Cowboys-Steelers On Fox Becomes Highest Rated Game Of The Year

Monday, December 08, 2008


Despite going up against the season finale of The Amazing Race on CBS, NBC's Sunday Night Football game between the Skins and Ravens turned out to be the most watched program yesterday night. NBC's coverage averaged just over 12 million viewers, versus 10 million plus from the Amazing Race, but it wasn't nearly as impressive as FOX's coverage of the Cowboys-Steelers game.

According to Sports Business Daily, FOX pulled a Cowboys-Steelers drew a 17.0/31 overnight, which made it the highest NFL rating this season. However, according to Media Life Magazine, the BCS Selection Show following the game didn't fair so well....

The network got a huge lift from NFL overrun at 7 p.m., with much of the country watching the Pittsburgh Steelers’ exciting final-minutes triumph over the Dallas Cowboys. Fox averaged a 7.6 in the hour, by far the highest rating of the night.

At 8 p.m., the half hour “BCS Selection Show” averaged a less-impressive 3.9 rating, off 9 percent from last year’s 4.3. Still, it easily won its timeslot even against the start of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

In the marquee announcement, Florida and Oklahoma received bids to the BCS national title game, to be played Jan. 8 on Fox.

As a reminder, all ratings are based on live-plus-same-day DVR playback. Seven-day DVR data won’t be available for several weeks. Twenty-eight percent of Nielsen households have DVRs.
Ouch. I guess the fact that everyone already knew the matchups ahead of time didn't help, but you would think a few more people would have turned in. Last year's attempt was pretty pedestrian, and while I still can't stand the giant "reveal" that they try to pull off and all the commercials, I did watch a few minutes of it before the Skins got destroyed by the Ravens. I don't know how to fix it because learning about five games just isn't all that exciting. Maybe they should have skipped the "OT" and gone straight into the BCS Selections, so they could avoid crossover with the Sunday Night game.

Fox takes Sunday, powered by pigskin (Media Life)

(P.S.- The Pammy Nominees will be coming tomorrow with the regular season winner likely announced on Wednesday)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:50 PM

18 Comments:

As I said yesterday, for the first time....probably ever Buck showed some emotion for a regular season game. Called the INT for a TD very well.


Too bad the Pats/Seahawks shut me out until the end of the game that was shown as bonus coverage.

SSReporters said...
Dec 8, 2008, 5:19:00 PM  

Anyone remember what the ratings ended up being for the Pats GGGGGG-Men game from last year

Frank said...
Dec 8, 2008, 5:35:00 PM  

How to fix it? Subtract Chris Rose.

GMoney said...
Dec 8, 2008, 5:46:00 PM  

the bcs selection show is so unnecessary. half an hour to announce a few football games. there's WAY too much filler.

/american idol and dancing with the stars results shows

-dan

-dan said...
Dec 8, 2008, 5:52:00 PM  

Anybody who know anything about college football knew the matchups of the 5 BCS games. I was more interested in the other bowls. The selection show was a waste of time.

walnuts said...
Dec 8, 2008, 6:08:00 PM  

That'll be fixed next year. the BCS Selection show will likely be on ESPN on ABC as Pasadena hosts the 2010 game. And it will air at 5 PM ET/2 PM PT.

JamesCraven said...
Dec 8, 2008, 6:11:00 PM  

And AA, that picture, it's soooooo disturbing, I'll copy it and make a link in the most recent Football Night in America live blog to it.

JamesCraven said...
Dec 8, 2008, 6:32:00 PM  

Just so everyone knows, I'm live-blogging MNF tonight at my website.

www.fireandyreidnow.blogspot.com

We'll be getting started at 8:30.

JFein said...
Dec 8, 2008, 7:21:00 PM  

I was at the Stillers game, what a finish, don't give up on Ben. Sheer pandemonium in Heinz, it was the loudest I've ever heard it there.

Not the coldest, though...that would be the 04 AFCCG against the Pats. Oh man, that was fucking COLD.

hollywood wags said...
Dec 8, 2008, 7:44:00 PM  

Cowboys-Steelers will always produce high ratings, because of their fan support. The fourth quarter was awesome! And I'm sure that most of America got what it wanted. Another collapse by the so-called America's Team.

Anonymous said...
Dec 8, 2008, 8:05:00 PM  

Hey everyone! I've got to backtrack here to the Raven'Skins game. At the end of Ed Reed's game sealing interception, he went to the turf on his own and held up the ball for Santana Moss to take. HE WAS NOT DOWN! Why was that play blown dead, and more importantly, why is nobody raising hell about such a HUGELY BLOWN CALL?!! Nobody anywhere is saying a word. What's going on???

Anonymous said...
Dec 8, 2008, 11:37:00 PM  

Steve Young under attack on Sportscenter!

Anonymous said...
Dec 8, 2008, 11:48:00 PM  

Holy crap. I'm just going to assume the Steelers fan in that picture is now dead.

Jay said...
Dec 8, 2008, 11:56:00 PM  

Steve Young got cups bombed on him and Emmitt is looking around to take names

questionmark said...
Dec 9, 2008, 2:51:00 AM  

I just have to comment about this...I'm watching NFL Replay Real-Time on NFL Network where they show the big plays in every game.

Don Criqui did the Titans/Browns game and they just showed a clip where Don Criqui said:

"Collinsworth is picked off...Chris (pause) Kerry Collins."

Hilarious. I can't believe he did that; guess that's why he's the 8th announcer.

Anonymous said...
Dec 9, 2008, 2:59:00 AM  

The guy who doused himself with a drum full of ice and water is the beer vendor in the section of the stadium. Go to the black and gold blog section of the post gazette website.

Anonymous said...
Dec 9, 2008, 4:10:00 AM  

But that means he didn't have to do stuff like that. Because of what the bozo did, he's going to lose his job at Aramark for making an ass of himsefl on TV in the cold.

JamesCraven said...
Dec 9, 2008, 4:11:00 PM  

I definitely watched The Amazing Race over the pregame show and BCS reveal. Although I'm glad the Gators officially made it.

mtjaws said...
Dec 9, 2008, 6:39:00 PM  

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