31 January 2012

American Football is the most watched sport in America and growing!

According to Wikipedia:
...The Super Bowl has frequently been the most watched American television broadcast of the year. Super Bowl XLV played in 2011 became the most watched American television program in history, drawing an average audience of 111 million viewers and taking over the spot held by the previous year's Super Bowl, which itself had taken over the #1 spot held for twenty-eight years by the final episode of M*A*S*H. The Super Bowl is also among the most watched sporting events in the world, mostly due to North American audiences ... 2011's Super Bowl XLV holds the record for total number of U.S. viewers, attracting an average audience of 111 million viewers, making the game the most viewed television broadcast of any kind in U.S. history.
From The Nielson Company:
Prime-time television viewership numbers compiled by The Nielsen Co. for Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership for the week. The Top 5 programs were:
  1. "Sunday Night Football," NBC, 27.62 million viewers
  2. "Sunday Night Football Kickoff Show," NBC, 21.23 million viewers
  3. "Monday Night Football," ESPN, 15.64 million viewers
  4. "60 Minutes," CBS, 14.45 million viewers
  5. "Football Night in America", NBC, 14.44 million viewers
 From Orange County News:
Prime-time NFL football draws its biggest audience in 15 years ... "Sunday Night Football" drew the largest audience in its six seasons on NBC.
From NFL Communications:
49ers-Ravens on Thursday Night Football most-watched game ever on NFL Network ... Ranks as Thanksgiving’s all-time No. 1 show on cable & tops 2010 NFLN Thanksgiving game by 50 percent.
Clearly not a game in decline, no matter what some Soccer elitists would like to claim (And I love soccer too!)

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