T Dog’s Grab Bag: Bears fall again, hit another season ratings low (what else is new?)

The Chicago Bears has become a national punchline to a joke.

Let’s get this over with: the Bears hit another season-low on Sunday with yet another blowout loss –  a 22.6 Nielsen household rating according to Chicago Business Journal, down 16 percent from last week’s game against Miami.

The Bears lost to the New England Patriots 51-23, with the team trailing by 38 at halftime.

Ratings have plunged 28 percent since their last win October 12 against the Atlanta Falcons. Judging by this, the Bears are in danger of losing the city very quick.

Believe it or not, the recent numbers are actually higher than they were when the last time the Chicago Bears hit a low point in fan popularity – 1998, when the team was only averaging a 17 rating, during an era where the team was losing fans and when the TV audience wasn’t as fragmented as it is now. Chalk it up to the increased popularity of the NFL – especially among younger viewers – and football in general.

This current bunch of Bears players however… are making those late ’90’s teams likable. If the Bears continue to lose, fan apathy would no doubt grow and the ratings would continue to drop.

– The Bears’ woes are actually benefiting some outlets – notably sports talk radio, where listeners call in to bitch about resident village idiots Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Marc Trestman, etc. In the recently concluded September PPM survey, The Score’s morning show with Mike Mulligan and Brian Hanley finished second among men 25-54 and 7th overall, according to RobertFeder.com. The Score’s morning show is the only live, local sports morning talk show in the market. Overall, WSCR finished eighteenth, WMVP (ESPN 1000) tied for 21st, and WGWG-LP (The Game), tied for 34th.

Meanwhile, the other entity Chicagoans love to complain about (WGN Radio – whose own inept management is really no different than the Bears), finished twelfth.

– How about some good news: the Chicago Blackhawks are off to a good start in the standings and in the ratings: Saturday’ game against division rival St. Louis drew a 5.3 household rating, while Sunday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators drew a 4.8 household rating, opposite tougher competition (namely, Sunday Night Football) according to numbers provided by WGN-TV, which carried both games.

In both cases, the hockey games outdrew the World Series on Fox locally, drawing a 4.0 for Game 4 and a 4.7 for Game 5. Nationally, the matchup between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals have seen mixed ratings results, with several games in the series setting close to and/or achieving record-low numbers.

– Too bad the Bears weren’t canceled instead: ABC’s Manhattan Love Story is officially the first broadcast network primetime casualty of the 2014-15 TV season after the network yanked the single-cam comedy after just a few episodes. Manhattan performed poorly on Tuesday nights, averaging below a 1 rating in the adult 18-49 demo, slightly down from its Selfie lead-in, another struggling single-cam sitcom in the same hour. No word on a permanent replacement.

Quick Hits And Bits: 

– Marcia Strassman died on Sunday at the age of 66.

– CBS announced full season pickup for all of its new dramas 

– How to improve Gotham