NFL Games are Nine Most-Watched Shows on TV This Season

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Hardly a surprise.  Dancing with the Stars sneaks in at #10.

via press release:

NFL GAMES ARE NINE MOST-WATCHED SHOWS

ON TV THIS SEASON

NFL Games Top Ratings in 25 Markets

NFL games account for the nine most-watched programs on television since the NFL season kicked off on Sept. 9, according to The Nielsen Company.

NFL telecasts have been TV’s most-watched program of the week in all six weeks of the NFL season. This week’s FOX national telecast (mostly Cowboys-Vikings) topped the charts with 26.0 million viewers.

Following are the 10 most-watched programs on television since the beginning of the NFL season on Sept. 9:

Program Viewers
1. FOX Sunday National (mostly Packers-Eagles), 9/12 28.0 million
2. NBC Thursday Night Kickoff Game (Vikings-Saints), 9/9 27.5 million
3. CBS Sunday National (mostly Patriots-Jets), 9/19 27.0 million
4. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Vikings), 10/17 26.0 million
5. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Redskins), 9/12 25.3 million
6. CBS Sunday National (mostly Colts-Broncos), 9/26 23.1 million
6. FOX Sunday National (mostly Redskins-Eagles), 10/3 23.1 million
6. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Colts), 9/19 23.1 million
9. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Cowboys-Texans & Eagles-Jaguars), 9/26 22.2 million
10. Dancing with the Stars, 9/27 21.3 million

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, 9/9-10/17/10

NFL games topped the local ratings in 25 NFL markets last week against competition including the MLB playoffs. NFL games compared favorably in local ratings to prime-time competition:

Program # of NFL Markets Ranked #1
NFL Football 25
MLB Playoffs 3
Dancing with the Stars 2

Following is the list of 25 NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Oct. 11-17:

Week of 10/11–17 HH HH RTG
Market Game Date RTG SHR Rank
Pittsburgh Browns at Steelers 10/17/10 45.6 75 1
Minneapolis Vikings at Jets 10/11/10 44.4 66 1
Indianapolis Colts at Redskins 10/17/10 43.8 58 1
New Orleans Saints at Buccaneers 10/17/10 43.8 67 1
Milwaukee Dolphins at Packers 10/17/10 39.1 70 1
Baltimore Ravens at Patriots 10/17/10 37.1 67 1
Kansas City Chiefs at Texans 10/17/10 35.6 70 1
Dallas Cowboys at Vikings 10/17/10 35.0 61 1
Washington, DC Colts at Redskins 10/17/10 30.4 46 1
Boston Ravens at Patriots 10/17/10 29.8 61 1
Cleveland Browns at Steelers 10/17/10 28.3 57 1
Chicago Seahawks at Bears 10/17/10 28.2 59 1
San Diego Chargers at Rams 10/17/10 27.6 54 1
Denver Jets at Broncos 10/17/10 27.1 56 1
St. Louis Chargers at Rams 10/17/10 23.2 48 1
Detroit Lions at Giants 10/17/10 22.0 47 1
Nashville Colts at Redskins 10/17/10 21.8 30 1
Houston Chiefs at Texans 10/17/10 21.6 45 1
Seattle Seahawks at Bears 10/17/10 20.7 52 1
Atlanta Falcons at Eagles 10/17/10 19.9 41 1
Jacksonville Cowboys at Vikings 10/17/10 18.8 33 1
Phoenix Cowboys at Vikings 10/17/10 18.5 36 1
Miami Dolphins at Packers 10/17/10 18.2 39 1
Charlotte Cowboys at Vikings 10/17/10 18.1 35 1
New York Vikings at Jets 10/11/10 15.8 27 1

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

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