NFL boasts most-watched season ever

It seems that every week, there’s a new reason for the NFL to brag about its incredible TV ratings.

Today’s example comes from an NFL press release that touts the 2010 season as the most-watched in NFL history, with more than 175 million fans tuning in to at least one game, and NFL games representing the 14 most-watched shows on television this season. (No. 15 is an episode of Dancing With the Stars.)

NFL games have done well on television for decades, but there’s never been a time when the NFL dwarfed the competition on TV like it’s doing in 2010. Five years ago, no NFL game cracked the Top 15.

An NFL game has been the most-watched show on TV every week so far this season, and NFL games top the local ratings 86 percent of the time, the highest rate the NFL has ever had through nine weeks of the season.

23 responses to “NFL boasts most-watched season ever

  1. But it’s not enough, is it, Roger? Still want that UK franchise, don’t you? You’re a greedy man, Roger. (Since you won’t give me a cable Sunday Ticket option, I find other ways to watch the games I want to see–so there 😛 )

  2. 1) on Sundays now they do not televise 3-4 games at one time like they used to…therefore if you like football regardless of what game is on…there is only one choice of a game to watch (most are blacked out)
    2) I guess Goodell and Stern are working together since there are no NBA games that are televised…therefore when a horrible football game is on that I really do not want to watch, I cant even watch basketball b.c those games are not televised yet either. Sadly I have not seen a Ravens game televised in my area yet (live in Tennessee).
    3) As many different stories are going around in the league (Ben’s rape charges, Vick’s redemption, Mcnabb’s new team, Jets w/ a big mouth coach, Cowboys pre-season superbowl champs, Lions trying to win, Chilly begging Favre to play…etc. Many people are curious as to how these things will play out and want to witness….

  3. It is this very reason why the Owners and the players unions need to get to negotiating ASAP! They have a good thing going, and there is no reason they can’t get something figured out here.

  4. This will end once Favre retires.

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  5. @Deb-

    Other than a possible pay raise at his next contract negotiation, I’m not sure how the commissioner profits directly from the NFL expanding to Europe. I also don’t see where the greed is. As CEO of the league, it’s his job to grow the brand and make it as successful as he can, just like any other business would.

  6. because they are purposely keeping ratings up for the last half of games. because teams who open a big lead recklessly play putting the ball up for grabs and refuse to run the clock down shorten the boring game because obviosly these coaches are instructed to refrain fron doing the right thing. one game after another the monday night game a great example. ben r. used up all of 15 seconds in the 3rd quarter with 3 incompletions followed by a touchback punt – 4 plays he shortened his easy win 15 seconds.

  7. I think it is due to all of the parody in the league. Every weekend there are a bunch of close games and it keeps fans watching until the very end. There are definitely fewer blowouts this year, unless Dallas is playing of course.

  8. When people watch a show recorded on DVR it doesn’t count to the live ratings, so of course the NFL is going to have a higher ratings than a comedy or drama on one of the networks. Very few people are going to watch a sporting event recorded for fear of finding out the score before they watch,

  9. xtb3 says:
    Nov 11, 2010 1:57 PM
    because they are purposely keeping ratings up for the last half of games. because teams who open a big lead recklessly play putting the ball up for grabs and refuse to run the clock down shorten the boring game because obviosly these coaches are instructed to refrain fron doing the right thing. one game after another the monday night game a great example. ben r. used up all of 15 seconds in the 3rd quarter with 3 incompletions followed by a touchback punt – 4 plays he shortened his easy win 15 seconds.
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  10. @techstar25

    it’s just way too easy to watch from home, in my big fat easy chair, watching on my HDTV with nine different camera angles and not have to worry about a drunk-ity drunk fan splilling his nine-dollar beer on me while screaming some obcentities at the back judge for throwing a flag.

    other than that, i can’t think of any reason why attendence is down.

