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ESPN Releases TV Ratings For The Pro Bowl

a wide shot of the afc team at the pro bowl

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 27: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs and the AFC celebrate a defensive stop during the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium on January 27, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

If you go by what many say on TV and social media, the Pro Bowl Game is a relic that is largely ignored. But based on the actual ratings for the game, it seems clear that it isn't going anywhere.

According to NFL columnist Mike Freeman, yesterday's Pro Bowl drew a whopping eight million average viewers.

To put into perspective how good that number is, the first two rounds of the 2018 NBA playoffs only averaged 4.9 million viewers on average, per Sports Illustrated.

There have been some increasingly crazy antics before, during and after the Pro Bowl.

Several days before the game, Jets safety Jamal Adams infamously tackled the Patriots mascot, Pat Patriot, potentially causing him serious injuries.

The game itself saw running backs Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley, and Alvin Kamara all line up on defense as pass rushers; Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans recorded an interception on defense, and Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey caught a touchdown pass on offense from quarterback Deshaun Watson.

The AFC went on to win the game, 26-7.

Perhaps the cherry on top for the ridiculous game was ESPN announcer Jason Witten accidentally breaking the Pro Bowl trophy while presenting it to AFC MVP's Patrick Mahomes and Jamal Adams.