2011 Numbers Game (100 Most-Viewed Sports Telecasts of the Year)

Posted by | December 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Presented are the 100 most-viewed sporting events of 2011 on broadcast and cable.

An astounding 75 of the 100 most-viewed events of the year were NFL games, including the top eighteen. Keep in mind this does not include Week 15 and Week 16 games on FOX and CBS (six telecasts combined), as final ratings and viewership for those events were not immediately available.

Of the mere 25 non-NFL sporting events to make the list, six were NBA games (all during the NBA Finals), six were Major League Baseball games (all during the World Series), six were NCAA Tournament telecasts, and four were college football games (three BCS bowls and LSU/Alabama in November). The remaining three events were the Daytona 500 (8.7, 15.597M), the final round of The Masters (9.5, 15.257M), and the race portion of the Kentucky Derby (8.5, 14.539M).

The top college football game ranked 18th (AUB/ORE: 15.3, 27.316M), the top Major League Baseball game ranked 24th (TEX/STL G7: 14.7, 25.403M), the top NBA game ranked 30th (DAL/MIA G6: 13.3, 23.880M), and the top college basketball game ranked 49th (CONN/BUT: 11.7, 20.055M).

100 Most-Viewed Sporting Events of 2011
* Featured games not available for CBS singleheader and regional telecasts.

#
Date
Sport
Game/Event
Net
U.S. Rating
Viewers (000)
1
Sun., 2/6/11
NFL
Super Bowl: GB 31, PIT 25 FOX
46.0
111,010
2
Sun., 1/23/11
NFL
NFL Playoffs: NYJ 19, PIT 24 CBS
28.3
54,850
3
Sun., 1/23/11
NFL
NFL Playoffs: GB 21, CHI 14 FOX
28.1
51,884
4
Sun., 1/16/11
NFL
NFL Playoffs: NYJ 28, NE 21 CBS
24.2
43,463
5
Sun., 1/9/11
NFL
NFL Playoffs: GB 21, PHI 16 FOX
22.1
39,274
6
Sat., 1/15/11
NFL
NFL Playoffs: BAL 24, PIT 31 CBS
19.4
34,009
7
Sat., 1/8/11
NFL
NFL Playoffs: NYJ 17, IND 16 NBC
18.7
33,350
8
Sun., 1/16/11
NFL
NFL Playoffs: SEA 24, CHI 35 FOX
19.1
32,493
9
Thu., 11/24/11
NFL
Regular Season: MIA 19, DAL 20 CBS
14.3
30,901
10
Sat., 1/15/11
NFL
NFL Playoffs: GB 48, ATL 21 FOX
17.0
30,569
11
Thu., 11/24/11
NFL
Regular Season: GB 27, DET 15 FOX
14.8
30,171
12
Sun., 12/4/11
NFL
Regular Season: GB 38, NYG 35 (77%) FOX
17.6
29,774
13
Sun., 10/16/11
NFL
Regular Season: DAL 16, NE 20 (88%) FOX
17.1
28,443
14
Sun., 1/9/11
NFL
NFL Playoffs: BAL 30, KC 7 CBS
17.1
28,384
15
Sat., 1/8/11
NFL
NFL Playoffs: NO 36, SEA 41 FOX
16.8
28,304
16
Sun., 11/6/11
NFL
Regular Season: NYG 24, NE 20 (55%) FOX
16.7
28,213
17
Thu., 9/8/11
NFL
Regular Season: NO 34, GB 42 NBC
16.0
27,169
18
Mon., 1/10/11
NCAAF
BCS Champ.: AUB 22, ORE 19 ESPN
15.3
27,316
19
Sun., 11/27/11
NFL
Regular Season: NE 38, PHI 20 (72%) CBS
15.5
26,246
20
Sun., 1/2/11
NFL
Regular Season: CHI 3, GB 10 (56%) FOX
14.7
26,147
21
Sun., 11/13/11
NFL
Regular Season: NYG 20, SF 27 (70%) FOX
15.6
25,938
22
Sun., 9/11/11
NFL
Regular Season: NYG 14, WSH 28 (63%) FOX
15.3
25,802
