Who are the top NFL Fans?

Who are the NFL’s top fans?Watching TV

Well, that will start an argument, now want it?

First off we can’t look at sellout streaks- Carolina and Jacksonville have been around since 1995, and the Browns not even that long- yet you got some franchises that have been around since the beginning, plus it can be artificially extended by corporations buying up tickets.

Can’t really look at attendance figures. You are not going to build a 100K open air stadium in Green Bay, and while you could stack 3 JerryDomes on top of each other in Dallas and sellout- standing room only seats just disgust me.

So lets look at something that every market has.

TVs. Pretty much every home in America has a TV, Even South Dakota and New Hampshire.

So lets look at the Local Ratings? You can’t really inflate them corporately, its over the air TV, so no real reason to “cheat” the numbers. Plus a 10 rating in Green Bay means the same as a 10 rating in Oakland and the same as a 10 rating in Atlanta.

The NFL on a whole averaged a 28.5 local rating for home games in 2013. Thats a boost of 4% from 2012.

So who had the top local TV rating for their 8 home games?

The New Orleans Saints.

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They pulled a STUNNING 52 rating for their home games- thats a 12% jump from last year. Thats just unreal numbers, especially in a DVR era. The Saints were second last year and number 1 in 2011, so the Saints are well deserving of the top spot.

The teams that rose and fell from last year are kind of interesting to me- Lets look at KC, who went up 41% to finish 4th overall with a 42.9 rating.The Seahawks went up 37% to hit 38 rating. Ones that don’t care as much? Falcons fans (good seats still available) dropped to 25th after a 22% decline, and the historic Steelers dropped 14% but still finished 6th overall.

For the third straight year, the Raiders were DEAD LAST with a 10.9 rating, but they did increase by 10% over last year.

The Super Bowl matches the Number 2 (Denver: 43.5) and 5 teams (Seahawks) for all the marbles, but the other playoff teams were a mixed bag, The only AFC Playoff team to not make the top ten was the Chargers at 18, the NFC was even worse with the Eagles at 17 and the Panthers at 20.

(Note: Figures are from Street and Smith’s Business Daily)

Full List:

TEAM TV MARKET
’13
’12
1-YR % +/-
Saints New Orleans
52.0
45.5
+14%
Broncos Denver
43.5
37.2
+17%
Packers Milwaukee
42.9
46.6
-8%
Chiefs K.C.
42.9
30.3
+41%
Seahawks Seattle-Tacoma
38.6
28.3
+37%
Steelers Pittsburgh
38.2
44.1
-14%
Colts Indianapolis
36.6
33.9
+8%
Patriots Boston
34.1
36.4
-6%
Ravens Baltimore
33.9
35.1
-3%
Bengals Cincinnati
33.3
29.7
+12%
Bills Buffalo
32.8
30.4
+8%
Vikings Minneapolis-St. Paul
32.8
33.4
-2%
Bears Chicago
31.5
29.2
+8%
Browns Cleveland-Akron
29.0
29.0
NC
Cowboys Dallas-Ft. Worth
28.9
29.4
-2%
Lions Detroit
28.8
25.2
+15%
Eagles Philadelphia
28.3
25.2
+12%
Chargers San Diego
27.2
27.1
NC
Redskins DC
26.6
27.5
-3%
Panthers Charlotte
26.3
22.8
+15%
Titans Nashville
25.0
23.5
+6%
Texans Houston
23.9
27.2
-12%
49ers S.F.-Oakland-San Jose
22.6
20.2
+12%
Cardinals Phoenix
21.5
19.9
+8%
Falcons Atlanta
19.5
25.2
-22%
Buccaneers Tampa-St. Petersburg
19.0
16.6
+14%
Jaguars Jacksonville
18.3
20.0
-9%
Rams St. Louis
18.0
21.0
-14%
Dolphins Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
17.1
16.3
+5%
Giants N.Y.
15.3
17.6
-13%
Jets N.Y.
12.3
13.2
-6%
Raiders S.F.-Oakland-San Jose
10.9
9.9
+10%
NFL TEAM AVG.
28.5
27.4
+4%

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4 Comments

  1. TV ratings for the 8 home games.

    Sorry. Keep in mind 10% of NYC is probably more than 100% of some cities, but still.

  2. You have a point, but it just struck me as off to see the NYC area as two of the bottom 3. I guess, there is more competition for eyeballs here but it just struck me as odd.

  3. so on Sunday 52% of Big Easy fans are nursing headaches, have some hair of the dog and plunk their asses in front of the tube watching the Saints. hmpmhp.

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