ORCHARD PARK, NY – OCTOBER 18: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Despite the inevitable weekly Controversy of the Moment in the NFL, fans are still there to watch the actual games. Through seven weeks of the 2015 season, the NFL on CBS is boasting record ratings.

Through seven weeks of the 2015 NFL regular-season, THE NFL ON CBS is averaging 19.0 million viewers (Persons 2+), +9% from last year’s 17.5 million viewers.  This year’s 19.0 million viewers is the highest number of average viewers for the first seven weeks of the season for the AFC television package in 29 years. (As far back as CBS records go; 1987)

Through seven weeks of the 2015 NFL regular-season, THE NFL ON CBS is averaging a national household rating/share of11.2/24, +8% from last year’s 10.4/22, and ties 2010 as the highest average rating/share for the AFC package in 21 years (11.7/28; 1994; NBC).

What makes this season different from others? Well, if I had to take a gander, I would say the following: the 6-0 Bengals, the 3-4 Colts leading their division, no one is winless, the Panthers are undefeated, Andy Dalton has contributed to my undefeated fantasy team, etc.

Another reason the NFL on CBS might be doing so well is that it is not subjecting viewers to this nonsense:

No, seriously. What is that?

In any case, these record ratings from CBS prove that fans are as engaged as ever, because whatever happens on the field is too exciting for us to walk away.

[CBS Sports]

About Reva Friedel

Reva is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and the AP Party. She lives in Orange County and roots for zero California teams.

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