Pats-filled Pro Bowl draws big ratings

January, 31, 2011
1/31/11
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DALLAS -- The NFL Pro Bowl, which featured the Patriots' coaching staff and seven New England players, was the league's most watched all-star game in 14 years, the NFL announced today.

The game was watched by an average of 13.4 million viewers, the highest mark since the 1997 Pro Bowl (13.5 million viewers on ABC).

Although the game wasn't competitive -- with the NFC posting a 55-41 blowout win over the AFC -- viewership was up nine percent from last year (12.3 million viewers).

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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