Giants-49ers Game Draws 25.9 Million Viewers, Is Most-Watched TV Show of Week; NFL Games Rank As 18 Of 20 Most-Watched Shows This Fall

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NFL GAMES RANK AS 18 OF 20 MOST-WATCHED

SHOWS THIS FALL

 

Giants-49ers on FOX Most-Watched Show of Week

 

NFL Games Top Local Ratings in 29 Markets

 

NFL games rank as 18 of the 20 most-watched shows of the fall television season.

 

The FOX national telecast (mostly Giants-49ers) was the most-watched program on television last week (Nov. 7 – 11) drawing an average of 25.9 million viewers.

 

In addition, last Thursday night’s Oakland Raiders-San Diego Chargers game on NFL Network was watched by an average of 5.3 million cable viewers – topping last year’s opening night record (5.0 million for Ravens-Falcons) by six percent and ranking as themost-watched opener in the six seasons of Thursday Night Football.

 

Following are the most-watched programs this fall:

 

Program Viewers
1. CBS’ Two and a Half Men (Season Premiere), 9/19 28.7 million
2. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Patriots), 10/16 28.4 million
3. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-Patriots), 11/6 28.2 million
4. NBC Thursday Night Kickoff Game (Saints-Packers), 9/8 27.1 million
5. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-49ers), 11/13 25.9 million
6. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-Redskins), 9/11 25.8 million
7. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Jets), 9/11 25.8 million
8. FOX World Series Game 7 (Rangers-Cardinals), 10/28 25.4 million
9. CBS Sunday National (mostly Patriots-Steelers), 10/30 24.6 million
10. FOX Sunday National (mostly Packers-Vikings), 10/23 24.3 million
11. FOX Sunday National (mostly Packers-Bears), 9/25 24.0 million
12. NBC Sunday Night Football (Eagles-Falcons),9/18 23.4 million
13. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Lions-Cowboys), 10/2 23.3 million
14. CBS Sunday National (mostly Packers-Broncos), 10/2 23.0 million
15. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Eagles), 10/30 23.0 million
16. CBS Sunday National (mostly Chargers-Patriots), 9/18 22.7 million
17. CBS Sunday National (mostly Jets-Patriots), 10/9 22.6 million
18. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Chi-NO & Dal-SF), 9/18 22.5 million
19. NBC Sunday Night Football (Ravens-Steelers), 11/6 22.1 million
20. NBC Sunday Night Football (Packers-Falcons), 10/9 22.0 million

 

NFL games topped local ratings in 29 of 30 NFL markets last week.  Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Nov. 7 – 13:

 

Week of 11/7-11/13  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

New Orleans Saints at Falcons 11/13/11 52.9 73

1

Pittsburgh Steelers at Bengals 11/13/11 44.1 71

1

Cincinnati Steelers at Bengals 11/13/11 41.1 67

1

Baltimore Ravens at Seahawks 11/13/11 38.1 58

1

Chicago Lions at Bears 11/13/11 36.3 60

1

Boston Patriots at Jets 11/13/11 35.7 55

1

Kansas City Broncos at Chiefs 11/13/11 34.3 63

1

San Diego Raiders at Chargers** 11/10/11 32.9 52

1

Philadelphia Bears at Eagles* 11/7/11 32.8 49

1

Buffalo Bills at Cowboys 11/13/11 30.5 53

1

Dallas Bills at Cowboys 11/13/11 30.0 60

1

Denver Broncos at Chiefs 11/13/11 27.7 56

1

Indianapolis Jaguars at Colts 11/13/11 27.6 51

1

Cleveland Rams at Colts 11/13/11 26.0 51

1

Detroit Lions at Bears 11/13/11 25.6 41

1

Nashville Titans at Panthers 11/13/11 24.9 41

1

Atlanta Falcons at Colts 11/13/11 23.8 44

1

Houston Texans at Buccaneers 11/13/11 23.5 45

1

Seattle Ravens at Seahawks 11/13/11 23.1 48

1

Milwaukee Lions at Bears 11/13/11 23.0 38

1

Charlotte Titans at Panthers 11/13/11 22.7 43

1

San Fran-Oakland Giants at 49ers 11/13/11 21.4 52

1

New York Giants at 49ers 11/13/11 20.0 36

1

Washington, DC Redskins at Dolphins 11/13/11 20.0 44

1

St. Louis Rams at Browns 11/13/11 19.3 40

1

Phoenix Cardinals at Eagles 11/13/11 19.0 38

1

Miami Redskins at Dolphins 11/13/11 18.4 38

1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Colts 11/13/11 17.6 30

1

Minneapolis Lions at Bears 11/13/11 16.2 32

1

 

* Local affiliate & ESPN combined

** Local affiliate & NFLN combined

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

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