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GAMES TOP LOCAL RATINGS IN EVERY NFL MARKET

23 of 25 Most-Watched Shows This Fall Are NFL Games

NFL Games 4 Most-Watched Shows Of The Week

NFL telecasts were the four most-watched shows on television last week with the FOX national telecast (mostly 49ers-Seahawks) topping the charts with 26.5 million average viewers.

The Cowboys-Eagles matchup on NBC’s Sunday Night Football held the second spot for the week, averaging 24.3 million viewers and was the most-watched Sunday Night Football game this season.

The CBS single window (mostly Dolphins-Patriots, Steelers-Falcons and Texans-Colts) held the third spot averaging 18.7 million viewers, and the FOX regional window (mostly Bengals-Browns) drew 16.2 million average viewers to round out the top four.

NFL game windows account for the top 18 and 23 of the top 25 most-watched programs on television since the NFL season kicked off on Sept. 4.


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NFL ANNOUNCES TEAM NOMINEES FOR WALTER PAYTON MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD, PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE

The NFL today announced the 32 players who have been named their team’s Man of the Year. From granting scholarships to forming foundations promoting literacy, to getting kids active, these players represent the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact and are now eligible to win the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide.

Three of these nominees will be selected as finalists for the award, named for the legendary Bears running back who died in 1999. Finalists will be announced in January 2015.

The winner will be announced in Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX, during the 4th Annual NFL Honors awards show, a two-hour primetime special to air nationally on Saturday, January 31, from 9-11 p.m. ET on NBC.


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NFL GAMES 4 MOST-WATCHED SHOWS OF THE WEEK

NFL Games Top Viewership for 14th Consecutive Week 

NFL Games 37 of 40 Most-Watched Shows This Fall

Games Top Local Ratings in 29 NFL Markets

NFL telecasts were the top 4 and 5 of the top 6 most-watched shows on television last week with the FOX national telecast (mostly Eagles-Seahawks) topping the charts with 25.9 million average viewers. The Patriots-Chargers matchup on NBC’s Sunday Night Football held the second spot for the week, averaging 21.2 million viewers, followed by the CBS single window (mostly Steelers-Bengals) which drew an average of 17.6 million viewers. The FOX regional telecast (mostly Colts-Browns) averaged 13.7 million viewers to round out the top four.

This marks the 14th time in 14 weeks that an NFL game has topped the weekly viewership charts, and the 13th time in 14 weeks that at least two NFL games have topped the weekly viewership charts.

NFL game windows account for the top 16 and 37 of the top 40 most-watched programs on television since the NFL season kicked off on Sept. 4.

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR SUPER BOWL XLIX MEDIA DAY FUELED BY GATORADE

The NFL will offer 7,000 fans a unique opportunity to attend Media Day Fueled by Gatorade on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ, it was announced today. Fans may purchase tickets at SuperBowl.com.

Super Bowl XLIX will be played February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

During Media Day, fans will sit in the stands in the arena and watch thousands of media from around the world interview members of the participating Super Bowl teams on the floor.

Fans will receive a free Media Day gift bag that will include a radio to tune into the day’s coverage on NFL Network and listen to some of the individual player interviews from the podium microphones. In addition, there will be player and cheerleader appearances. Fans also will have access to concession and merchandise stands throughout the day.

Tickets are available for purchase through SuperBowl.com and cost $28.50 each.

Doors will open at 9:30 am (local time) to all ticketholders. Media Day will begin at 10:30 am (local time). All seating for the event will be reserved.

More information and updates on Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade and other Super Bowl XLIX events will be posted on SuperBowl.com.

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WEEK 16 SEAHAWKS-CARDINALS REMAINS NBC SUNDAY NIGHT GAME

WEEK 16 FLEX SCHEDULING

WEEK 16 SEAHAWKS-CARDINALS REMAINS NBC SUNDAY NIGHT GAME

The originally scheduled Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals game remains in place on NBC’s Sunday Night Football on Sunday, December 21, the NFL confirmed today.

In addition, the NFL announced last week the final kickoff times for each of the Week 16 Saturday doubleheader games. The Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins game on Saturday, December 20 will be played at 4:30 PM ET and broadcast on NFL Network, followed by the San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers game at 8:25 PM ET on CBS that also will be simulcast on NFL Network.

