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Pro Bowl 2013: Ratings down slightly from previous year

The ratings for the 2013 Pro Bowl may have decreased from the 2012 game, but they were still impressive.

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The television ratings are in for the 2013 Pro Bowl, and while they are down for the second year in a row, they're still solid. The game received a 7.7 overnight rating and was viewed by 12.2 million people.

For the second straight year, the Pro Bowl was televised on NBC. The rating was down slightly from last year's 7.8 and even further from the 2011 game, which was televised on FOX. Nevertheless, the folks at NBC seem to be pleased.

The Pro Bowl outdid Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, which aired in July on FOX. The MLB game drew 10.9 million viewers and a 6.8 rating. The NBA's All-Star Game last February in Orlando received a 5.4 rating and 7.07 million viewers on TNT. The NHL most recent All-Star Game in Ottawa, Ontario last January drew a 1.0 rating and 1.3 million viewers on NBC Sports Network.

This year's Pro Bowl was its normal high-scoring affair, as the NFC defeated the AFC, 62-35. Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught five passes for 122 yards and a touchdown and was named MVP.