  11. Based on viewers, yes but based on RATINGS, no way in hell. That’s like the Super Bowl this year setting the record for the most viewers but it didn’t come close to the ratings that the game between Dallas and Pittsburgh had in 1996, which held the record for most viewers, 94 million, until it was broken 12 years later — yes, that’s right — 12 years later when they drew 95 million.

    BTW, I looked at what they were actually talking about and they were including day time games, when the other networks virtually cede the time to Fox and CBS. 10 of the 14 games they touted were all DAY games, 1 was the Thursday kickoff game and 3 were Sunday Night Football games. The NFL’s touting this is a joke.

    If you want to get the truth, here is a link that shows you how they manipulated this story:

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2010/11/11/halftime-report-most-watched-nfl-season-ever/71702

  12. It wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that network TV has about the worst dreck that has ever aired. People are abandoning TV by the millions. So are ratings higher becuase fewer people are watching the other junk or because more people are actually watching football?

  13. falstaff1962 says:

    the other junk or because more people are actually watching football

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    No, the NFL is counting Sunday DAY games, which is something that they’ve never done before and they’re basing their numbers on total viewers and not ratings share, which is down for day AND night games. The numbers look better because the number of TV viewers will increase because of the fact that the population has increased. Back when Dallas and Pittsburgh drew 94 million for their Super Bowl, there were 263 million Americans while this year’s Super Bowl was seen by 106.5 million people with a US population of 305 million. The 1996 Super Bowl had 35.7% of US eyes on the game while this year’s had 34.9%. Granted, not everyone is old enough to watch the Super Bowl but clearly, there are more people today than there were in 1994 and while the NFL can boast about the numbers, there ARE fewer eyes on their product in terms of the percentage of potential viewers.

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  15. @goodfella …

    ’round midnight

    @SpartaChris …

    It’s possible to grow a business responsibly. And the term greedy doesn’t have to refer to personal greed.

    Look, I simply don’t like the man. I tried to like him for a long time. Leaders have difficult responsibilities and are usually weighing many more factors than the public realizes. They have to answer to a lot of people with different agendas. I recognize that and try to cut them slack, give the the benefit of the doubt.

    Even knowing from the evidence files and the prosecutor’s office that Roethlisberger was innocent of the Georgia accusation, and even knowing Goodell had to rework the Personal Conduct Policy to suspend him, I still defended the move. The suspension didn’t do Roethlisberger any harm and probably did him a lot of good. And thankfully, it didn’t hurt the team. But I can’t cope with the inconsistency. No discipline for Brandon Underwood or Vince Young? After all those speeches about the new code of conduct in the NFL? Then he roasts Brett Favre on a spit … over a two-year-old firtation with a nude model? And wants to call that sexual harassment????

    Good night. I don’t know what’s more disgusting: the flagrant disregard for fair and equitable application of the rules or the slap in the face to real assault and harassment victims. Not to mention that lending credence to a woman like Jenn Sterger, whose attorneys have effectively admitted she’s in it now for the extortion money, puts all players behind the eight ball.

    And then there’s the pathetic job he’s done communicating the issues on hitting, the illogical thinking on expansion, his superficial approach to drawing more women to the sport. He’s making money–I can’t deny that. In some ways, he’s quite effective. But he seems to sacrifice principle for profit. And I disapprove.

  16. SpartaChris

    want more examples and i only watch a few games in their entirety each week. giants v. carolina – giants v. chicago giants v. detroit and giants v. dallas in all of these games eli kept lopping the ball up for grabs or clock stoppages rather than just run the clock down. each game was won the other team could not move the ball on them. but chicago letting carolina nearly win that ongoing boring blowout by having collins throw 4 interceptions again when all they had to do is keep running the ball down carolinas throat that took the cake.

    just when yhas this method of not shortening the gtame when you haver a big lead and are in total control – when did this ingenius thinking become the norm? and why? because of the people turning off their tv sets and the money those advertiser pay for those 2nd half commercials!

    wake up me boy!

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