Good morning. This is LEADOFF, an early look at Atlanta sports.
Audiences were huge for football and tiny by comparison for other sports on Atlanta TV over the weekend.
Not surprisingly, Sunday’s Falcons-Bills game and Saturday’s Georgia-Tennessee game were the biggest draws for sports viewers, generating Nielsen ratings of 19.5 and 16.7, respectively, in the Atlanta TV market.
Those ratings, which represent the percentage of the market’s households watching on average, translate to local audiences of about 470,000 homes for the Falcons game and 403,000 homes for the Georgia game.
Four other football games drew ratings above 5.0 in Atlanta over the weekend: the Colts-Seahawks game on NFL “Sunday Night Football” (9.8), the Raiders-Broncos game (8.7), the Giants-Buccaneers game (5.4) and the college game between Alabama and Mississippi (5.2).
Lagging far behind the football games were the Braves’ final two games of the season, which posted ratings of 0.9 (Saturday) and 1.0 (Sunday) in the Atlanta market.
Here’s a closer look at the ratings and the number of homes watching various sports events on TV in the Atlanta market over the weekend:
Event / Rating / ATL homes watching
Falcons-Bills / 19.5 / 470,000
Georgia-Tennessee / 16.7 / 403,000
Colts-Seahawks / 9.8 / 236,000
Buccaneers-Giants/ 5.2 / 125,000
Alabama-Mississippi / 5.2 / 125,000
Florida-Vanderbilt / 4.5 / 109,000
Auburn-Mississippi State / 3.9 / 94,000
Georgia Tech-North Carolina / 2.9 / 70,000
Braves-Marlins (Sunday) / 1.0 / 24,000
Braves-Marlins (Saturday) / 0.9 / 22,000
Atlanta United-New England / 0.5 / 12,000
John Coppolella was forced to resign Monday as Braves general manager amid an ongoing MLB investigation into alleged infractions on the international free-agent market, David O'Brien reports. See his full story here.
Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said a decision could come by mid-week on whether Brian Snitker will continue as manager, O'Brien reports. See that story here.
Tim Tucker, a long-time AJC sports reporter, often writes about the business side of the games. He also had stints as the AJC's Braves beat writer, UGA beat writer, sports notes columnist and executive sports editor. He was deputy managing editor of America's first all-sports newspaper, The National Sports Daily.