23
Sun., 9/11/11
NFL
Regular Season: DAL 24, NYJ 27 NBC
15.3
25,766
24
Fri., 10/28/11
MLB
World Series: TEX 2, STL 6 FOX
14.7
25,403
25
Sun., 10/30/11
NFL
Regular Season: NE 17, PIT 25 (85%) CBS
14.6
24,564
26
Sun., 12/11/11
NFL
Regular Season: NYG 37, DAL 34 NBC
14.9
24,516
27
Sun., 10/23/11
NFL
Regular Season: GB 33, MIN 27 (83%) FOX
14.6
24,267
28
Sun., 12/25/11
NFL
Regular Season: CHI 21, GB 35 NBC
12.6
24,019
29
Sun., 9/25/11
NFL
Regular Season: GB 27, CHI 17 (81%) FOX
14.1
23,995
30
Sun., 6/12/11
NBA
NBA Finals: DAL 105, MIA 95 ABC
13.3
23,880
31
Sun., 9/18/11
NFL
Regular Season: PHI 31, ATL 35 NBC
14.3
23,424
32
Sun., 10/2/11
NFL
Regular Season: DET 34, DAL 30 (35%) FOX
14.0
23,308
33
Sun., 10/2/11
NFL
Regular Season: DEN 23, GB 49 (59%) CBS
13.6
23,014
34
Sun., 10/30/11
NFL
Regular Season: DAL 7, PHI 34 NBC
13.8
22,994
35
Sun., 9/18/11
NFL
Regular Season: SD 21, NE 35 (74%) CBS
13.3
22,662
36
Sun., 10/9/11
NFL
Regular Season: NYJ 21, NE 30 (81%) CBS
13.6
22,598
37
Sun., 9/18/11
NFL
Regular Season: CHI 13, NO 30 (38%) FOX
13.2
22,530
38
Sun., 12/11/11
NFL
Regular Season: CHI 10, DEN 13 (42%) FOX
13.6
22,207
39
Sun., 11/6/11
NFL
Regular Season: BAL 23, PIT 20 NBC
13.3
22,121
40
Sun., 10/9/11
NFL
Regular Season: GB 25, ATL 14 NBC
13.4
22,046
41
Sun., 11/20/11
NFL
Regular Season: SD 20, CHI 31 (79%) CBS
13.0
21,462
42
Thu., 10/27/11
MLB
World Series: TEX 9, STL 10 FOX
12.7
21,065
43
Sun., 11/13/11
NFL
Regular Season: NE 37, NYJ 16 NBC
12.9
20,918
44
Sun., 12/11/11
NFL
Regular Season: National Window CBS
12.7
20,789
45
Sat., 1/1/11
NCAAF
Rose Bowl: TCU 21, WISC 19 ESPN
11.3
20,558
46
Sun., 9/25/11
NFL
Regular Season: PIT 23, IND 20 NBC
12.2
20,357
47
Sun., 11/27/11
NFL
Regular Season: PIT 13, KC 9 NBC
12.3
20,344
48
Sun., 11/20/11
NFL
Regular Season: PHI 17, NYG 10 NBC
12.5
20,305
49
Mon., 4/4/11
NCAAB
Final Four: CONN 53, BUT 41 CBS
11.7
20,055
50
Sun., 11/20/11
NFL
Regular Season: TB 26, GB 35 (39%) FOX
12.2
20,025
51
Sat., 11/5/11
NCAAF
Regular Season: LSU 9, ALA 6 CBS
11.5
20,011
52
Sun., 1/2/11
NFL
Regular Season: STL 6, SEA 16 NBC
11.3
19,357
53
Sun., 12/4/11
NFL
Regular Season: Singleheader CBS
11.5
19,010
54
Sun., 11/13/11
NFL
Regular Season: Singleheader CBS
11.5
19,003
55
Sun., 10/2/11
NFL
Regular Season: NYJ 17, BAL 34 NBC
11.5
18,900
56
Sun., 9/25/11
NFL
Regular Season: Singleheader CBS
11.5
18,898
57
Sun., 12/4/11
NFL
Regular Season: DET 17, NO 31 NBC
11.5
18,896
58
Thu., 6/9/11
NBA
NBA Finals: MIA 103, DAL 112 ABC
10.8
18,318
59
Sun., 11/27/11
NFL
Regular Season: CHI 20, OAK 25 (40%) FOX
10.4
17,245
60
Sun., 10/16/11
NFL
Regular Season: SF 25, DET 19 (33%) FOX
10.5
17,201
61
Sun., 10/30/11
NFL
Regular Season: DET 45, DEN 10 (29%) FOX
10.3
17,110
62
Mon., 9/26/11
NFL
Regular Season: WSH 16, DAL 18 ESPN
10.6
17,104
63
Mon., 11/7/11
NFL
Regular Season: CHI 30, PHI 24 ESPN
10.7
16,847
64
Sun., 1/2/11
NFL
Regular Season: TEN 20, IND 23 (71%) CBS
