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NFL cleans up during “premiere week”

Chicago Bears v Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Jason Babin #93 of the Philadelphia Eagles is introduced before the game against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field on November 7, 2011 in Phildelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jason Babin

Scott Cunningham

With a new season of TV shows debuting last week, the NFL continues to prove that nothing brings an audience together like the ultimate reality show: Live professional football.

A pair of NFL games got the highest ratings last week, with Giants-Eagles on NBC attracting 22.8 million viewers and the FOX doubleheader game (mainly Saints-Packers) drawing 22.3 million.

Since the regular season began, only NFL games have drawn audiences of more than 20 million -- other than the debut of NCIS.

Also, football was the highest-rated show in 27 of 30 NFL markets last weekend, with only Tampa (whose local team’s game was blacked out) and Pittsburgh and Indianapolis (whose teams were off) not watching NFL football more than any other show.