Blackout lifts at 5-season high; Attendance up nearly 1,000 per game

All Week 8 NFL games have sold out for television, marking the second consecutive weekend and fourth time this season that all games will be televised locally.

For the season, 97 percent of games (114 of 118) have sold out for local TV – the highest rate since 2008 and up from 94 percent (109 of 116) at this point last season. 

By comparison, only 60 percent of games were on local television through Week 8 in 1997, and 63 percent 20 years ago.

Paid attendance through seven weeks is up from an average of 64,371 in 2011 to 65,148 this season.

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