The Colts-Jets AFC Championship Game on CBS drew a 26.3 rating and 46.9 million viewers, the most viewers for an AFC title game in 24 years. Fox's airing of the Saints-Vikings NFC Championship Game drew a 30.6 rating and 57.9 million viewers, the second-largest audience for any conference title game, behind the 68.7 million viewers
During the regular season, each NFL broadcaster increased its numbers, from ESPN (up 20.2 percent) to NBC (16.7 percent) to Fox (12.4 percent) to CBS (6.1 percent) and the NFL Network (48.4).
"In terms of why the ratings have been so good this year, for many years the NFL had gone through the trend of declining ratings that you see across a lot of other network sports and network day parts," CBS Sports and News president
"From a broader sense, the game of football gets more and more attractive and more popular every year," McManus continued. "There is something about NFL football when some people have less time to go out of their homes, some people have less money to go out of their homes, some people have more obligations to stay home, it just seems to be the No. 1 attraction. If they are going to watch something on television during the week, they are going to watch NFL football. ... It is an amazing story in television that a sport and a television property can be that successful year after year."
Why is McManus smiling this week? Because his network airs the Super Bowl, which I'll predict will be
"We want to keep growing the amount of homes we're in," Petitti said. "We are still very new. The more hardcore fan will find you first, and our goal is to spread that out and appeal to the less intense fan."
"I'm not doing this as a journalist; it's entertainment," Courier told SI.com. "They know I'm not going to ask anything controversial. I'm not going to ask anything I wouldn't ask myself. You can only express yourself so much playing tennis. This is a chance to show some personality. A guy like
Courier, who covered the U.S. Open for CBS, said the real reason it works is because of Federer: "He sets the example. Other players see him, see how he expresses himself and how he's so giving of himself and say, 'Oh, I guess that's how it's done.' "
Of course, not everyone is
"I've never seen a quarterback at an All-Star game like this that had
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GE has said NBC expects to lose $250 million on the Vancouver Olympics -- the network bid $820 million for the Games -- and as
Last week, I asked ESPN executives if James should have pulled himself off the broadcast. "While we recognize this was a complex and evolving issue, we would have preferred that Craig alerted us earlier, and he understands that," said
I appreciate Williamson's response, but the timeline remains unsatisfying. The James family clearly had an issue with Leach before the matter became public in late December, and Craig James has worked in broadcasting long enough to recognize that impartiality was an impossible standard here. Viewers need to hear from him on this before the start of next season.