Falcons spanking UGA, Tech in TV ratings

FLOWERY BRANCH — With the aid of two Sunday Night Football games, the Falcons television ratings through the first seven games are up 12 percent from last season in the Atlanta 23-county designated market area, according to the Neilsen ratings.

Former Falcons coach Jim Mora and Ron Pitts will provide the color commentary and play-by-play on Fox for the Falcons game against Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Former Falcons coach Jim Mora and Ron Pitts will provide the color commentary and play-by-play on Fox for the Falcons game against Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Atlanta, with 2.29 million TV homes, is the ninth largest television market in the nation.

The franchise is enjoying its highest ratings start through seven games in franchise history, according to the NFL’s evaluation of the Nielsen ratings.

The Falcons are riding a wave of widespread interest in the NFL that is outpacing the viewing of college football games in the Atlanta DMA.

The Falcons are averaging a 23.4 market share through seven games as compared to 20.9 percent in 2010. Their lowest rated game was an 18.4 share for the Seattle game on Oct. 2.

Drea Avent will serve as the sideline reporter for Fox on Sunday.

Drea Avent will serve as the sideline reporter for Fox on Sunday.

The University of Georgia’s game against Florida last Saturday was its highest rated game of the season and just matched the Falcons lowest game with an 18.4 percent rating.

Georgia’ next highest rated game was a 16.9 for the South Carolina game.

Georgia Tech highest rated game of the season was last week’s tilt against Clemson and it drew a 12.2 rating.

Last weekend when the Falcons had a bye, the NFL overall drew a 6.9. locally compared to a 6.4 overall for all of the college games.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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SawThat1nce

November 4th, 2011
6:32 am

SawThat1nce

November 4th, 2011
6:38 am

Jim Mora doing the Falcons game? Fox really has a lot of bad commentators on their staff.

SeenThisB4

November 4th, 2011
7:12 am

Third rate commentators for a third place team.

Skydawg

November 4th, 2011
7:47 am

This theory is so easy to prove it’s irrelevance. We’ll just use UGA, Tech and the Falcons to demonstrate. UGA fans are not going to watch Tech games on Saturdays and Tech fans most likely will not watch UGA games on Saturday. However, there is a good chance that a large portion of both fan bases will watch the Falcons on Sunday. The college loyalties in the ATL are far more dynamic and varied than the support for the Falcons on Sundays. There’s no real reason to even attempt to compare them.

SirReal

November 4th, 2011
7:55 am

Forget the ratings. I’d like to meet Ms. (It is MS. right and not MRS.? lol) Avent!! :)

Bright Idea

November 4th, 2011
7:59 am

Lots of college games to chose from on Saturdays for metro Atlanta. Without a special package, the Falcons are the only game available during their game times. Compare the ratings in Macon, Augusta, Savannah, Albany, etc. Off course those places don’t count to the AJC but they have lots of UGA and Tech fans who care less about the Falcons.

elroy

November 4th, 2011
8:10 am

With as many transplants in the Atlanta area it prooves NFL is superior to NCAA. It helps that Falcons are a consistent winning team the past few years.

Dawgs42-tech34

November 4th, 2011
8:19 am

Not mutually exclusive – I watch the almighty Dawgs as well as the Dirty Birds!

No one give’s a rat’s arse about the maggots.

Bird E

November 4th, 2011
8:32 am

“Georgia Tech highest rated game of the season was last week’s tilt against Clemson and it drew a 12.2 rating.”

I LOVE IT!!!

GO DAWGS! GATA!!

Trojan

November 4th, 2011
8:34 am

Tech played on Thursday night earlier in the year and STILL did not get on TV.

I don’t understand comparing pros to colleges.

Trojan

November 4th, 2011
8:35 am

UGA has larger attendance in games then either Falcons or Tech (times two).

loyal falcon

November 4th, 2011
8:36 am

Drea is Hot!!!!!

