NFL Tops on TV Thanksgiving Weekend

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November 28th, 2012

via press release:

NFL TOPS ON TV THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

 

FOX’s Redskins-Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

Most-Watched Show of Fall TV Season

Games Rank as Three Most-Watched Shows of Week &

Top Two Shows in Primetime

Highest Avg. Thanksgiving Day Viewership Since 1999

The Thanksgiving tradition of family, food and football continued this past weekend as fans tuned into NFL games in huge numbers.

 

The FOX Thanksgiving game (Redskins-Cowboys) was watched by an average of 28.7 million viewers topping all programs for the week (Nov. 19-25) and ranking as the most-watched show of the fall TV season.

 

The CBS Thanksgiving game (Texans-Lions) was the second most-watched show of the week with an average of 27.3 million viewers -- the fourth consecutive CBS Thanksgiving game to top 25 million viewers.

 

NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Packers-Giants) was the week’s most-watched primetime show averaging 20.9 million viewers with NBC’s Patriots-Jets Thanksgiving night game ranking second in primetime with an average of 19.2 million viewers. NBC’s Thanksgiving night viewership is tops all-time among primetime Thanksgiving games and the most-watched Thursday night program on any network since the Summer Olympics.

 

The three-game Thanksgiving Day average of 25.6 million viewers is the highest Thanksgiving Day average since 1999 (27.1 million for Bears-Lions and Dolphins-Cowboys).

 

The FOX Sunday national telecast (mostly 49ers-Saints) was the third most-watched show of the week with an average of 24.9 million viewers.

 

Thanksgiving week visits to NFL Digital media mobile properties (mobile web, apps, and mobile browser on desktop) including NFL Mobile Only From Verizon, were up 67 percent over 2011 Thanksgiving week.

 

Locally, NFL games topped ratings in 29 NFL markets. Following is the list of NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Nov. 19-25:

 

Week of 11/19-25

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

New Orleans 49ers at Saints

11/25/2012

51.3

69

1

Milwaukee Packers at Giants

11/25/2012

43.8

61

1

Pittsburgh Steelers at Browns

11/25/2012

41.2

69

1

Baltimore Ravens at Chargers

11/25/2012

37.9

54

1

Indianapolis Bills at Colts

11/25/2012

36.2

60

1

Boston Patriots at Jets

11/22/2012

34.9

61

1

Denver Broncos at Chiefs

11/25/2012

34.4

68

1

Cleveland Steelers at Browns

11/25/2012

34.2

62

1

Kansas City Broncos at Chiefs

11/25/2012

32.3

60

1

Minneapolis Vikings at Bears

11/25/2012

31.7

63

1

Buffalo Bills at Colts

11/25/2012

30.7

51

1

Chicago Vikings at Bears

11/25/2012

29.9

58

1

Seattle Seahawks at Dolphins

11/25/2012

27.1

56

1

Detroit Texans at Lions

11/22/2012

27.0

57

1

Houston Texans at Lions

11/22/2012

26.5

61

1

Dallas Redskins at Cowboys

11/22/2012

24.7

56

1

Atlanta Falcons at Bucs

11/25/2012

24.3

44

1

San Fran-Oakland 49ers at Saints

11/25/2012

22.7

53

1

St. Louis Rams at Cardinals

11/25/2012

22.6

38

1

Washington, DC Redskins at Cowboys

11/22/2012

22.4

62

1

Phoenix Rams at Cardinals

11/25/2012

22.2

44

1

Nashville Titans at Jaguars

11/25/2012

22.0

38

1

New York Packers at Giants

11/25/2012

18.9

28

1

Cincinnati Raiders at Bengals

11/25/2012

16.9

32

1

Charlotte 49ers at Saints

11/25/2012

17.7

29

1

San Diego Texans at Lions

11/22/2012

16.6

36

1

Tampa 49ers at Saints

11/25/2012

15.8

27

1

Philadelphia Texans at Lions

11/22/2012

15.6

37

1

Miami Seahawks at Dolphins

11/25/2012

15.0

33

1

 

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 

 

 
  • THE OLD MAN

    Who wooda thought!

  • Charlie Sheen

    Texans-Lions nearly beat that Cowboys game, that was easily the best game of the entire season.

  • Joseph

    I expected the Sunday-night game (New York Giants hosting Green Bay) would have been the most-watched program of the week since I thought Thanksgiving activities would have impacted ratings for the games on Turkey Day itself.

  • Ultima

    @Joseph
    since I thought Thanksgiving activities would have impacted ratings for the games on Turkey Day itself

    The Thanksgiving day NFL games on FOX and CBS are typically near the top for most watched regular season games every year.

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