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November 12th, 2007

Patriots Atop NFL and TV Ratings

The Patriots / Colts game, billed as Super Bowl 41.5, delivered an average viewership of 33.8 million, overwhelming the rest of not only sports shows, but all shows for the week of October 29 - November 4.

RANK PROGRAMS Network Persons Live+SD (million)
1 CBS NFL NATL (PATS/COLTS) CBS 33.819
2 CBS NFL NATL POST GUN CBS 29.267
3 NBC Sunday Night Football NBC 16.454
4 FOX NFL SUNDAY-SINGLE FOX 15.356
5 NFL REGULAR SEASON (PACKERS/BRONCOS) ESPN 14.019
6 SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK NBC 12.314
7 CBS NFL REGIONAL CBS 12.128
8 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC 9.671
9 NBC NFL SUNDAY POST NBC 8.225
10 CBS NFL REG POST GUN 11/04 CBS 7.711
11 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 2 NBC 6.736
12 SAT NIGHT FOOTBALL ABC 6.457
13 HOME DEPOT CLLG FOOTBALL2 CBS 6.281
14 NASCAR NEXTEL CUP-SUN ABC 6.011
15 ABC COLLEGE FTBL GM-LATE ABC 5.456
16 FOX NFL SUNDAY-POST FOX 5.147
17 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA 4.998
18 WWE Entertainment (WWE Raw) USA 4.746
19 Friday Night Smackdown CW 4.725
20 NOTRE DAME POST NBC 4.181

Our Sports Ratings combine both Broadcast and Cable sports.

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2007 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
  • TV-aholic

    what has been the delay to getting ratings data after Nov. 4th?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    TV-aholic,

    We have no idea. Nielsen hasn't posted any sports results since that week. Sports results were always a bit unreliable in their release date, but the current situation is mystifying.

  • TV-aholic

    what has been the delay to getting ratings data after Nov. 4th?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    TV-aholic,

    We have no idea. Nielsen hasn’t posted any sports results since that week. Sports results were always a bit unreliable in their release date, but the current situation is mystifying.

  • TV-aholic

    Would you happen to have the numbers for the Thanksgiving day games on FOX and CBS?

  • TV-aholic

    Would you happen to have the numbers for the Thanksgiving day games on FOX and CBS?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    TV-aholic,

    Sadly, we don't. That's exactly what we lose (non-primetime broadcast sports) when Nielsen doesn't post sports specific results.

    We still get broadcast primetime results, like NBC Sunday Night Football and ABC Saturday Night Football, and any cable results, like ESPN Monday Night Football, but we lack the daytime broadcast results.

    There still is some hope they will appear eventually. Sometimes in the past, several weeks have appeared at once for us.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    TV-aholic,

    Sadly, we don’t. That’s exactly what we lose (non-primetime broadcast sports) when Nielsen doesn’t post sports specific results.

    We still get broadcast primetime results, like NBC Sunday Night Football and ABC Saturday Night Football, and any cable results, like ESPN Monday Night Football, but we lack the daytime broadcast results.

    There still is some hope they will appear eventually. Sometimes in the past, several weeks have appeared at once for us.

  • TV-aholic

    How regular doe the NFL Network release ratings? The Packers v Cowboys was the first time I remember seeing actuall data from that net.

  • TV-aholic

    How regular doe the NFL Network release ratings? The Packers v Cowboys was the first time I remember seeing actuall data from that net.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    We'd see them if they were in the Cable Top 40. UPDATE: Oops, Robert is correct on the numbers of times.

    NFL Network could make a press release at any time touting their ratings. My guess is that except for the Packers/Cowboys their ratings have been so low as to be better left unmentioned by them.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    We’d see them if they were in the Cable Top 40. UPDATE: Oops, Robert is correct on the numbers of times.

    NFL Network could make a press release at any time touting their ratings. My guess is that except for the Packers/Cowboys their ratings have been so low as to be better left unmentioned by them.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    There have only been 3 games so far, and although NFL Net's debut on Thanksgiving night didn't make the top 40, that's because Nielsen sorts the top 40 data by HH Rating — we then resort it by viewers and report the top 20.

    So while the Colts vs. Falcons on 11/22 didn't make our list (because it didn't make Nielsen's), it did have 4.2 million viewers and would have made our “top 20″ on a viewers basis if Nielsen produced that list sorted by viewers. Shows with more viewers due to higher viewers per screen can fall out of the “Top 40″ because they didn't have a top 40 HH Rating.

    Bears/Redskins may meet with a similar fate, but I wouldn't be surprised to find out it had less than 4 million viewers.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    There have only been 3 games so far, and although NFL Net’s debut on Thanksgiving night didn’t make the top 40, that’s because Nielsen sorts the top 40 data by HH Rating — we then resort it by viewers and report the top 20.

    So while the Colts vs. Falcons on 11/22 didn’t make our list (because it didn’t make Nielsen’s), it did have 4.2 million viewers and would have made our “top 20″ on a viewers basis if Nielsen produced that list sorted by viewers. Shows with more viewers due to higher viewers per screen can fall out of the “Top 40″ because they didn’t have a top 40 HH Rating.

    Bears/Redskins may meet with a similar fate, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out it had less than 4 million viewers.

  • TV-aholic

    Thanks for the insite guys. It really helps!

    Keep up the great work!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    TV-aholic,
    We have asked our friends at Nielsen about the situation with the sports ratings and hope to have an answer soon.

  • TV-aholic

    Thanks for the insite guys. It really helps!

    Keep up the great work!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    TV-aholic,
    We have asked our friends at Nielsen about the situation with the sports ratings and hope to have an answer soon.

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