While the Chicago Bears (and Jay Cutler in particular) disappointed in their hugely anticipated matchup against the archrival Green Bay Packers, they certainly didn’t disappoint in the ratings department (and for a change, it was Cutler who was nastier than Simon Cowell was.)
Last Thursday night’s game locally drew a 31.3/48 household rating/share according to Nielsen. The game aired over Fox’s WPWR-TV (a My Network TV affiliate) and the NFL Network. The game easily beat the second night premiere of The X Factor and the fourth season premiere of Glee and all other network competition, mainly in repeats.
A Chicago White Sox game against the Detroit Tigers was scheduled to take place at the same time from U.S. Cellular Field on Comcast SportsNet, but was rained out and rescheduled the following Monday afternoon.
In Milwaukee, the Bears-Packers tilt drew a 52/72 over Fox affiliate WITI and NFL Network (numbers for Green Bay itself weren’t available because it isn’t a metered market.) In Chicago and Milwaukee, the Bears-Packers game ranked as the highest-rated program of the week.
The Bears lost the game 23-10 to the Packers. Jay Cutler’s play Thursday night – not to mention his actions on the field – was perhaps the biggest embarrassment in prime-time since NBC aired that garbage sitcom Animal Practice out of the closing ceremonies of the Olympics.
And the monkey in the show would be a better quarterback than Cutler.