Interest in the NFL continues to rise and a record 59 percent of Americans follow professional football, The Harris Poll recently reported among the results of a survey conducted September 25-27.
“Football remains popular and even shows a rise in interest since last year,” The Harris Poll stated. “In 2011, over half of Americans (55%) said they followed professional football – a slight increase from 2010, when 53% said so. This year, that number rises further, with 59% of Americans saying they follow professional football; this is the highest percentage to indicate this since The Harris Poll first started asking the question in 1992.”
This year’s record 59 percent figure is up significantly from 10 years ago when 47 percent of Americans said they followed the NFL.
NFL games continue to top the viewership charts as well, ranking as the eight most-watched TV programs since Labor Day. In addition, NFL games rank as the No. 1 telecast 98 percent of the time in local markets – the highest rate ever through the first four weeks of a season.