NFL Games Top TV Viewership in Premiere Week

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October 3rd, 2012

via press release:

NFL GAMES TOP TV VIEWERSHIP IN “PREMIERE WEEK”

 

Viewership Up on All Primetime Packages after First Quarter of Season

Broncos, Seahawks, 49ers & Giants Top Local Ratings Increases

NFL telecasts ranked 1-2 in viewership among all television programs during last week’s “premiere week” debuts of network primetime programming.

 

Giants-Eagles on NBC’s Sunday Night Football topped the charts for the week (Sept. 24-30) with 22.8 million average viewers followed by the FOX national telecast (mostly Saints-Packers) drawing 22.3 million viewers. The top non-NFL program was CBS’ NCIS which averaged 20.5 million viewers for its season premiere.

 

Since Labor Day, NFL game telecasts rank as the eight most-watched shows on television and are the only programs along with the NCIS premiere to draw more than 20 million viewers.

 

Viewership for all of the network’s primetime packages are up vs. 2011 with NBC off to its best Sunday Night Football start ever, ESPN’s Monday Night Football up seven percent, and NFL Network off to its best three-game Thursday Night Football start. Final CBS and FOX viewership figures will be available on Thursday.

 

Locally during premiere week, NFL games topped the ratings in 27 NFL markets:

 

Program

# of NFL Markets Ranked #1

NFL Football

27

NCIS (premiere)

3

 

Through the first quarter of the 2012 season, NFL games ranked No. 1 in local markets 98 percent of the time – topping the prior record in the season’s first four weeks (93 percent in 2011 and 2010).

 

The Denver Broncos’ local ratings are up 40 percent compared to last year at this time – tops in The League – followed by the Seattle Seahawks (up 39 percent), San Francisco 49ers (up 22 percent) and New York Giants (up 20 percent).

 

Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Sept. 24-30:

 

Week of 9/24–9/30

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

New Orleans Saints at Packers

9/30/12

49.7

68

1

Milwaukee Saints at Packers

9/30/12

48.4

74

1

Baltimore Browns at Ravens

9/27/12

40.2

58

1

Buffalo Patriots at Bills

9/30/12

37.0

60

1

Denver Raiders at Broncos

9/30/12

35.1

65

1

Boston Patriots at Bills

9/30/12

32.8

60

1

Philadelphia Giants at Eagles

9/30/12

31.8

46

1

Minneapolis Vikings at Lions

9/30/12

31.0

67

1

Cleveland Browns at Ravens

9/27/12

30.1

46

1

Kansas City Chargers at Chiefs

9/30/12

30.0

54

1

Washington, DC Redskins at Bucs

9/30/12

28.7

49

1

Cincinnati Bengals at Jaguars

9/30/12

25.7

45

1

San Diego Chargers at Chiefs

9/30/12

25.1

48

1

Houston Titans at Texans

9/30/12

24.7

49

1

Atlanta Panthers at Falcons

9/30/12

24.5

47

1

Phoenix Dolphins at Cardinals

9/30/12

24.0

44

1

Charlotte Panthers at Falcons

9/30/12

23.5

44

1

Detroit Vikings at Lions

9/30/12

23.5

45

1

Seattle Seahawks at Rams

9/30/12

21.8

52

1

Nashville Titans at Texans

9/30/12

21.4

37

1

Jacksonville Bengals at Jaguars

9/30/12

20.9

32

1

New York Giants at Eagles

9/30/12

20.7

31

1

Miami Dolphins at Cardinals

9/30/12

19.1

36

1

St. Louis Seahawks at Rams

9/30/12

18.5

38

1

San Fran-Oakland 49ers at Jets

9/30/12

17.9

47

1

Dallas Saints at Packers

9/30/12

16.7

31

1

Chicago Saints at Packers

9/30/12

14.6

28

1

 

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 

 

 
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