NBC proclaims this AM:
Dallas’ 27-16 victory over Green Bay on “Sunday Night Football,” drew 22.2 million viewers and stands as the second most watched Sunday Night game in NBC’s two-plus year history of the program, trailing only the much-hyped “Manning Bowl” on the first Sunday of the 2006 season (22.6 million), according to data provided by Nielsen Media Research.
Sunday night’s game ended up with a 13.3 rating and 21 share. When the metered markets came in with overnights, it was a 14.4/22 number. The game did a 38.6/56 in Dallas and a 41.8/57 in Milwaukee.
“Sunday Night Football” was the highest-rated show Sunday — defeating the Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast on ABC by 80 percent in viewers (22.2 million to 12.3 million) and 62 percent among households (13.3/21 vs. 8.2/13). We’re not sure how many New Yorkers helped boost ESPN’s coverage at the same time of the Yankees’ final home game, but assume it’s less than 12.3 million.
The most-watched games in “SNF” history:
1. Indianapolis-N.Y. Giants (09.07.06): 22.6 mil.
2. Dallas-Green Bay (09.21.08): 22.2 mil.
3. Indianapolis-New England (11.05.06): 21.9 mil.
4. Philadelphia-New England (11.25.07): 21.8 mil.
5. New Orleans-Dallas (12.10.06): 19.9 mil.
Now, for the L.A. angle:
The Emmys did a 13.7 rating and 23 share in Los Angeles for KABC Channel 7 — better than the 12.7/23 for the Cowboys-Packers on KNBC Channel 4.
Meaning, in these parts, an uneven, almost embarassing Josh Groban theme-show song montage drew more eyeballs and had an deeper intrisic meaning that a Tony Romo touchdown drive. Somehow, that makes complete sense.
== ESPN’s Monday Night Football – the San Diego Chargers’ 48-29 victory over the visiting New York Jets – did an 8.9 rating, representing an average of 8,642,000 homes (11,881,000 P2+). For the third straight Monday, ESPN won the night in the key male demos among all networks, broadcast or cable, and the game drove significant traffic to ESPN.com’s NFL content.