The NFL’s decision to hold the Pro Bowl the week before and in the same city as the Super Bowl (Miami) turned out to be a great call. The 2010 Pro Bowl drew a 7.1 HH rating and 12.3 million viewers on ESPN Sunday night. That was 40% above last year’s telecast on NBC and the biggest audience for the game since the 1999 game on ABC (8.6 HH rating and 13.2 million viewers).
Elsewhere in cable, week two of the Syfy original series Caprica failed to gain any additional viewers, drawing just 1.41 million viewers (with a 0.9 HH rating) and a 0.5 A18-49 rating. That was down 12% or 190,000 viewers from the series premiere (-10% in HH rating), although it did manage to gain one-tenth of a point in A18-49 rating (+25%).
Meanwhile, fellow Friday night drama Spartacus: Blood and Sand increased in week two, drawing 773,000 viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating on Starz. That was an increase of 17% or 114,000 viewers (+25% in HH rating) and a one-tenth of a point increase in A18-49 rating (+33%) from the series premiere.