Following is the final Week 16 NFL schedule:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18 (WEEK 16)

TENNESSEE AT JACKSONVILLE 8:25 PM (ET) NFLN

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20

*PHILADELPHIA AT WASHINGTON 4:30 PM (ET) NFLN
*SAN DIEGO AT SAN FRANCISCO 5:25 PM (PT) CBS/NFLN

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21

CLEVELAND AT CAROLINA 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
DETROIT AT CHICAGO 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
BALTIMORE AT HOUSTON 12:00 PM (CT) CBS
MINNESOTA AT MIAMI 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
ATLANTA AT NEW ORLEANS 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
NEW ENGLAND AT N.Y. JETS 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
KANSAS CITY AT PITTSBURGH 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
GREEN BAY AT TAMPA BAY 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
N.Y. GIANTS AT ST. LOUIS 3:05 PM (CT) FOX
INDIANAPOLIS AT DALLAS 3:25 PM (CT) CBS
BUFFALO AT OAKLAND 1:25 PM (PT) CBS
SEATTLE AT ARIZONA 6:30 PM (MT) NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22

DENVER AT CINCINNATI 8:30 PM (ET) ESPN

The NFL uses “flexible scheduling” to ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots and to give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:25 PM ET time slot on CBS or FOX.

For the first time, flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.

Also, for the first time, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.

The NFL will continue to use flexible scheduling on Sundays in Weeks 11-17. For each flexible scheduling week with the exception of Week 17, the NFL announces the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend.  To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, flexible scheduling decisions for that Sunday can be made on six days notice.

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NFL TOPS TV ON THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

32 Million Viewers Make FOX’s Eagles-Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game Most-Watched Show of Fall TV Season

Games Rank as Four Most-Watched Shows of Week

Highest Avg. Thanksgiving Day Viewership Since 1998

Games Top Local Ratings in 27 NFL Markets

Exciting divisional matchups and the Thanksgiving tradition of family, food and football had fans tuned into NFL games in record numbers.

NFL programming accounted for the top four and five of the top six shows of the week. The FOX Thanksgiving game (Eagles-Cowboys) was watched by an average of 32.0 million viewers topping all programs for the week (Nov. 24 – Nov. 30) and ranking as the most-watched show of the fall TV season.

The CBS Sunday national telecast (mostly Patriots-Packers) was the second most-watched show of the week with an average of 30.9 million viewers and ranks as the second most-watched show of the fall TV season.


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NFL THANKSGIVING WEEKEND GAMES ENCOURAGE KIDS TO GET ACTIVE AND PLAY 60

New PLAY 60 PSA and Special Features to Air During Games

As friends and family gather to celebrate Thanksgiving and football, the NFL’s tradition of encouraging children to be active will be featured during NFL PLAY 60-themed games throughout Thanksgiving weekend. NFL PLAY 60 is a league-wide initiative promoting health and wellness by encouraging kids to be physically active for at least 60 minutes each day.

The NFL will debut a new public service announcement during the Thanksgiving games, which will air for the remainder of the regular season. The theme of this year’s PSA is ‘Come Out to Play.’ It focuses on the hometowns, fields and backyards where NFL icons ‘came out to play’ when they were young.  The PSA is also posted on www.nflrush.com/play60 along with messages from current and former NFL players about the importance of ‘coming out to play.’


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NFL GAMES TOP RATINGS IN 29 NFL MARKETS

NFL games topped the local ratings in 29 out of 30 NFL markets last week:

Program # of NFL Markets Ranked #1
NFL Football 29
Buffalo local news   1
 

In addition, NFL games were the top-rated shows in 20 out of 26 non-NFL markets.  The top-rated telecasts in the other six markets were college football (4), 60 Minutes (1) and the local news (1).


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QUOTES FROM WEEK 12 EDITIONS OF NFL NETWORK’S ‘NFL GAMEDAY FIRST’ & ‘NFL GAMEDAY MORNING’


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Calling All Football Fans: Vote For Your Favorite Stories

The National Football League this morning unveiled on NBC’s TODAY the six finalists for the TOGETHER WE MAKE FOOTBALL campaign. Fans may now vote on the six stories at TogetherWeMakeFootball.com and send two of the finalists to Super Bowl XLIX. The winners will be announced on NBC in January.

Three finalists are in the individual category and three in the group category. The finalist in each category that receives the most votes will win a trip to Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona in February 2015. The campaign will culminate in an NFL Films special airing on NBC on Super Bowl Sunday.

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