KC Chiefs And The Rest Of The NFL Continue Big TV Ratings

DENVER - NOVEMBER 14: Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd #84 of the Denver Broncos makes a touchdown reception in fourth quarter as Brandon Carr #39 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends at INVESCO Field at Mile High on November 14 2010 in Denver Colorado. The play was initially called out of bounds but was reversed by video replay as the Broncos defeated the Chiefs 49-29. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Whenever I think of a potential lockout in the NFL, I think back to the ridiculous TV ratings games generate. Chiefs games dominate in Kansas City every week including Nov. 8-14 when they ranked sixth with a 35.8 rating, including a 56 percent share. Kansas City was one of 29 TV markets that had an NFL game as their top-rated program of the week.

Last year the NFL had nine games with over 25 million viewers. This year they've already matched that number. There have been 10 weeks of games and an NFL game has been the top rated program of the week all 10 times. The NFL holds the top 15 most-watched shows on TV since the season began (with Dancing With The Stars coming in at 16th).

The Ravens-Falcons game had five million viewers, which was the most viewers ever for a Thursday Night Football opener. Just think what would happen to that number if Time Warner would get on board?

The Chiefs-Raiders game the week before had even bigger ratings than the Denver game. Suffice to say the American public loves them some football.

If you're interested in the order, I put a listing of all Week 10 TV markets and their ratings after the jump.

Week of 11/8–14

 

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market

Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

Pittsburgh

Steelers at Bengals

11/14/10

49.9

68

1

Baltimore

Ravens at Falcons

11/11/10

39.0

58

1

Minneapolis

Vikings at Bears

11/14/10

36.9

69

1

Cleveland

Jets at Browns

11/14/10

36.6

63

1

Boston

Patriots at Steelers

11/14/10

36.4

55

1

Kansas City

Chiefs at Broncos

11/14/10

35.8

56

1

Indianapolis

Bengals at Colts

11/14/10

34.4

59

1

Cincinnati

Steelers at Bengals

11/14/10

34.0

49

1

Dallas

Cowboys at Giants

11/14/10

33.8

58

1

Nashville

Titans at Dolphins

11/14/10

31.4

51

1

Chicago

Vikings at Bears

11/14/10

31.1

60

1

Denver

Chiefs at Broncos

11/14/10

29.7

55

1

Milwaukee

Vikings at Bears

11/14/10

29.3

56

1

St. Louis

Rams at 49ers

11/14/10

28.8

49

1

Jacksonville

Texans at Jaguars

11/14/10

27.3

48

1

Seattle

Seahawks at Cardinals

11/14/10

26.6

52

1

New Orleans

Cowboys at Giants

11/14/10

25.2

37

1

Detroit

Lions at Bills

11/14/10

22.6

43

1

Atlanta

Ravens at Falcons

11/11/10

21.6

32

1

Washington, DC

Cowboys at Giants

11/14/10

20.7

36

1

Phoenix

Seahawks at Cardinals

11/14/10

20.6

39

1

Philadelphia

Cowboys at Giants

11/14/10

20.2

33

1

San Fran-Oakland

Rams at 49ers

11/14/10

19.6

49

1

Houston

Texans at Jaguars

11/14/10

19.5

40

1

Miami

Titans at Dolphins

11/14/10

19.2

39

1

Buffalo

Jets at Browns

11/14/10

17.0

33

1

New York

Cowboys at Giants

11/14/10

16.6

29

1

San Diego

Patriots at Steelers

11/14/10

16.5

25

1

Charlotte

Cowboys at Giants

11/14/10

16.1

26

1

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