Pro Bowl draws better TV numbers than MLB all-star game

The winning team didn’t earn homefield advantage in the Super Bowl for its conference.

The linemen spent of the game playing with a clear brother-in-law agreement (you don’t try and I won’t try). But the Pro Bowl on Sunday night did well on television.

According to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, the NFL’s all-star game drew an average audience of 12.5 million viewers on NBC. That’s better than baseball did with its mid-summer classic last year. The 2011 Major League Baseball all-star game had an average of 11 million viewers.

While many say the baseball game is the only all-star game that even somewhat resembles regular-season play, the NFL has once again succeeded in drawing interest in its showcase event. Certainly moving the game to the weekend before the Super Bowl has created a big difference.

In order to keep the game popular for players, or as popular as it can be, the league probably needs to keep the game in Hawaii. The future site of the game is in question.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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