NFL GAMES TOP TV VIEWERSHIP IN “PREMIERE WEEK”

 NFL Games Two-Most Watched Shows of the Week

Games Top Local Ratings in 26 NFL Markets

 NFL telecasts ranked 1-2 in viewership among all television programs during last week’s “premiere” week debuts of network primetime programming.

The FOX national telecast (mostly Eagles-49ers) topped the charts for the week (Sept. 22-28) with 25.8 million average viewers followed by Saints-Cowboys on NBC’s Sunday Night Football drawing 22.7 million average viewers. The top non-NFL program was CBS’ The Big Bang Theory season premiere which averaged 18.2 million viewers.

Since Labor Day, NFL game telecasts rank as the 12 most-watched shows on television and are the only programs to draw at least 19 million viewers.

Locally during premiere week, NFL games topped the ratings in 26 NFL markets:

Program # of NFL Markets Ranked #1
NFL Football 26
Big Bang Theory   3
NCIS 1

Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Sept. 22-28:

Week of 9/22 – 9/28     HH HH RTG
Market Game Date RTG SHR Rank
New Orleans Saints at Cowboys 9/28/2014 47.3 61 1
Milwaukee Packers at Bears 9/28/2014 42.6 77 1
Minneapolis Falcons at Vikings 9/28/2014 38.5 71 1
Dallas Saints at Cowboys 9/28/2014 36.0 52 1
Buffalo Bills at Texans 9/28/2014 33.5 62 1
Pittsburgh Buccaneers at Steelers 9/28/2014 33.0 63 1
Chicago Bears at Jets* 9/22/2014 32.1 48 1
Philadelphia Eagles at 49ers 9/28/2014 31.9 53 1
Indianapolis Titans at Colts 9/28/2014 31.8 55 1
Baltimore Panthers at Ravens 9/28/2014 30.7 60 1
San Diego Jaguars at Chargers 9/28/2014 30.0 58 1
Houston Bills at Texans 9/28/2014 27.8 55 1
Atlanta Falcons at Vikings 9/28/2014 24.2 42 1
San Fran – Oakland Eagles at 49ers 9/28/2014 23.9 52 1
Charlotte Panthers at Ravens 9/28/2014 22.8 45 1
Detroit Lions at Jets 9/28/2014 22.7 46 1
Jacksonville Jaguars at Chargers 9/28/2014 21.6 35 1
Nashville Titans at Colts 9/28/2014 19.7 34 1
Tampa Buccaneers at Steelers 9/28/2014 19.4 37 1
Washington, DC Giants at Redskins** 9/25/2014 19.3 32 1
Phoenix Eagles at 49ers 9/28/2014 17.4 36 1
Seattle Eagles at 49ers 9/28/2014 16.4 35 1
Miami Dolphins at Raiders 9/28/2014 15.1 32 1
Denver Packers at Bears 9/28/2014 13.8 35 1
Cleveland Eagles at 49ers 9/28/2014 13.4 26 1
New York Giants at Redskins** 9/25/2014 12.1 19 1

 

* Local affiliate & ESPN combined

** CBS & NFLN combined

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 

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