NFL Tops On TV Thanksgiving Weekend With Three Most-Watched Shows Of Week

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December 1st, 2010

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NFL TOPS ON TV THANKSGIVING WEEKEND WITH THREE MOST-WATCHED SHOWS OF WEEK

FOX’s Saints-Cowboys Most-Watched Thanksgiving Game in 12 Years;

Sunday National (mostly Eagles-Bears) Tops All Non-NFL programs

CBS’ Patriots-Lions Draws Top Thanksgiving Overnight Rating Since 1998

Bengals-Jets Draws NFL Network Thanksgiving Record

The Thanksgiving tradition of family, food and football continued this past weekend as fans tuned into NFL games in large numbers – accounting for the three most-watched shows of the week.

The FOX Thanksgiving game (Saints-Cowboys) drew 31.9 million viewers – the most for a Thanksgiving game in 12 years (Vikings-Cowboys, 32.7 million in 1998).

The CBS Thanksgiving game (Patriots-Lions) drew a 15.0 overnight rating – the highest for a Thanksgiving game since that same Vikings-Cowboys game in 1998 (15.8). (Viewership figures for the CBS game will be available on Friday, according to The Nielsen Company, but it will rank with the FOX game as the week’s top two programs).

The FOX doubleheader game on Sunday (mostly Eagles-Bears) was watched by 26.6 million viewers and along with the Thanksgiving games topped all non-NFL programming last week.

The Thanksgiving night Bengals-Jets game on NFL Network was watched by 7.1 million cable viewers (not including over-the-air markets), ranking as NFL Network’s most-watched Thanksgiving game.

Following is the list of 28 NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Nov. 22-28:

Week of 11/22–28 HH HH RTG
Market Game Date RTG SHR Rank
Pittsburgh Steelers at Bills 11/28/10 45.0 72 1
Milwaukee Packers at Falcons 11/28/10 42.5 72 1
Indianapolis Chargers at Colts 11/28/10 41.7 55 1
Kansas City Chiefs at Seahawks 11/28/10 39.8 61 1
Chicago Eagles at Bears 11/28/10 39.6 66 1
New Orleans Saints at Cowboys 11/25/10 39.2 69 1
San Diego Chargers at Colts 11/28/10 39.2 56 1
Minneapolis Vikings at Redskins 11/28/10 36.7 72 1
Philadelphia Eagles at Bears 11/28/10 35.0 53 1
Baltimore Buccaneers at Ravens 11/28/10 34.3 53 1
Buffalo Steelers at Bills 11/28/10 33.4 56 1
Cleveland Panthers at Browns 11/28/10 31.7 57 1
Nashville Titans at Texans 11/28/10 30.9 52 1
St. Louis Rams at Broncos 11/28/10 28.2 45 1
Atlanta Packers at Falcons 11/28/10 27.7 50 1
Denver Broncos at Chargers 11/22/10 27.3 40 1
Dallas Saints at Cowboys 11/25/10 26.8 62 1
Cincinnati Bengals at Jets 11/25/10 26.5 43 1
Jacksonville Jaguars at Giants 11/28/10 26.2 44 1
Detroit Patriots at Lions 11/25/10 26.1 54 1
Boston Patriots at Lions 11/25/10 25.2 69 1
Washington, DC Vikings at Redskins 11/28/10 23.8 48 1
Seattle Chiefs at Seahawks 11/28/10 23.2 48 1
Charlotte Panthers at Browns 11/28/10 21.6 42 1
Tampa Buccaneers at Ravens 11/28/10 21.5 38 1
Houston Titans at Texans 11/28/10 21.2 45 1
Miami Dolphins at Raiders 11/28/10 17.0 31 1
Phoenix Patriots at Lions 11/25/10 16.9 36 1

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 
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