I guess football truly is America’s ‘Past-Time’.
The San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers were involved in the highest-rated and most-watched telecast since the Academy Awards which took place in February.
It was watched by 28.5 million people and earned a 16.6 rating, according to Fox. This helped the network achieve its highest opening week for football ever.
In comparison, the Eagles Monday night game, which was also a best for ESPN’s Monday Night Football, earned an 11.6 rating.
It did help that this was a rematch of a playoff game in which 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had the most rushing yards (181) in NFL history.
There was plenty of hype for this game, especially with the fact that these two teams will be top contenders for the NFC Championship game, as well as the Super Bowl.
Also, it was highly publicized that the Green Bay Packers were busy this offseason game-planning against the read-option and even went to the Texas A&M campus to look at film of Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.
It did seem to help as the Packers held Kaepernick to just 22 yards rushing, unfortunately for the Packers he showed he could beat them with his arm and ended with over 400 yards passing.