Here are the local numbers for WBZ-TV for Saturday Night’s Patriots-Jaguars Divisional Playoff game:
Patriots vs. Jaguars, 8:00 PM…42 HH rating/ 63 share…peaking in the last quarter hour with 45 HH rating/68 HH share…squashing all program competition for that time period.
Patriots 5th Quarter, 11:15 PM-12:15 AM…17 HH rating/ 34 HH share…peaking in the first quarter hour at 24 HH rating/40 HH share…also #1 in that time period.
Nationally the game earned an average national household rating/share of 17.9/30, up 9% from last year’s 16.4/32 for the Indianapolis-Baltimore game on CBS.
The 17.9/30 is the highest rating for a Saturday AFC Divisional game since an 18.2/36 on CBS for the overtime game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets on January 15, 2005.
Saturday night’s Jaguars-Patriots game rating peaked at a 19.0/31 from 10:00-10:30 PM, ET and 10:30-11:00 PM, ET.
Here is some of the Patriots-related programming coming up this week on NFL Network.
8:00 PM – NFL Replay: 2007 AFC Divisional Playoff (Jaguars at Patriots)
Thursday January 17th
8:00 PM – Playbook: Chargers at Patriots preview
8:30 PM – NFL Classics: 2006 AFC Divisional Playoff (Patriots at Chargers)
Friday January 18th
9:00 PM – NFL Legends: Featuring Tom Brady and Brett Favre
Saturday January 19th
12 Noon – NFL Replay: 2006 AFC Divisional Playoff (Patriots at Chargers)
2:30 PM – NFL Classics: San Diego at New England (2007 Week 2)
5:30 PM – Playbook: Chargers at Patriots preview
Sunday January 20th
11:00 AM – Playbook: Chargers at Patriots preview
11:30 AM – Playbook: Giants at Packers preview
12 Noon – Playbook: Championship Sunday special
12:30 PM – NFL Total Access (Special 2 ½ Hour Championship Preview Edition)
Comcast Sportsnet’s Expanded Patriots Coverage
Comcast SportsNet will begin a second week of comprehensive Patriots coverage with Road to Perfection specials beginning on Wednesday and special post game coverage of the Patriots-Chargers game on Sunday.
One-hour, nightly Road to Perfection specials on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday headline CSN’s expanded coverage. The nightly specials, hosted by Michael Felger and Gary Tanguay, will feature exclusive reports from San Diego by CSN’s Lance Crawford; national football analyst Brian Baldinger; and player insight from former Patriots tight-end Christian Fauria.
In addition to the nightly specials, CSN will also host a one-hour post game show immediately following the Patriots-Chargers game. Road to Perfection Post Game Edition will be hosted by veteran CSN personality Greg Dickerson.
CSN’s Road to Perfection coverage is also expected to feature regular football contributors Andy Gresh, Michael Holley, Tom Curran, John Tomase, Don Banks, Paul Perillo, Steve DeOssie, Fred Smerlas and Scott Zolak.
Two More Celtics Games on ABC
In addition to the Patriots, we’ve also got an update on a couple of Celtics telecast changes.
Two scheduling adjustments will add the Boston Celtics, the team with the best record in the NBA, to the ABC broadcast lineup. ABC will broadcast the Celtics against the Orlando Magic and Dwight Howard Sunday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. (replacing Phoenix at Chicago). Additionally, ABC will feature the Celtics when they host San Antonio and Tim Duncan Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. The Celtics/Spurs contest will swap broadcast windows with Denver at Cleveland (originally scheduled on ABC; now to be aired on ESPN at 7 p.m.). ESPN Radio will also broadcast both Celtics games.
The Celtics are also on the ESPN schedule Friday, Feb. 8, when the Kevin Garnett faces his former Minnesota team at 8 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 22, when they visit the Phoenix Suns and Steve Nash at 10:30 p.m.