Nine NFL Games Top 25 Million Viewers in 2010 - Up 125 Percent From Last Season

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November 17th, 2010

via press release:

NINE NFL GAMES TOP 25 MILLION VIEWERS IN 2010 –

UP 125 PERCENT FROM LAST SEASON

NFL Games 15 Most-Watched Shows on TV this Season

NFL Games Top Ratings in 29 of 30 NFL Markets

Nine NFL game telecasts this season have been watched by 25 million viewers – up 125 percent from this point last year (four) and matching the total for the full 2009 season, according to The Nielsen Company.

NFL games are the only fall programs on television to reach 25 million viewers since Nov. 16, 2008 (60 Minutes interview with President Obama following a late Steelers-Chargers finish on CBS) – with 14 such telecasts.

The FOX national telecast (mostly Cowboys-Giants) was last week’s most-watched show among all programs on television with 26.2 million viewers -- the 10th time in 10 weeks that an NFL game telecast has been television’s most-watched program. Patriots-Steelers on NBC Sunday night was the week’s most-watched primetime program with 21.2 million viewers.

NFL Network kicked off its 2010 season of Thursday Night Football with Ravens-Falcons drawing 5.0 million viewers – the most-watched season opener in five seasons of TNF. The game ranked as Thursday’s most-watched sporting event, posting 19 percent more viewers than the day’s second most-watched game (Celtics-Heat on TNT, 4.2 million viewers).

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. CBS Sunday National (mostly Colts-Eagles), 11/7 27.8 million
3. NBC Thursday Night Kickoff Game (Vikings-Saints), 9/9 27.5 million
4. CBS Sunday National (mostly Patriots-Jets), 9/19 27.0 million
5. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Giants), 11/14 26.2 million
6. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Vikings), 10/17 26.0 million
7. NBC Sunday Night Football (Vikings-Packers), 10/24 25.7 million
8. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Redskins), 9/12 25.3 million
9. FOX Sunday National (mostly Vikings-Patriots), 10/31 25.2 million
10. CBS Sunday National (mostly Colts-Broncos), 9/26 23.1 million
10. FOX Sunday National (mostly Redskins-Eagles), 10/3 23.1 million
10. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Colts), 9/19 23.1 million
13. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Cowboys-Texans & Eagles-Jaguars), 9/26 22.2 million
14. CBS Sunday National (mostly Patriots-Chargers), 10/24 21.9 million
15. CBS Sunday Single (mostly Jets-Broncos & Ravens-Patriots), 10/17 21.5 million
16. Dancing with the Stars, 9/27 21.4 million

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, 9/9-11/14/10

Following is the list of 29 NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Nov. 8-14:

Week of 11/8–14 HH HH RTG
Market Game Date RTG SHR Rank
Pittsburgh Steelers at Bengals 11/14/10 49.9 68 1
Baltimore Ravens at Falcons 11/11/10 39.0 58 1
Minneapolis Vikings at Bears 11/14/10 36.9 69 1
Cleveland Jets at Browns 11/14/10 36.6 63 1
Boston Patriots at Steelers 11/14/10 36.4 55 1
Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos 11/14/10 35.8 56 1
Indianapolis Bengals at Colts 11/14/10 34.4 59 1
Cincinnati Steelers at Bengals 11/14/10 34.0 49 1
Dallas Cowboys at Giants 11/14/10 33.8 58 1
Nashville Titans at Dolphins 11/14/10 31.4 51 1
Chicago Vikings at Bears 11/14/10 31.1 60 1
Denver Chiefs at Broncos 11/14/10 29.7 55 1
Milwaukee Vikings at Bears 11/14/10 29.3 56 1
St. Louis Rams at 49ers 11/14/10 28.8 49 1
Jacksonville Texans at Jaguars 11/14/10 27.3 48 1
Seattle Seahawks at Cardinals 11/14/10 26.6 52 1
New Orleans Cowboys at Giants 11/14/10 25.2 37 1
Detroit Lions at Bills 11/14/10 22.6 43 1
Atlanta Ravens at Falcons 11/11/10 21.6 32 1
Washington, DC Cowboys at Giants 11/14/10 20.7 36 1
Phoenix Seahawks at Cardinals 11/14/10 20.6 39 1
Philadelphia Cowboys at Giants 11/14/10 20.2 33 1
San Fran-Oakland Rams at 49ers 11/14/10 19.6 49 1
Houston Texans at Jaguars 11/14/10 19.5 40 1
Miami Titans at Dolphins 11/14/10 19.2 39 1
Buffalo Jets at Browns 11/14/10 17.0 33 1
New York Cowboys at Giants 11/14/10 16.6 29 1
San Diego Patriots at Steelers 11/14/10 16.5 25 1
Charlotte Cowboys at Giants 11/14/10 16.1 26 1

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 
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