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More than 200 million watched NFL this season

The Columbian
Published: January 5, 2012, 12:00am

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 200 million viewers saw NFL games this season, with an average of 17.5 million per game.

According to The Nielsen Company, it was the NFL’s second-highest viewership average since 1989, behind only last season (17.9 million).

NFL games accounted for 23 of the 25 most-watched TV shows among all programming. The 16 most-viewed shows on cable TV were NFL games.

A record 37 NFL telecasts averaged at least 20 million viewers, topping the previous mark set in 2010 of 35.

Fox matched 2010 for its most-watched season, while NFL Network’s Thursday night telecasts were its most watched. NBC’s Sunday night football was the most-watched show in primetime for the second consecutive fall. ESPN’s Monday night package was cable’s most-watched program for the sixth season in a row. CBS had its second most-watched season carrying the AFC.