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

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October 31st, 2012

via press release:

NFL GAME RANKS AS MOST-WATCHED SHOW ON TV FOR EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE WEEK

 

Giants-Cowboys Second-Most-Watched Show of Fall

Games Top Local Ratings in 24 of 30 NFL Markets

 

The FOX national telecast (mostly N.Y. Giants-Dallas Cowboys) was the most watched TV program last week (Oct. 22-28) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 26.9 million viewers. This marks the eighth time in eight weeks that an NFL game has topped the viewership charts.

 

For the season, NFL games rank as the 12 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 Giants-Cowboys), 10/28 26.9 million
3. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Packers), 9/9 26.4 million
4. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Patriots), 10/7 24.5 million
5. CBS Sunday National (mostly Texans-Broncos), 9/23 24.0 million
6. NBC Wednesday Night Kickoff Game (Cowboys-Giants), 9/5 23.9 million
7. CBS Sunday National (mostly Jets-Patriots), 10/21 23.0 million
8. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-49ers), 10/14 22.8 million
9. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 9/30 22.8 million
10. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Packers), 9/30 22.3 million
11. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-49ers), 9/16 21.3 million
12. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Ravens), 9/23 21.3 million

 

Locally, NFL games topped ratings in 24 NFL markets last week:

 

Program

# of NFL Markets Ranked #1

NFL Football

24

MLB World Series

3

Big Bang Theory

2

College Football

1 (Florida-Georgia)

 

Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Oct. 22-28:

 

Week of 10/22-28

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

New Orleans Saints at Broncos

10/28/12

47.7

59

1

Pittsburgh Redskins at Steelers

10/28/12

42.3

68

1

Milwaukee Jaguars at Packers

10/28/12

40.2

70

1

Denver Saints at Broncos

10/28/12

39.5

59

1

Kansas City Raiders at Chiefs

10/28/12

34.4

54

1

Boston Patriots at Rams

10/28/12

33.5

59

1

Cleveland Chargers at Browns

10/28/12

32.4

57

1

Dallas Giants at Cowboys

10/28/12

31.3

54

1

Minneapolis Buccaneers at Vikings

10/25/12

30.9

50

1

Indianapolis Colts at Titans

10/28/12

30.6

51

1

Chicago Panthers at Bears

10/28/12

28.3

57

1

Nashville Colts at Titans

10/28/11

28.1

47

1

Philadelphia Falcons at Eagles

10/28/12

26.9

44

1

Washington, DC Redskins at Steelers

10/28/12

26.4

49

1

Seattle Seahawks at Lions

10/28/12

26.2

56

1

Atlanta Falcons at Eagles

10/28/12

25.3

47

1

Charlotte Panthers at Bears

10/28/12

24.7

44

1

San Diego Chargers at Browns

10/28/12

23.2

47

1

New York Giants Giants at Cowboys

10/28/12

21.7

33

1

Miami Dolphins at Jets

10/28/12

17.6

37

1

Phoenix Giants at Cowboys

10/28/12

17.4

34

1

Tampa Giants at Cowboys

10/28/12

16.7

29

1

Baltimore Redskins at Steelers

10/28/12

16.3

28

1

Houston Giants at Cowboys

10/28/12

15.6

29

1

 

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 
  • jazzie2

    I love NFL games!! On Fox, NBC, ESPN! I just can’t stand to hear Joe Buck announcing anything. And especially the World Series and play-off games. Can’t stand his voice or what comes out of his mouth. Thank you NBC for Cris Collingsworth and Al M. Does this “Joe Blow” think he’ll be the next Madden!! NOT!! And I’m so sick of woman announcing anything football. Please! Take care of the kids. Let me enjoy hearing real football people discuss football or read those dumb cards. This is a man’s game. We just get to watch and enjoy–if we choose.

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