via press release:
23.4 MILLION WATCH EAGLES-FALCONS ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON NBC
Viewership and National Rating Both Up From Last Year’s Week 2 “Manning Bowl II”
Sunday Night Football is No. 1 Primetime Program of the Week
|NEW YORK – Sept. 20, 2011 – The Eagles-Falcons Sunday Night Football game on NBC was seen by an average of 23.4 million people and registered a national rating of 14.3 and a 23 share, according to official national ratings data released today by The Nielsen Company. The game was the No. 1 primetime program of the week for the second straight week and led NBC to another Sunday night win while going head-to-head against the Emmy Awards on Fox.
The viewership and household rating for Sunday night’s game (8:31-11:47 p.m. ET), in which Matt Ryan and the Falcons defeated Michael Vick and the Eagles, 35-31, is up one and four percent, respectively, from last year’s Sunday Night Football Week 2 contest, which featured the Manning brothers, Eli and Peyton, competing against each other (Giants-Colts, 23.1 million, 13.8/23).
The national rating peaked from 9:30-10 p.m. ET at a 15.7/24.
SNF NO. 1 SHOW OF THE WEEK: For the second straight week Sunday Night Football was the No. 1 primetime broadcast of the week among viewers, households and all the key demos.
SNF IS NO. 1 SHOW OF THE NIGHT, TOPS EMMYS: For the fourth straight time that Sunday Night Football went head-to-head with the Emmy Awards (NBC aired the Emmys last year), SNF delivered a convincing victory, nearly doubling the viewership of the awards program (23.4 million vs. 12.4 million).
SNF 3 FOR 3: With 23.4 million viewers for Eagles-Falcons, Sunday Night Football starts the season three-for-three versus its competition. This continues a trend for SNF dominating Sunday nights. Last season, “Sunday Night Football” was the No. 1 show all 18 nights (100 percent) vs. its competition (16 Sundays, one Tuesday and one Thursday).
SNF STARTS STRONG: NBC’s three-game average viewership of 25.4 million is up over last year’s 25.3 million for NBC’s opening two weeks of the NFL season, the best start in the six-year history of Sunday Night Football, and the best start to a season for a primetime package in 17 years (25.5 million for ABC in 1994).
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