NFL GAMES FOUR MOST-WATCHED SHOWS

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
NFL Football 28
MLB Playoffs 2

 

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
Market Game Date RTG SHR Rank
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

 

 

 

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