From the NFL's Communications page: Here is the top 10 television programs of the television season or more accurately, since Labor Day, September 3rd of this year.
|1. NBC Sunday Night Football (Steelers-Broncos), 9/9||27.6 million|
|2. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Packers), 9/9||26.4 million|
|3. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Patriots), 10/7||24.5 million|
|4. CBS Sunday National (mostly Texans-Broncos), 9/23||24.0 million|
|5. NBC Wed. Night Kickoff Game (Cowboys-Giants), 9/5||23.9 million|
|6. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 9/30||22.8 million|
|7. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Packers), 9/30||22.3 million|
|8. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-49ers), 10/24||22.3 million|
|9. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-49ers), 9/16||21.3 million|
|10. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Ravens), 9/23||21.3 million|
Let me repeat for emphasis: These are the top 10 TELEVISION PROGRAMS. Not just sports. Not on the list: NCIS, CSI, Nashville, 60 Minutes, the Good Wife, Revolution (just pay the damn light bill and roll credits) Reality TV fluff, fantasy mess or 6 hours of the Big Bang Theory. Its just ALL football.
Week 6 of the NFL saw 24 major US markets have an NFL contest as the #1 watched event. Only three markets nationally had a MLB Playoff Game on TBS at #1. Only one had SEC College Football game between South Carolina-LSU on CBS.
This is why television networks pay the NFL $3 Billion annually.