Football Wins Ratings Showdown
Oct. 07, 1997
NEW YORK (AP) _ Football won its Monday night ratings showdown with baseball even though the meeting between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees was the highest rated division playoff game since 1995.
The game between the NFL's last two unbeaten teams, the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, was watched in about 13 1/2 million homes, some 4 million more than the baseball game.
National ratings showed ABC Sports with a 13.9 and 23 share for the football game, while Fox did a 9.8 and 16 share for the fifth game of the American League Division playoffs.
The national numbers were lower than the overnight ratings reported earlier in the day. In the overnights, the NFL game did a 15.2 rating and 23 share while baseball had an 11.6 and 18 share.
Each national ratings point represents 970,000 homes. The share is the percentage watching a program among those televisions in use at the time. Overnight ratings cover 59 percent of the country.
During the period from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT, football had a 14.3 national rating and 26 share, compared to 9.7 and 15 for baseball.