Sports Box

Giants win net Giant ratings

Wow! The NFC Championship Game pitting the New York Giants at the Green Bay Packers notched a whopping 54 million viewers, making it the highest-rated non-Super Bowl program since the 1998 Seinfeld finale, which drew 76.3 million viewers.

In Milwaukee, the game notched a 58.5 household rating and a 78 share for Fox-owned (and soon to be sold) WITI-TV.

The Giants’ victory over the Packers now means they get to face the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz. on Fox on Feb. 3. The Patriots beat the Giants on Dec. 29 to set the historic 16-0 mark and may make history against them again.

NHL gets good news, too

The New York-Boston rivalry mania even spread to the NHL, where two Original Six teams and longtime hated arch-rivals – The Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers – took to the ice last Sunday to kick off NBC’s regular-season NHL coverage. The game notched a 1.1 household rating, holding even from last year’s start and last year’s overall average.

On a personal note… A request to TNT and ESPN… Can you please stop showing Miami Heat games? With a writer’s strike going on and viewers looking for alternative programming, people do not want to see a basketball team that is also on strike. Thank you.