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NFL Dominates Ratings, Has 9 of Top 10 Highest-Rated Telecasts

NFL Dominates Ratings, Has 9 of Top 10 Highest-Rated Telecasts

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Live sports, especially the NFL, continues to dominate ratings in an age of DVRs and in which the media is becoming more fragmented. 

According to Nielsen’s year-end report, nine of the top 10 highest rated programs this year were NFL games. The Oscars telecast was the only non-NFL event that made the list. 

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Rank

Telecast

Originator

Date Aired

Persons 2+ Rating

Average # of Viewers

1

SUPER BOWL XLVII

CBS

02/03/2013

37.6

108,693,000

2

SUPER BOWL XLVII-DELAY

CBS

02/03/2013

36.8

106,556,000

3

SUPER BOWL XLVII PST-GAME

CBS

02/03/2013

21.9

63,260,000

4

SUPER BOWL KICK-OFF

CBS

02/03/2013

21.8

63,003,000

5

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP ON CBS

CBS

01/20/2013

16.5

47,707,000

6

FOX NFC CHAMPIONSHIP

FOX

01/20/2013

14.5

41,974,000

7

THE OSCARS

ABC

02/24/2013

14.0

40,376,000

8

FOX NFC WILDCARD GAME

FOX

01/06/2013

13.2

38,088,000

9

AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF-SU

CBS

01/13/2013

13.0

37,657,000

10

AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF-SA

CBS

01/12/2013

12.2

35,274,000


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