NFL Week 12: With Weak Slate of Games, CBS Singleheader Down Double-Digits


The NFL singleheader window put up middling — for the NFL — numbers on CBS.

The Week 12 NFL singleheader window earned a 10.5 overnight rating on CBS Sunday afternoon, down 10% from coverage featuring Bears/Raiders on FOX last year (11.7), and down 3% from regional action on CBS in 2010 (10.8).

Five of the six NFL singleheader telecasts on CBS this season have had declines from last year.

Not helping matters was the low quality of games on the CBS schedule. Each of the network’s six games involved a sub-.500 team — the 1-9 Chiefs, 4-6 Bills, 2-8 Browns, 3-7 Raiders, 1-9 Jaguars (against the 4-6 Titans) and 4-6 Chargers.

That such an ugly assortment of games could still attract a 10.5 overnight is a testament to the NFL’s enduring popularity.

(Sunday’s overnight from Sports Business Daily)

  • James

    I agree the fact that the NFL can attract that kind of rating with
    non-playoff teams taking up most of the schedule is impressive.

    I was looking at the Thanksgiving ratings you posted the other day and realized that since 2010 every game was way up.

    Since 2010 the NFL has grown its audience way up.