Every now and then, someone tries to tell me the Cowboys arenít really the most significant team in the NFL. Fortunately, itís usually not long before a study like this comes out so I can have some handy evidence against them.
The Nielsen Sports Media Exposure Index measured all 32 NFL teams in four categories during the 2009 regular season: local team ratings, gross national TV audience, online buzz volume, and monthly unique audiences to official team websites.
So, Nielsen essentially compiled the amount of attention ó online, on national TV and on local TV ó each team in the NFL gets, and the Cowboys, unsurprisingly, rank first.
They rank first with a total score twenty-three percent larger than the second place team (Pittsburgh). More people watch the Cowboys in national games than any other team and more people look for Cowboys news and stories online than any other team (I suddenly became very nervous about writing here). Of course, that's not just Cowboys fans, it's the sheer number of people who watch football games just because the Cowboys are in the game, regardless of who they root for.
Either no one is Americaís Team, or the Cowboys are Americaís Team. Any other opinion is invalid (other than maybe whoever is playing the Cowboys that week).
Also, this indicates yet another strange difference between following the Cowboys and Rangers. Despite playing right next to each other, itís just an entirely different experience. Not only in how different they are in terms of national relevance or what sort of history of success their fans have to look back on, but in their primary rivals. You think the Angels and Mariners would rank 2nd and 7th on a baseball list like the Giants and Eagles do? Iím not sure where the Redskins ranked, but Iím sure itís a lot higher than the Aís would.
seems like every single year someone declares another team "America's Team"...
America watches the Cowboys...EVEN WHEN THEY SUCK!!!
it is crazy how fans of other teams are so offended by that title...
gave me chill's seeing the H.O.T. rockin this sunday. shout out to the best fans in sports, 8 years of losing and not NEVER did you see a fan disrespect himself or his team by putting a bag over his head (cowgirls fans)
19.4 million for Steelers/Saints
15.9 million for Cowboys/Packers
Even with a blowout of the hapless Cowboys, NBCís Sunday Night Football topped the night, but a big NFL overrun into early primetime gave CBS a huge boost to their nightly adults 18-49 ratings average.
NBCís Sunday Night Football Game 9: Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers posted a 6.7 adults 18-49 rating from 830-11p, about even with last weekís matchup (Steelers vs. Saints), which delivered a 6.6 rating from 830-11p in the Fast Nationals before rising to a 7.3 rating from 8:31-11:21p in the final ratings.
Although, as posted in that first link, that Steelers/Saints game was dealing with game 4 of the World Series which drew 15.5 mil. I'd say a few of those viewers would have been watching the football game had the WS not been on. Was the DAL/GB game dealing with any competition? (not being smart, idk)