Much has been made about the NFL’s lower television ratings to start this football season.
Some pundits have explained the dip in NFL ratings as merely results from primetime matchups going up against three Presidential debates. Others have reasoned its due to an apparent lack of good football this season. Sunday night’s Seattle Seahawks-Arizona Cardinals 6-6 tie certainly wasn’t pretty.
Even still, ratings haven’t been all that bad. Check this out:
Game 1 of World Series in primetime produced a 12.6 overnight TV rating. Pats-Steelers Week 7 regular season matchup produced a 13.7 rating
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) October 26, 2016
Of course, this was a matchup of two of the NFL’s most legendary franchises, with the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers combining to own 10 of the 50 Super Bowl titles. Both Boston and Pittsburgh are bigger, East Coast markets, but it’s still surprising a regular-season matchup, still in the first half of the year, without Ben Roethlisberger can outscore the ratings of the first game of this World Series, featuring two teams that haven’t claimed the title in decades.