NFL Games Rank as 9 Most-Watched TV Shows This Fall

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October 10th, 2012

via press release:

NFL GAMES RANK AS 9 MOST-WATCHED TV SHOWS THIS FALL

 

Games Top Local Ratings in 29 of 30 NFL Markets

 

The CBS national telecast (mostly Broncos-Patriots) was the most watched TV program with 24.5 million average viewers last week (Oct. 1-7) topping competition which included the second week of the primetime TV season and MLB playoffs.

 

For the season, NFL games rank as the nine most-watched TV shows since Labor Day. Following are the most-watched programs this fall:

 

Program Viewers
1. NBC Sunday Night Football (Steelers-Broncos), 9/9  27.6 million
2. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Packers), 9/9 26.4 million
3. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Patriots), 10/7 24.5 million
4. CBS Sunday National (mostly Texans-Broncos), 9/23 24.0 million
5. NBC Wednesday Night Kickoff Game (Cowboys-Giants), 9/5 23.9 million
6. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 9/30 22.8 million
7. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Packers), 9/30 22.3 million
8. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-49ers), 9/16 21.3 million
9. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Ravens), 9/23 21.3 million
10. CBS NCIS (Season Premiere), 9/25 20.5 million

 

Locally, NFL games topped ratings in 29 NFL markets last week:

 

Program

# of NFL Markets Ranked #1

NFL Football

29

MLB Wild Card (A’s-Tigers)

1

 

Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Oct. 1-7:

 

Week of 10/1–10/7  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

New Orleans Chargers at Saints

10/7/12

49.6

65

1

Milwaukee Packers at Colts

10/7/12

45.0

75

1

Pittsburgh Eagles at Steelers

10/7/12

39.9

68

1

Boston Broncos at Patriots

10/7/12

37.6

63

1

Minneapolis Titans at Vikings

10/7/12

36.9

62

1

Denver Broncos at Patriots

10/7/12

36.8

66

1

Kansas City Ravens at Chiefs

10/7/12

34.3

62

1

San Diego Chargers at Saints

10/7/12

34.3

56

1

Indianapolis Packers at Colts

10/7/12

33.7

56

1

Buffalo Bills at 49ers

10/7/12

31.5

50

1

Baltimore Ravens at Chiefs

10/7/12

31.2

50

1

Cincinnati Dolphins at Bengals

10/7/12

29.3

54

1

Philadelphia Eagles at Steelers

10/7/12

28.2

49

1

Cleveland Browns at Giants

10/7/12

27.5

52

1

St. Louis Cardinals at Rams

10/4/12

26.3

40

1

Dallas Bears at Cowboys

10/1/12

26.1

41

1

Chicago Bears at Cowboys

10/1/12

25.9

49

1

Atlanta Falcons at Redskins

10/7/12

25.0

47

1

Washington, DC Falcons at Redskins

10/7/12

24.8

46

1

Charlotte Seahawks at Panthers

10/7/12

24.7

40

1

Seattle Seahawks at Panthers

10/7/12

23.5

53

1

Nashville Titans at Vikings

10/7/12

23.1

38

1

Phoenix Cardinals at Rams

10/4/12

21.8

36

1

Jacksonville Bears at Jaguars

10/7/12

20.1

32

1

San Fran-Oakland Bills at 49ers

10/7/12

18.6

47

1

Miami Dolphins at Bengals

10/7/12

18.5

37

1

New York Browns at Giants

10/7/12

17.6

36

1

Houston Broncos at Patriots

10/7/12

15.4

30

1

Tampa Broncos at Patriots

10/7/12

13.8

25

1

 

 
  • THE OLD MAN

    And the Steelers are #1. Go Pittsburgh!

  • rhembo

    I read somewhere that two thirds of Americans will watch at least one football game in a season. As oppossed to every other programming that gets a fraction of a fraction of the U.S. audience.

  • Joseph

    The only reason that the NFL Network’s Thursday-night games aren’t dominating the ratings is that the NFL Network is in far fewer homes than ESPN or the broadcast networks.

    When the NFL Network gets in as many homes as ESPN (which might be by next Fall), “NFL Thursday Night Football” will become that night’s dominant program in total viewers and key demographics.

    And that could cause major problems for the broadcast networks since Thursday is the most important night of the prime-time week (mainly due to movie studios buying commercial spots to promote films opening the next day).

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