Games Top Local Ratings in 28 NFL Markets
NFL telecasts ranked as the top four shows in viewership among all television programs last week (Oct. 20-26) with the CBS Sunday national telecast (mostly Colts-Steelers) topping the charts with 20.8 million average viewers. Thursday Night Football’s Chargers-Broncos matchup on CBS and NFL Network was a close second, drawing 20.2 million average viewers, followed by the Packers-Saints game on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, averaging 18.8 million viewers. The FOX Sunday afternoon telecast (mostly Eagles-Cardinals) rounded out the top four with 18.4 million average viewers.
This marks the eighth time in eight weeks that at least two NFL games have topped the weekly viewership charts.
In head-to-head competition, Sunday Night Football topped Game 5 of the MLB World Series, which averaged 12.6 million viewers.
In addition, this week’s Redskins-Cowboys game on ESPN averaged 18.8 million viewers, making it the most-watched Monday Night Football game since 2010 and the fourth most-watched Monday Night Football game on ESPN of all time.
Locally, NFL games topped the ratings in 28 NFL markets.