GTJeff

November 4th, 2011
9:10 am

Who gives a d.amn. I like the Falcons but this is College Football country. Always has been always will be. Falcons could up & leave for LA tommorrow. Jackets & Dawgs are here to stay.

Paul in NH

November 4th, 2011
9:13 am

The NFL outdraws CFB and this is news? There is a reason that this year the New Years Day bowl games are being played on Jan 2nd – Jan 1 is a Sunday and CFB can’t compete with the NFL.

George Stein

November 4th, 2011
9:21 am

What’s surprising about this? Tech fans watch Tech football, UGA fans watch UGA football, and both watch the Falcons.

dean

November 4th, 2011
9:39 am

What most Savannahians don’t care about is the @#$% Jacksonville Jaguars! The NFL designated Savannah as in Jacksonville’s “Home Market”. What a joke.

I’ll be glad when they move to L.A.

Mr. Belichick

November 4th, 2011
9:54 am

Hey B4, We didn’t lose to an 0-6 team like the Aints. hahahahahah

Sofa King

November 4th, 2011
10:20 am

I will be one of those tuned in at 1:00 pm Sun. Can’t miss the birds.

Damage Inc.

November 4th, 2011
10:55 am

You guys should enjoy STB4 while you can. The saints are slowly reverting back to mediocrity. He’ll be a ghost of trolls past.

Chris

November 4th, 2011
11:03 am

Third place team? Last I checked there was a three way tie at the top of the division…

Chris

November 4th, 2011
11:05 am

George Stein, I was thinking the same thing. College football is split between two fan bases. Those fan bases come together (for the most part) on Sunday. This really isn’t a statistical revelation.

Boom Dizzle

November 4th, 2011
11:11 am

Thoughts on Ms.Avent……..Yesssssirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Chuck

November 4th, 2011
11:19 am

Most of the Tech number is Clemson fans in the Atlanta market. Notice they didn’t punish Tech’s second-highest number as they did UGA.

Bishop Eddie Longs Red Panties

November 4th, 2011
11:22 am

They call it “Fox News Network” for reason OH YEAH!!

CDG..

November 4th, 2011
12:53 pm

Hey Mora whats your take on Matt Ryan? Huh?

…………………….Crickets……………..

LindseySnot

November 4th, 2011
12:53 pm

And this matters because…and this matters to whom?

DirtyBirdDawg

November 4th, 2011
1:40 pm

Go Falcons, Go Dawgs, Go Hawks, Go Braves!!!

Buzz

November 4th, 2011
1:46 pm

CHUCK,,,, Then all those clemson fans got to watch TECH with there butts!!!!! CHUCK what you got to say now??

GTFan

November 4th, 2011
2:11 pm

I am always at GT’s home games since I am a season ticket holder. I have no problem watching UGA’s game though. The NFL is sooo boring!!! I don’t care for the Falcons, just enjoy Matt Ryan.

GTFan

November 4th, 2011
2:14 pm

Dawgs42-tech34

November 4th, 2011
8:19 am

Not mutually exclusive – I watch the almighty Dawgs as well as the Dirty Birds!

No one give’s a rat’s arse about the maggots.

Always has to be a rude UGA fan on the blog, typical!!!!

Boom Boom

November 4th, 2011
2:30 pm

Are you comparing 7 weeks of combined viewership for the Falcons to ONE GA Tech Home Game and one UGA Game at a Netural Site??? Of Course the Falcons are going to win….

jacket4ever

November 4th, 2011
2:33 pm

actually, im a tech fan by far and go to many games. i still watch UGA hoping that they lose so we still watch them which helps their ratings. GO JACKETS!

jacket4ever

November 4th, 2011
2:34 pm

Enter your comments here

GA Dawg59

November 4th, 2011
2:57 pm

I watch the Falcons but this is a college football town. There is no comparison between the two. The excitement of a college game far exceeds a pro game. Tech fans and Dawg fans both watch the Falcons. Bet the Falcon game will rate as high as the LSU-Bama game this week.

bigdawg88

November 4th, 2011
3:30 pm

I only watch yech when they’re losing!
HBTD! GATA!
GIVE ‘EM THE BIRD, FALCONS!!

