Record 108.4 Million Fans Tune In On NFL Kickoff Weekend

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September 12th, 2013

Philadelphia Eagles v Washington Redskins

via press release:

BACK TO FOOTBALL!

RECORD 108.4 MILLION FANS TUNE IN
ON KICKOFF WEEKEND

Kickoff Weekend Games 3 of 7 Most-Watched TV Shows
Since Super Bowl XLVII

Packers-49ers on FOX Most-Watched Sunday Week 1 Game Ever

Eagles-Redskins Most-Watched Monday Night Football Opener Ever on ESPN

5-Years Running: NFL Games Top Ratings in All 30 NFL Markets
Kickoff Weekend

NFL Network& NFL Digital Media Post Opening Weekend Records

The NFL got Back To Football with a thrilling Kickoff Weekend on the field, in the stands and at home. Twelve of the 16 games in Week 1 were decided by seven points or fewer, tied for the most of any weekend in NFL history.

And fans got Back To Football too! Beginning with the Thursday night NFL season opener, viewers across the country tuned into NFL games and programming and visited NFL digital media properties in record numbers.

A record total of 108.4 million fans tuned into Kickoff Weekend games (Sept. 5-9) on CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC to rank as the most-viewed opening weekend ever.  This marks the fourth consecutive Kickoff Weekend with a total reach exceeding 105 million viewers.

For the third time in four years (2010, 2011), three Kickoff Weekend game telecasts topped 25 million average viewers -- FOX national game telecast (mostly Packers-49ers, 28.5 million), NBC Sunday night game (Giants-Cowboys, 25.4 million), and the NBC Thursday Kickoff game (Ravens-Broncos, 25.1 million). These three telecasts rank among the seven most-watched shows among all television programs since Super Bowl Sunday including awards shows, such as the Academy Awards, and season finales.

In addition, Kickoff Weekend games averaged 19.6 million viewers – the third time in four years that the games average more than 19 million viewers (19.5 million in 2010; 19.0 million in 2011).

Below are additional records and highlights from Kickoff Weekend.

NATIONAL

·         With 28.5 million average viewers, the FOX national telecast (mostly Packers-49ers) posted its best Kickoff Sunday ever, surpassing 28.0 million for Packers-Eagles in 2010.

·         ESPN’s  Monday Night Football opener (Eagles-Redskins) was the most-watched Week 1 game ever on ESPN with 16.54 million viewers and posted the highest rating ever for a season opener on ESPN (11.8).

·         On Sunday afternoon, an average of 19.8 million viewers watched NFL games on CBS and FOX, making it the highest Kickoff Sunday audience for the networks, surpassing the previous record average of 19.0 million in 2010.

LOCAL

·         NFL games ranked first in all 30 NFL markets for the fifth consecutive Kickoff Weekend. NFL games also topped the ratings in 50 of Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, with college football games as the highest-rated program in the other six markets.  In addition, the second-highest rated show in 26 of the 30 NFL markets was also NFL programming.

·         Three teams delivered record-setting ratings for season-openers in their home markets led by Washington (38.8 rating) followed by Philadelphia (35.1) and Seattle (34.1).

·         Eight clubs (Atlanta, Buffalo, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Washington) posted local ratings increases of at least 20 percent for Week 1.

NFL NETWORK & NFL DIGITAL MEDIA

·         For the seventh consecutive year, NFL Network posted its best-ever Kickoff Sunday viewership with an average of 310,000 viewers tuning in for shows including the debut of the new GameDay First at 7:00 AM ET, NFL GameDay Morning, NFL GameDay Highlights and NFL GameDay Final.

·         NFL Network's audience peaked between from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM ET when it averaged 622,000 viewers for NFL GameDay Morning, making it the most watched regular season episode of that program in NFL Network history.

·         NFL Digital Media properties, including the newly redesigned NFL Mobile from Verizon app, saw a 38 percent year-over-year increase in visits and 41 percent rise in total time spent for the 2013 NFL Kickoff Weekend. Overall, the total cumulative audience for NFL Digital Media properties, across desktop, tablet, and phone was 35.9M uniques.

·         The majority of visits to NFL Digital Media properties during the 2013 NFL Kickoff Weekend came from a mobile device and mobile specific properties, including NFL Mobile from Verizon, which had an 77 percent increase in user visits during that period.

Following is the list of all 30 NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Sept. 2-8:

Week of 9/2 – 9/8

HH
HH
RTG
Market
Game
Date
RTG
SHR
Rank
Milwaukee
Packers at 49ers
09/08/2013
50.8
75
1
New Orleans
Falcons at Saints
09/08/2013
49.0
75
1
Denver
Ravens at Broncos
09/05/2013
43.7
70
1
Indianapolis
Raiders at Colts
09/08/2013
38.3
63
1
Baltimore
Ravens at Broncos
09/05/2013
36.9
61
1
Pittsburgh
Titans at Steelers
09/08/2013
36.3
65
1
Dallas
Giants at Cowboys
09/08/2013
36.2
54
1
Minneapolis
Vikings at Lions
09/08/2013
35.5
68
1
Buffalo
Patriots at Bills
09/08/2013
34.7
64
1
Kansas City
Chiefs at Jaguars
09/08/2013
32.4
57
1
Seattle
Seahawks at Panthers
09/08/2013
31.4
65
1
Chicago
Bengals at Bears
09/08/2013
31.0
60
1
Boston
Patriots at Bills
09/08/2013
30.8
63
1
Cincinnati
Bengals at Bears
09/08/2013
29.7
52
1
Cleveland
Dolphins at Browns
09/08/2013
27.3
53
1
Nashville
Titans at Steelers
09/08/2013
25.6
45
1
Atlanta
Falcons at Saints
09/08/2013
25.4
48
1
Detroit
Vikings at Lions
09/08/2013
25.4
52
1
Phoenix
Cardinals at Rams
09/08/2013
24.6
44
1
St. Louis
Cardinals at Rams
09/08/2013
24.1
41
1
Charlotte
Seahawks at Panthers
09/08/2013
23.0
43
1
San Fran-Oakland
Packers at 49ers
09/08/2013
22.0
50
1
Washington, DC
Giants at Cowboys
09/08/2013
20.9
36
1
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers at Jets
09/08/2013
20.5
39
1
New York
Giants at Cowboys
09/08/2013
19.5
32
1
San Diego
Giants at Cowboys
09/08/2013
19.2
33
1
Houston
Giants at Cowboys
09/08/2013
18.4
30
1
Miami
Dolphins at Browns
09/08/2013
18.1
35
1
Philadelphia
Giants at Cowboys
09/08/2013
17.9
28
1
Jacksonville
Chiefs at Jaguars
09/08/2013
17.9
35
1

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 
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