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Pro Bowl most-watched 'all-star game' since 2009

Posted on: January 31, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 4:44 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The Pro Bowl aired on Sunday to much criticism -- baseball writers were screaming about how awesome their version was, casual fans were complaining, and even NFL heads were bitter at the dismal performance. (In fact, it was so bad, it inspired our "10 ways to improve the Pro Bowl" post.)

But here's some surprising news: it was still really, really popular.

According to an NFL press release, the 2011 Pro Bowl was the "most watched all-star game for any sport since 2009."

Put that in your syringe and shoot it, Bud Selig!

But, no, really: 13.4 million viewers, which is the highest number of Pro Bowl viewers since the 1997 rendition, tuned into watch the NFC spank the AFC in a glorified version of beach volleyball.

While we can't be sure they were hanging around for the thrilling conclusion (Alex Mack's touchdown run), that's still a big number.

In fact, it's the largest number of folks who tuned into an all-star game since MLB's 2009 All-Star Game, which was aided slightly by this guy named Barack Obama throwing out the first pitch.

Pro Bowl viewership was up nine percent from 2010 and up a whopping 53 percent from 2009's game. The lesson, as always? People love the NFL.

Or maybe people just know that with a lockout looming, they need to maximize their chance to watch the sport on live television.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:58 pm

Pro Bowl most-watched 'all-star game' since 2009

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Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2011 12:41 pm

Pro Bowl most-watched 'all-star game' since 2009

It just go to proove that people will sit on their fat asses and watch any worthless football game instead of getting up and working on something around the house.  Who cares!  People also watch the idiots on "Jersery Shore " or whatever the name of that T.V. show with all the idiots from Jersey is called.  That just means that America's population is just getting dumber and lazier, with much lower standard of what is tolerable to watch on T.V.  I personaly did not even have a clue what time it was on, and could not care less what the out come was.  As a matter of fact I still don't know who won, nor do I care. 

I would rather the NFL just turn it into a talent contest like they used to have on odd ball shows.  Have QBs throw balls at moving targets in a certain time.   Have DBs try to deflect balls or pick off passes then run down for a TD in th quickest time.  RBs do obstacle courses.  So on and so forth.  At least it would be entertaining, unlike a game played by people who don't care, don't want to get hurt, and can't even run actual defensive plays, because it is to much to handle.  It is a JOKE, so embrace it and at least make it fun for players and fans.  All the fans want to see is players talents being showcased in some fasion, not standing around playing grab ass in pads. 

Just a humble suggetion from a fan

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2011 6:23 pm

Pro Bowl most-watched 'all-star game' since 2009

2009?  2009!?!?!  Oh my god!  That was like, FOREVER ago!   Cool

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