This week’s Hard Knocks performs well in Pittsburgh

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Schadenfreude sells.

HBO has announced the viewership for the third episode of this year’s Hard Knocks, and one line from the press release resonates most loudly: The ratings for Tuesday night’s show in Pittsburgh outpaced the national average by more than three times. This means that Steelers fans enjoy watching the train wreck that former Steelers receiver Antonio Brown‘s time in Oakland at times seems to be on the verge of becoming.

The nationwide viewership for the third episode “was almost identical” to last year’s third episode featuring the Browns, with 776,000 premiere-night viewers.

That still marks a 12.5-percent decline from last week’s audience of 887,000.

These are premiere-night numbers only. Viewership of the first episode, which debuted at 879,000, has grown in the last two weeks to 3.7 million.

Still, the sharp drop suggests that interest has waned through three episodes, even though last night’s edition became the first one in which the Antonio Brown situation received more than cursory, check-the-box treatment.

33 responses to “This week’s Hard Knocks performs well in Pittsburgh

  1. They might want to grab some Humble Pie while viewing too. I get it, people slow down to look at a car wreck. However, I remember a guy named Moss that “played” his way out of Oakland with many pundits declaring he might be done, or at least a shell of the player he was with the Vikings.

    The Raiders salvaged what they could for a disgruntled diva WR, got a 4th (spent on a DB that didn’t make the team or at least wasn’t there for more than a cup of coffee) and sent Randy packing. We all know how that turned out.

    Maybe a change of scenery will help AB too.

  2. Yep.

    The personification of ‘addition by subtraction.’

    When the Steelers were winning their fifth and sixth titles, they were a close-knit team. They often referred to their ‘band of brothers’ mentality during that time. In the ultimate team sport, you need all parts to be on the same sheet of music. It was that cohesion and willingness to “play for each other” that garnered them two Lombardis in four years.

    Antonio Brown was a cancer to that brotherhood. The ultimate prima donna. More concerned with selling his ‘Business is Boomin’ merchandise than helping the team win titles. He may be the most talented wide receiver ever to don the Black and (Pittsburgh) Gold but he’s far from the most valuable. I’ll take Hines Ward over AB any day. Same with JuJu. AB’s talent could never outweigh the problems he brings to an organization. Just like Terrell Owens. A Hall of Famer who made every team he went to worse in the long run.

    I just hope that, as great as his career in Pittsburgh was, AB is never honored in the 412. The dude is, indeed, a clown. The off-the-field issues, the locker room distractions, the on-the-field tantrums . . . glad he’s gone. Farewell to his little blonde mustache and his frostbitten feet. He and his ego are gonna be a problem in Oakland. Unfortunately, for Raider Nation, the helmet issue is gonna continue to be an issue. They don’t make helmets big enough to go on that clowns head.

    I think some of these dudes lose sight of the big picture. What will their legacy be? AB was chasing Jerry Rice’s numbers with a Hall of Fame quarterback for maybe another few years. AB would have been a legend in the Burgh. Now he’s an unwelcome clown. I’ve met a lot of former NFL stars and I can assure you that they still absolutely adore the attention they still get from the fan base. If you don’t think AB cares, just read his recent tweets where he asked, “If I leave, will fans still love me?” On behalf of the Burgh, I can assure you that answer is a resounding nope.

    When things inevitably go south in Oaktown, I can assure you that in the Burgh, just like the better part of the past forty-seven seasons, business will still be boomin’.

  3. I watched one episode. It was boring. The only thing I took away from it is that Jonathan Abram seems like a jerk. He’s rude and disrespectful. Otherwise, the show was pretty mundane.

  4. How is a team that’s 2-0 considered a train wreck? Funny those salty Steelers fans can’t move on. Enjoy your 6-10 season and keep those tears coming, we at Raidernation enjoy them

  5. I can’t wait for AB to start flipping out when Carr doesn’t get him the ball or throws a bad pass. The best is yet to come!

  6. raidernation210 says:
    August 22, 2019 at 6:45 am
    How is a team that’s 2-0 considered a train wreck?
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    You do realize it’s still the preseason? I know…I know… your team hasn’t been undefeated for a long…LONG time but slow your roll until the games count.

    BTW 6-10 looks like where your Raiders are headed this season.

  7. It’s been boring. Especially since they’re glossing over Brown’s poisoning of the team.

    Also, I agree with previous poster on how incredibly arrogant and disrespectful rookie, J. Abram is. If he was in a regular job and spoke like that to a high ranking boss during his first few days on the job, he’d be out on his butt.

