NFL Games Are 11 Most-Watched Sporting Events Since Super Bowl

NFL GAMES ARE 11 MOST-WATCHED

SPORTING EVENTS SINCE SUPER BOWL

NFL Games Top 2 Shows on TV for Week

NFL Games Top Ratings in 25 Markets

Last Monday’s Packers-Vikings game on ESPN was the most-watched program of the week (Oct. 5-11) against all broadcast and cable competition with 21.8 million viewers. The CBS doubleheader game (mostly Patriots-Broncos) ranked second with 20.9 million viewers.

Including those two games, NFL games account for the 11 most-watched sporting events since Super Bowl XLIII.

Following are the most watched sporting events since Super Bowl XLIII:

Program (Game) Viewers
1. FOX Sunday National (mostly Redskins-Giants), 9/13 25.1 million
2. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Cowboys), 9/20 24.8 million
3. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Bears), 9/20 23.9 million
4. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Broncos), 10/4 22.0 million
5. ESPN Monday Night Football (Packers-Vikings), 10/5 21.8 million
6. NBC Sunday Night Football (Bears-Packers), 9/13 21.1 million
7. CBS Sunday National (mostly Patriots-Broncos), 10/11 20.9 million
7. NBC Thursday Night Kickoff Game (Titans-Steelers), 9/10 20.9 million
9. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Falcons-Patriots & 49ers-Vikings), 9/27 19.3 million
10. NBC Sunday Night Football (Chargers-Steelers), 10/4 18.4 million
11. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Bengals), 9/27 18.2 million
12. NCAA Basketball Championship (Mich. St.-UNC), 4/6 17.6 million
13. NBC Sunday Night Football (Colts-Cardinals), 9/27 17.5 million
14. CBS Sunday Single (mostly Ravens-Patriots & Jets-Saints), 10/4 16.6 million
15. Kentucky Derby, 5/2 16.1 million

NFL games topped the local ratings in 25 NFL markets last week against competition including the MLB Divisional Playoffs.

NFL games compared favorably in local ratings to prime-time competition:

Program

# of NFL Markets Ranked #1

NFL Football

25

MLB Divisional Playoffs

3

Florida-LSU College Football

2

Following are the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Oct. 5-11:

Week of 10/5-11

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

Minneapolis* Packers at Vikings

10/5/09

58.3

78

1

Milwaukee* Packers at Vikings

10/5/09

49.6

70

1

Pittsburgh Steelers at Lions

10/11/09

44.3

74

1

Indianapolis Colts at Titans

10/11/09

39.2

54

1

Denver Patriots at Broncos

10/11/09

38.6

66

1

Cincinnati Bengals at Ravens

10/11/09

34.1

58

1

Kansas City Cowboys at Chiefs

10/11/09

33.8

61

1

Nashville Colts at Titans

10/11/09

33.4

47

1

Boston Patriots at Broncos

10/11/09

29.7

57

1

Dallas Cowboys at Chiefs

10/11/09

27.4

53

1

Cleveland Browns at Bills

10/11/09

27.1

54

1

Buffalo Browns at Bills

10/11/09

26.9

55

1

Baltimore Bengals at Ravens

10/11/09

26.9

54

1

Philadelphia Buccaneers at Eagles

10/11/09

24.2

49

1

Charlotte Redskins at Panthers

10/11/09

23.2

43

1

Seattle Jaguars at Seahawks

10/11/09

18.9

43

1

Phoenix Texans at Cardinals

10/11/09

18.7

37

1

Tampa Buccaneers at Eagles

10/11/09

18.5

35

1

Atlanta Falcons at 49ers

10/11/09

18.1

34

1

San Diego Packers at Vikings

10/5/09

18.0

31

1

Chicago Packers at Vikings

10/5/09

17.9

28

1

Washington, DC Redskins at Panthers & Packers at Vikings 10/11/09  10/5/09

17.0

42

1

Houston Texans at Cardinals

10/11/09

17.0

32

1

San Fran-Oakland Falcons at 49ers

10/11/09

13.6

35

1

Miami Packers at Vikings

10/5/09

12.6

20

1

* Local affiliate & ESPN combined

Source: NFL & Nielsen Media Research

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