NFL game ranks as most-watched show on TV for 10th consecutive week

Games Top Local Ratings in 27 of 30 NFL Markets

NFL games were the two most-watched shows on TV last week (Nov. 5-11) with the FOX national telecast (mostly Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 24.3 million viewers followed by NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Houston Texans-Chicago Bears) drawing 20.9 million viewers. This marks the 10th time in 10 weeks that an NFL game has topped the viewership charts and the ninth time in 10 weeks that NFL games ranked 1-2 in viewership for the week.

For the season, NFL games rank as the 16 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 Giants-Cowboys), 10/28 26.9 million
3. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Packers), 9/9 26.4 million
4. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Patriots), 10/7 24.5 million
5. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Eagles), 11/11 24.3 million
6. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Giants), 11/4 24.2 million
7. CBS Sunday National (mostly Texans-Broncos), 9/23 24.0 million
8. NBC Wed. Night Kickoff Game (Cowboys-Giants), 9/5 23.9 million
9. CBS Sunday National (mostly Jets-Patriots), 10/21 23.0 million
10. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-49ers), 10/14 22.8 million
11. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 9/30 22.8 million
12. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Packers), 9/30 22.3 million
13. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Falcons), 11/4 21.8 million
14. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-49ers), 9/16 21.3 million
15. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Ravens), 9/23 21.3 million
16. NBC Sunday Night Football (Texans-Bears), 11/11 20.9 million
17. CBS NCIS (Season Premiere), 9/25   20.5 million

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 Locally, NFL games topped ratings in 27 NFL markets last week.

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