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Game 5 ratings rout Monday Night Football

Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:15 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 6:18 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Game 5 of the World Series and the Monday Night Football game between Baltimore and Jacksonville were close on the field, but the two head-to-head games weren't close on the Nielsen scoreboard.

Fox earned an 8.8/14 household rating/share for Game 5 -- the same as last year's clinching game, while ESPN has asked Nielsen to go back and count the hanging chads of its overnight rating because the 5.8 would be an all-time Monday Night Football low. The Jaguars defeated the Ravens 12-7 on Monday.

The Associated Press reports that Fox knocked off CBS in the ratings for the last week because of baseball, with three of the first four World Series games finishing in the top 10 for the last week. Only the Game 3 blowout wasn't in the top 10. Game 4 also beat the Sunday night NFL game on NBC and baseball is 12-1 in the ratings over the last 21 years when the World Series goes up against an NFL game in primetime.

Listen, I'm not naive and saying baseball is more popular than the almighty NFL in this country, there's no question the NFL is king. But it's just silly to hear things like even in the comments section of a baseball blog about how "nobody" is watching this World Series or that Dallas/Ft. Worth is a "small market" or some other such nonsense. Baseball is more of a regional sport, with regional allegiances playing into the ratings more than other sports, while the national obsession with betting and the NFL keeps its numbers high. Game 5 drew a 46.9/64 share in St. Louis and Dallas had a 40.0/58 share -- the highest ever local rating for a Rangers game and better than the ratings for every game of the NBA Finals featuring the Mavericks. Baseball has its problems, that's for sure, but the constant whining about ratings and who is or isn't watching the games is just getting old, tired and inaccurate.

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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:19 pm

Game 5 ratings rout Monday Night Football

that monday night game was like watching a rerun of the denver miami game. the fact that the home team was honoring the visiting teams players was bad enough but then pile on top of that the actual game. im not sure you could get an uglier game. but it was.  

and why does a team whose owner bails them out of a blackout every home game getting monday night home games??? they are being rewarded with buying out their own tickets?????????   the gags should never have the priviledge of getting a monday night game and yet they get two this year.  until they can sell their own tickets without giving them away or the owner buying them out for every game for two years in a row this team should never be featured on any special game. 

and then they played the game. i switched to the baseball game in the middle of the second quarter. couldnt take the crap any more. what a horrible display of football.  both teams should be embarrassed and fined.

 who picks the games on monday night football??? the same idiots who design those awful nike uniforms college football is wearing??? 


Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 1:32 pm
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Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:13 am

Game 5 ratings rout Monday Night Football

Both Texas and St. Louis could outscore the Jaguars on any given night too.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:22 pm

Game 5 ratings rout Monday Night Football

World Series or.... Jags? I will take baseball. Had the game been Packers/Steelers or Patroits/Jets? I think the World Series losses. I was watching the Rangers on the Armed forces Network!

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 9:53 pm

Game 5 ratings rout Monday Night Football

That last monday night football game is atrocious,the one who put those schedules should be fired by now, one should know that they should put up the marquee games on monday nights not the bad games of bad teams on that day. Would rather see that Jets game rather than that one they shown last time. And i agree the game five of the WS are better than that bad game by the Ravens.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:03 pm

Game 5 ratings rout Monday Night Football

If Game 7 goes up against the Eagles-Cowboys...there's a very good chance the SNF game wins that.  The primetime games the past 2 weeks have been fairly awful, I barely watched any of them.

At this point in the season, the only teams that are worth watching in the NFL are the Packers, Saints, Patriots, Eagles and a local team if you're a fan of theirs.  The Steelers, Ravens and Jets are generally awful to watch.  Anybody in the suck for Luck is not worth watching either. 

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:56 pm

Game 5 ratings rout Monday Night Football

ESPN is bad for Monday night football.  My brother and I was talking and stated Monday night football should go back to being a priviledge again.  NO WAY Jags ever belong on Monday night football.

Basically Playoff teams should be on Monday night, instead Sunday nights are now the premiere game.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:40 pm

Game 5 ratings rout Monday Night Football

I would hope game 5 of the World Series would be a bigger draw than Jacksonville/Baltimore, a victory by the Cardinals may not have won the series outright but a 3-2 advantage heading back to St. Louis for the last two games would have been huge.  Still, the ratings only turned out that way because for a football game that had very low expectations to begin with the Ravens and the Jaguars pretty much put out the least impressive game day effort I've seen in years.  1 net yard passing for Baltimore in the first half?  Jones-Drew incapable of holding onto the ball?  Coach Del Rio happy because Gabbert didn't throw an interception?  The guys in the scheduling office decided to throw MLB a cookie because if Monday night had been Dallas at New England the ratings rout would have been in football's favor.  Just about the only baseball match up that would have beaten that is if the Cubs are in the World Series playing either the Yankees or the Red Sox, and that will set all time ratings records.  Theo, make it so!

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