Bears blasted in viewership by Cubs on Thursday night

The Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs could not be on more opposite ends of the spectrum right now.

The Bears dropped to 1-6 on Thursday night by losing to the Green Bay Packers, while the Cubs improved to 3-2 in the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a chance to clinch a World Series birth on Saturday night at Wrigley Field.

The two teams squared off in the ratings on Thursday night, and the Cubs came away as the clear-cut favorites in the ratings.

According to Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs vs. Dodgers game on FS1 nearly doubled the viewership that the Bears vs. Packers game drew over on a combination of CBS, the NFL Network and Twitter. 

Overnight numbers showed that the Cubs earned a 24.1 household rating in the Chicago market between 7:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Conversely, the Bears drew a household rating of 12.8 between 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

It is no surprise that the Cubs outdrew the Bears on Thursday night considering the significance of their game, but nearly doubling the viewership of the Bears game is a surprise given the availability of the contest on three different platforms. The Cubs were on a cable channel while the Bears could have been easily found on either CBS or Twitter.

The NFL has seen a drop in viewership this year, and Thursday night's numbers cannot be an encouraging sign for the league.

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