Prime Time games aren't about attracting "football fans," it's about garnering the casual football fan. That's how the networks get bigger ratings.
Originally Posted by petejet
Historically speaking, Friday and Saturday nights are the worst nights of the week ratings wise accross all genres (sports, sitcom, drama, reality, etc.). Thursday, Sunday, and Monday are bigger nights ratings wise because those nights historically have more viewers.
TV programmers don't set out to create new viewers to TV. They want to get the most of the pool of viewers that are already there. Friday and Saturday night have the smaller pool of viewers than the other big nights I mentioned. If the NFL had a game Saturday night they would only be sharing the viewers with College football and both programs' viewership would suffer. For Friday, although there is no big sports competition, the viewer pool would be smaller and the ratings would be lower than on other nights.
You've all missed the obvious - the NFL doesn't want to compete with HS football on Fridays and college football on Saturdays.
There was talk floating about (aboot, for our Canadian friends) about some type of handshake deal.
Can't believe no one....not one single soul....has mentioned that yet here in this thread. Not even in like all of the first 10-15 posts.