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NFL says 105.9 million watched Week One games

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo walks off the field at the end of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Cowboys won the game 24-17. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


The NFL’s impressive TV ratings are showing no sign of slowing down, as the league said today that a total of 105.9 million fans watched Week One games on NBC, CBS, FOX and ESPN.

Three different NFL broadcasts had more than 23 million viewers, with the NBC Sunday night game between the Steelers and Broncos coming in first at 27.6 million, the FOX late afternoon broadcast (mostly 49ers-Packers with some areas getting Seahawks-Cardinals or Panthers-Buccaneers) getting 26.4 million viewers and the Wednesday opener between the Cowboys and Giants on NBC getting 23.9 million viewers.

Five teams (Denver, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Seattle) increased their Week One local TV audience by more than 20 percent over last year.

We’ve reached the point where it almost goes without saying that NFL games are going to do huge TV ratings, but it really is remarkable the extent to which the NFL dominates the American TV landscape. And there’s no reason to think that’s going to change any time soon.