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ESPN football earns record ratings (Patriot-Ravens game made cable history)
Variety via Drudge Report ^ | Dec 5, 2007 | John Dempsey

Posted on 12/05/2007 7:54:01 PM PST by RDTF

More people watched the New England Patriots squeeze past the Baltimore Ravens on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" than viewed any other program in the history of cable TV.

Game drew a total aud of 17.5 million viewers, besting the previous record of 17.2 million set in August by Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2."

The Patriots are undefeated and could end up as the second NFL team ever to go through an entire season without a loss (the Miami Dolphins did it in 1972).

ESPN's Monday cablecast of the Patriots-Ravens bout finished first for the night among programs on all broadcast and cable nets in total viewers and in all of the key adult demographics.

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(Excerpt) Read more at variety.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: espn; football; nepatriots; nfl; patriots; ravens

1 posted on 12/05/2007 7:54:03 PM PST by RDTF
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To: shbox; scott says

ping


2 posted on 12/05/2007 7:55:24 PM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF

At least there were no refs to hose up “High School Musical 2.”


3 posted on 12/05/2007 7:59:07 PM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since 1991.)
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To: RDTF

Even I watched and I find MNF to be almost unwatchable. Next week they have the saints-falcons game. I suspect we’ll have different ratings records for that one.


4 posted on 12/05/2007 7:59:21 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

I caught the last half hour - a real nail biter


5 posted on 12/05/2007 8:03:09 PM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF; 4everontheRight; ABG(anybody but Gore); Abbeville Conservative; admiralsn; akorahil; albee; ..

NFL PING



FReepmail scott says to be added to, or to be taken off the NFL Ping list...


This is a fairly high volume ping list

6 posted on 12/05/2007 8:14:04 PM PST by scott says
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Without a doubt, you are correct!


7 posted on 12/05/2007 8:17:23 PM PST by relee ('Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away)
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To: RDTF

If the Pats can get by their next game with a win they should finish the season undefeated.


8 posted on 12/05/2007 8:33:15 PM PST by evad
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To: Thrownatbirth
At least there were no refs to hose up “High School Musical 2.”

Ouch! That was indeed amazing --- pathetic, but amazing!

9 posted on 12/06/2007 4:40:04 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: scott says

Hmmm, hadn’t thought about ratings, but now that its mentioned it makes sense.


10 posted on 12/06/2007 5:24:09 AM PST by Badeye (Free Willie!)
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To: RDTF

The only one doing anything right at ESPN is the cameraman. Their talking heads suck rotten eggs!


11 posted on 12/06/2007 6:25:43 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Questions are free. Answers are $1. Correct answers are $5.)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
"Next week they have the saints-falcons game. I suspect we’ll have different ratings records for that one."

Then they'll set the record for the biggest 1-week drop off in ratings in cable television history. But I doubt anyone will write an article about that.

12 posted on 12/06/2007 6:28:57 AM PST by RabidBartender (Al-Qaeda doesn't need an intelligence network. They have the U.S. media.)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule
Even I watched and I find MNF to be almost unwatchable.

Count the times that Kornheiser gushes, "Everybody knows...." 

If everybody knows, Tony, why do we need you

13 posted on 12/06/2007 6:40:07 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Niteranger68
The only one doing anything right at ESPN is the cameraman. Their talking heads suck rotten eggs!

Actually, I think Jarworski is a pretty good analyst -- a shame he has to share air time with the obnoxious Kornheiser.

14 posted on 12/06/2007 6:42:58 AM PST by kevkrom ("Should government be doing this? And if so, then at what level of government?" - FDT)
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To: kevkrom

Next season they should get Kornheiser to team up with Bryant Gumble for MNF play by play.


15 posted on 12/06/2007 6:49:07 AM PST by KoRn
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To: KoRn
Next season they should get Kornheiser to team up with Bryant Gumble for MNF play by play.

You mean Thursday nights on NFLN? It would be a step up from Collinsworth, at least.

16 posted on 12/06/2007 6:51:04 AM PST by kevkrom ("Should government be doing this? And if so, then at what level of government?" - FDT)
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To: RDTF

Fantastic game, even if you’re not a fan either way. Certainly unexpected.


17 posted on 12/06/2007 6:55:43 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: KoRn

The ratings certainly were not due to homely Kornheiser. I hope MNF/ESPN doesn’t think that!

I’ll wager the game didn’t have terrific ratings at first, then went sky-high as the night wore on and word spread that it wasn’t the expected pummeling.


18 posted on 12/06/2007 6:58:30 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: RDTF

A team like the Pats are ratings gold right now.

