NFL game tops ratings in all 30 local NFL markets for record fourth time

NFL Game Telecasts 27 of 28 Most-Watched TV Shows This Fall

An NFL game was the highest-rated show in all 30 NFL markets last week (Dec. 10-16), marking the fourth time this season NFL games topped local ratings in all NFL markets – the most ever through Week 15. In addition, the four “30 for 30” weeks matches the prior full-season records set in 2010 and 2011.

NFL games were the two most-watched shows on TV last week with the CBS national telecast (mostly Pittsburgh Steelers-Dallas Cowboys) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 26.9 million viewers followed by NBC’s Sunday Night Football (San Francisco 49ers-New England Patriots) with 23.2 million viewers.

An NFL game has topped the viewership charts in all 15 weeks this season and 14 times in 15 weeks NFL games ranked 1-2 in viewership.

For the season, NFL games rank as 27 of the 28 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day. Following are the most-watched programs this fall:

Program Viewers
1. FOX Thanksgiving Game (Redskins-Cowboys), 11/22 28.7 million
2. NBC Sunday Night Football (Steelers-Broncos), 9/9 27.6 million
3. CBS Thanksgiving Game (Texans-Lions), 11/22 27.3 million
4. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-Cowboys), 10/28 26.9 million
5. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Cowboys), 12/16 26.9 million
6. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Packers), 9/9 26.4 million
7. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Saints), 11/25 24.9 million
8. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Patriots), 10/7 24.5 million
9. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Giants), 12/9 24.5 million
10. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Eagles), 11/11 24.3 million
11. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Giants), 11/4 24.2 million
12. CBS Sunday National (mostly Texans-Broncos), 9/23 24.0 million
13. NBC Wed. Night Kickoff Game (Cowboys-Giants), 9/5 23.9 million
14. CBS Sunday National (Indy-NE & SD-Den), 11/18 23.6 million
15. NBC Sunday Night Football (49ers-Patriots), 12/16 23.2 million
16. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Ravens), 12/2 23.0 million
17. CBS Sunday National (mostly Jets-Patriots), 10/21 23.0 million
18. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-49ers), 10/14 22.8 million
19. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 9/30 22.8 million
20. NBC Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, 11/22 22.4 million
21. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Packers), 9/30 22.3 million
22. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Falcons), 11/4 21.8 million
23. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-Packers), 12/9 21.4 million
24. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-49ers), 9/16 21.3 million
25. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Ravens), 9/23 21.3 million
26. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Minn-GB & TB-Den), 12/2 20.9 million
27. NBC Sunday Night Football (Texans-Bears), 11/11 20.9 million
28. NBC Sunday Night Football (Packers-Giants), 11/25 20.9 million
29. CBS NCIS (Season Premiere), 9/25   20.5 million
30. NBC Sunday Night Football (Eagles-Cowboys), 12/2 20.4 million

 Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

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