I don’t remember ever missing the Lions and Cowboys games on Thanksgiving. But that’s just what’s going to happen tomorrow, as the NFL is now far in my rearview mirror. There’s Mississippi-Mississippi State in the evening, but that’s well after turkey time.
Well, well, well, I see Golf Channel is running the three installments of their Jack Nicklaus biography tomorrow at noon. That’s what will be on at the Lanny H homestead. If the guests don’t like it, they can try to figure out where I hid the remote.
ALERT! The American media is deceiving in an attempt to save the NFL. Deadline.com had this headline on Tuesday: “‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Up As Falcons Beat Seahawks In Close Game,” saying “last’s night’s MNF was up 16%.”
Problem is… well… this from Sports Media Watch on Wednesday: “A good game between two recent Super Bowl teams could not save ESPN’s Monday Night Football ratings.” The numbers? “Falcons-Seahawks scored a 6.4 rating and 10.8 million viewers on ESPN Monday night, down 7% in ratings and 12% in viewership from Texans-Broncos last year (6.9, 12.2M).”
So how did Deadline come up with their numbers? They used week-over-week instead of year-over-year. Comparing to last week’s season-low (tying) game. In other words: awful topped horrible. Sure, that warrants a big “Ratings Up” headline, right?