NFL Games Top Ratings in 29 Markets

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December 29th, 2010

via press release:

NFL GAMES TOP RATINGS IN 29 MARKETS

FOX National Telecast Most-Watched Show of the Week

Most-Watched Seasons:  ESPN’s Monday Night Football

& NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football

The FOX national telecast (mostly Giants-Packers) was the most-watched show among all programs last week with 24.3 million viewers -- the 16th time in 16 weeks that an NFL game telecast has been television’s most-watched program.

Saints-Falcons, the season finale of ESPN’s Monday Night Football, averaged 19.1 million viewers to rank as the most-watched cable program of 2010 and the third most-watched cable program of all-time.  The game also posted a 37.2 local rating in Atlanta – the highest local rating on record for a Falcons’ regular-season game.

With their final telecasts in Week 16, both cable networks televising NFL games completed record-setting seasons. ESPN’s Monday Night Football was the most-watched series on cable television in 2010, setting the cable viewership record with an average of 14.7 million viewers. NFL Network wrapped up its fifth season of Thursday Night Football with a record average of 5.7 million cable viewers.

Locally, NFL games top the ratings in NFL markets 90 percent of the time – the highest rate in history after 16 weeks. Following is the list of 29 NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Dec. 20-26:

Week of 12/20 – 12/26 HH

HH

RTG

Market Game Date RTG SHR Rank
Minneapolis Bears at Vikings 12/20/10 48.4 66 1
Pittsburgh Panthers at Steelers 12/23/10 46.5 67 1
Chicago Bears at Vikings 12/20/10 40.7 57 1
Milwaukee Giants at Packers 12/26/10 40.2 68 1
Kansas City Titans at Chiefs 12/26/10 39.0 69 1
Baltimore Ravens at Browns 12/26/10 38.9 63 1
Boston Patriots at Bills 12/26/10 36.6 63 1
Indianapolis Colts at Raiders 12/26/10 36.1 61 1
Buffalo Patriots at Bills 12/26/10 30.1 50 1
St. Louis 49ers at Rams 12/26/10 27.9 51 1
Jacksonville Redskins at Jaguars 12/26/10 27.8 48 1
Cleveland Ravens at Browns 12/26/10 26.8 48 1
San Diego Chargers at Bengals 12/26/10 26.6 54 1
Nashville Titans at Chiefs 12/26/10 24.8 42 1
Dallas Cowboys at Cardinals 12/25/10 24.3 50 1
Detroit Lions at Dolphins 12/26/10 22.6 43 1
Seattle Seattle at Tampa Bay 12/26/10 21.2 47 1
Washington, DC Redskins at Jaguars 12/26/10 21.0 42 1
New York Jets at Bears 12/26/10 20.9 38 1
Phoenix Cowboys at Cardinals 12/25/10 19.6 43 1
San Fran-Oakland 49ers at Rams 12/26/10 17.3 46 1
Denver Texans at Broncos 12/26/10 14.4 34 1
Houston Texans at Broncos 12/26/10 14.2 30 1
Atlanta Giants at Packers 12/26/10 16.7 28 1
Charlotte Giants at Packers 12/26/10 18.4 30 1
Cincinnati Jets at Bears 12/26/10 16.6 31 1
New Orleans Giants at Packers 12/26/10 23.3 36 1
Philadelphia Giants at Packers 12/26/10 23.9 34 1
Tampa Jets at Bears/

Giants at Packers (tied)

12/26/10 14.8 32 / 27 1

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 
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