It seems the only reason to keep my cable package days is live sporting events. Whether it's Mrs. Arrowhead Pride watching her Kansas Jayhawks or me watching my Kansas City Chiefs, live sports are the only appointment viewing anymore.
Nielsen's Year in Sports Media Report has been released and the Washington Post included this blurb when writing about those TV ratings, which shows just how damn popular the NFL is:
It might raise eyebrows, however, to know that even the AFC Wildcard game last year between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts was watched by more people (27.6 million) than the World Cup final (26.6 million), the NBA Finals (15 .6 million), the World Series (13.8 million) and just about every other televised sporting event of 2014. In fact, the only event to trump it was the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which garnered roughly 31.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen report.
For Chiefs fans, this is a painful reminder of the popularity of the NFL because that Chiefs-Colts game was ... well, it was one of the worst days of my life (sports everybody!).
In summary, the popularity of the NFL is just insane.