While the Rams were in London last week, the Chargers stayed home and did a number on them.
The Rams-Cardinals game in the 10 a.m. hole for Fox had a 6.7 rating/18 share and average of 544,000 viewers. Decent by all measures.
But the Chargers — at StubHub Center, against an AFC West rival and in the better 1 p.m. slot — posted a 9.4 rating/22 share and averaged 775,000 viewers.
First time all year the Chargers — when we could attribute it straight to the Chargers, not that they were playing the Raiders — out-Nielsened the Rams on a normal Sunday setting.
NBC’s Falcons-Patriots game was surprisingly only slightly better than the Chargers, at 9.8 rating/18 share and average of 824,000 viewers, in the late prime-time slot. The only other NFL game on Sunday, Panthers-Bears on Fox, had a 4.0 rating/11 share/307,000 viewers average in the 10 a.m. window opposite the Rams on KCBS/Channel 2.
Yeah, that’s why the Rams slumped.
The Rams take a bye this week before going to New York to face the Giants. Otherwise, deal with this:
= Miami at Baltimore, 5:25 p.m., Channel 2/NFL Network/Amazon Prime (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely)
= Minnesota vs. Cleveland in London, 6:30 a.m., NFL Network (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl)
= Chargers at New England, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn)
CBS has only four games to cover this Sunday. This blocks Oakland-Buffalo and Indianapolis-Cincinnati in the early window and Houston-Seattle in the late window.
= Chicago at New Orleans, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Justin Kutcher, Chris Speilman)
Fox has the doubleheader and can pick a game to go up against the Chargers. This seem more attractive than San Francisco-Philadelphia, Atlanta-N.Y. Jets or Carolina-Tampa Bay.
= Dallas at Washington, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11 (Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews)
The only game Fox has in this window and will be using it as a lead-in to World Series Game 5.
= Pittsburgh at Detroit, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya).
It’s up against World Series Game 5.
= Denver at Kansas City, 5:30 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)
Bye week: Rams, Green Bay, Tennessee, N.Y. Giants, Arizona, Jacksonville