Fans are tuning into NFL games at a record pace through the midpoint of the 2011 season, with the average game telecast drawing 17.9 million viewers. Both primetime and daytime games have attracted increased viewership. FOX is on pace for its most-watched season ever, averaging 20 million viewers per week. CBS is averaging 17.1 million viewers per week, which would be the network’s second most-watched season since it began televising the AFC package in 1998.
Primetime telecasts on ESPN’s Monday Night Football and NBC’s Sunday Night Football are posting impressive numbers as well. Monday Night Football games rank as the eight most-watched shows on cable this fall, and Sunday Night Football is averaging a record 21.4 million viewers and ranks as the No. 1 show in primetime this television season in the adult 18-49 demographic.
NFL Network has seen a 21-percent increase in viewership for its primetime games and a 17-percent improvement for its Sunday programming. The Broncos will air on primetime on NFL Network on Thursday, Nov. 17 against the New York Jets.
13 of the 15 most-watched programs on television since the beginning of the NFL season are NFL games. Denver’s game at Green Bay, which was watched by 23 million viewers, comes in as the 13th most-watched program on television since the beginning of the season. That game received the 11th most viewers of any NFL game thus far in the 2011 season.
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