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NFL boasts most-watched season ever

It seems that every week, there’s a new reason for the NFL to brag about its incredible TV ratings.

Today’s example comes from an NFL press release that touts the 2010 season as the most-watched in NFL history, with more than 175 million fans tuning in to at least one game, and NFL games representing the 14 most-watched shows on television this season. (No. 15 is an episode of Dancing With the Stars.)

NFL games have done well on television for decades, but there’s never been a time when the NFL dwarfed the competition on TV like it’s doing in 2010. Five years ago, no NFL game cracked the Top 15.

An NFL game has been the most-watched show on TV every week so far this season, and NFL games top the local ratings 86 percent of the time, the highest rate the NFL has ever had through nine weeks of the season.