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NFL Divisional Playoff Games See Boost In Local Ratings

The NFL could see its divisional playoff round have a ratings jump close to 20% compared to last year.



The Kansas City Chiefs’ win over the Buffalo Bills was the subject of conversations on line and on the air on Sunday and Monday. Those conversations were easy in Kansas City, not just because the Chiefs won, but because nearly everyone in town was watching.

The game drew a massive audience in the Kansas City market. The CBS broadcast scored a 55.3 rating with an 85 share.

85 percent of all the televisions on in Kansas City were tuned into the game. In the final 15 minutes of the game, the share rose all the way to 90 percent. Buffalo will most likely post similar numbers as it brought in the NFL’s biggest local TV audience during the regular season, followed by Kansas City.

Not surprisingly, the Bills-Chiefs ratings are expected to be the highest of the weekend. Other divisional games brought in high numbers as well. The Rams-Bucs game on NBC from earlier Sunday earned a 33.1 rating/67 share in Tampa Bay-St. Pete and a 20.4 rating/60 share in L.A.

As for the Saturday games, Milwaukee posted the highest local TV numbers with a 44.8 rating/78 share for the 49ers-Packers game. The San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose market numbers came in at a 28.9 rating/67. The Cincinnati and Nashville markets also brought in respectable numbers for the early Saturday game between the Bengals and Titans. Cincinnati produced a 38.9 rating/75 and Nashville brought in a 36.0 rating/67.   

According to these early numbers, the NFL could see its divisional playoff round have a jump close to 20% compared to last year.

As for local ratings around the rest of the league, 21 of the NFL’s 32 teams posted regular season increases this year. It should also be noted that the Cowboys and Chargers, who are both in the top 5 of TV markets, saw the biggest local TV ratings increases: Chargers games in L.A. were up 25% from last year and Cowboys games in the Dallas-Ft. Worth market were up 23%.

On the other hand, two of the three biggest TV markets were down substantially. New York and Chicago both saw a drop of 14%. Houston, another market in the top 10, had ratings drop 18%. These drops are most likely due to the quality of product on the field as the NFL teams in those cities had less than stellar seasons.

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”



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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”



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Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’



First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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