NFL Games Account for the 13 Most Watched TV Shows This Season

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NFL GAMES 13 MOST-WATCHED SHOWS ON TV THIS SEASON

NFL Telecast Most-Watched TV Show in Each of Season’s Eight Weeks

NFL games account for the 13 most-watched programs on television since the NFL season kicked off on Sept. 9, according to The Nielsen Company.

The FOX national telecast (mostly Vikings-Patriots) was last week’s most-watched show among all programs on television with 25.2 million viewers. An NFL game telecast has been television’s most-watched program in each of the eight weeks of the NFL season.

Steelers-Saints on NBC was the most-watched show on Sunday night drawing 18.1 million viewers. SNF has been Sunday night’s most-watched show in all eight weeks of the NFL season.

Following are the most-watched programs on television since the beginning of the NFL season:

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 (Vikings-Packers), 10/24 25.7 million
6. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Redskins), 9/12 25.3 million
7. FOX Sunday National (mostly Vikings-Patriots), 10/31 25.2 million
8. CBS Sunday National (mostly Colts-Broncos), 9/26 23.1 million
8. FOX Sunday National (mostly Redskins-Eagles), 10/3 23.1 million
8. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Colts), 9/19 23.1 million
11. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Cowboys-Texans & Eagles-Jaguars), 9/26 22.2 million
12. CBS Sunday National (mostly Patriots-Chargers), 10/24 21.9 million
13. CBS Sunday Single (mostly Jets-Broncos & Ravens-Patriots), 10/17 21.5 million
14. Dancing with the Stars, 9/27 21.4 million
15. Dancing with the Stars, 9/20 (season premiere) 21.3 million

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, 9/9-10/31/10

Following is the list of 22 NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Oct. 25-31:

Week of 10/25–31 HH HH RTG
Market Game Date RTG SHR Rank
Pittsburgh Steelers at Saints 10/31/10 51.5 68 1
New Orleans Steelers at Saints 10/31/10 49.5 69 1
Milwaukee Green Bay at Jets 10/31/10 42.1 74 1
Minneapolis Vikings at Patriots 10/31/10 41.1 69 1
Kansas City Bills at Chiefs 10/31/10 39.3 69 1
Boston Vikings at Patriots 10/31/10 36.1 64 1
Cincinnati Dolphins at Bengals 10/31/10 32.0 57 1
Buffalo Bills at Chiefs 10/31/10 29.0 51 1
Nashville Titans at Chargers 10/31/10 28.0 43 1
St. Louis Panthers at Rams 10/31/10 25.8 49 1
Washington, DC Redskins at Lions 10/31/10 25.0 50 1
Denver Broncos vs.49ers 10/31/10 24.0 52 1
Seattle Seahawks at Raiders 10/31/10 23.8 51 1
Phoenix Bucs at Cardinals 10/31/10 23.6 45 1
Tampa Bucs at Cardinals 10/31/10 21.5 41 1
Baltimore Steelers at Saints 10/31/10 19.4 29 1
Charlotte Panthers at Rams 10/31/10 19.3 37 1
Indianapolis Vikings at Patriots 10/31/10 18.6 33 1
Miami Dolphins at Bengals 10/31/10 16.6 33 1
San Diego Vikings at Patriots 10/31/10 16.6 35 1
New York Giants at Cowboys 10/25/10 16.4 25 1
Houston Giants at Cowboys 10/25/10 14.8 23 1

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

NFL GAMES 13 MOST-WATCHED SHOWS ON TV THIS SEASON

NFL Telecast Most-Watched TV Show in Each of Season’s Eight Weeks

NFL games account for the 13 most-watched programs on television since the NFL season kicked off on Sept. 9, according to The Nielsen Company.

The FOX national telecast (mostly Vikings-Patriots) was last week’s most-watched show among all programs on television with 25.2 million viewers. An NFL game telecast has been television’s most-watched program in each of the eight weeks of the NFL season.

Steelers-Saints on NBC was the most-watched show on Sunday night drawing 18.1 million viewers. SNF has been Sunday night’s most-watched show in all eight weeks of the NFL season.

Following are the most-watched programs on television since the beginning of the NFL season:

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 (Vikings-Packers), 10/24

25.7 million

6. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Redskins), 9/12

25.3 million

7. FOX Sunday National (mostly Vikings-Patriots), 10/31

25.2 million

8. CBS Sunday National (mostly Colts-Broncos), 9/26

23.1 million

8. FOX Sunday National (mostly Redskins-Eagles), 10/3

23.1 million

8. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Colts), 9/19

23.1 million

11. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Cowboys-Texans & Eagles-Jaguars), 9/26

22.2 million

12. CBS Sunday National (mostly Patriots-Chargers), 10/24

21.9 million

13. CBS Sunday Single (mostly Jets-Broncos & Ravens-Patriots), 10/17

21.5 million

14. Dancing with the Stars, 9/27

21.4 million

15. Dancing with the Stars, 9/20 (season premiere)

21.3 million

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, 9/9-10/31/10

Following is the list of 22 NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Oct. 25-31:

Week of 10/25–31

HH

HH

RTG

Market

Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

Pittsburgh

Steelers at Saints

10/31/10

51.5

68

1

New Orleans

Steelers at Saints

10/31/10

49.5

69

1

Milwaukee

Green Bay at Jets

10/31/10

42.1

74

1

Minneapolis

Vikings at Patriots

10/31/10

41.1

69

1

Kansas City

Bills at Chiefs

10/31/10

39.3

69

1

Boston

Vikings at Patriots

10/31/10

36.1

64

1

Cincinnati

Dolphins at Bengals

10/31/10

32.0

57

1

Buffalo

Bills at Chiefs

10/31/10

29.0

51

1

Nashville

Titans at Chargers

10/31/10

28.0

43

1

St. Louis

Panthers at Rams

10/31/10

25.8

49

1

Washington, DC

Redskins at Lions

10/31/10

25.0

50

1

Denver

Broncos vs.49ers

10/31/10

24.0

52

1

Seattle

Seahawks at Raiders

10/31/10

23.8

51

1

Phoenix

Bucs at Cardinals

10/31/10

23.6

45

1

Tampa

Bucs at Cardinals

10/31/10

21.5

41

1

Baltimore

Steelers at Saints

10/31/10

19.4

29

1

Charlotte

Panthers at Rams

10/31/10

19.3

37

1

Indianapolis

Vikings at Patriots

10/31/10

18.6

33

1

Miami

Dolphins at Bengals

10/31/10

16.6

33

1

San Diego

Vikings at Patriots

10/31/10

16.6

35

1

New York

Giants at Cowboys

10/25/10

16.4

25

1

Houston

Giants at Cowboys

10/25/10

14.8

23

1

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

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