No surprise that Super Bowl XLIII tops the list of TVB’s round up of the top rated sports telecasts of 2009, and that football dominates it. The first non-football telecast was game 4 of the World Series at #16. Note that these are household ratings, not the adults 18-49 ratings (which were not available) we typically report on our site.

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DATE

HHLD

Live+SD

US AA%

1 SUPER BOWL XLIII NBC 2/1/09 42.1 ARIZONA VS PITTSBURGH
2 SUPER BOWL KICK-OFF NBC 2/1/09 29.6
3 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP ON CBS CBS 1/18/09 22.0 BALTIMORE AT PITTSBURGH
4 FOX NFC CHAMPIONSHIP FOX 1/18/09 21.9 PHILADELPHIA AT ARIZONA
5 AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF-SU CBS 1/11/09 19.6 SAN DIEGO AT PITTSBURGH
6 FOX NFC PLAYOFF-SUN FOX 1/11/09 18.8 PHILADELPHIA AT NY GIANTS
7 FOX NFC WILDCARD GAME FOX 1/4/09 17.6 PHILADELPHIA AT MINNESOTA
8 SUPER BOWL PREGM 530P NBC 2/1/09 16.3
9 NBC NFL PLAYOFF GAME 2 NBC 1/3/09 16.1 INDIANAPOLIS AT SAN DIEGO
10 FEDEX BCS NATL CHAMP FOX 1/8/09 15.9 OKLAHOMA VS FLORIDA
11 FOX NFL SUNDAY-NATIONAL FOX 9/13/09 15.5
12 AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF-SA CBS 1/10/09 15.4 BALTIMORE AT TENNESSEE
13 AFC WILDCARD PLAYOFF CBS 1/4/09 15.0 BALTIMORE AT MIAMI
14 FOX NFC PLAYOFF-SAT FOX 1/10/09 13.8 ARIZONA AT CAROLINA
15 CBS NFL NATIONAL CBS 9/20/09 13.6
16 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 4 FOX 11/1/09 13.5 NY YANKEES AT PHILADELPHIA
17 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 6 FOX 11/4/09 13.4 PHILADELPHIA AT NY YANKEES
18 NBC NFL PLAYOFF GAME 1 NBC 1/3/09 13.1 ATLANTA AT ARIZONA
19 NBC NFL THURSDAY SPECIAL NBC 9/10/09 12.8 TENNESSEE AT PITTSBURGH
20 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 1 FOX 10/28/09 11.9 PHILADELPHIA AT NY YANKEES
21 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NBC 9/13/09 11.8
22 SUPER BOWL PREGM 5P NBC 2/1/09 11.8
23 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 2 FOX 10/29/09 11.7 PHILADELPHIA AT NY YANKEES
24 ROSE BOWL ABC 1/1/09 11.7 PENN STATE VS USC
25 CBS NFL SINGLE – THU CBS 11/26/09 11.6 OAKLAND AT DALLAS
26 SEC CHAMP-CBS: DR PEPPER CBS 12/5/09 11.1 FLORIDA VS ALABAMA
27 FOX NFL-THU FOX 11/26/09 11.1 GREEN BAY AT DETROIT
28 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMPSHIPS CBS 4/6/09 10.8 MICHIGAN STATE VS UNC
29 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 5 FOX 11/2/09 10.6 NY YANKEES AT PHILADELPHIA
30 TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL FOX 1/5/09 10.4 TEXAS VS OHIO STATE
31 FOX NFL SUNDAY-SINGLE FOX 9/20/09 10.3
32 KENTUCKY DERBY NBC 5/2/09 9.7
33 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON ESPN SPORTS NETWORK 9/14/09 9.5
34 NBA FINALS ON ABC-GM 4 ABC 6/11/09 9.4 LA LAKERS AT ORLANDO
35 FOX MLB ALCS GAME 6 FOX 10/25/09 9.4 LA ANGELS AT NY YANKEES
36 FOX NASCAR DAYTONA 500 FOX 2/15/09 9.2
37 FOX WORLD SERIES GAME 3 FOX 10/31/09 9.1 NY YANKEES AT PHILADELPHIA
38 CBS NFL SINGLE CBS 9/13/09 9.1
39 NFL REGULAR SEASON L ESPN 9/14/09 9.0
40 FOX MLB ALL-STAR GAME FOX 7/14/09 8.9 AMERICAN VS NATIONAL
41 NBA FINALS ON ABC-GM 3 ABC 6/9/09 8.6 LA LAKERS AT ORLANDO
42 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMP SA-2 CBS 4/4/09 8.5 VILLANOVA VS UNC
43 FOX NFL SUNDAY-REGIONAL FOX 9/13/09 8.5
44 AFC WILDCARD POST GAME CBS 1/4/09 8.5 BALTIMORE AT MIAMI
45 CBS NFL REGIONAL CBS 9/20/09 8.4
46 MASTERS GOLF TOURN.-SUN CBS 4/12/09 8.3
47 SUPER BOWL PREGM 430P NBC 2/1/09 8.3
48 NBA FINALS ON ABC-GM 2 ABC 6/7/09 8.2 ORLANDO AT LA LAKERS
49 ESPN NFL REGULAR SEASON 2 ESPN SPORTS NETWORK 9/14/09 8.0 CHARGERS VS RAIDERS
