2012 Pro Bowl ranks as second-most watched all-star game in more than a decade

An average of 12.5 million fans tuned into the 2012 Pro Bowl Sunday on NBC, ranking as the second most-watched NFL All-Star game since 2001 behind last year’s game (13.4 million viewers).

The 2012 Pro Bowl also topped by 14 percent sports’ second-most watched all-star game in the past year (2011 MLB All-Star Game on FOX, 11.0 million viewers).

The top local overnight ratings for Pro Bowl are as follows:

    1. New Orleans, 21.8 rating/29 share
    2. Milwaukee, 17.6/25
    3. Pittsburgh, 17.2/24
    4. Charlotte, 12.1/18
    5. Norfolk, 11.8/16
    6. Cincinnati, 11.7/17
    7. Las Vegas, 11.0/18
    8. Jacksonville, 10.4/15
    9. Sacramento, 10.2/17

                 10. Nashville, 10.1/14

The 2012 Pro Bowl was played the week before the Super Bowl for the third consecutive year.

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