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Thursday, October 18, 2012

The NFL: America's Television Show

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.

Program Viewers
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.

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