via press release:
NFL GAMES TWO MOST-WATCHED SHOWS OF THE WEEK
Head-to-Head: Bears-Steelers on NBC Sunday Night Football
Tops Primetime Emmys
Games Top Local Ratings in 29 of 30 NFL Markets
NFL telecasts ranked 1-2 in viewership among all television programs last week (Sept. 16 - 22) with the CBS national telecast (mostly Colts-49ers) topping the charts with 25.6 million average viewers, followed by Bears-Steelers on NBC’s Sunday Night Football drawing 20.5 million viewers.
In head-to-head competition, Sunday Night Football topped by nearly three million viewers the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS (17.8 million viewers).
Chiefs-Eagles on NFL Network kicked off Week 3 and registered as the highest-rated Thursday Night Football telecast in NFL Network history (6.0 HH rating) and Thursday’s most-watched program among all shows on broadcast and cable television with 9.4 million viewers.
Locally, NFL games topped the ratings in 29 NFL markets. Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Sept. 16 - 22:
Week of 9/16 – 9/22