NFL's Week 14 Featured Most-Watched Sunday Afternoon & Sunday Night Games This Season

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December 15th, 2010

Weather was the NFL's friend,  if not for the Metrodome and the Vikings, at least for the TV ratings.

via press release:

WEEK 14 FEATURED MOST-WATCHED SUNDAY AFTERNOON &

SUNDAY NIGHT GAMES THIS SEASON

NBC’s Eagles-Cowboys Most-Watched Sunday Night Game in History

CBS National Telecast Tops 30 Million Viewers

Local Ratings Top All 30 Markets

Week 14 delivered the most-watched Sunday afternoon and Sunday night games this season. The CBS national telecast (mostly Patriots-Bears) was the most-watched show among all programs with 30.2 million viewers -- the 14th time in 14 weeks that an NFL game telecast has been television’s most-watched program.

Eagles-Cowboys on NBC is the most-watched NBC Sunday night game in history and ranked as the week’s most-watched primetime program with 25.7 million viewers.

Fifteen NFL game telecasts this season have been watched by 25 million viewers – up from six at this point last year and topping the total for the full 2009 season (nine), according to The Nielsen Company.

NFL games account for the top 15 and 20 of the 22 most-watched programs on television since the beginning of the NFL season:

Program Viewers
1. FOX Thanksgiving (Saints-Cowboys), 11/25 31.9 million
2. CBS Sunday National (mostly Patriots-Bears), 12/12 30.2 million
3. FOX Sunday National (mostly Packers-Eagles), 9/12 28.0 million
4. CBS Sunday National (mostly Colts-Eagles), 11/7 27.8 million
5. CBS Thanksgiving (Patriots-Lions), 11/25 27.8 million
6. NBC Thursday Night Kickoff Game (Vikings-Saints), 9/9 27.5 million
7. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Colts), 12/5 27.4 million
8. CBS Sunday National (mostly Patriots-Jets), 9/19 27.0 million
9. FOX Sunday National (mostly Eagles-Bears), 11/28 26.6 million
10. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Giants), 11/14 26.2 million
11. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Vikings), 10/17 26.0 million
12. NBC Sunday Night Football (Eagles-Cowboys), 12/12 25.73 million
13. NBC Sunday Night Football (Vikings-Packers), 10/24 25.68 million
14. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Redskins), 9/12 25.3 million
15. FOX Sunday National (mostly Vikings-Patriots), 10/31 25.2 million
16. Dancing with the Stars: Results Show  (season finale part 2), 11/23 24.2 million
17. Dancing with the Stars  (season finale part 1), 11/22 23.7 million
18. CBS Sunday National (mostly Colts-Patriots), 11/21 23.6 million
19. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 11/21 23.2 million
20. CBS Sunday National (mostly Colts-Broncos), 9/26 23.1 million
20. FOX Sunday National (mostly Redskins-Eagles), 10/3 23.1 million
20. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Colts), 9/19 23.1 million

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, 9/9-12/12/10

Locally, NFL games top the ratings in NFL markets 90 percent of the time – the highest rate in history after 14 weeks. Following is the list of all 30 NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Dec. 6 - 12:

Week of 12/6-12/12

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Market Game Date RTG SHR Rank
New Orleans Rams at Saints 12/12/10 53.7 72 1
Pittsburgh Bengals at Steelers 12/12/10 50.1 74 1
Milwaukee Packers at Lions 12/12/10 48.6 70 1
Boston Jets at Patriots 12/6/10 42.2 62 1
Kansas City Chiefs at Chargers 12/12/10 40.0 61 1
Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys 12/12/10 38.4 51 1
Chicago Patriots at Bears 12/12/10 38.2 59 1
Dallas Eagles at Cowboys 12/12/10 38.0 55 1
Indianapolis Colts at Titans 12/9/10 37.6 53 1
San Diego Chiefs at Chargers 12/12/10 35.5 63 1
Cincinnati Bengals at Steelers 12/12/10 33.3 55 1
Cleveland Browns at Bills 12/12/10 32.2 57 1
Nashville Colts at Titans 12/9/10 32.2 45 1
Jacksonville Raiders at Jaguars 12/12/10 31.5 51 1
St. Louis Rams at Saints 12/12/10 28.1 42 1
Atlanta Falcons at Panthers 12/12/10 25.8 43 1
Detroit Packers at Lions 12/12/10 24.9 45 1
Washington, DC Buccaneers at Redskins 12/12/10 24.9 47 1
Miami Dolphins at Jets 12/12/10 22.9 42 1
Phoenix Broncos at Cardinals 12/12/10 22.9 44 1
Seattle Seahawks at 49ers 12/12/10 20.4 44 1
Tampa Buccaneers at Redskins 12/12/10 20.0 38 1
Charlotte Falcons at Panthers 12/12/10 19.7 35 1
New York Dolphins at Jets 12/12/10 19.3 34 1
Denver Broncos at Cardinals 12/12/10 18.0 39 1
San Fran-Oakland Seahawks at 49ers 12/12/10 14.3 39 1
Houston Eagles at Cowboys 12/12/10 17.1 27 1
Baltimore Patriots at Bears 12/12/10 20.4 34 1
Minneapolis Packers at Lions 12/12/10 20.7 43 1
Buffalo Dolphins at Jets 12/12/10 17.9 28 1
 
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