NFL’s Ratings Once Again Tops Everywhere

I’ve run out of things to write about the NFL’s ratings every week. Just read the press release.

NFL GAMES TOP RATINGS IN 29 MARKETS
FOX National Telecast Most-Watched Show of the Week
Most-Watched Seasons:  ESPN’s Monday Night Football & NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football
The FOX national telecast (mostly Giants-Packers) was the most-watched show among all programs last week with 24.3 million viewers — the 16th time in 16 weeks that an NFL game telecast has been television’s most-watched program. 
Saints-Falcons, the season finale of ESPN’s Monday Night Football, averaged 19.1 million viewers to rank as the most-watched cable program of 2010 and the third most-watched cable program of all-time.  The game also posted a 37.2 local rating in Atlanta – the highest local rating on record for a Falcons’ regular-season game.
With their final telecasts in Week 16, both cable networks televising NFL games completed record-setting seasons. ESPN’s Monday Night Football was the most-watched series on cable television in 2010, setting the cable viewership record with an average of 14.7 million viewers. NFL Network wrapped up its fifth season of Thursday Night Football with a record average of 5.7 million cable viewers.
Locally, NFL games top the ratings in NFL markets 90 percent of the time – the highest rate in history after 16 weeks. Following is the list of 29 NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of Dec. 20-26:
Week of 12/20 – 12/26
HH
HH
RTG
Market
Game
Date
RTG
SHR
Rank
Minneapolis
Bears at Vikings
12/20/10
48.4
66
1
Pittsburgh
Panthers at Steelers
12/23/10
46.5
67
1
Chicago
Bears at Vikings
12/20/10
40.7
57
1
Milwaukee
Giants at Packers
12/26/10
40.2
68
1
Kansas City
Titans at Chiefs
12/26/10
39.0
69
1
Baltimore
Ravens at Browns
12/26/10
38.9
63
1
Boston
Patriots at Bills
12/26/10
36.6
63
1
Indianapolis
Colts at Raiders
12/26/10
36.1
61
1
Buffalo
Patriots at Bills
12/26/10
30.1
50
1
St. Louis
49ers at Rams
12/26/10
27.9
51
1
Jacksonville
Redskins at Jaguars
12/26/10
27.8
48
1
Cleveland
Ravens at Browns
12/26/10
26.8
48
1
San Diego
Chargers at Bengals
12/26/10
26.6
54
1
Nashville
Titans at Chiefs
12/26/10
24.8
42
1
Dallas
Cowboys at Cardinals
12/25/10
24.3
50
1
Detroit
Lions at Dolphins
12/26/10
22.6
43
1
Seattle
Seattle at Tampa Bay
12/26/10
21.2
47
1
Washington, DC
Redskins at Jaguars
12/26/10
21.0
42
1
New York
Jets at Bears
12/26/10
20.9
38
1
Phoenix
Cowboys at Cardinals
12/25/10
19.6
43
1
San Fran-Oakland
49ers at Rams
12/26/10
17.3
46
1
Denver
Texans at Broncos
12/26/10
14.4
34
1
Houston
Texans at Broncos
12/26/10
14.2
30
1
Atlanta
Giants at Packers
12/26/10
16.7
28
1
Charlotte
Giants at Packers
12/26/10
18.4
30
1
Cincinnati
Jets at Bears
12/26/10
16.6
31
1
New Orleans
Giants at Packers
12/26/10
23.3
36
1
Philadelphia
Giants at Packers
12/26/10
23.9
34
1
Tampa
Jets at Bears/
Giants at Packers (tied)
12/26/10
14.8
32/27
1
            
Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

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