NFL Game Ranks as Most-Watched Show on TV for Seventh Consecutive Week

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October 24th, 2012

via press release:

 

NFL GAME RANKS AS MOST-WATCHED SHOW ON TV

FOR SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE WEEK

 

Games Top Local Ratings in 25 of 30 NFL Markets

 

The CBS national telecast (mostly N.Y. Jets-New England) was the most watched TV program last week (Oct. 15-21) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 23.0 million viewers. This marks the seventh time in seven weeks that an NFL game has topped the viewership charts (up from six times in the first seven weeks in 2011).

 

For the season, NFL games rank as the 11 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. CBS Sunday National (mostly Jets-Patriots), 10/21 23.0 million
7. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-49ers), 10/14 22.8 million
8. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 9/30 22.8 million
9. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Packers), 9/30 22.3 million
10. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-49ers), 9/16 21.3 million
11. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Ravens), 9/23 21.3 million

 

Locally, NFL games topped ratings in 25 NFL markets last week:

 

Program

# of NFL Markets Ranked #1

NFL Football

25

MLB Playoffs

3

Dancing with the Stars

1

Big Bang Theory

1

 

 

Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Oct. 15-21:

 

Week of 10/15–21  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

Pittsburgh Steelers at Bengals

10/21/12

45.1

62

1

Milwaukee Packers at Rams

10/21/12

43.3

73

1

Boston Jets at Patriots

10/21/12

41.4

65

1

New Orleans Saints at Buccaneers

10/21/12

40.9

64

1

Denver Broncos at Chargers

10/15/12

36.5

55

1

San Diego Broncos at Chargers

10/15/12

34.6

54

1

Cincinnati Steelers at Bengals

10/21/12

34.6

49

1

Buffalo Titans at Bills

10/21/12

33.3

57

1

Minneapolis Cardinals at Vikings

10/21/12

31.0

67

1

Indianapolis Browns at Colts

10/21/12

29.7

53

1

Baltimore Ravens at Texans

10/21/12

27.9

48

1

Seattle Seahawks at 49ers

10/18/11

26.8

47

1

Cleveland Browns at Colts

10/21/12

26.7

53

1

Dallas Cowboys at Panthers

10/21/12

26.4

52

1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Raiders

10/21/12

25.9

39

1

Washington, DC Redskins at Giants

10/21/12

24.9

50

1

Charlotte Cowboys at Panthers

10/21/12

23.5

46

1

Nashville Titans at Bills

10/21/12

23.2

42

1

Houston Ravens at Texans

10/21/12

22.0

44

1

New York Jets Jets at Patriots

10/21/12

19.2

34

1

Tampa Saints at Buccaneers

10/21/12

18.7

39

1

Phoenix Cardinals at Vikings

10/21/12

17.6

38

1

Philadelphia Jets at Patriots

10/21/12

15.1

26

1

Atlanta Jets at Patriots

10/21/12

14.4

26

1

Miami Jets at Patriots

10/21/12

13.5

26

1

 
  • THE OLD MAN

    AND THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS ARE #1! GO STEELERS!

  • rhembo

    What American pastime…a regular season football game gets four times more viewers than a MLB play-off game

  • Chris

    Obviously the three where the MLB playoffs were most watched are Detroit, St. Louis, and San Fran-Oakland (all three markets’ teams were the last ones standing). That leaves Chicago and Kansas City as the only ones listed. I’m going to say DWTS was most watched in Chicago as that show tends to do best in big markets where ABC stations are glued to old women, and Kansas City would be where The Big Bang Theory drew the best numbers.

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