NFL Game Tops Ratings In All 30 NFL Markets For Record Fourth Time

NFLNFL GAME TOPS RATINGS IN ALL 30 NFL MARKETS FOR RECORD FOURTH TIME

NFL Game Telecasts 27 of 28 Most-Watched TV Shows This Fall

An NFL game was the highest-rated show in all 30 NFL markets last week (Dec. 10-16), marking the fourth time this season NFL games topped local ratings in all NFL markets – the most ever through Week 15. In addition, the four “30 for 30” weeks matches the prior full-season records set in 2010 and 2011.

NFL games were the two most-watched shows on TV last week with the CBS national telecast (mostly Pittsburgh Steelers-Dallas Cowboys) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 26.9 million viewers followed by NBC’s Sunday Night Football (San Francisco 49ers-New England Patriots) with 23.2 million viewers.

An NFL game has topped the viewership charts in all 15 weeks this season and 14 times in 15 weeks NFL games ranked 1-2 in viewership.

For the season, NFL games rank as 27 of the 28 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day. Following are the most-watched programs this fall:

 

Program Viewers
1. FOX Thanksgiving Game (Redskins-Cowboys), 11/22 28.7 million
2. NBC Sunday Night Football (Steelers-Broncos), 9/9 27.6 million
3. CBS Thanksgiving Game (Texans-Lions), 11/22 27.3 million
4. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-Cowboys), 10/28 26.9 million
5. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Cowboys), 12/16 26.9 million
6. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Packers), 9/9 26.4 million
7. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Saints), 11/25 24.9 million
8. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Patriots), 10/7 24.5 million
9. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Giants), 12/9 24.5 million
10. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Eagles), 11/11 24.3 million
11. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Giants), 11/4 24.2 million
12. CBS Sunday National (mostly Texans-Broncos), 9/23 24.0 million
13. NBC Wed. Night Kickoff Game (Cowboys-Giants), 9/5 23.9 million
14. CBS Sunday National (Indy-NE & SD-Den), 11/18 23.6 million
15. NBC Sunday Night Football (49ers-Patriots), 12/16 23.2 million
16. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Ravens), 12/2 23.0 million
17. CBS Sunday National (mostly Jets-Patriots), 10/21 23.0 million
18. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-49ers), 10/14 22.8 million
19. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 9/30 22.8 million
20. NBC Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, 11/22 22.4 million
21. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Packers), 9/30 22.3 million
22. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Falcons), 11/4 21.8 million
23. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-Packers), 12/9 21.4 million
24. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-49ers), 9/16 21.3 million
25. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Ravens), 9/23 21.3 million
26. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Minn-GB & TB-Den), 12/2 20.9 million
27. NBC Sunday Night Football (Texans-Bears), 11/11 20.9 million
28. NBC Sunday Night Football (Packers-Giants), 11/25 20.9 million
29. CBS NCIS (Season Premiere), 9/25 20.5 million
30. NBC Sunday Night Football (Eagles-Cowboys), 12/2 20.4 million

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

Following is the list of all 30 NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Dec. 10-16:

 

Week of 12/10-16  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

Milwaukee Packers at Bears

12/16/2012

48.5

78

1

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys

12/16/2012

47.5

70

1

Boston Texans at Patriots

12/10/2012

39.1

59

1

New Orleans Buccaneers at Saints

12/16/2012

37.6

60

1

Houston Texans at Patriots

12/10/2012

34.4

50

1

Denver Broncos at Ravens

12/16/2012

33.8

68

1

Minneapolis Vikings at Rams

12/16/2012

32.6

65

1

Indianapolis Colts at Texans

12/16/2012

32.4

55

1

Baltimore Broncos at Ravens

12/16/2012

31.6

54

1

Chicago Packers at Bears

12/16/2012

31.5

59

1

Dallas Steelers at Cowboys

12/16/2012

31.4

58

1

Kansas City Chiefs at Raiders

12/16/2012

30.7

52

1

Seattle Seahawks at Bills

12/16/2012

30.6

58

1

Cincinnati Bengals at Eagles

12/13/2012

30.4

46

1

Cleveland Redskins at Browns

12/16/2012

29.5

57

1

Washington, DC Redskins at Browns

12/16/2012

28.9

53

1

San Fran-Oakland 49ers at Patriots

12/16/2012

28.6

49

1

Atlanta Giants at Falcons

12/16/2012

26.3

48

1

Detroit Lions at Cardinals

12/16/2012

22.6

39

1

Buffalo Seahawks at Bills

12/16/2012

22.2

34

1

Philadelphia Bengals at Eagles

12/13/2012

20.1

32

1

Nashville Steelers at Cowboys

12/16/2012

19.5

30

1

St. Louis Vikings at Rams

12/16/2012

18.7

39

1

Phoenix Lions at Cardinals

12/16/2012

18.4

36

1

San Diego 49ers at Patriots

12/16/2012

18.3

29

1

Charlotte Panthers at Chargers

12/16/2012

17.3

30

1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Dolphins

12/16/2012

17.3

33

1

New York Giants at Falcons

12/16/2012

15.2

30

1

Miami Jaguars at Dolphins

12/16/2012

14.5

31

1

Tampa Buccaneers at Saints

12/16/2012

12.4

25

1

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

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