Thursday, September 12, 2013

In Case You Forgot, The NFL Is Still King

Week one of the NFL is in the books and it is clear that the NFL is still the undisputed king of television.  The NFL dominated television ratings Sunday and Monday as America proved how football crazy they really are as they helped the NFL and its television partners break records like Peyton Manning.

According CBS DC, the compelling storylines of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s return from a serious knee injury and the Philadelphia Eagles’ innovative, frantic offense under new head coach Chip Kelly (combined with the background aura of Monday Night Football of course) helped the game draw a enormous 11.6 overnight rating. This big number set an ESPN ratings record for opening night MNF contests with the previous record holder being a 2010 opening contest between the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets.

Sunday’s slate of NFL games performed even stronger as the rematch of the 2012 NFC Divisional playoff game between Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers and Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers drew a 16.6 rating and was watched by over 28.5 million people according to FOX. The number was FOX’s biggest opening day rating of all time and was the most watched television program since the Academy Awards back in February. Rival CBS had success as well as it earned an impressive 11.2 rating for its regional games (there were no featured contests this week), which was its highest mark in 14 years.

If these numbers prove anything, it is that the NFL is so ingrained in American culture that even concussion lawsuits and murderous players cannot break America’s love affair with the pigskin. 


Aaron J. Coleman is currently a sport management major at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA minoring in Communication (with a focus in Public Relations). He was born and raised in Upper Marlboro, MD, a suburb outside of Washington, DC. He is currently a supervisor for Drexel’s Intramural Sports program and also an intern for the Arena Football Legaue’s Philadelphia Soul franchise. He covers the Chicago Bulls, New York Yankees, and Washington Redskins (his favorite squads along with the Washington Capitals and Drexel Dragons) for Follow Aaron on Twitter @shutupCole

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