Exciting divisional matchups and the Thanksgiving tradition of family, food and football had fans tuned into NFL games in record numbers.

NFL programming accounted for the top four and
five of the top six shows of the week. The FOX
Thanksgiving game (Eagles-Cowboys) was watched by
an average of 32.0 million viewers topping all
programs for the week (November 24 through 30) and
ranking as the most-watched show of the fall TV
season.

The CBS Sunday national telecast (mostly Patriots-Packers) was the second most-watched show of the week with an average of 30.9 million viewers and ranks as the second most-watched show of the fall TV season.

The CBS Thanksgiving game (mostly Bears-Lions) was the third most-watched show of the week with an average of 29.4 million viewers.

NBC’s Seahawks-49ers Thanksgiving night game was the week’s most-watched primetime show averaging 22.9 million viewers and NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Broncos-Chiefs) drew an average of 21.1 million viewers.

The three-game Thanksgiving Day average of 28.4 million viewers is the highest Thanksgiving Day average since 1998 (29.7 million for Steelers-Lions and Vikings-Cowboys).

Locally, NFL games topped the ratings in 27 NFL markets:

Program – # of NFL Markets Ranked #1
NFL Football – 27
NCAA Football – 1
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – 1
Local News – 1

Following is the list of the NFL markets where football was the top-rated program for the week of November 24 – 30:

Week of 11/24-11/30:
Market – Game, Date (RTG, SHR) (Rank)
Milwaukee – Patriots at Packers, 11/30/2014 (50.1, 72) (1)
Denver – Broncos at Chiefs, 11/30/2014 (46.7, 64) (1)
New Orleans – Ravens at Saints, 11/24/2014 (43.6, 59) (1)*
Boston – Patriots at Packers, 11/30/2014 (43.2, 66) (1)
Buffalo – Browns at Bills, 11/30/2014 (38.2, 61) (1)
Kansas City – Broncos at Chiefs, 11/30/2014 (37.6, 54) (1)
Cleveland – Browns at Bills, 11/30/2014 (36.9, 64) (1)
Baltimore – Ravens at Saints, 11/24/2014 (36.1, 51) (1)*
Seattle – Seahawks at 49ers, 11/27/2014 (36.1, 74) (1)
Pittsburgh – Saints at Steelers, 11/30/2014 (35.0, 62) (1)
Indianapolis – Redskins at Colts, 11/30/2014 (34.5, 60) (1)
Cincinnati – Bengals at Buccaneers, 11/30/2014 (33.3, 59) (1)
San Diego – Chargers at Ravens, 11/30/2014 (32.7, 64) (1)
Minneapolis – Panthers at Vikings, 11/30/2014 (30.6, 60)(1)
Detroit – Bears at Lions, 11/27/2014 (29.4, 59) (1)
Chicago – Bears at Lions, 11/27/2014 (26.2, 52) (1)
Philadelphia – Eagles at Cowboys, 11/27/2014 (26.2, 61) (1)
Houston – Titans at Texans, 11/30/2014 (25.6, 49) (1)
Dallas – Eagles at Cowboys, 11/27/2014 (25.4, 59) (1)
Phoenix – Cardinals at Falcons, 11/30/2014 (22.0, 40) (1)
Washington – Redskins at Colts, 11/30/2014 (20.6, 42) (1)
Atlanta – Cardinals at Falcons, 11/30/2014 (20.4, 36) (1)
Tampa – Patriots at Packers, 11/30/2014 (19.9, 31) (1)
Charlotte – Patriots at Packers, 11/30/2014 (19.7, 34) (1)
Nashville – Patriots at Packers, 11/30/2014 (19.5, 30) (1)
San Francisco and Oakland – Seahawks at 49ers, 11/27/2014 (18.7, 48) (1)
Miami – Patriots at Packers, 11/30/2014 (15.0, 27) (1)
* Local affiliate & ESPN combined
Sources: NFL & The Nielsen Company

In other NFL news….

The National Football League annoucned that the week 15 Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns game on Sunday, December 14 at 1 p.m. Eastern will be broadcast on FOX and the Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions game at 4:25 p.m. Eastern on FOX. The originally scheduled Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles game remains in place on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

In addition, the kickoff times for each of the Week 16 Saturday doubleheader games have been finalized. The Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins game on Saturday, December 20 will be played at 4:30 p.m. Eastern and broadcast on NFL Network, followed by the San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers game at 8:25 p.m. Eastern on CBS. The final Week 16 schedule will be announced at a later date.

Following is the final Week 15 NFL schedule (All times are Eastern):

Thursday, December 11
Arizona at St. Louis, 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network

Sunday, December 14
Pittsburgh at Atlanta, 1 p.m. on CBS
Jacksonville at Baltimore, 1 p.m. on CBS
Green Bay at Buffalo, 1 p.m. on FOX
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. on FOX
Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. on FOX
Houston at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. on CBS
Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. on CBS
Miami at New England, 1 p.m. on CBS
Washington at New York Giants, 1 p.m. on FOX
Denver at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
New York Jets at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. on CBS
Minnesota at Detroit, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. on FOX
Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on NBC

Monday, December 15
New Orleans at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN

The NFL uses “flexible scheduling” to ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots and to give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:25 p.m. Eastern time slot on CBS or FOX.

For the first time, flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.

Also, for the first time, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.

The NFL will continue to use flexible scheduling on Sundays in Weeks 11-17. For each flexible scheduling week with the exception of Week 17, the NFL announces the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend.  To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, flexible scheduling decisions for that Sunday can be made on six days notice.

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