Giants-Packers sets ratings record

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It’s almost a surprise at this point when NFL playoff games don’t set ratings records.

The NFL notes that an averaged of 45.1 million viewers watched Packers-Giants, which set the all-time record for viewers for a divisional round game. It beat last year’s Jets-Patriots game by 4%.

The 49ers-Saints (35.6 million viewers) and Broncos-Patriots on CBS (34.2 million) also broke records for divisional round games played on Saturday.

The 49ers-Saints rating shows how valuable a close game can be. It beat Tebow-Brady despite an inferior timeslot. To put the NFL’s dominance in perspective, Texans-Ravens topped the BCS title game by almost 30%.

The Super Bowl, of course, will crush all the numbers above. Patriots-49ers or Patriots-Giants could do an especially huge number.

36 responses to “Giants-Packers sets ratings record

  1. Pats-Giants would have to be the biggest draw. EVERYBODY wants to see that rematch. 49ers v Ravens would probably be a close second. I think both of those games would draw much larger crowds than Pats-9ers…

  2. This is a surprise. While it is always fun to see the the Packers lose, The game was kind of a snoozer. MAybe if GB had shown up

  3. Would Pats-Giants really break it? Thought more would have tuned in to the first one to see possible perfection.

  4. According to these figures Patriots-Giants should probably do the best, so I’d keep an eye on the officiating. The Patriots game in particular will probably put the Patriots in the Packers role if its a close game.

  5. touchdownroddywhite says:Jan 17, 2012 12:00 PM

    Pats-Giants would have to be the biggest draw. EVERYBODY wants to see that rematch.
    I definitely don’t. It’s already been done and I can’t stand Super Bowl rematches. I like the angles of Tom Brady and Belichek going for a SB win, 8 years after the last one, and the 49ers returning to prominence.

    The brother vs brother angle is great, but 99% of people watching the game wouldn’t be able to name ONE player on the field!

  6. The Ravens can expect many close calls to go in the Pats favor. The NFL owes it advertisers the best possible Superbowl ratings. Packers-Pats would have been a blockbuster, thus the confusing calls against the Giants last weekend.

  7. How do they measure the ratings? At what time is the measurement taken? I’ll bet the first 5 minutes of the Tebow/Brady game was high, but after that, not so much.

  8. Giants vs. NE or BAL would both be palpable rematches. NE for obvious reasons, and BAL because the Giants still owe them some get-back from 2000.

    They’d beat either one, though.

  9. The biggest draw would have both a East coast team and a West coast team, So Pats-9ers or Ravens-9ers. Pats-Giants is only what the east wants to see.

  10. On a Saturday, middle of winter, right around drinking time….Of course its gonna draw ratings! What the heck else would there be to watch?

  11. The idea that the Patriots=Ratings, and that the TV rating will be higher if the Patriots play is garbage. People will watch the Super Bowl no matter who is playing, and the media has always been far more fascinated with New England than the general public has ever been.

    It angers me that media outlets are acting as if there’s nothing compelling about this Ravens team. Ray Lewis? Terrell Suggs? The guy from the Blind Side movie? Disrespectful. Any team that makes it this far is compelling, period.

  12. Hard to believe certain matchups really affect the Super Bowl ratings. Everyone I know watches it every year, regardless of who’s in it.

  13. The Ravens have whined about officiating for years, yet replay after replay shows the calls were legit. The fact they play physical yet drew zero penalty flags this past weekend could be attributed to the “squeeky wheel gets the grease” theory, which will be in full effect this weekend. I just hope the officials don’t buckle when the Ravens send players diving at Brady’s knee (regardless of where the play went) like they did in 2009. That was a below the belt move. They were penalized for it but the whining afterward was incessant. You get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, that’s what happens. Remember Bernard Pollard is now playing for the Ravens too. I imagine there will be some head games going on with some blitzes involving Pollard. I’ll not comment on what I think of Pollard.

    Shocking that the Ravens drew zero flags with their style of play last weekend. Perhaps the whining works?

  14. Doesn’t matter who is playing in the Super Bowl. EVERYBODY will be watching. Half the people watching don’t even know who or what teams are playing.. It’s the freakin Super Bowl. Match ups will have no effect on the ratings period.

  15. waxedagain says:
    Jan 17, 2012 12:37 PM
    The Ravens can expect many close calls to go in the Pats favor. The NFL owes it advertisers the best possible Superbowl ratings. Packers-Pats would have been a blockbuster, thus the confusing calls against the Giants last weekend.


    That is an asinine comment.

  16. Defending world champs versus a storied team from New York. No surprise. My favorite team plays in the AFC and I was transfixed.

  17. Eli Manning owns the Pack when it matters.

    Green Bay can have the last 2 regular season wins.

    All you losers up there talked all week. The entire fan base disappeared to their snow mobiles.

  18. The BCS title game was a weeknight (a Tuesday, I think?) and was only shown on cable — EPSN — which, as much as they like to pretend isn’t the case, is a network a lot of people still don’t get.

    Of course Ravens-Texans outdrew the BCS title game: it was a Sunday morning on free, over-the-air “real” network TV.

  19. The rating dominance over the BCS title game may have had something to do with the fact that the college game was only televised on ESPN and the NFL playoff games were available on broadcast networks. I would have watched the BCS game but was unable to because I don’t subscribe to anything more than basic cable.

  20. Let’s face the facts. Many non-football fans watch the Super Bowl due to the pre-game hype about the up coming commercials.

    Given that kind of pre-show hyperbole, re-runs of Gilligan’s Island would probqably draw 75-100 million viewers.

  21. I am sure those big numbers came from all the folks in there ice fishing houses in the middle of a frozen lake

    Fact is there ratings matter get two teams in big markets and that means $$$$$$

    NY #1 Market
    Boston #7
    San Fran #6
    Balt #26

    So for the add money NY NE wins the biggest dollars and while everone watches the game only real fans watch after the halftime show

  22. So the NFL doesn’t need Tim Tebow to draw eyeballs? Yet another story that’s only “news” to people in the media!

  23. Hats off to the Giants-Packers for remarkable viewership. This creates an unexpected problem for the NFL to explain- how do they sweep under the rung the 45.1 million to 1 odds that the one person watching that game that did not think it was a fumble turned out to be the referee? And who on the field overturned the initial fumble call? Was that Leavy as well? You have to have pretty definitive proof to overule, correct? So how was that possible? I thought they did that to negate the return, but suddenly you have a nit wit needing compelling proof to overule (which was obvious) not simply no decision which would have left the fumble call intact. I am curious who the scab was that initially overuled as he is likely the one on the take realizing Leavy does not have the brains or balls to overturn a call. The NFL cannot remain silent as I have never seen such universal outrage, even from Packer fans who acknowledge the calls were embarassingly one sided. Also who was letting Eli take a thrashing well after he threw? Roger Goodell needs to man up an acknowledge the Refs were so bad that an investigation needs to be launched or he looks duplicitous, which is what people are saying already about his relationship with the Packers.

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