NFL Tops on TV Thanksgiving Weekend; CBS’ Dolphins-Cowboys Thanksgiving Game Most-Watched TV Show this Fall

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November 30th, 2011

via press release:

NFL TOPS ON TV THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

 

Three Game Telecasts Top 25 Million Viewers

 

CBS’ Dolphins-Cowboys Thanksgiving Game Most-Watched TV Show this Fall

FOX’s Packers-Lions Draws Top Thanksgiving Overnight rating Since 1996

Steelers-Chiefs on NBC’s Sunday Night Football Tops Primetime Viewership

 

49ers-Ravens on NFL Network Posts Best-Ever Thanksgiving Cable Viewership

 

 

The Thanksgiving tradition of family, food and football continued this past weekend as fans tuned into NFL games in large numbers.

 

The CBS Thanksgiving game (Dolphins-Cowboys) drew 30.9 million viewers – the most for a CBS Thanksgiving game since it acquired the AFC package in 1998 and ranking as the most-watched television show this fall (pending Friday release of FOX Thanksgiving game viewership). In addition, the CBS Sunday national telecast (mostly Patriots-Eagles) drew 26.3 million viewers – the network’s most-watched Sunday telecast of the season.

 

The FOX Thanksgiving game (Packers-Lions) drew a 15.8 overnight rating, tying with 1998 Vikings-Cowboys as the network’s highest-rated game on the holiday since 1996 (Redskins-Cowboys, 17.0). (Viewership figures for the FOX game will be available on Friday, according to The Nielsen Company. It will rank with the CBS Thanksgiving game as the two most-watched programs of the week and the fall TV season).

 

NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Steelers-Chiefs) drew 20.3 million viewers and was the most-watched primetime program of the week (November 21-27).

 

The Thanksgiving night 49ers-Ravens game on NFL Network was watched by 10.7 million viewers (not including over-the-air markets), ranking as cable’s top all-time Thanksgiving telecast (Nielsen records date to 1994) and the most-watched program in NFLN’s eight-year history.

 

NFL games also topped local ratings in 28 of 30 NFL markets last week.  Following is the list of 28 NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Nov. 21-27:

 

Week of 11/21–27  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

Pittsburgh Steelers at Chiefs

11/27/11

50.7

67

1

Baltimore 49ers at Ravens**

11/24/11

41.0

71

1

Boston Patriots at Eagles

11/27/11

38.7

60

1

Milwaukee Packers at Lions

11/24/11

37.0

74

1

Buffalo Bills at Jets

11/27/11

36.7

61

1

Chicago Bears at Raiders

11/27/11

35.1

56

1

Denver Broncos at Chargers

11/27/11

34.4

63

1

Kansas City Steelers at Chiefs

11/27/11

33.8

48

1

San Diego Broncos at Chargers

11/27/11

31.9

60

1

Cleveland Browns at Bengals

11/27/11

30.7

55

1

Detroit Packers at Lions

11/24/11

30.5

61

1

Philadelphia Patriots at Eagles

11/27/11

30.5

49

1

Nashville Buccaneers at Titans

11/27/11

29.1

44

1

Indianapolis Panthers at Colts

11/27/11

28.3

49

1

Minneapolis Vikings at Falcons

11/27/11

27.9

57

1

Seattle Redskins at Seahawks

11/27/11

26.2

53

1

Dallas Dolphins at Cowboys

11/24/11

26.1

63

1

Houston Texans at Jaguars

11/27/11

25.3

47

1

Charlotte Panthers at Colts

11/27/11

23.7

43

1

Atlanta Vikings at Falcons

11/27/11

23.6

44

1

Washington, DC Redskins at Seahawks

11/27/11

22.1

39

1

Jacksonville Texans at Jaguars

11/27/11

21.9

38

1

San Fran-Oakland 49ers at Ravens**

11/24/11

21.2

57

1

Phoenix Packers at Lions

11/24/11

20.9

41

1

St. Louis Cardinals at Rams

11/27/11

20.0

37

1

Miami Dolphins at Cowboys

11/24/11

18.6

44

1

Cincinnati Broncos at Chargers

11/27/11

17.2

26

1

Tampa Buccaneers at Titans

11/27/11

16.3

37

1

* Local affiliate & ESPN combined

** Local affiliate & NFLN combined

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 

 

 
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