via press release:
NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCORES BEST 7-WEEK START FOR NFL PRIMETIME PACKAGE IN 17 YEARS
Broncos-Colts Most-Watched October NFL Primetime Game
In More Than 2 Decades with 26.9 Million Viewers
Game Delivers Best NBC Sports Live Extra Traffic
For non-Super Bowl NFL game
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 22, 2013 – NBC’s Sunday Night Football – primetime television’s #1 show – is averaging 22.7 million viewers, marking the best seven-week start for an NFL primetime package in 17 years (24.8 million in 1996 for Monday Night Football) and up 5% from last year (21.6 million average).
In addition, SNF tops primetime TV in season-to-date live plus same day household rating (13.4 – best in 15 years for NFL primetime package after seven weeks) and Adults 18-49 rating (8.8 – best in 16 years).
Sunday’s Colts-Broncos game featuring Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis averaged 26.9 million viewers (15.9 HH rating), ranking as the most-watched October NFL primetime telecast in 21 years (33.0 million viewers for Cowboys-Eagles on ABC, 10/5/92) and the most-watched October primetime telecast of any kind since 2005.
Since Sept. 1, NBC’s NFL telecasts rank as television’s seven most-watched primetime shows and account for seven of the eight primetime programs to average 20 million viewers (other: NCIS season premiere).
Viewership for the Colts’ 39-33 victory was up 54% from last year’s Week 7 game (17.5 million for Steelers-Bengals) and is the fourth-highest Sunday viewership in the eight-year history of NBC’s primetime package (not including “NFL Kickoff” games). Following are the most-watched Sunday NBC regular-season games since the debut of Sunday Night Football in 2006:
|Game, Date||Avg. Viewers||Highlights|
|Dallas-Wash., 12/30/12||30.3 million||Rookie Robert Griffin III leads Redskins to NFC East title with 28-18 victory in “win-and-in” Week 17 matchup. Game posted highest regular-season primetime overnight on any network in 15 years.|
|Dallas-NY Giants, 1/1/12||27.62 million||Eli Manning passes for 346 yards and 3 TDs to lead Giants to NFC East title with 31-14 victory in “win-and-in” Week 17 matchup.|
|Pittsburgh-Denver, 9/9/12||27.57 million||Peyton Manning debuts with a new team (Denver) after missing ’11 season with neck injury, and throws his 400th career TD pass in Broncos’ come-from-behind 31-19 victory.|
|Denver-Indy, 10/20/13||26.9 million||QB Andrew Luck accounts for 4 TDs to lead Colts to a 39-33 win over Broncos in Peyton Manning’s return to Indianapolis.|
|Dallas-NY Jets, 9/11/11||25.8 million||Jets come back from 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to win season-opener 27-24 on Nick Folk’s field goal with 27 seconds remaining.|
Digitally, Broncos-Colts delivered NBC Sports Live Extra’s best stream ever in total uniques (356,403), total visits (382,548) and total minutes (19,588,823) for a non-Super Bowl NFL game. For the year, the 2013 NFL season’s streaming traffic on NBC Sports Live Extra is up in all three categories: total uniques (36%), total visits (35%) and total minutes (42%).