  8. @buckstalion12965 says:
    August 22, 2019 at 8:58 am
    It’s been boring. Especially since they’re glossing over Brown’s poisoning of the team.

    Also, I agree with previous poster on how incredibly arrogant and disrespectful rookie, J. Abram is. If he was in a regular job and spoke like that to a high ranking boss during his first few days on the job, he’d be out on his butt.
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    I get what your saying but can we stop comparing NFL to “regular jobs”? NFL proves week after week, season after season that what they do in their employer/employee relationship just does not compare. Having said that, the kid in question did come off like a jerk. Bt if he can play…he will be tolerated.

  9. Raiders are 2-0…thanks for starting my day with a laugh! And one of those was against a totally revamped Cardinals team starting a rookie QB.

  10. Steeler fans are either lying or delusional to say that they are “glad” Brown is gone. The media has taken this story and run with it for all they are worth. If Brown catches 8 passes for 120 yards and a score in week one, no one will be talking about “helmet gate”. I think the guy is a clown, but fans have very short memories.

  11. Someone once said “true happiness comes not only from your own successes but the failure of others as well.” Steeler fans tuning in for the AB train wreck pretty much embodies that.

  12. watched em all so far and it’s super clear the raiders are blocking all their real feelings from coming to light….gruden is saying “all the right things” like he supports brown… pretty sure they only showed the mayock all in all out part only cause it’s alreay been covered by every sports outlet…

  13. Easily the worst season of Hard Knocks ever. Gruden is cringe worthy. The team is not interesting. I’m generally fascinated with this insider stuff and have watched every episode of every season. I could not even make it halfway through episode 2 this season and have taken it off my DVR queue.

  14. If less than a million people are tuning in.. The show is a dud. Here’s a nugget of truth. The Raiders aren’t nearly the brand we think we are. “Raider Nation” is more like Raider City.

  15. raidernation210 says:
    August 22, 2019 at 6:45 am
    How is a team that’s 2-0 considered a train wreck?

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    Wait…..are you gloating about preseason wins? Lame….

  16. LA_to_the_Bay says:
    August 22, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Maybe a change of scenery will help AB too.

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    Seems like it so far.

  17. fishfan77 says:
    August 22, 2019 at 9:26 am
    Steeler fans are either lying or delusional to say that they are “glad” Brown is gone.

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    Not glad his production’s gone. Definitely glad I don’t have to wonder when his next blow out will be or if he’s going to go nuts and actually hit a baby with furniture this time, though. Raider fans can have that all day.

  18. fishfan77 says:
    August 22, 2019 at 9:26 am
    Steeler fans are either lying or delusional to say that they are “glad” Brown is gone.
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    I could say those that have not followed the Brown saga over last few years are delusional to think that the vast majority Steelers’ fans would not be estatic that Brown is gone. The delusion comes in thinking that Brown is done with the helmet thing, and then, when he finally is, he will find something else to rant about.

  19. fishfan77 says:
    August 22, 2019 at 9:26 am
    Steeler fans are either lying or delusional to say that they are “glad” Brown is gone.
    ===========================

    I could say those that have not followed the Brown saga over last few years are delusional to think that the vast majority Steelers’ fans would not be estatic that Brown is gone. The delusion comes in thinking that Brown is done with the helmet thing, and then, when he finally is, he won’t find something else to rant about.

  20. LA_to_the_Bay says:
    August 22, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Maybe a change of scenery will help AB too.
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    It might, and if it does, good for him. But he sure ain’t makin’ it easy on the Raiders.
    Take Lev Bell for instance. He got out of Pittsburgh, and has for the most part, kept his head down.

  21. Not going to lie. I’m shocked that the most reasonable person in the cast of characters has been Richie Incognito.

  22. “How is a team that’s 2-0 considered a train wreck?”
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    A sure sign your team has been awful for a very long time when you start counting preseason wins.

  23. I watch every season of “Hard Knocks.”

    Not sure how the normally stellar production team at HBO is making the Raiders and the AB circus look boring, but they have succeeded thusfar.

    Honestly, I am probably not going to keep watching this year.

  24. “Not sure how the normally stellar production team at HBO is making the Raiders and the AB circus look boring, but they have succeeded thus far.”

    Raiders have to sign off on everything before it can be included in the final cut.

    I have a feeling the Raiders PR team is basically those fat twins from Good Morning Vietnam that censor just about everything that Robin Williams’ character was allowed to read on air.

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