NFL Games Top Ratings In 27 Markets In “Premiere Week”; CBS National Game (mostly Colts-Broncos) Week’s Most-Watched Show

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September 29th, 2010

via press release:

NFL GAMES TOP RATINGS IN 27 MARKETS IN “PREMIERE WEEK”

CBS National Game (mostly Colts-Broncos) Week’s Most-Watched Show

Packers-Bears on ESPN Most-Watched Show on Cable in 2010

NFL games topped the local ratings in 27 markets last week, which featured the premieres of many prime-time programs on the broadcast networks (up from 26 top-ranked NFL markets in “premiere week” last year and 19 in 2008).

NFL games compared favorably in local ratings to prime-time competition:

Program # of NFL Markets Ranked #1
NFL Football 27
Dancing with the Stars premiere 1
Detroit 1-8-7 series premiere 1
Grey’s Anatomy premiere 1

The CBS national game (mostly Colts-Broncos) was the most-watched program on television last week (Sept. 20-26) with 23.1 million viewers.

Packers-Bears on ESPN Monday night (Sept. 27) drew cable’s largest audience of 2010 with 17.5 million viewers. ESPN Monday night games account for the top five and eight of the 10 most-watched shows in cable history.

Following is the list of 27 NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Sept. 20-26:

Week of 9/20–9/26 HH HH RTG
Market Game Date RTG SHR Rank
New Orleans Falcons at Saints 9/26/10 50.4 76 1
Pittsburgh Steelers at Bucs 9/26/10 45.6 75 1
Indianapolis Colts at Broncos 9/26/10 39.5 63 1
Kansas City 49ers at Chiefs 9/26/10 37.8 67 1
Baltimore Browns at Ravens 9/26/10 34.5 64 1
Cincinnati Bengals at Panthers 9/26/10 33.1 60 1
San Diego Chargers at Seahawks 9/26/10 32.8 62 1
Dallas Cowboys at Texans 9/26/10 32.7 62 1
Buffalo Bills at Patriots 9/26/10 32.5 56 1
Minneapolis Lions at Vikings 9/26/10 32.4 71 1
Nashville Titans at Giants 9/26/10 31.2 54 1
Denver Colts at Broncos 9/26/10 30.1 58 1
Boston Bills at Patriots 9/26/10 29.3 62 1
Houston Cowboys at Texans 9/26/10 28.8 54 1
Philadelphia Eagles at Jaguars 9/26/10 27.6 46 1
St. Louis Redskins at Rams 9/26/10 27.5 45 1
Jacksonville Eagles at Jaguars 9/26/10 27.2 44 1
Washington, DC Redskins at Rams 9/26/10 26.7 48 1
Phoenix Raiders at Cardinals 9/26/10 26.0 48 1
Cleveland Browns at Ravens 9/26/10 25.6 51 1
Charlotte Bengals at Panthers 9/26/10 25.3 45 1
Atlanta Falcons at Saints 9/26/10 25.1 43 1
Seattle Chargers at Seahawks 9/26/10 24.5 51 1
Miami Jets at Dolphins 9/26/10 24.0 36 1
San Fran-Oakland Saints at 49ers 9/20/10 22.2 40 1
Milwaukee Lions at Vikings 9/26/10 21.3 46 1
Tampa Chargers at Seahawks (bonus coverage) 9/26/10 14.0 24 1

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 
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