No surprise that 9 of the top 10 single telecasts (measured by household rating) of 2009 (through Nov. 29) were NFL football, with the Academy Awards the only non-football telecast to crack the top 10. The United States of America is a football nation.
|Top 10 TV Programs – Single Telecast|
|RANK||Program||Network||Date Aired||% of Homes in U.S. (Rating)|
|1||Super Bowl XLIII||NBC||2/1/2009||42|
|2||Super Bowl Pre-Kick||NBC||2/1/2009||35.2|
|3||Super Bowl Kick-Off||NBC||2/1/2009||29.6|
|4||Super Bowl Post||NBC||2/1/2009||25.7|
|5||AFC Championship On CBS||CBS||1/18/2009||22|
|6||Fox NFC Championship||FOX||1/18/2009||21.9|
|8||AFC Divisional Playoff||CBS||1/11/2009||19.6|
|9||Fox NFC Playoff||FOX||1/11/2009||18.7|
|10||Fox NFC Wildcard Game||FOX||1/4/2009||17.6|
|Source: The Nielsen Company
*Top Telecasts: Note Data from Jan 01, 2009- November 29, 2009. Household Ratings include Live and Same Day timeshifted viewing. Excludes telecasts under 5 minutes.
via Nielsen Wire.