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NFL says 105.9 million watched Week One games

Tony Romo AP

The NFL’s impressive TV ratings are showing no sign of slowing down, as the league said today that a total of 105.9 million fans watched Week One games on NBC, CBS, FOX and ESPN.

Three different NFL broadcasts had more than 23 million viewers, with the NBC Sunday night game between the Steelers and Broncos coming in first at 27.6 million, the FOX late afternoon broadcast (mostly 49ers-Packers with some areas getting Seahawks-Cardinals or Panthers-Buccaneers) getting 26.4 million viewers and the Wednesday opener between the Cowboys and Giants on NBC getting 23.9 million viewers.

Five teams (Denver, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Seattle) increased their Week One local TV audience by more than 20 percent over last year.

We’ve reached the point where it almost goes without saying that NFL games are going to do huge TV ratings, but it really is remarkable the extent to which the NFL dominates the American TV landscape. And there’s no reason to think that’s going to change any time soon.

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16 Responses to “NFL says 105.9 million watched Week One games”
  1. jmsincla says: Sep 12, 2012 1:06 PM

    Assuming these #’s are strictly for the U.S., that would be 34% of the population. Wow!

  2. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Sep 12, 2012 1:06 PM

    Too bad we all had to watch high school referees.

  3. markbul says: Sep 12, 2012 1:08 PM

    They’ve ruined the game! Flag football!

  4. eyeh8goodell says: Sep 12, 2012 1:08 PM

    All it will take is a scandal to see it change, a gambling scandal. Too much money flowing through pro football in the form of gambling to not eventually corrupt it. Don’t be surprised when it happens. What goes up must eventually come down. And it always does over the course of time.

  5. j0esixpack says: Sep 12, 2012 1:12 PM

    Wow – that’s a pretty astounding number.

    And it would have been higher if the replacement referees were paying attention to the game as well!

  6. cuse6468 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:18 PM

    Yes, but attendance at the games is down in many cities. Expensive to park, watch, eat, etc.
    Much easier to sit right at home. That’s what I will and continue to do.

  7. kiopta1 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:27 PM

    I think people were just happy to have football back.

  8. contra74 says: Sep 12, 2012 1:35 PM

    105.9 million…wow…so now we know the exact number of people who watched the Packers get owned by the 49ers and are not buying all the BS excuses dished out by the players and their fanbase.

  9. r8rh8r says: Sep 12, 2012 2:09 PM

    What they failed to mention is that 280.8 million prisoners in facilities throughout the U.S. tuned in to the Jokeland Faider game just to watch them lose again…

  10. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Sep 12, 2012 2:20 PM

    packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says:
    Sep 12, 2012 1:06 PM
    Too bad we all had to watch high school referees.

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    Exactly how many more calls did these “high school officials” miss compared to the big league refs? The answer is the same. But at least these “high school refs” didn’t blow the coin toss in the only overtime game. The real refs have done that one.

    Sounds like a bitter fan of the only NFC north team to not win again. Then again, if I was on the verg of losing the 3rd straight home game and starting out 0-2, I’d be bitter too.

  11. keithbangedyermom says: Sep 12, 2012 3:01 PM

    Nothing compares to the action of an NFL game.

  12. pigskin28 says: Sep 12, 2012 3:30 PM

    Football is the best thing on tv. Seriously…Justified is next.

  13. philmargetson says: Sep 12, 2012 3:42 PM

    It’s aired over here in the uk too! More people watch it here than you might think haha

  14. datageek94 says: Sep 12, 2012 4:29 PM

    So far I’ve watched five of the games, still six or seven to go, but what I see is football. The refs did a credible job. Let’s face it, we always disagree on judgement calls, calls we felt should have been made, calls we didn’t feel should have been made, replacement refs or no.

    The real holdup on the NFLRA signing appears to be the ability to replace a non-performing ref mid-season, which the NFL absolutely should be able to do.

    The refs to me aren’t gaining any leverage whatsoever, they should just sign the contract and we move forward.

    The only difference will be that we argue over the officiating of the ‘real’ refs instead of arguing over the officiating of the replacement refs.

  15. johngaltx says: Sep 12, 2012 4:37 PM

    Also noted was the NFL’s plan to show one commercial per viewer by the end of the regular season. This will entail showing commercials during commercials, commercials on TV screens mounted on the players helmets, commercials on TV screens installed on the actual playing surface and of course commercials on the chests of the head coaches as they are shown standing on the sidelines after each and every play pondering their next move. For 2013 the NFL already has plans to install extra TV monitors in all of the viewers homes that will also show commercials while the game is on so that their actual goal of 200 million commercials per week can be obtained. This sarcasm was brought to by FORD—have you driven a FORD lately?

  16. sea3369 says: Sep 12, 2012 10:46 PM

    And if the nfl let me stream games of my team or roku, theyd have a heck of alot more veiwers (dip s>%#t’s)

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