NFL Ratings, Week 6: Brady’s comeback boosts Fox

Here's your weekly look at NFL ratings, which shows the pure dominance of the league from a local and national level.

Pregame

Despite a change in lineup, The NFL Today still couldn't catch Fox NFL Sunday. Fox defeated CBS by a score of 3.3 to 2.5.  

CBS (Regional Window)

The Eye Network had a regional window that they tried to boost by sending studio commentators out to game sites. The Pittsburgh/Jets and Jacksonville/Denver-led window seemingly wasn't boosted, however, as CBS drew a 10.9 overnight. This was down five percent from the comparable window last year, which drew an 11.5 and featured the Cowboys taking on the Ravens as the featured game.

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 Top 10 local markets for CBS regional window

Market Game

Rating

1. Kansas City Oakland vs. Kansas City 42.1/72
2. Denver Jacksonville vs. Denver 40.3/75
3. Pittsburgh Pittsburgh vs. NY Jets 35.7/65
4. Seattle Tennessee vs. Seattle 34.4/66
5. Cincinnati Cincinnati vs. Buffalo 32.4/57
6. Buffalo Cincinnati vs. Buffalo 32.1/62
7. Nashville Tennessee vs. Seattle 26.8/48
8. Dayton Cincinnati vs. Buffalo 23.8/43
9. Jacksonville Jacksonville vs. Denver 19.8/34
10. Sacramento Oakland vs. Kansas City 14.4/33

Fox (1 p.m. ET window)

Despite not having the New York market, Fox managed a slight improvement in this window. Fox featured Packers-Ravens and Eagles-Bucs, drawing an 11.6 rating, a slight uptick over the 11.5 from last season.

Top 10 local markets for Fox 1 p.m. ET window

Market

Game Rating
1. Milwaukee Green Bay vs. Baltimore 40.9/75
2. Cleveland Detroit vs. Cleveland 30.8/59
3. Baltimore Green Bay vs. Baltimore 28.6/52
t4. Detroit Detroit vs. Cleveland 27.5/57
t4. Minneapolis Carolina vs. Minnesota 27.5/63
6. Houston St. Louis vs. Houston 24.6/50
7. Philadelphia Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay 24.5/51
8. Charlotte Carolina vs. Minnesota 24.1/48
9. Tampa Bay Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay 19.9/43
10. New Orleans Green Bay vs. Baltimore 19.1/31

Fox (America's Game of the Week Window)

Fox had a stunning comeback from Tom Brady and the Patriots over Drew Brees and the Saints late on Sunday. It probably helped that Boston was so tuned into Fox anyway, given they'd be televising the Red Sox's ALCS game against the Tigers shortly after Saints-Pats. Fox drew a 17.5 overnight, up eight percent from Giants-49ers last season (16.1).

Top 5 local markets for Fox late window

Market

Game Rating
1. New Orleans New Orleans vs. New England 52.8/73
2. Providence New Orleans vs. New England 36.0/58
3. Boston New Orleans vs. New England 35.1/62
4. Phoenix Arizona vs. San Francisco 23.1/46
5. Sacramento Arizona vs. San Francisco 22.5/47

NBC (Sunday Night Football)

Despite facing competition from The Walking Dead and the AL Championship Series, NBC saw growth for SNF over last season. NBC hit a 13.6 rating for Redskins-Cowboys, up seven percent from last year's game, which was notably a blowout win for the Packers over the Texans. 

Top 5 local markets for Sunday Night Football

Market Rating
1. Dallas 35.3/52
2. Washington 33.3/52
3. Richmond 32.0/45
4. Norfolk 25.0/35
5. San Antonio 24.7/39

 

Steve Lepore

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Steve Lepore is a writer for Bloguin and a correspondent for SiriusXM NHL Network Radio.

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