RECORD-SETTING: NFL Games Top Local Ratings in All 30 Markets For Each of First Three Weeks

 

NFL GAMES TWO MOST WATCHED SHOWS OF WEEK

Head-to-Head: Patriots-Ravens on NBC Sunday Night Football

Tops Primetime Emmys by 8 Million Viewers

RECORD-SETTING: NFL Games Top Local Ratings in All 30 Markets For Each of First Three Weeks

NFL telecasts ranked 1-2 in viewership among all television programs last week (Sept. 17-23) with the CBS national telecast (mostly Texans-Broncos) topping the charts with 24.0 million average  viewers followed by Patriots-Ravens on NBC’s Sunday Night Football drawing 21.3 million viewers.

In head-to-head competition, Sunday Night Football topped by eight million viewers the Emmy Awards on ABC (13.3 million viewers).

Locally, NFL games topped the ratings in all 30 NFL markets – marking the first time NFL telecasts have been the No. 1 rated show locally in all markets for each of the first three weeks of a season.

The Packers-Seahawks Week 3 ESPN Monday Night Football game averaged 16.2 million viewers to rank as the most-watched cable program since January’s BCS National Championship Game (Alabama-LSU).

Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Sept. 17-23:

Week of 9/17–9/23  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

Pittsburgh Steelers at Raiders

9/23/12

47.1

70

1

New Orleans Chiefs at Saints

9/23/12

44.0

66

1

Denver Broncos at Falcons

9/17/12

40.3

60

1

Baltimore Patriots at Ravens

9/23/12

37.4

56

1

Boston Patriots at Ravens

9/23/12

36.1

57

1

Buffalo Bills at Browns

9/23/12

35.4

59

1

Indianapolis Jaguars at Colts

9/23/12

34.8

59

1

Kansas City Chiefs at Saints

9/23/12

33.3

59

1

Minneapolis 49ers at Vikings

9/23/12

32.6

68

1

Cincinnati Bengals at Redskins

9/23/12

29.6

53

1

Atlanta Broncos at Falcons

9/17/12

28.8

44

1

Dallas Bucs at Cowboys

9/23/12

28.7

56

1

Houston Texans at Broncos

9/23/12

28.1

48

1

Cleveland Bills at Browns

9/23/12

27.3

52

1

Charlotte Giants at Panthers

9/23/12

26.6

42

1

Nashville Lions at Titans

9/23/12

26.4

45

1

Philadelphia Eagles at Cardinals

9/23/12

25.5

42

1

Chicago Rams at Bears

9/23/12

25.4

51

1

Washington, DC Bengals at Redskins

9/23/12

24.6

49

1

Detroit Lions at Titans

9/23/12

24.2

47

1

Phoenix Eagles at Cardinals

9/23/12

22.5

43

1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Colts

9/23/12

21.6

38

1

St. Louis Rams at Bears

9/23/12

20.8

40

1

Miami Jets at Dolphins

9/23/12

19.6

40

1

San Diego Broncos at Falcons

9/17/12

17.3

29

1

Milwaukee Texans at Broncos

9/23/12

16.8

29

1

San Fran-Oakland 49ers at Vikings

9/23/12

16.5

44

1

New York Jets at Dolphins

9/23/12

15.4

34

1

Tampa Bucs at Cowboys

9/23/12

15.2

31

1

Seattle Patriots at Ravens

9/23/12

13.2

25

1

 

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

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