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Ravens’ thrilling win in Denver demolishes CBS records

Street Talk Ravens’ thrilling win in Denver demolishes CBS records

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Fans in Baltimore weren’t the only ones excited with the outcome of the Ravens’ thrilling double overtime victory over the Broncos – CBS executives were jumping up and down as well.

An average of 35.3 million viewers tuned in to watch Ray Lewis extend his retirement tour by another week as he clashed with another NFL legend in Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos. The average was up 3% from last season’s 34.2 million viewers that tuned in to see ratings machines Tim Tebow and Tom Brady face off in what became a 45-10 route at the hands of the Patriots.

After kicking off at 4:30EST, the highest rated period came almost four hours later between the times of 8:00 and 8:30, with 40.8 million viewers. That was when Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker converted on a 47-yard field goal 1:36 into the second overtime period.

Here’s some perspective on how well ratings for this game were over previous matchups: for a Saturday AFC Divisional Playoff game, the 35.3 million average viewers was the highest in the 26-year period since CBS started keeping records.

According to an ESPN poll, every state in the United States except Maryland picked the Broncos to beat the Ravens. The large CBS ratings will make Ravens fans smile, knowing that most of those who tuned in nationally were wrong about picking against the Ravens.

The biggest losers with CBS’s ratings victory are football fans themselves, as CBS now has better numbers to share with their sponsors which will no doubt cause them to cram even more advertisements down your throat. Or, even worse, give Dan Dierdorf a raise.

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Kris Jones

About Kris Jones

Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series Goobvision propelled his career and notoriety amongst Ravens fans, even helping him win the 2010 nationwide DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan contest. He's been featured on shows such as The Jim Rome Show, ProFootballTalk Live, The Sirius XM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein, Sirius XM's MadDog Radio, The Michael Irvin Show, Tony Bruno Show, Two Live Stews and FoxSports.com to name a few (or is that a lot?). He's caught a touchdown pass from Warren Moon during a flag football game and hates the Pittsburgh Steelers more than anyone else on the face of the earth. Twitter: RavenManiac  More from Kris Jones

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