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‘Sunday Night Football’ continues run as TV’s most-watched show

It tops the season-long ratings for the ninth straight year, extending its record, Nielsen says.
NBC's Liam McHugh, left, Cris Collinsworth, center, and Al Michaels do a segment before a "Sunday Night Football" game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 11, 2018, in Philadelphia.
NBC's Liam McHugh, left, Cris Collinsworth, center, and Al Michaels do a segment before a "Sunday Night Football" game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 11, 2018, in Philadelphia. [ MATT ROURKE | AP ]
Published May 21, 2020

NEW YORK — NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished as prime time TV’s most-viewed series for the ninth consecutive year when the 2019-20 season wrapped up Wednesday night.

According to Nielsen, Sunday Night Football averaged 20.5 million viewers in 2019, which was a 5 percent increase over 2018. It also marked NBC’s best season since 2015.

The most-viewed game was Sept. 29, when 24.37 million tuned in to see New Orleans beat Dallas. Sunday Night Football ended up having eight of the 20 most-watched programs in the calendar year 2019. Ten games ended up having 20 million viewers or more.

Sunday Night Football’s nine-year streak on top of the season-long ratings is the longest such streak, according to Nielsen. American Idol had the previous record at six. The Cosby Show and All in the Family each had five-year runs on top.

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