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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8 Raves on “Ravens’ thrilling win in Denver demolishes CBS records

  1. kim on said:

    Not sure why , But know one has respect for the RAVENS !! they are a good bunch of men and show it with all they do for our community !!! and other parts of the country !!! What gets me is fans from all over are the same way the RAVENS FANS are !!! they talk smack and that seems to be okey !!! but when it comes to the Baltimore fans they are not allowed to do so ! or we are the worst fans ever !!! i see things on twitter , facebook and just see it on the streets , So if you think your team don’t have nasty rude FANS you need to wake up !!! They are everywhere !!

      • Derek ArnoldDerek Arnold on said:

        If you live in Baltimore and you’re not a Ravens fan, Ravens fans SHOULD be a bit rude to you, IMHO. Cheer for the home team.

      • Elizabeth Guthrie on said:

        I agree. Not all fans are, of course, but some that sat in upper section 538 at last week’s game were drunk and ugly. Totally disrespectful to our team. They didn’t deserve to be there. They were arguing with each other about Bert Jones from the old Colts. Come on! We have great team. Why ruin it for everyone else?

  2. charliebrown on said:

    I hope Dan Duffendorf doesn’t announce Sundays game. I can’t stand him. He never has a good word to say about the Ravens. He acted like Peyton was the only one cold with gloves on. Didn’t give any credit to the Ravens for anything that they did. DUFFENDORF STAY HOME AND WATCH THE GAME. I usually mute the TV and turn the radio on to listen to the game.

    • gg on said:

      I’m curious, when you listen on the radio does it sync up with the broadcast? I mean do you see things as they are talking about them on the radio or is there a delay?

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