 23, 2016 11:17 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Sep 23, 2016 11:14 AM
    Apparently cheating gets good ratings. Why not these days apparently breaking the rules and laws are the trend.

    __________________________

    This type of jealousy makes the win more fun.

    Keep it coming!

  7. marima07 says: Sep 23, 2016 11:17 AM

    All those viewers who tuned in to see the Patriots get the Texans treatment must be kind of ticked off this morning. Maybe next year. …or next decade.

  8. weepingjebus says: Sep 23, 2016 11:21 AM

    The Patriots have one of the largest fan bases in the league, including millions on social media alone, and were ranked #1 by an independent analytics firm that modelled fan interest and spending. If they show up, the league benefits. But apparently Goodell would prefer to cost the league tens of millions of dollars a week and have calls for his firing chanted during postgame shows on his own network to the point that the host herself was grinning about it.

  9. doritodink14 says: Sep 23, 2016 11:21 AM

    Okay chip, how did the pats cheat this time?

  10. kovodisc says: Sep 23, 2016 11:25 AM

    The coffee is extra bitter this morning for all the Patriot Haters. I didn’t even need to put sugar in mine this morning…already sweet enough!

  11. cobrala2 says: Sep 23, 2016 11:25 AM

    I don’t think the game stunk, I think Bill O’Brien and Brock Osweiler stunk.

  12. TheAfterParty says: Sep 23, 2016 11:28 AM

    If football is on, then people will watch!

  13. typingofthedead says: Sep 23, 2016 11:28 AM

    out of curiosity, do these decreasing ratings numbers take into account the increasing number of people streaming games from their cable providers websites, or espns website, etc?

  14. jchipwood says: Sep 23, 2016 11:33 AM

    doritodink14 says:
    Sep 23, 2016 11:21 AM
    Okay chip, how did the pats cheat this time?
    ________________________________________

    Not saying they are but as history shows us it wouldn’t be a surprise.

  15. vdogg says: Sep 23, 2016 11:36 AM

    If you put winning teams on in prime time games football fans as well the local fans will watch….not rocket science…

  16. Davo says: Sep 23, 2016 11:38 AM

    That’s because everyone tuned in to see the Patriots get a spanking on prime-time TV. How’d that work out???

  17. I_Just_Like_Typing_Comments_That_Wont_Get_Published says: Sep 23, 2016 11:38 AM

    Ratings were probably up until about 20 minutes left to play. The people have been salivating to see the Patriots get absolutely destroyed on national tv, and they all tuned in for it. Then when it wasn’t happening they all went back to mom’s basement…

  18. nhpats says: Sep 23, 2016 11:41 AM

    Goodell is going to have to ban BB from the league as he give the Patriots and unfair advantage.

    Does anyone not believe that if the Rams and Pats swapped coaches that Jeff Fisher would not turn the Pats into an 8-8 team? Does not believe that BB would have the Rams contending for a SB?

  19. realfann says: Sep 23, 2016 11:48 AM

    Presidential CANDIDATE debate

  20. patsfanintn says: Sep 23, 2016 12:03 PM

    Chip, since you’re all about cheating. go to

    YOURTEAMCHEATS to see who’s doing what.

  21. ezpkns34 says: Sep 23, 2016 12:05 PM

    Love them or hate them, the Pats are a ratings draw

  22. pfarblog says: Sep 23, 2016 12:08 PM

    Television ratings for NFL football are down for several reasons.

    Cord cutting: The growing number of people who don’t have pay television service or streaming service such as Sling which allows for ESPN and NFL channel to be viewed.

    Less NFL football on free tv: For the first 2 Sundays, only one network in my area carried a game at 10am and 1 pm. Last year, a game was on 2 networks at 10 am and sometimes at 1 pm.

    Politics and Football: The current rise of football and protests have turned some viewers off. In my case, at the beginning of the season, I was going to spring the $40.00 per month to be able to stream ESPN and NFL network so I wouldn’t miss any games. I have reversed my decision because football has lost some luster for me. I watch because I enjoy the game and it takes me away from reality and problems. I’m not interested paying $40.00 per month to not be able to escape the political crap going on right now. I think many people share this view.

  23. toybkshr says: Sep 23, 2016 12:12 PM

    Not too surprised ratings were up:

    Two 2-0 teams (same conference)
    The 3rd string QB hype that occurred the last few days

    and most importantly a significant amount of fans outside of NE buying into the majority of pundits/talking heads explaining why the Pats would lose this one

  24. patfanken says: Sep 23, 2016 12:14 PM

    Chip, the ONLY one who is cheating here is YOU. All you do is troll Pats threads and yell cheat, cheat, cheat when you know NOTHING about the real story behind spygate and clearly NOTHING about deflategate where everyone in the country now agrees that the only thing that deflated ball was the weather.

    Several Nobel Laureates wrote an amicus brief to try and explain middle school science to judges who don’t care about right or wrong and just about whether Goodell has the right to be an idiot.

    So YOU are the cheater, liar, hater, and troller. You are so insignificant that I am highly ashamed I even acknowledged your sad, sad, existence.

