Chiefs-Broncos on NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' is Most-Watched November Primetime Game in 17 Years

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November 19th, 2013

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Most-Watched Primetime Game This Season With 26.9 Million Viewers    

NBC NFL Telecasts Rank as 5 of 10 Most-Watched Primetime Shows since Super Bowl

NBC NFL Rating, Viewership & Women’s Demos on Record Pace


STAMFORD, Conn. – November 19, 2013 – Last week’s NBC Sunday Night Football game, featuring Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos defeating the previously unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, 27-17, averaged 26.9 million viewers – marking the best primetime viewership for a November game in 17 years and a 48% increase over last season’s Week 11 SNF game (18.2 million viewers for Baltimore-Pittsburgh).


The previous best November primetime viewership was 31.5 million viewers for the defending Super Bowl-champion Dallas Cowboys’ 21-6 win over Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers on ABC on November 18, 1996.


The Chiefs-Broncos SNF matchup easily won the week as TV’s most-watched primetime show, topping the No. 2 show by 39% (“NCIS,” 19.4 million), according to official live plus same day national data released today by The Nielsen Company.  Chiefs-Broncos is the most-watched SNF game this season (including the Thursday night opener), edging out the Oct. 20 Broncos-Colts game featuring Manning’s return to Indianapolis.


The Broncos’ victory – highlighted by Manning’s 323 passing yards and one touchdown -- on Sunday Night Football (8:31-11:59 PM ET) also posted the week’s highest primetime rating (15.5/25) and a 9.9 rating in the Adult 18-49 demographic.


NBC NFL telecasts rank as five of the 10-most watched primetime television shows (based on live plus same day data) since the February 2013 Super Bowl.  Following are the most watched shows since Super Bowl XLVII:


Program, Date Avg. Viewers
1. Academy Awards, 2/24/13 40.4 million
2. Grammy Awards, 2/10/13 28.4 million
3. Sunday Night Football (Chiefs-Broncos), 11/17/13 26.9 million
4. Sunday Night Football (Broncos-Colts), 10/20/13 26.9 million
5. NBA Finals Game 7 (Spurs-Heat), 6/20/13 26.3 million
6. Oscars Red Carpet Preview, 2/24/13 25.5 million
7. Sunday Night Football (Giants-Cowboys), 9/8/13 25.4 million
8. “NFL Kickoff” Game (Ravens-Broncos), 9/5/13 25.1 million
9. NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship (L’ville-Michigan), 4/8/13 23.4 million
10. Sunday Night Football (Redskins-Cowboys), 10/13/13 22.1 million


NBC NFL games are averaging a 13.0 HH rating and 22.0 million viewers per telecast – the network’s best 11-week start since acquiring the SNF package in 2006.  In addition, SNF tops primetime in Adults, Men and Women 18-34 and 18-49 demos and Adults and Men 25-54.  SNF is also on record pace in the Women’s 18-49 and 25-54 demos.

  • Edward

    Broncos and Pats might be higher than that come this week. NBC just must love this!

  • Edward

    There is no stopping NBC now….lol

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Can I use this as a bingo square for The Mentalist?

  • j

    I’m curious about T10 programs since SB including non-primetime sports…

  • Christian

    Probably 80% NCIS, 20% Big Bang Theory.

  • VT

    Winning teams, winning ratings.

  • Michael1

    31.5 million people tuned in to see the Cowboys score zero touchdowns? Never underestimate the appeal of Chris Boniol and a kicking tea.

  • Joseph

    Look for the NFL to move the Dallas/Chicago game on December 8th out of prime-time and to “flex” the Carolina/New Orleans game into the Sunday-night slot, since that game could have a huge impact on the NFC South.

  • Joseph


    Despite New England’s controversial loss at Carolina last night (November 18th), this Sunday’s (November 24th) game between New England and Denver will probably be the most-watched TV program since the last Super Bowl and also has an outside chance of becoming the most-watched regular-season NFL telecast ever.

    A viewing audience of 31 million viewers is very possible, and even though it’s the last Sunday of the November “sweeps”, I could even see the other broadcast networks make last-minute decisions to replace scheduled first-run programs between 8 and 11 P.M. EST/PST with reruns so that first-run fare won’t get “eaten alive” by football.

  • romo

    To joseph:

    dal/chi is MNF that cant be flexed.


  • Edward

    Agree Joseph, with Manning being the biggest star in the NFL and along with another Peyton/Brady showdown. Its gotta decent shot, especially if its close.

  • Edward

    Actually Joseph, I just checked the Bears/Cowboys is on a Monday night game. You’ve Packers/Falcons that night on Sunday. That’ll get dumped for sure…lol

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