The City of Brotherly Love had more affection for baseball than football on Sunday night.
John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal reported earlier in the week that the Game 3 of the Philadelphia Phillies-Cincinnati Reds series garnered a 27.7 rating in the city, while the Philadelphia Eagles' narrow victory over the San Francisco 49ers pulled a 24.1 rating at the same time. In a head-to-head matchup, baseball narrowly won.
The national ratings were vastly different, with the NFL getting an 11.7 compared to 3.9 for the baseball.
As our buddy 'Duk of Big League Stew points out, the Philly ratings are especially surprising because the Eagles game was on free TV (NBC) while the Phillies were on cable (TBS). And seeing as how the baseball team was on its way to a series sweep, logic seemed to dictate that a crucial early season NFL game would capture more people's attention in the city. (Maybe it was the matchup? Would an Eagles-Cowboys or Eagles-Redskins game have pulled higher?)
What can we take away from this? Well, for starters, the fact that this rates as news is another sign of how much more dominant football has become than America's pastime. Years ago, the NFL wouldn't play a Sunday night game during the World Series for fear of a ratings dip. Now it's unlikely that the top-rated World Series game will outdraw the lowest-rated "Sunday Night Football" contest.
On the local level, though, fans have continued to prove that playoff baseball is more popular than NFL football. Last year, a Yankees ALCS game in New York drew a 26.4 rating while a Giants game at the same time only pulled a 9.3 mark.