NBC's Four NFL Games This Season Are the Only Primetime Shows on Any Network to Draw 20 Million Viewers

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September 24th, 2013

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NBC’S FOUR NFL GAMES THIS SEASON ONLY PRIMETIME SHOWS ON ANY NETWORK SINCE JUNE TO DRAW 20 MILLION VIEWERS

SNF Viewership Tops Emmy Awards by 16%

NBC NFL Telecasts Averaging 23.1 Million Viewers

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 24, 2013 – Despite a 17-point victory margin and a 21-point deficit 21 minutes into the game, the Chicago Bears-Pittsburgh Steelers matchup on Sunday Night Football drew an average of 20.5 million viewers on NBC, based on fast national data released by The Nielsen Company.

The 40-23 Bears victory was the night’s #1 primetime program and topped by nearly 3 million viewers (a 16% margin) head-to-head competition from the Emmy Awards on CBS (17.6 million viewers). In addition, SNF out-rated the Emmys in 41 of the 56 metered markets. Sunday Night Football has topped the Emmys in average viewership all six times they have gone head-to-head.

NBC’s four NFL telecasts this season – the “NFL Kickoff” game and three Sunday Night Football contests – are the only primetime programs to exceed 20 million average viewers on any network since June 20 (Game 7 of the NBA Finals, 26.3 million viewers on ABC).

The Bears-Steelers game – which aired from 8:31-11:28 pm ET – had a 12.2/20 fast national rating. Through four NFL telecasts, NBC is averaging 23.1 million viewers -- the fourth consecutive year with a 23+ million average at this point in the season.

TOP METERED MARKETS FOR BEARS-STEELERS:

1. Pittsburgh    39.9/56
2. Chicago    36.2/53
3. Las Vegas    18.6/29
4. Baltimore    17.8/28
5. New Orleans    17.5/24
6. Richmond    17.2/25
7. Phoenix    16.8/27
8. Denver    16.7/28
9. Nashville    16.3/23
10. Indianapolis    16.0/26
10. Albuquerque    16.0/25
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  • USAmerica1st

    And the ratings will stay high. The teams that are supposed to be winning, are not, and vice versa. Lots of interest here, plus the rapid rise of Fantasy Football (and the big bucks attached to it) makes every game important to the fantasy owners/viewers, not just their favorite teams.

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