9.7
16,766
65
Sat., 4/2/11
NCAAB
Final Four: CONN 56, UK 55 CBS
9.5
16,715
66
Mon., 12/19/11
NFL
Regular Season: PIT 3, SF 20 ESPN
10.1
16,677
67
Sun., 12/18/11
NFL
Regular Season: BAL 14, SD 34 NBC
10.1
16,578
68
Sun., 10/16/11
NFL
Regular Season: MIN 10, CHI 39 NBC
10.1
16,568
69
Mon., 10/10/11
NFL
Regular Season: CHI 13, DET 24 ESPN
10.3
16,378
70
Sun., 11/6/11
NFL
Regular Season: Singleheader CBS
9.8
16,160
71
Tue., 6/7/11
NBA
NBA Finals: MIA 83, DAL 86 ABC
9.6
16,126
72
Sun., 1/2/11
NFL
Regular Season: TB 23, NO 13 (70%) FOX
9.6
16,083
73
Sun., 10/9/11
NFL
Regular Season: PHI 24, BUF 31 (29%) FOX
9.9
16,006
74
Sun., 3/20/11
NCAAB
NCAA Rd. 3: OSU 98, GMU 66
CBS
9.9
15,886
NCAA Rd. 3: ARIZ 70, TEX 69 TNT
NCAA Rd. 3: VCU 94, PUR 76 TBS
75
Sun., 10/23/11
NFL
Regular Season: Singleheader CBS
9.7
15,803
76
Mon., 12/26/11
NFL
Regular Season: ATL 16, NO 45 ESPN
9.2
15,638
77
Sun., 2/20/11
NASCAR
Sprint Cup: Daytona 500 FOX
8.7
15,597
78
Sun., 11/27/11
NFL
Regular Season: Regional CBS
9.9
15,568
79
Thu., 6/2/11
NBA
NBA Finals: DAL 95, MIA 93 ABC
9.3
15,522
80
Sun., 9/11/11
NFL
Regular Season: Singleheader CBS
9.1
15,496
81
Sun., 6/5/11
NBA
NBA Finals: MIA 88, DAL 86 ABC
9.1
15,338
82
Sun., 4/10/11
Golf (M)
The Masters: Final Round CBS
9.5
15,257
83
Tue., 5/31/11
NBA
NBA Finals: DAL 84, MIA 92 ABC
9.0
15,171
84
Sun., 10/23/11
MLB
World Series: STL 0, TEX 4 FOX
9.2
15,156
85
Sun., 3/27/11
NCAAB
Elite Eight: UK 76, UNC 69 CBS
8.9
15,082
86
Mon., 9/12/11
NFL
Regular Season: MIA 38, NE 24 ESPN
9.1
14,568
87
Sat., 5/7/11
Horse
Kentucky Derby, Race Portion NBC
8.5
14,539
88
Sun., 12/11/11
NFL
Regular Season: Regional CBS
9.3
14,535
89
Sun., 10/16/11
NFL
Regular Season: Singleheader CBS
8.8
14,533
90
Sun., 12/4/11
NFL
Regular Season: DEN 35, MIN 32 (61%) FOX
8.8
14,453
91
Mon., 11/28/11
NFL
Regular Season: NYG 24, NO 49 ESPN
9.3
14,423
92
Mon., 10/24/11
MLB
World Series: STL 2, TEX 4 FOX
8.8
14,324
93
Thu., 10/20/11
MLB
World Series: TEX 2, STL 1 FOX
8.9
14,280
94
Sun., 11/6/11
NFL
Regular Season: TB 16, NO 27 (41%) FOX
8.6
14,194
95
Sat., 4/2/11
NCAAB
Final Four: BUT 70, VCU 62 CBS
8.3
14,189
96
Mon., 11/14/11
NFL
Regular Season: MIN 7, GB 45 ESPN
8.7
14,188
97
Wed., 10/19/11
MLB
World Series: TEX 2, STL 3 FOX
8.7
14,174
98
Sun., 10/30/11
NFL
Regular Season: Regional CBS
9.1
13,942
99
Fri., 3/25/11
NCAAB
Sweet Sixteen: UK 62, OSU 60 CBS
8.4
13,824
Sweet Sixteen: VCU 72, FSU 71 TBS
100
Tue., 1/4/11
NCAAF
Sugar Bowl: OSU 31, ARK 26 ESPN
8.2
13,635

  • Nsbombers

    Where is the ratings for the N.E/Den game?

    • Paulsen

      Haven’t seen the final ratings/viewership for the Week 15 and 16 games on FOX and CBS yet. If I get those numbers, I’ll add them to the list.

  • quaker

    Is there any way to get a top20 list of each sport (cfb, cbball, nba, nhl, mlb)?

    • Paulsen

      If I make another list this year, I’ll think about doing it in that format.