Admit it, you forgot the Pro Bowl was even on when you were flipping channels on Sunday. Meanwhile, ABC was showing maybe the biggest NBA game of the season with Kobe matching up with LeBron in Cleveland. So what game got more viewers? Sorry Kobe, you might be able to drop 61 at MSG, but it looks like you might never beat the NFL.
(well, I guess the Pro Bowl does have this going for it too)
According to national ratings from Nielsen, the Pro Bowl drew 8.8 million viewers while the Cavs-Lakers game was watched by only 6.1 million. Granted, the Pro Bowl has its share of stars, and people love football, but the game is generally derided as a joke and an afterthought. The Kobe-LeBron matchup, however, was one of the most hyped individual matchups the NBA has seen in years, given their respective heroics in New York earlier in the week. Has the NBA really fallen this far in the eyes of the general public?
It looks like Tony Kornheiser picked the wrong week to possibly insult Mexican dry cleaners. That’s because, according to the FORTH WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, Monday night’s ESPN broadcast of the Cowboys/Eagles game was the most-watched event in cable TV history, drawing in a whopping 18.6 million viewers.
To put that into some perspective, that’s more than 6.5 million more viewers who turned into the first showing of the series finale of The Sopranos. Although I think viewers were probably miffed by ESPN’s decision to have the screen cut to black just as Donovan McNabb released his final fourth down throw. (Some fans think they deserve closure during a game - yeesh.)
Despite the good story and impressive feat of Padraig Harrington winning back-to-back British Opens (as well as Greg Norman being competitive), Thomas Bonk of the L.A. TIMES passes on a shocker: without Tiger Woods, the PGA Tour’s TV ratings are taking a dive.
The details of the tournaments without Tiger, as far as eyeballs on sets go, do not bode well for the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.