NFL Games Rank 1-2 in Viewers for Week; Top Local Ratings a Record 88% of the Time

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NFL Games Rank 1-2 in Viewers for Week

NFL Games Top Local Ratings Record 88 Percent of Time

NFL game telecasts were the two most-watched programs on television last week (Nov. 15-21), according to The Nielsen Company.

The CBS national telecast (mostly Colts-Patriots) was last week’s most-watched show among all programs on television with 23.6 million viewers — the 11th time in 11 weeks that an NFL game telecast has been television’s most-watched program.

Giants-Eagles on NBC Sunday night ranked second and was the week’s most-watched primetime program with 23.2 million viewers.

NFL games topped the ratings in 29 of 30 NFL markets last week.  For the season, NFL games rank as the week’s highest-rated program in local NFL markets 88 percent of the time – the highest rate ever through 11 weeks.

Following is the list of 29 NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Nov. 15-21:

Week of 11/15–21 HH HH RTG
Market Game Date RTG SHR Rank
New Orleans Seahawks at Saints 11/21/10 50.3 68 1
Pittsburgh Raiders at Steelers 11/21/10 44.4 72 1
Boston Colts at Patriots 11/21/10 42.0 67 1
Minneapolis Packers at Vikings 11/21/10 40.3 69 1
Milwaukee Packers at Vikings 11/21/10 40.3 70 1
Philadelphia Giants at Eagles 11/21/10 38.1 52 1
Indianapolis Colts at Patriots 11/21/10 37.8 58 1
Baltimore Ravens at Panthers 11/21/10 33.5 58 1
Chicago Bears at Dolphins 11/18/10 32.9 48 1
Kansas City Cardinals at Chiefs 11/21/10 32.1 60 1
Dallas Lions at Cowboys 11/21/10 30.4 61 1
Nashville Redskins at Titans 11/21/10 29.7 52 1
Cleveland Browns at Jaguars 11/21/10 29.1 56 1
Buffalo Bills at Bengals 11/21/10 29.1 51 1
Washington, DC Eagles at Redskins 11/15/10 26.1 42 1
St. Louis Falcons at Rams 11/21/10 25.5 44 1
Jacksonville Browns at Jaguars 11/21/10 23.8 43 1
Seattle Seahawks at Saints 11/21/10 23.8 48 1
Detroit Lions at Cowboys 11/21/10 23.8 45 1
San Diego Texans at Jets 11/21/10 23.5 43 1
Atlanta Falcons at Rams 11/21/10 21.3 36 1
New York Giants at Eagles 11/21/10 20.0 30 1
Denver Colts at Patriots 11/21/10 17.9 35 1
Charlotte Giants at Eagles 11/21/10 17.8 28 1
Phoenix Cardinals at Chiefs 11/21/10 17.0 34 1
Tampa Buccaneers at 49ers 11/21/10 16.9 32 1
Miami Bears at Dolphins 11/18/10 16.8 25 1
San Fran-Oakland Buccaneers at 49ers 11/21/10 16.4 40 1
Houston Texans at Jets 11/21/10 15.9 35 1

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

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