NFL Week 16 in the L.A. TV market: Seven games, three days, no Thursday … and a no-return policy in force

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) has a knee down before crossing the goal line with a pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against New England. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

First, a Week 15 wrapup:
== CBS reports that its New England win over Pittsburgh in the national 1:25 p.m. PT window — the one with that most controversial of endings — had a 17.0 rating and 32 share, the network’s best since Week 10 of the 2015 season.
The fact it drew an average of 26.9 million viewers also made it the most-watched NFL game this season on any network.
The previous most-watched game was CBS’s Thanksgiving Day game between the Chargers’ win over the Cowboys in Dallas — 26.3 million viewers.
The Rams-Eagles contest in Week 14 on Fox was previously the best-rated game of the year with a 16.0 overnight rating.
So even though the Pats-Steelers game peaked with 31.6 million watching from 4-4:30 p.m. PT (a 20.5 rating/36 share), the L.A. market posted just an 8.9 rating and 21 share for it on KCBS-Channel 2, next-to-last in the 56 metered markets.
Why?
It was up against the Rams’ rout of the Seahawks in Seattle on Fox’s KTTV-Channel 11. But even that –with a 7.2 rating/17 share and 594,000 viewers — wasn’t the most-watched NFL game in L.A. this last weekend.
That would be NBC’s Raiders-Cowboys contest on Sunday night: A 12.8 rating/23 share and average of 1.08 million viewers.
They’re still drinking the Raider-ade.
Saturday’s Chargers-Chiefs game in Kansas City, on KCBS-Channel 2, had just a 4.9 rating/10 share and 390,000 viewer average in L.A. on Saturday night. It was also on the NFL Network, which got a 3.1 rating and 6 share for 260,000 viewers in L.A.
Other L.A. market numbers:
The Chicago-Detroit game on NFL Net on Saturday afternoon had just a 2.3 rating/6 share and 173,000 viewers.
KCBS-Channel 2 started Sunday with Cincinnati-Minnesota (a 5.8 rating/16 share) from 10 a.m. until 11:45 a.m., when it switched to N.Y. Jets-New Orleans, which finished with a 6.5 rating/17 share from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

HOW WEEK 16 PLAYS OUT

SATURDAY
* Indianapolis at Baltimore: 1:30 p.m., NFL Network (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl)
The same CBS crew that had the Chargers-Chiefs game last Saturday. Exclusive to NFL Net. As if that’s some sort of reward.
* Minnesota at Green Bay: 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
If there was a Sunday night game this week, it would be here. And then perhaps flexed out.

CHRISTMAS EVE SUNDAY
* Rams at Tennessee: 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin)
This one saves us from having to consider Detroit-Cincinnati, Tampa Bay-Carolina and Atlanta-New Orleans.
* Chargers at N.Y. Jets: 10 a.m., Channel 2 (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn)
CBS has only game that they’re allowed to offer this entire weekend. And this is it. Passed over in this window are Buffalo-New England (Jim Nantz/Tony Romo), Cleveland-Chicago, Miami-Kansas City and Denver-Washington, plus Jacksonville-San Francisco in the afternoon window.
* Seattle at Dallas: 1:25 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews)
The national game that can’t go to New York because they still have to endure N.Y. Giants-Arizona (with Dick Stockton). It also goes to Syracuse, all of Connecticut, most of Vermont, some of New Hampshire, and areas north of Portland, Maine for some reason. Plus, almost all of Arizona. Sorry, man.

CHRISTMAS DAY MONDAY
* Pittsburgh at Houston: 1:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Mike Tirico, Kurt Warner, Heather Cox)
What would have normally have aligned as a Thursday night telecast by NBC is put on Christmas Day instead. Bet everyone involved in this telecast is pleased about it.
Also: NBC announced this week it has a deal with the NFL to expand live streaming of “SNF” on mobile devices starting next month. The news comes just one week after Verizon gave up its exclusive rights to live stream NFL games on mobile devices. Sunday Night Football was already available through mobile  to cable users who linked their accounts to the NBC Sports app or subscriptions on over-the-top services like DirectTV or Sling TV.
* Oakland at Philadelphia: 5:30 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)
Last Monday, the Bucs put Gruden in their Ring of Honor for his seven seasons as a head coach, including a Super Bowl. Gruden started his NFL career as an Eagles offensive coordinator (1995-’97) and then head coach of the Raiders (’98-2001). Couldn’t both teams at least tip their cap to him at halftime of this one?
Also: ESPN announced this week it has a deal with the NFL to expand live streaming of “MNF” on mobile devices starting next month. The news comes just one week after Verizon gave up its exclusive rights to live stream NFL games on mobile devices. Still waiting to hear if/when CBS and Fox land mobile rights.

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