NFL Games Rank as TV's Two Most-Watched Shows for 10th Time in 11 Weeks

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November 21st, 2012

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NFL GAMES RANK AS TV’S TWO MOST-WATCHED SHOWS

FOR 10TH TIME IN 11 WEEKS

 

Games Top Local Ratings in 28 of 30 NFL Markets

 

NFL games were the two most-watched shows on TV last week (Nov. 12-18) with the CBS national telecast (Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers-Denver Broncos) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 23.6 million viewers followed by NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers) with 18.2 million viewers.

 

This marks the 11th time in 11 weeks that an NFL game has topped the viewership charts and the 10th time in 11 weeks that NFL games ranked 1-2 in viewership for the week.

 

For the season, NFL games rank as the 17 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. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Eagles), 11/11 24.3 million
6. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Giants), 11/4 24.2 million
7. CBS Sunday National (mostly Texans-Broncos), 9/23 24.0 million
8. NBC Wed. Night Kickoff Game (Cowboys-Giants), 9/5 23.9 million
9. CBS Sunday National (Indy-NE & SD-Den), 11/18 23.6 million
10. CBS Sunday National (mostly Jets-Patriots), 10/21 23.0 million
11. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-49ers), 10/14 22.8 million
12. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 9/30 22.8 million
13. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Packers), 9/30 22.3 million
14. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Falcons), 11/4 21.8 million
15. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-49ers), 9/16 21.3 million
16. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Ravens), 9/23 21.3 million
17. NBC Sunday Night Football (Texans-Bears), 11/11 20.9 million
18. CBS NCIS (Season Premiere), 9/25 20.5 million

 

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 

Locally, NFL games topped ratings in 28 NFL markets last week. Following is the list of NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Nov. 12-18:

 

Week of 11/12-18  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

Pittsburgh Ravens at Steelers

11/18/2012

47.5

66

1

New Orleans Saints at Raiders

11/18/2012

46.4

66

1

Boston Colts at Patriots

11/18/2012

43.1

65

1

Milwaukee Packers at Lions

11/18/2012

42.5

71

1

Baltimore Ravens at Steelers

11/18/2012

39.0

54

1

Denver Chargers at Broncos

11/18/2012

36.9

68

1

Indianapolis Colts at Patriots

11/18/2012

36.7

57

1

Buffalo Dolphins at Bills

11/15/2012

31.1

45

1

Cleveland Browns at Cowboys

11/18/2012

28.9

54

1

Kansas City Bengals at Chiefs

11/18/2012

28.6

52

1

San Diego Chargers at Broncos

11/18/2012

26.8

50

1

Houston Jaguars at Texans

11/18/2012

26.5

53

1

Dallas-Ft. Worth Browns at Cowboys

11/18/2012

26.3

52

1

Cincinnati Bengals at Chiefs

11/18/2012

25.6

47

1

Detroit Packers at Lions

11/18/2012

24.9

48

1

Atlanta Cardinals at Falcons

11/18/2012

24.1

46

1

Charlotte Bucs at Panthers

11/18/2012

23.9

44

1

Washington, DC Eagles at Redskins

11/18/2012

23.3

48

1

Philadelphia Eagles at Redskins

11/18/2012

22.0

43

1

Minneapolis Packers at Lions

11/18/2012

21.0

51

1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Texans

11/18/2012

21.6

35

1

Phoenix Cardinals at Falcons

11/18/2012

18.9

40

1

Nashville Chargers at Broncos

11/18/2012

18.1

26

1

St. Louis Jets at Rams

11/18/2012

18.0

37

1

Tampa Bucs at Panthers

11/18/2012

17.4

35

1

New York Jets at Rams +

bonus coverage

11/18/2012

14.7

29

1

Miami Dolphins at Bills

11/15/2012

12.3

19

1

San Fran-Oakland Ravens at Steelers

11/18/2012

10.0

19

1

 
  • Joseph

    I would guess that this week (November 19th-25th), the top four TV programs will be NFL games, in this order:

    (1) Green Bay @ Giants (Sunday 11/25 on NBC, 8:35 P.M. EST)

    (2) New England @ Jets (Thursday 11/22 on NBC, 8:35 P.M. EST)

    (3) Washington @ Dallas (Thursday 11/22 on Fox, 4:25 P.M. EST)

    (4) Chicago @ San Francisco (which was this past Monday, 11/19, on ESPN; it is my understanding that the later portions of the game earned enough viewers, including broadcast station simulcasts, to put it into a position to rank fourth among all TV programs this week).

  • Ultima

    @Joseph
    I would guess

    Please, don’t, you’re so awful at it!

    Monday Night Football will not finish in the top five NFL games this week.

    Top five will be FOX Thursday, CBS Thursday, NBC Thursday, FOX Sunday National, NBC Sunday Night.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    The game Colts-Patriots was most watched only on Boston?
    When I heard I understood was the most watched game of the year and the 3rd in NFL history.Where do I get this wrong?

  • jp

    the NFL is king………

  • jp

    nfl is on broadcast tv……college football playoffs will be on cable tv announced today by ESPN. nfl rules.

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