NFL games rank as 10 most-watched shows this fall

Games Top Local Ratings in 24 of 30 NFL Markets

The FOX national telecast (mostly N.Y. Giants-49ers) was the most watched TV program last week (Oct. 8-14) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 22.3 million average viewers and was followed by the Packers-Texans game on NBC’s Sunday Night Football which drew 19.9 million viewers.

For the season, NFL games rank as the 10 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day. Following are the most-watched programs this fall:

Program Viewers
1. NBC Sunday Night Football (Steelers-Broncos), 9/9  27.6 million
2. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Packers), 9/9 26.4 million
3. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Patriots), 10/7 24.5 million
4. CBS Sunday National (mostly Texans-Broncos), 9/23 24.0 million
5. NBC Wed. Night Kickoff Game (Cowboys-Giants), 9/5 23.9 million
6. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 9/30 22.8 million
7. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Packers), 9/30 22.3 million
8. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-49ers), 10/24 22.3 million
9. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-49ers), 9/16 21.3 million
10. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Ravens), 9/23 21.3 million

Locally, NFL games topped ratings in 24 NFL markets last week:

Program # of NFL Markets Ranked #1
NFL Football 24
MLB Playoffs 3
NCIS 2
College Football (S. Carolina-LSU) 1

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