Record Viewership for Week 1 NFL Games

The NFL reports that the first week audience for NFL games topped out at 108.4 million viewers, making last week the most-watched week one of the NFL ever.

Here are some details from NFL PR:

  • With 28.5 million average viewers, the FOX national telecast (mostly Packers-49ers) posted its best Kickoff Sunday ever, surpassing 28.0 million for Packers-Eagles in 2010.
  • ESPN’s  Monday Night Football opener (Eagles-Redskins) was the most-watched Week 1 game ever on ESPN with 16.54 million viewers and posted the highest rating ever for a season opener on ESPN (11.8).
  • On Sunday afternoon, an average of 19.8 million viewers watched NFL games on CBS and FOX, making it the highest Kickoff Sunday audience for the networks, surpassing the previous record average of 19.0 million in 2010.

Once again NFL action was the top-ranked television program in the 30 NFL markets:

Week of 9/2 – 9/8  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

Milwaukee Packers at 49ers 09/08/2013 50.8 75 1
New Orleans Falcons at Saints 09/08/2013 49.0 75 1
Denver Ravens at Broncos 09/05/2013 43.7 70 1
Indianapolis Raiders at Colts 09/08/2013 38.3 63 1
Baltimore Ravens at Broncos 09/05/2013 36.9 61 1
Pittsburgh Titans at Steelers 09/08/2013 36.3 65 1
Dallas Giants at Cowboys 09/08/2013 36.2 54 1
Minneapolis Vikings at Lions 09/08/2013 35.5 68 1
Buffalo Patriots at Bills 09/08/2013 34.7 64 1
Kansas City Chiefs at Jaguars 09/08/2013 32.4 57 1
Seattle Seahawks at Panthers 09/08/2013 31.4 65 1
Chicago Bengals at Bears 09/08/2013 31.0 60 1
Boston Patriots at Bills 09/08/2013 30.8 63 1
Cincinnati Bengals at Bears 09/08/2013 29.7 52 1
Cleveland Dolphins at Browns 09/08/2013 27.3 53 1
Nashville Titans at Steelers 09/08/2013 25.6 45 1
Atlanta Falcons at Saints 09/08/2013 25.4 48 1
Detroit Vikings at Lions 09/08/2013 25.4 52 1
Phoenix Cardinals at Rams 09/08/2013 24.6 44 1
St. Louis Cardinals at Rams 09/08/2013 24.1 41 1
Charlotte Seahawks at Panthers 09/08/2013 23.0 43 1
San Fran-Oakland Packers at 49ers 09/08/2013 22.0 50 1
Washington, DC Giants at Cowboys 09/08/2013 20.9 36 1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jets 09/08/2013 20.5 39 1
New York Giants at Cowboys 09/08/2013 19.5 32 1
San Diego Giants at Cowboys 09/08/2013 19.2 33 1
Houston Giants at Cowboys 09/08/2013 18.4 30 1
Miami Dolphins at Browns 09/08/2013 18.1 35 1
Philadelphia Giants at Cowboys 09/08/2013 17.9 28 1
Jacksonville Chiefs at Jaguars 09/08/2013 17.9 35 1

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