NFL Games Top TV Charts Again – Rank #1-2 For 13th Time In 14 Weeks

NFL Game Telecasts 24 of 25 Most-Watched TV Shows This Fall

NFL games were the two most-watched shows on TV last week (Dec. 3-9) with the FOX national telecast (mostly New Orleans Saints-New York Giants) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 24.5 million viewers followed by NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Detroit Lions-Green Bay Packers) with 21.4 million viewers.

An NFL game has topped the viewership charts in all 14 weeks this season and 13 times in 14 weeks NFL games ranked 1-2 in viewership.

Locally, an NFL game was the highest-rated show in 29 of 30 NFL markets last week.

For the season, NFL games rank as 24 of the 25 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. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Packers), 9/9 26.4 million
6. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Saints), 11/25 24.9 million
7. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Patriots), 10/7 24.5 million
8. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Giants), 12/9 24.5 million
9. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Eagles), 11/11 24.3 million
10. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Giants), 11/4 24.2 million
11. CBS Sunday National (mostly Texans-Broncos), 9/23 24.0 million
12. NBC Wed. Night Kickoff Game (Cowboys-Giants), 9/5 23.9 million
13. CBS Sunday National (Indy-NE & SD-Den), 11/18 23.6 million
14. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Ravens), 12/2 23.0 million
15. CBS Sunday National (mostly Jets-Patriots), 10/21 23.0 million
16. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-49ers), 10/14 22.8 million
17. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 9/30 22.8 million
18. NBC Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, 11/22 22.4 million
19. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Packers), 9/30 22.3 million
20. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Falcons), 11/4 21.8 million
21. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-Packers), 12/9 21.4 million
22. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-49ers), 9/16 21.3 million
23. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Ravens), 9/23 21.3 million
24. NBC Sunday Night Football (Texans-Bears), 11/11 20.9 million
25. NBC Sunday Night Football (Packers-Giants), 11/25 20.9 million
26. CBS NCIS (Season Premiere), 9/25 20.5 million

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

Following is the list of NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Dec. 3-9:

Week of 12/3-12/9  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

Milwaukee Lions at Packers

12/9/2012

52.6

70

1

New Orleans Saints at Giants

12/9/2012

41.9

60

1

Pittsburgh Chargers at Steelers

12/9/2012

40.5

67

1

Denver Broncos at Raiders

12/6/2012

38.7

61

1

Minneapolis Bears at Vikings

12/9/2012

38.4

67

1

Baltimore Ravens at Redskins

12/9/2012

37.6

61

1

Indianapolis Titans at Colts

12/9/2012

35.5

59

1

Washington, DC Giants at Redskins

12/3/2012

31.2

51

1

Cincinnati Cowboys at Bengals

12/9/2012

31.2

53

1

Cleveland Chiefs at Browns

12/9/2012

30.8

58

1

Seattle Cardinals at Seahawks

12/9/2012

29.4

58

1

Buffalo Rams at Bills

12/9/2012

29.0

51

1

Dallas Cowboys at Bengals

12/9/2012

28.7

55

1

Kansas City Chiefs at Browns

12/9/2012

28.1

53

1

Chicago Bears at Vikings

12/9/2012

27.7

52

1

Detroit Lions at Packers

12/9/2012

27.0

39

1

St. Louis Rams at Bills

12/9/2012

24.4

46

1

Atlanta Falcons at Panthers

12/9/2012

23.7

47

1

Nashville Titans at Colts

12/9/2012

22.8

38

1

Charlotte Falcons at Panthers

12/9/2012

22.1

44

1

Philadelphia Eagles at Buccaneers

12/9/2012

21.6

40

1

Jacksonville Jets at Jaguars

12/9/2012

21.2

36

1

Tampa Eagles at Buccaneers

12/9/2012

21.1

43

1

New York Saints at Giants

12/9/2012

21.0

35

1

San Diego Chargers at Steelers

12/9/2012

20.3

46

1

San Fran-Oakland Dolphins at 49ers

12/9/2012

18.7

48

1

Phoenix Cardinals at Seahawks

12/9/2012

17.2

32

1

Miami Dolphins at 49ers

12/9/2012

14.6

28

1

Houston Saints at Giants

12/9/2010

13.8

26

1

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

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