50 NBA FINALS ON ABC-GM 5 ABC 6/14/09 8.0 LA LAKERS AT ORLANDO
51 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMP-SA-1 CBS 4/4/09 7.9 MICHIGAN STATE VS UCONN
52 CBS NCAA BSKBL-BRIDGE CBS 4/4/09 7.8
53 ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL FOX 1/2/09 7.8 ALABAMA VS UTAH
54 NBA FINALS ON ABC-GM 1 ABC 6/4/09 7.8 ORLANDO AT LA LAKERS
55 FOX NFC WILDCARD PRE FOX 1/4/09 7.6 PHILADELPHIA AT MINNESOTA
56 FOX MLB ALCS GAME 5 FOX 10/22/09 7.6 NY YANKEES AT LA ANGELS
57 BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP ABC 12/5/09 7.5 TEXAS VS NEBRASKA
58 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SU-3 CBS 3/22/09 7.3 VARIOUS TEAMS AND TIMES
59 SUPER BOWL PREGM 4P NBC 2/1/09 7.2
60 FOX WRLD SERIES GM6-POST FOX 11/4/09 7.1 PHILADELPHIA AT NY YANKEES
61 FOX MLB ALL-STAR PRE FOX 7/14/09 7.1
62 FOX NFC CHAMPIONSHIP-PRE FOX 1/18/09 7.0 PHILADELPHIA AT ARIZONA
63 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP FR 2 CBS 3/27/09 6.9 KAN VS MICH ST/GONZ VS UNC
64 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP SU-2 CBS 3/29/09 6.8 UNC VS OKLAHOMA
65 PREAKNESS NBC 5/16/09 6.8
66 FOX MLB ALCS GAME 4 FOX 10/20/09 6.7 NY YANKEES AT LA ANGELS
67 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP TH 2 CBS 3/26/09 6.7 MO VS MEMPHIS/NOVA VS DUKE
68 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-3 CBS 3/21/09 6.7 VARIOUS TEAMS AND TIMES
69 PGA CHAMPIONSHIPS-SUN CBS 8/16/09 6.6
70 2009 NFL REG SEASON SAT NFL NETWORK 12/19/09 6.6 COWBOYS VS SAINTS
71 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP SA-2 CBS 3/28/09 6.6 VILLANOVA VS PITTSBURGH
72 NBC NFL PRE-SEASON 8/30 NBC 8/30/09 6.5 CHICAGO AT DENVER
73 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-4 CBS 3/21/09 6.5 W KENT VS GONZ/TEX VS DUKE
74 ROSE BOWL-PRE ABC 1/1/09 6.5
75 CAPITAL ONE BOWL ABC 1/1/09 6.4 GEORGIA VS MICHIGAN STATE
76 CBS NFL TODAY-SUN-DIV-PLF CBS 1/11/09 6.3
77 SUPER BOWL PREGM 330P NBC 2/1/09 6.3
78 FOOTBALL NT AMERICA PT 3 NBC 9/13/09 6.2
79 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP PRE-GAME CBS 1/18/09 6.1
80 HOME DEPOT PRIME CLG FTBL CBS 10/10/09 6.1 FLORIDA AT LSU
81 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMP-POST CBS 4/6/09 6.1
82 FOX NFC PLAYOFF-PRE-SAT FOX 1/10/09 5.9 ARIZONA AT CAROLINA
83 NFL OPENING KICK-OFF SHOW NBC 9/10/09 5.9
84 FOX MLB ALCS GAME 2 FOX 10/17/09 5.8 LA ANGELS AT NY YANKEES
85 ALLSTATE BCS SELECT SHOW FOX 12/6/09 5.8
86 FOX DAYTONA 500 PRE-RACE FOX 2/15/09 5.8
87 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SU-2 CBS 3/22/09 5.8 VARIOUS TEAMS AND TIMES
88 FEDEX BCS NTL CHMP-PRE FOX 1/8/09 5.8 OKLAHOMA VS FLORIDA
89 ABC COLLEGE FTBL SP-SAT 1 ABC 10/17/09 5.7 OKLAHOMA AT TEXAS
90 KENTUCKY DERBY PRE NBC 5/2/09 5.7
91 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHP-EVETH1 CBS 3/19/09 5.7 VARIOUS TEAMS AND TIMES
92 SUPER BOWL PREGM 3P NBC 2/1/09 5.6
93 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP TH 1 CBS 3/26/09 5.6 PURDUE VS UCONN/XAVIER VS PITT
94 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHP-EVEFR2 CBS 3/20/09 5.6 VARIOUS TEAMS AND TIMES
95 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP FR 1 CBS 3/27/09 5.5 AZ VS LOU/SYR VS OKLA
96 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP SA-1 CBS 3/28/09 5.4 MISSOURI VS UCONN
97 FEDEX ORANGE BOWL FOX 1/1/09 5.4 CINCINNATI VS VIRGINIA TECH
98 NBA PLAYOFFS ON ABC-SAT 3 ABC 5/23/09 5.4 LA LAKERS AT DENVER
99 NBC AFC-NFC PRO BOWL NBC 2/8/09 5.4 NFL PRO BOWL
100 NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF FNLS L ESPN 5/19/09 5.3
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