And it wasn’t even close. In fact, this was like Alabama playing Western Carolina.
NBC, though, couldn’t resist noting the healthy margin of victory.
However, not so fast NBC. John Ourand of Sports Business Daily reported the World Series did impact NBC’s rating for the New Orleans-Green Bay game.
Gee, wonder if Ourand’s source works at a network that has an interest in October baseball….?
Anyway, it hardly comes as a surprise that SNF trounced the World Series. In some cities, it really was bad. Take for instance, my town, Chicago.
Locally, the football game did a 12.2 compared to a meager 4.7 for the World Series. OK, some of it had to do with the regional interest in the Packers, although many Bears fans are in full bail-mode after the disaster in New England. But a 4.7 for a World Series game in a two-team baseball town is ridiculously low.
Meanwhile, in Dallas, Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News had this:
All five NFL games broadcast locally topped Game 5 of the World Series.
New Orleans 44, Green Bay 23, Channel 5 @7:30 p.m. — 14.1
Seattle 13, Carolina 9, Channel 4 @noon — 14.0
Arizona 24, Philadelphia 20, Channel 4 @3 p.m. — 11.8
Pittsburgh 51, Indianapolis 24, Channel 11 @3:25 p.m. — 7.0
Detroit 22, Atlanta 21, Channel 4 @8:30 a.m. — 6.6
WS: San Francisco 5, Kansas City 0, Channel 4 @7 p.m. — 6.2
Yes, Dallas is a football town. However, it is worth noting Dallas still had a better rating for the World Series than Chicago.