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.
|Program||# of NFL Markets Ranked #1|
Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Oct. 20-26:
|Week of 10/20-26:||HH||HH||RTG|
|New Orleans||Packers at Saints||10/26/2014||50.4||66||1|
|Milwaukee||Packers at Saints||10/26/2014||44.4||61||1|
|Pittsburgh||Colts at Steelers||10/26/2014||42.4||67||1|
|Denver||Chargers at Broncos**||10/23/2014||41.4||63||1|
|Buffalo||Bills at Jets||10/26/2014||41.2||66||1|
|Indianapolis||Colts at Steelers||10/26/2014||39.0||59||1|
|Seattle||Seahawks at Panthers||10/26/2014||39.0||72||1|
|Cleveland||Raiders at Browns||10/26/2014||36.3||61||1|
|Baltimore||Ravens at Bengals||10/26/2014||34.4||63||1|
|Boston||Bears at Patriots||10/26/2014||34.0||68||1|
|Cincinnati||Ravens at Bengals||10/26/2014||32.5||62||1|
|Philadelphia||Eagles at Cardinals||10/26/2014||32.4||51||1|
|Minneapolis||Vikings at Buccaneers||10/26/2014||29.8||63||1|
|Detroit||Lions at Falcons||10/26/2014||29.5||57||1|
|Phoenix||Eagles at Cardinals||10/26/2014||29.3||55||1|
|San Diego||Chargers at Broncos**||10/23/2014||27.6||48||1|
|Charlotte||Seahawks at Panthers||10/26/2014||22.6||46||1|
|Chicago||Bears at Patriots||10/26/2014||22.3||49||1|
|Houston||Texans at Steelers*||10/20/2014||27.9||42||1|
|Jacksonville||Dolphins at Jaguars||10/26/2014||20.8||40||1|
|Nashville||Texans at Titans||10/26/2014||17.7||33||1|
|Tampa||Vikings at Buccaneers||10/26/2014||16.4||32||1|
|St. Louis||Rams at Chiefs||10/26/2014||15.9||33||1|
|Atlanta||Lions at Falcons||10/26/2014||15.6||36||1|
|Miami||Dolphins at Jaguars||10/26/2014||14.3||32||1|
|Dallas||Packers at Saints||10/26/2014||14.1||21||1|
|New York||Bills at Jets||10/26/2014||12.1||26||1|
|Washington, DC||Ravens at Bengals||10/26/2014||11.5||28||1|
* Local affiliate & ESPN combined
** CBS & NFLN combined
Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company