Kickoff Weekend Games 3 of 7 Most-Watched TV Shows
Since Super Bowl XLVII
Packers-49ers on FOX Most-Watched Sunday Week 1 Game Ever
Eagles-Redskins Most-Watched Monday Night Football Opener Ever on ESPN
5-Years Running: NFL Games Top Ratings in All 30 NFL Markets
NFL Network& NFL Digital Media Post Opening Weekend Records
The NFL got Back To Football with a thrilling Kickoff Weekend on the field, in the stands and at home. Twelve of the 16 games in Week 1 were decided by seven points or fewer, tied for the most of any weekend in NFL history.
And fans got Back To Football too! Beginning with the Thursday night NFL season opener, viewers across the country tuned into NFL games and programming and visited NFL digital media properties in record numbers.
A record total of 108.4 million fans tuned into Kickoff Weekend games (Sept. 5-9) on CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC to rank as the most-viewed opening weekend ever. This marks the fourth consecutive Kickoff Weekend with a total reach exceeding 105 million viewers.
For the third time in four years (2010, 2011), three Kickoff Weekend game telecasts topped 25 million average viewers — FOX national game telecast (mostly Packers-49ers, 28.5 million), NBC Sunday night game (Giants-Cowboys, 25.4 million), and the NBC Thursday Kickoff game (Ravens-Broncos, 25.1 million). These three telecasts rank among the seven most-watched shows among all television programs since Super Bowl Sunday including awards shows, such as the Academy Awards, and season finales.
In addition, Kickoff Weekend games averaged 19.6 million viewers – the third time in four years that the games average more than 19 million viewers (19.5 million in 2010; 19.0 million in 2011).
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