John Fox’s Bears must be seen to be believed: TV ratings stay strong

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:28:30 AM. Under coach John Fox, who looked like he was trick-or-treating as an extra from “MASH” in his army-style sideline costume Sunday against the Packers, the Bears simply have to be seen to be believed.
Despite all the forces pulling down NFL television ratings nationally, local numbers for the Bears remain strong. Maybe it's because under coach John Fox — who looked like he was trick-or-treating as an extra from “MASH” in his camouflage sideline outfit Sunday against the Packers — the Bears simply have to be seen to be believed. The latest loss to the Packers on FOX-32 averaged a 22.4 household rating in the Chicago area — meaning almost 740,000 homes, an estimated 22.4 percent of the market’s TV households, could not look away. (It played even better in Packer country. Sunday’s game averaged a 39.5 household rating in Milwaukee, with almost two-thirds of the homes in which TVs were on tuned to the game.) Overall, national overnight numbers showed that NFL ratings were down year to year in Week 10 in every slot Sunday on Fox, CBS and NBC. But without seeing it for one’s self, who in the Chicago area would have believed Fox and company — the coach and his staff, not the network and its announcers — challenged that Benny Cunningham pylon play? It’s like describing a well-performed magic trick. As amazing as it sounds, it’s even more of a jaw-dropper to actually witness. The Bears lodged a replay review on Cunningham’s failed leap for pay dirt that successfully changed a first-and-goal spot for the Bears at the 2 into a fumble and touchback. Just like that, the Packers had the ball, first-and-10 at their 20. Ta-daaaa! Less spectacular but remarkable nonetheless were the false...Read more
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