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.
The CBS Thanksgiving game (mostly Bears-Lions) was the third most-watched show of the week with an average of 29.4 million viewers.
NBC’s Seahawks-49ers Thanksgiving night game was the week’s most-watched primetime show averaging 22.9 million viewers and NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Broncos-Chiefs) drew an average of 21.1 million viewers.
The three-game Thanksgiving Day average of 28.4 million viewers is the highest Thanksgiving Day average since 1998 (29.7 million for Steelers-Lions and Vikings-Cowboys).
Locally, NFL games topped the ratings in 27 NFL markets:
|Program||# of NFL Markets Ranked #1|
|Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade||1|
Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Nov. 24 – 30:
|Week of 11/24-11/30:||HH||HH||RTG|
|Milwaukee||Patriots at Packers||11/30/2014||50.1||72||1|
|Denver||Broncos at Chiefs||11/30/2014||46.7||64||1|
|New Orleans||Ravens at Saints*||11/24/2014||43.6||59||1|
|Boston||Patriots at Packers||11/30/2014||43.2||66||1|
|Buffalo||Browns at Bills||11/30/2014||38.2||61||1|
|Kansas City||Broncos at Chiefs||11/30/2014||37.6||54||1|
|Cleveland||Browns at Bills||11/30/2014||36.9||64||1|
|Baltimore||Ravens at Saints*||11/24/2014||36.1||51||1|
|Seattle||Seahawks at 49ers||11/27/2014||36.1||74||1|
|Pittsburgh||Saints at Steelers||11/30/2014||35.0||62||1|
|Indianapolis||Redskins at Colts||11/30/2014||34.5||60||1|
|Cincinnati||Bengals at Buccaneers||11/30/2014||33.3||59||1|
|San Diego||Chargers at Ravens||11/30/2014||32.7||64||1|
|Minneapolis||Panthers at Vikings||11/30/2014||30.6||60||1|
|Detroit||Bears at Lions||11/27/2014||29.4||59||1|
|Chicago||Bears at Lions||11/27/2014||26.2||52||1|
|Philadelphia||Eagles at Cowboys||11/27/2014||26.2||61||1|
|Houston||Titans at Texans||11/30/2014||25.6||49||1|
|Dallas||Eagles at Cowboys||11/27/2014||25.4||59||1|
|Phoenix||Cardinals at Falcons||11/30/2014||22.0||40||1|
|Washington, DC||Redskins at Colts||11/30/2014||20.6||42||1|
|Atlanta||Cardinals at Falcons||11/30/2014||20.4||36||1|
|Tampa||Patriots at Packers||11/30/2014||19.9||31||1|
|Charlotte||Patriots at Packers||11/30/2014||19.7||34||1|
|Nashville||Patriots at Packers||11/30/2014||19.5||30||1|
|San Fran-Oakland||Seahawks at 49ers||11/27/2014||18.7||48||1|
|Miami||Patriots at Packers||11/30/2014||15.0||27||1|
* Local affiliate & ESPN combined
Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company