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More than 200M watched NFL this season

Fri, 01/06/2012 - 2:23pm
The Associated Press

More than 200 million viewers saw NFL games this season, with an average of 17.5 million per game.

According to The Nielsen Co., it was the NFL's second-highest viewership average since 1989, behind only last season (17.9 million).

NFL games accounted for 23 of the 25 most-watched TV shows among all programming. The 16 most-viewed shows on cable TV were NFL games.

A record 37 NFL telecasts averaged at least 20 million viewers, topping the previous mark set in 2010 of 35.

Fox matched 2010 for its most-watched season, while NFL Network's Thursday night telecasts were its most watched. NBC's "Sunday Night Football" was the most-watched show in primetime for the second consecutive fall. ESPN's Monday night package was cable's most-watched program for the sixth season in a row. CBS had its second most-watched season carrying the AFC.

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