PMC

November 4th, 2011
3:30 pm

The NFL is better football than college by a long shot…. but the game day experience is better in College.

I’d rather be in person at a college game. I’d rather watch a pro game on TV.

FALCON YEAH!

November 4th, 2011
3:45 pm

The FALCON YEAH Slash Mob will be meeting once again outside of Lucas Oil Stadium at the corner of S. Missouri and Abbot.
Like we did in Detroit, we will begin by duct taping one of the many fat, gross mid-westerners to a barbeque and then taunting them with Twinkies. Of course we will then start our (loving to us/annoying to many) FALCON YEAH chant and music, which we will continue into the stadium until we dominate them and make them hate us forever. BWAH-HA-HA-HA!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgWA_n6M-DQ

Bob

November 4th, 2011
3:47 pm

Bad, bad comparison. Most folks have already pointed that out. Multiple college games on at the same time. Falcons had two games on when there was no competition at all. Even their normal Sunday day games have at the most one competing game and frequently no game. Far more people are working on Saturdays than Sundays. This is comparing apples and oranges.

A better comparison would be with which program is easier to get tickets for…Georgia or the Falcons and it ain’t even close despite 20K more seats.

heartofdarkness

November 4th, 2011
4:01 pm

How have the Ivies done on Versus? And English Premier League?

megan

November 4th, 2011
4:03 pm

Enter your comments here

Columbus

November 4th, 2011
4:09 pm

You mean a team 1/2 game out of first place @SeenThisB4? I think you are the one who is “3rd Rate” when it comes to an accurate perspective!

wreckmaniac

November 4th, 2011
4:10 pm

When is college football, never a group willing to miss a nickle, going to get smart and play on Sunday ?
It is frequently done with college basketball. NFL plays almost every night. So should college. This is all about money and college, as unbelievable as it sounds, is not getting its share. Instead the NCAA cooks up more meaningless bowl games to produce revenue.
All southeners realize that the NFL is paid after all college fans make their ticket purchases. If these people want more football on a weekend, after they have been to their college game they may choose to attend an NFL game. I realize the article is about TV viewership but there are many ways the NFL alienates the TV audience. One way is to black out games that aren’t sold out and another is to tell a Falcon fan living in South Carolina , such as myself “Sorry, but you can’t watch the Falcons anymore. You now have to watch the Carolina Panthers” I will never watch the Panthers play, not even in a Super Bowl.

wreckmaniac

November 4th, 2011
4:12 pm

When my company had Ga Dome season tickets, I went to Falcon games only when I had to. But just offer me tickets to the Peach Bowl or the SEC championship and I will leave the hospital to make it.

Bird Dawg Country

November 4th, 2011
4:45 pm

You got the girls on your radar don’t ya D LED?
Nice sideline candy

torgo

November 4th, 2011
5:55 pm

I’m guessing this entire article was written just for an excuse to post that picture of Drea Avent.

And… no objections here. Wow!

East Cobb Hokie

November 4th, 2011
6:00 pm

Do you really think folks were watching to see GT play?

hiramsaint

November 4th, 2011
6:18 pm

my daughters dance recital could beat the puppies and the honey bees in tv ratings. i mean really , who wants to see second and third rate college teams play

wo

November 4th, 2011
7:33 pm

g d the falcons

VPI's EMPTY TROPHY CASE

November 4th, 2011
9:39 pm

East Cobb Hokie, how’s that trophy case coming?

Mr. Swamp People

November 5th, 2011
1:23 pm

Cajun cookin’ shoe gets more ratings than failcons WHO DAT! GAEUX COLTS!