I’ll have a full house to watch the Giants/Pats game 12/29 on the NFL network on my Dish. People are falling all over themselves to bring cases of beer, pizza, snacks etc.


19 posted on 12/06/2007 7:09:15 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: 1Old Pro

thanks for that reminder! I’ll be routing for the Giants :)


20 posted on 12/06/2007 7:12:15 AM PST by RDTF
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To: kevkrom
Actually, I think Jarworski is a pretty good analyst -- a shame he has to share air time with the obnoxious Kornheiser.

I like Jaws too, but he will jump on the touchy-feely side of an issue quicker than you can say "Pollock Bowl".

21 posted on 12/06/2007 7:13:41 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Questions are free. Answers are $1. Correct answers are $5.)
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To: Thrownatbirth


;^D
22 posted on 12/06/2007 7:30:16 AM PST by shbox (BobbyHill: "What's the matter with those people, Dad?" HankHill: "They're hippies, son")
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Game drew a total aud of 17.5 million viewers, besting the previous record of 17.2 million set in August by Disney Channel's "High School Musical 2.",

Meanwhile, back in the real world, "High School Musical 2" alone wipes the floor with not just the "game", but the whole of the NFL!

23 posted on 12/06/2007 7:37:16 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: RDTF

“...The Patriots are undefeated and could end up as the second NFL team ever to go through an entire season without a loss...”

Until they get to Glendale and meet up with the Dallas Cowboys. The outcome will be different in that meeting. The Cowboys learn from their mistakes.


24 posted on 12/06/2007 7:39:09 AM PST by NCC-1701 (PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE I.R.S.)
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To: RDTF; Bender2

Good gosh....you mean it beat out the Packers/Cowboys game on the NFL Network last Thursday? I find that so hard to believe. < /sarcasm>


25 posted on 12/06/2007 1:34:43 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Thrownatbirth

Ohhh...you mean like THIS "hosed" up call that took place 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage? Or are you referring to the failure of the refs to call pass interference on Dawan Landry in the end zone on the same play (as they should have) which would have given the Patriots the ball on the one yard line?

The only thing that was hosed, and Randy Moss alluded to it, was that they let the thugs get away with it for three quarters.

26 posted on 12/06/2007 3:43:42 PM PST by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: rlmorel

Betcha if you come within 10 yards of “Tom Terrific,” they call “roughing the passer.” Count how many times Boller got mauled.

Drinking that N.E. Kool Aid again ain’t you, “Dynasty Man?”


27 posted on 12/06/2007 4:09:20 PM PST by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: big'ol_freeper; Allegra; carlr; wallcrawlr; Tatze; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Larry Lucido; ...
Re: Good gosh....you mean it beat out the Packers/Cowboys game on the NFL Network last Thursday? I find that so hard to believe. < /sarcasm>

Me thinks you are comparing apples and cheese, big!

The article says, "Game drew a total audience of 17.5 million viewers, besting the previous record of 17.2 million set in August by Disney Channel's 'High School Musical 2.'"

Not to take anything away from the Pats/Dirtybird's game, but just recently (Maybe a few weeks, maybe a month or so ago) I saw an article on maybe NFL.com or one of those TV websites, that said that any 2006 Cowboy's game available on FOX, CBS, NBC or ESPN averaged, IIRC, nearly 16 million viewers and in 2007 it was nearly 19 million compared with most NFL games 10 - 12 million draws. That is why all the networks always want Dallas on their schedule. Be it support as American's Team or hatred for Jerry's Boys, they always draw a great TV audience.

I am also sure that if the recent Packer/Cowboy's Thursday Night tussle had been on any other than the NFL Network that reaches only 30 someodd millions homes, the rating would have been much, much higher than the 17.5 million ESPN MNF got for the Pats/Ravens game.

Consider this, the Pack/Dal game got over 10 million views on NFL Network, about one-third of the total homes it was in. If shown on ESNP with its 90 million plus homes available, one-third of that would be over 30 million viewers.

Now, big, take off the cheesebra between games, man! The fumes might be tilting your better judgment!

BTW Anyone know if there is going to be a LIVE THREAD for Da Bears' night time snack of roadkill deadskin?

28 posted on 12/06/2007 4:20:42 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Frank Sheed

Well, you tell me. Looks to me like “Tom Terrific” took some pretty good hits, and no penalty was called. There were at least two hard sacks.

I saw nothing that would constitute a penalty on the Ravens sacking Brady, and there was nothing unclean or late about the way the Patriots put pressure on Boller.

I have no idea what you are talking about. Do you?

As for drinking the Kool Aid, I enjoy watching the game. I am a season ticket holder, and if the Patriots lost on Monday night or lose next Sunday, I am going to be able to go on with my life. It is a game, pal.


