No wonder the NFL is looking to bring a team back to Los Angeles — in football TV ratings, the size of the teams’ TV markets does matter. Take last night’s Philadelphia Eagles-Chicago Bears 54-11 blowout in a face-off between the home teams of the No.3 and No.4 markets in the country. Despite the game posting the most lopsided outcome so far this season, with the Eagles taking a 21-point lead after the first quarter, the game still managed a 12.5 rating in the metered-market households from 8:30 PM-11:15 PM — up 15% from last week’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers, representing TV markets No. 23 and 34. NBC is projected to win the night in 18-49 and total viewers.
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The halo effect from the success of NBC’s The Sound Of Music live staging is spreading to the 1965 movie. Last night’s rebroadcast on ABC drew 6.5 million viewers and a 1.3 in AD18-49 on ABC — up 25% in total viewers and 18% in 18-49 from last year. This was the movie’s most-watched airing in 6 years and highest-rated among 18-49 in 3 years – since 2007 and 2010, respectively. The only non-sports original offering last night was CBS’ 60 Minutes (1.8), which was delayed by an hour in most markets by the Patriots/Ravens NFL game and is running 20% ahead of last week.
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