NFL Week 11 viewership up 9 percent over last year

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The NFL had another strong week on the television viewership front.

Overall viewership was up about 9 percent over Week 11 last year, another strong week in a season that has seen consistent TV viewership increases over last year.

The most-watched game of the week was the Sunday night game between the Vikings and Bears on NBC. That drew 19.1 million viewers.

But it was a strong week for all of the league’s TV partners. Packers-Seahawks on Thursday night drew 17.5 million viewers for FOX and NFL Network, CBS got 13.8 million viewers for its Sunday games, FOX got 13.3 million viewers for its early window and 18.4 million viewers for Eagles-Saints in the late afternoon, and ESPN got 16.6 million viewers for Chiefs-Rams.

NFL viewership, which declined in both 2016 and 2017, has rebounded in 2018. Although most other network television mainstays have seen viewership declines this year, the NFL can boast of impressive success drawing TV viewers.

17 responses to “NFL Week 11 viewership up 9 percent over last year

  1. Those numbers regarding Thursday night prove that most fans enjoy Thursday night football and it wont be going anywhere soon. The NFL players make the big bucks – they can deal with the short week 1 week of the season.

  2. I guess the pretend outrage is over from those fake fans screaming that we won’t watch football any longer. They also forgot to mention that more fans are watching in their Nike clothing this year too! NFL ratings are up Bigly!!!

  3. The ratings are up because there are better match-ups, the star quarterbacks are staying healthy, there hasn’t been as many controversial catch plays, and the players’ politics aren’t being aired on t.v. I haven’t heard or read much news about it from the media, which is a good thing. Now, if only NFL viewers could see fewer commercials. Better officiating would also be a plus.

  4. Kind of sucks the Rams and chiefs won’t play each other again for 4 years. The NFL should adjust the schedule formula to allow the best teams to be scheduled to play each other in the regular season Moreno often. Use the 2 games on the schedule that are used for teams in the same conference that finished in the same spot in the division for these games.

  5. Getoffmylawn! says:
    November 20, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    I guess the pretend outrage is over from those fake fans screaming that we won’t watch football any longer. They also forgot to mention that more fans are watching in their Nike clothing this year too! NFL ratings are up Bigly!!!

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    This comment is just so toxic. I think fans made it a point last season and the season prior that the league’s ratings were down because of all the SJW protests during a moment when Americans chose to “stand to honor America.” Yes, it impacted the ratings in 2016 and 2017. Anyone who says otherwise should stop watching CNN. The same season the cameras don’t film and televise players kneeling during the anthem, or televise the anthem for that matter, and the ratings just so happen to go up? Gosh golly gee willikers, that’s no coincidence.

  6. They stopped televising players during the anthem. Faux patriots have chosen the caravan to be mad about, instead of citizens exercising their rights. The beat goes on…

    So, the post says that the ratings are up after 2 down years. It doesn’t state whether they have rebounded to “pre-protest” levels – which would be far more relevant.

  7. Getoffmylawn! says:
    November 20, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    I guess the pretend outrage is over from those fake fans screaming that we won’t watch football any longer. They also forgot to mention that more fans are watching in their Nike clothing this year too! NFL ratings are up Bigly!!!

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    What are Kaep’s stats for the season?

  8. dynastyfootballforme says:
    November 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm
    Sounds like keeping politics out of football is a good idea!

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    Like, the whole “Salute to Service”

  9. Getoffmylawn! says:
    November 20, 2018 at 5:26 pm
    I guess the pretend outrage is over from those fake fans screaming that we won’t watch football any longer. They also forgot to mention that more fans are watching in their Nike clothing this year too! NFL ratings are up Bigly!!!

    FYI- Nike Stock went from $ 85.37 in September to $ 71.12 today a -17% drop.

    Make sure you invest and show your support

  10. arcross12042004scorp15 …

    Nike stock gained almost 10% after the Kaepernick campaign was announced before falling so it’s down about -7% since the actual campaign announcement.

    More than S&P-500 (about -6%) and less than Nasdaq (about -10%).

    Stick to your day job because stocks are apparently not your thing.

  11. Sooner or later these old farts who are still waving the bloody shirt over the Cold War (to them, these latest protesters are a redux of the hippies who burned and spat on the American flag during the Vietnam War) will have gone to their great reward (or far more often, their great punishment), and will no longer be around to spout their pathetic rants about ratings in the NFL.

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