29 posted on 12/06/2007 6:44:09 PM PST by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: rlmorel
I have no idea what you are talking about. Do you?

Indeed I do. It is called "karma" and as Lennon said, "it's going to get you."

As for drinking the Kool Aid, I enjoy watching the game. I am a season ticket holder, and if the Patriots lost on Monday night or lose next Sunday, I am going to be able to go on with my life. It is a game, pal.

Indeed it is. I too have season tickets and will be there this Sunday night. Have Steeler dreams, pal!

30 posted on 12/07/2007 4:31:10 PM PST by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: Frank Sheed

What does “karma” have to do with this? You start off by implying “Tom Terrific” is the poster child of the officials who are his guardian angels to protect him from anyone within 10 feet, then you segue into denigrating me as a “kool aid” drinker. I presume you acted in this bizarre way because I had the temerity to point out an obvious and entirely TRUTHFUL point that other people (some of them drinking a “kool aid” of irrational hatred over an opponent in a GAME) have a a mental short circuit over.

It sounds to me like you need to put being a football fan down on the ground and step back ten feet.

Perhaps you should re-read the parts of “Theology and Sanity” you didn’t underline.

On second thought, don’t. You sound like someone who has already spent too much time looking at that stuff.


31 posted on 12/08/2007 6:30:45 AM PST by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: evad
If the Pats can get by their next game with a win they should finish the season undefeated.

**************

You're probably right. Unfortunately, the Steelers are one tough team. We shall see.

I'm going to be a basket case by game time. :)

32 posted on 12/08/2007 6:35:14 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
Unfortunately, the Steelers are one tough team. We shall see. I'm going to be a basket case by game time. :)

yeah...you never know in football but with the Pats I think its pretty safe to say they have the upper edge as long as they continue to play football.

If they start playing conservatively or start holding players out because they want to "preserve" them for the playoffs. they'll be done.

33 posted on 12/08/2007 7:02:24 AM PST by evad
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To: evad
If they start playing conservatively or start holding players out because they want to "preserve" them for the playoffs. they'll be done.

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I don't think they'd do that, but I'm not the coach. Still, I know Brady for one wants to play the entire game, every game. I wouldn't doubt that they all feel the same.

34 posted on 12/08/2007 7:08:00 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
Still, I know Brady for one wants to play the entire game, every game. I wouldn't doubt that they all feel the same.

It never is the players...it's always the coaches.

Case in point..take the Washington Redskins (please take them as Henny Youngman would say)

The Redskins have played a total of 13 games with some interesting stats:
1..With the exception of one game, they have led their opponent in the other 12 games at one time and have managed to lose that lead in 6 games and go down to defeat.
2..Some of those leads were double digit and into the 4th quarter and they still managed to lose.
3..In the games that they won, with the exception of 1, they still tried to lose and barely squeaked by with a win.
4..In only 2 games out of 13 have the Redskins played a full 60 minutes of football. They coincidentally won those 2 games.

Now, for the $64,000 question, what does this tell you??

:-)

35 posted on 12/08/2007 8:23:12 AM PST by evad
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To: evad

Um. Bad coaching? :)


36 posted on 12/08/2007 8:25:52 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
Um. Bad coaching? :)

(Zen is not easy).

You have learned well grasshopper.

Collect your $64,000 as you pass go.

37 posted on 12/08/2007 8:41:55 AM PST by evad
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To: evad

Whew! Thanks! :)


38 posted on 12/08/2007 10:48:05 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

It is so true, that any team can beat any other team on a given day. To be able to go an entire season and maintain the mental and physical discipline it takes to beat ANY team in the NFL is going to be a task indeed.

Sure, it is going to be tough for the Patriots to beat the Steelers, but...let’s face it, it will be just as tough for the Steelers to beat the Pats.

And remember...the Jets, Dolphins and Giants are JUST as much a threat to beat the Patriots on any given Sunday...all it takes is the right confluence of events. And we have ALL seen those events transpire before. The Patriots (and any NFL team for that matter) MUST arrive ready to play in order to win in this league.

There was a famous fighter ace (cannot remember which one) who said that he treated every single opponent he met in air-to-air combat as if he were the Red Baron himself. He NEVER underestimated anyone, and used his A-Game any time he was in a fight. For a team such as the Patriots to go undefeated, they must do the same with their opponents.

That is why it is so tough to undefeated in any sport, the NFL in particular. It just is not possible in baseball, hockey or basketball due to the number of games. It is just so difficult to prepare consistently, mentally and physically each and every contest.

I think the Patriots are good enough to do it...but THEY have to do it.


39 posted on 12/08/2007 5:07:01 PM PST by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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