Packers-Vikings on FOX most-watched show of the week

 NFL Games Top Local Ratings in 23 Markets

NFL games rank as 13 of the 14 most-watched shows of the fall television season.

The FOX national telecast (mostly Packers-Vikings) was the most-watched program on television last week (Oct. 17-23) drawing an average of 24.3 million viewers.  Through seven weeks of the season, NFL games have been the most-watched program of the week six times.

Following are the most-watched programs this fall: 

Program Viewers
1. CBS’ Two and a Half Men (Season Premiere), 9/19      28.7 million
2. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Patriots), 10/16 28.4 million
3. NBC Thursday Night Kickoff Game (Saints-Packers), 9/8 27.1 million
4. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-Redskins), 9/11 25.8 million
5. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Jets), 9/11 25.8 million
6. FOX Sunday National (mostly Packers-Vikings), 10/23 24.3 million
7. FOX Sunday National (mostly Packers-Bears), 9/25 24.0 million
8. NBC Sunday Night Football (Eagles-Falcons),9/18 23.4 million
9. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Lions-Cowboys), 10/2 23.3 million
10. CBS Sunday National (mostly Packers-Broncos), 10/2 23.0 million
11. CBS Sunday National (mostly Chargers-Patriots), 9/18 22.7 million
12. CBS Sunday National (mostly Jets-Patriots), 10/9 22.6 million
13. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Chi-N.O. & Dall.-S.F.), 9/18 22.5 million
14. NBC Sunday Night Football (Packers-Falcons), 10/9 22.0 million
15. CBS’ Two and a Half Men, 9/26 20.5 million

Locally, NFL games topped the ratings in 23 NFL markets last week.  NFL games compared favorably in local ratings to prime-time competition: 

Program

# of NFL Markets Ranked #1

NFL Football

23

NCIS

2

World Series games

2

60 Minutes

1

Dancing With The Stars

1

Two and A Half Men

1

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

Week of 10/17-10/23  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

New Orleans Colts at Saints 10/23/11 50.9 66

1

Milwaukee Packers at Vikings 10/23/11 48.9 71

1

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cardinals 10/23/11 45.9 69

1

Minneapolis Packers at Vikings 10/23/11 41.3 71

1

Kansas City Chiefs at Raiders 10/23/11 31.5 52

1

San Diego Chargers at Jets 10/23/11 30.0 58

1

Denver Broncos at Dolphins 10/23/11 28.9 60

1

Chicago Bears at Buccaneers 10/23/11 28.5 59

1

Indianapolis Colts at Saints 10/23/11 27.1 40

1

Cleveland Seahawks at Browns 10/23/11 26.4 55

1

Nashville Texans at Titans 10/23/11 26.4 46

1

Detroit Falcons at Lions 10/23/11 25.3 51

1

Charlotte Redskins at Panthers 10/23/11 23.8 47

1

Washington, DC Redskins at Panthers 10/23/11 22.8 51

1

Atlanta Falcons at Lions 10/23/11 22.3 44

1

Houston Texans at Titans 10/23/11 21.0 44

1

Miami Dolphins at Jets* 10/17/11 19.6 28

1

Phoenix Steelers at Cardinals 10/23/11 19.4 36

1

Seattle Seahawks at Browns 10/23/11 19.0 46

1

Tampa Bears at Buccaneers 10/23/11 18.4 41

1

Jacksonville Broncos at Dolphins 10/23/11 16.5 29

1

New York Dolphins at Jets* 10/17/11 14.4 22

1

Philadelphia Packers at Vikings 10/23/11 14.2 26

1

 * Local affiliate & ESPN combined

 Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

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