NFL Games Top Local Ratings 92 Percent of Time

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December 5th, 2012

via press release:

NFL GAMES TOP LOCAL RATINGS 92 PERCENT OF TIME –

RECORD PACE THROUGH WEEK 13

 

NFL Game Most Watched Show in All 13 Weeks

 

NFL games have topped the ratings in local markets a record 92 percent of the time this season – up from 88 percent through Week 13 last season.  Last week (Nov. 26-Dec. 2), NFL games were tops in 26 of 30 NFL markets.

 

Nationally, NFL games were the two most-watched shows on TV last week with the CBS national telecast (mostly Pittsburgh Steelers-Baltimore Ravens) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 23.0 million viewers followed by NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles) with 20.4 million viewers.

 

This marks the 13th time in 13 weeks that an NFL game has topped the viewership charts and the 12th time in 13 weeks that NFL games ranked 1-2 in viewership for the week.

 

For the season, NFL games rank as 22 of the 23 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day. Following are the most-watched programs this fall:

 

Program Viewers
1. FOX Thanksgiving Game (Redskins-Cowboys), 11/22 28.7 million
2. NBC Sunday Night Football (Steelers-Broncos), 9/9 27.6 million
3. CBS Thanksgiving Game (Texans-Lions), 11/22 27.3 million
4. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-Cowboys), 10/28 26.9 million
5. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Packers), 9/9 26.4 million
6. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Saints), 11/25 24.9 million
7. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Patriots), 10/7 24.5 million
8. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Eagles), 11/11 24.3 million
9. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Giants), 11/4 24.2 million
10. CBS Sunday National (mostly Texans-Broncos), 9/23 24.0 million
11. NBC Wed. Night Kickoff Game (Cowboys-Giants), 9/5 23.9 million
12. CBS Sunday National (Indy-NE & SD-Den), 11/18 23.6 million
13. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Ravens), 12/2 23.0 million
14. CBS Sunday National (mostly Jets-Patriots), 10/21 23.0 million
15. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-49ers), 10/14 22.8 million
16. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 9/30 22.8 million
17. NBC Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, 11/22 22.4 million
18. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Packers), 9/30 22.3 million
19. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Falcons), 11/4 21.8 million
20. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-49ers), 9/16 21.3 million
21. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Ravens), 9/23 21.3 million
22. NBC Sunday Night Football (Texans-Bears), 11/11 20.9 million
23. NBC Sunday Night Football (Packers-Giants), 11/25 20.9 million
24. CBS NCIS (Season Premiere), 9/25 20.5 million

 

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 

Following is the list of NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2:

 

Week of 11/26-12/2  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

New Orleans Saints at Falcons

11/29/12

49.0

64

1

Pittsburgh Steelers at Ravens

12/2/12

48.3

69

1

Milwaukee Vikings at Packers

12/2/12

43.5

74

1

Baltimore Steelers at Ravens

12/2/12

42.9

62

1

Denver Bucs at Broncos

12/2/12

38.2

67

1

Indianapolis Colts at Lions

12/2/12

36.2

64

1

Boston Patriots at Dolphins

12/2/12

36.2

66

1

Minneapolis Vikings at Packers

12/2/12

35.5

69

1

Cleveland Browns at Raiders

12/2/12

34.2

55

1

Cincinnati Bengals at Chargers

12/2/12

32.5

50

1

Dallas Eagles at Cowboys

12/2/12

32.4

49

1

Kansas City Panthers at Chiefs

12/2/12

30.0

57

1

Chicago Seahawks at Bears

12/2/12

29.7

59

1

Detroit Colts at Lions

12/2/12

28.5

51

1

Houston Texans at Titans

12/2/12

26.5

52

1

Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys

12/2/12

25.7

38

1

Seattle-Tacoma Seahawks at Bears

12/2/12

25.2

53

1

Washington, DC Steelers at Ravens

12/2/12

23.0

39

1

Charlotte Panthers at Chiefs

12/2/12

21.5

40

1

Nashville Texans at Titans

12/2/12

21.1

37

1

San Fran-Oakland 49ers at Rams

12/2/12

20.1

49

1

St. Louis 49ers at Rams

12/2/12

20.1

42

1

Tampa Bucs at Broncos

12/2/12

18.7

34

1

Miami Patriots at Dolphins

12/2/12

18.1

38

1

Phoenix Cardinals at Jets

12/2/12

16.9

36

1

San Diego Eagles at Cowboys

12/2/12

13.7

22

1

 

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 
  • DenverDean

    Another example of why ATL is a poor sports market, couldn’t even make the list with a team that is 11-1, playing a big division rival and for a game that with the victory clinches a playoff spot. The other three (NYC – rare to make list since it is such a fragmented market), Buffalo (bad team, match-up), Jax (bad team).

  • JFC

    Oakland who played Cleveland is just lumped into SF figures. I assume that game aired in the bay area as well?
    Also D.C shows Ravens Sunday game, while Redskins played Monday night to big numbers nationally.

  • Chris

    @DenverDean,

    Let me also point out that the Bills were blacked out Sunday, thus that game wasn’t even on in Buffalo. I’ll bet the most watched program in Atlanta and Jacksonville this week was the SEC Championship Game — ESPECIALLY Atlanta, not just because that’s where the game was, but also because of the Georgia Bulldogs (Athens, GA is part of the Atlanta media market). As for New York, I’ll say the Christmas in Rockefeller Center drew the largest audience (since it was in Manhattan, lots of interest hence), but Buffalo, I’m not sure.

  • Chris

    @JFC,

    The Raiders were blacked on Sunday, so it wasn’t even on in the Bay Area.

  • jamhexxx

    New Orleans and Pittsburgh markets are always first or second.

  • Justin Poppiti, Esq.

    Wow, the NFL is a juggernaut….bitch.

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