  25. aballinhighgrass says: Sep 23, 2016 12:24 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Sep 23, 2016 11:21 AM

    The Patriots have one of the largest fan bases in the league, including millions on social media alone, and were ranked #1 by an independent analytics firm that modelled fan interest and spending. If they show up, the league benefits. But apparently Goodell would prefer to cost the league tens of millions of dollars a week and have calls for his firing chanted during postgame shows on his own network to the point that the host herself was grinning about it.

    ——————————————————

    You sir, nailed it. Hearing the fans chant for Goodell to be fired on his own network should catch on league wide. Every fan base should follow the lead of the Patriots’ fan base and make this a weekly thing.

  26. imodan says: Sep 23, 2016 12:30 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Sep 23, 2016 11:14 AM
    Apparently cheating gets good ratings. Why not these days apparently breaking the rules and laws are the trend.
    ——————————————————————
    Chippy I enjoy messing with you because I figure the team you cheer for is so absolutely pathetic your one joy in life is trolling the greatest dynasty in NFL history. I find it sad actually. That said I would respect you more if just once you took off your troll hat and gave Belichick and the Patriots some credit. I know deep in your heart you don’t really believe most of what you post but that it’s a survival technique to get through the next 14 Dolphins games. Try it Chippy, the truth will set you free.

  27. aballinhighgrass says: Sep 23, 2016 12:31 PM

    I’m a Giants fan but live here in NE and have come to admire the Patriots over the last 20 years. I’ve never bought all that cheating nonsense.

    What I saw last night was all about an exceptionally well coached, extremely talented and disciplined team literally beating up on a lesser team. And by lesser, I mean lesser in every facet a team could be lesser. The Texans don’t stink, but they did last night, and for that the credit goes to the Patriots.

    However, as good as the Patriots played last night, that performance will not be good enough against the league’s heavy-weight teams. That performance will not beat the Steelers or the Broncos.

    When the Patriots get Brady and Ninkovich back, along with a healthy Gronkowski and Dion Lewis, and assuming the offensive line stays healthy, I would favor the Patriots in any game they play, anywhere its played. Any team, anywhere, any time.

  28. grumpyoleman says: Sep 23, 2016 12:43 PM

    The Redskins vs the New York team was a dud. Many people tuned in last night to see Gronk come back and see how the 3rd stringer did. Ratings will slide again next week unless there is some big stories to grab our attention.

  29. csb28 says: Sep 23, 2016 12:45 PM

    Lots of people tuning it to see the Pats lose. Too bad.

  30. csb28 says: Sep 23, 2016 12:47 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Sep 23, 2016 11:14 AM
    Apparently cheating gets good ratings. Why not these days apparently breaking the rules and laws are the trend.

    Is that all you got?

  31. factschecker says: Sep 23, 2016 1:03 PM

    I noticed last night that every time BB wiggled his ears, the Texans would fumble. I also have heard he has a secret satellite network that when properly linked in orbit it makes Houston defenders hug our receivers leading to pass interference.

    I can’t believe how many fools think he’s actually a good coach just because he’s been coaching in the NFL since 1974 and has been studying the game since he was 8 years old and personally owns the biggest collection of football books in the world. Like any of that would make a guy a great coach? Baaaaaahhhh. He has to be cheating. He just has to be.

  32. ebdug says: Sep 23, 2016 1:09 PM

    At least the NFL’s lowest rated broadcast is holding it’s own.

  33. questionableprovenance says: Sep 23, 2016 1:33 PM

    The ratings were up, methinks, for several reasons:

    a) to see what BB would pull out of his hat this time

    b) to enjoy a little schadenfreude at Goodell’s expense

    c) because everybody assumed it would be a football game and not a political demonstration.

    I think the last factor was the most important. Football is immensely popular. Politics – not so much.

  34. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 23, 2016 1:51 PM

    I heard this morning that Goodell’s head resembles a giant pimple and the tiniest pressure will cause it to explode.

  35. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 23, 2016 2:02 PM

    Ratings will slide next week b/c the game is NFL Network (pay TV) only.

  36. bucandball says: Sep 23, 2016 2:16 PM

    Of course the ratings went up. Millions of people wanting to see the Pats fail, other millions hoping the rookie 3rd stringer can pull it off. Washington/Dallas just doesn’t have that kind of drama.

  37. jag1959 says: Sep 23, 2016 8:50 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Sep 23, 2016 11:14 AM
    Apparently cheating gets good ratings. Why not these days apparently breaking the rules and laws are the trend.
    _________________

    It’s sad you can’t tip your cap to a great team and enjoy watching them. Being a fanboy of one losing team is keeping you from enjoying and appreciating a historically great team. I am a Giants guy but that didn’t keep me from appreciating the ’85 Bears D even when it was eliminating them, the same with the great Niners and ‘Skins teams nor does it keep me from enjoying watching the Patriots. Greatness is where you find it. No amount of jealous hate is going to change that but it does keep you from enjoying it.

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