Sport on TV joins Turkey, parade as holiday tradition

NEW YORK – In addition to eating turkey and visiting family, many Americans kept watching sports on TV over Thanksgiving weekend.

Some celebratory competitions led to some TV milestones, including the most-watched professional soccer game of all time and the most-watched soccer game on American television, the company said.

That The Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants The show, shown on Fox Thanksgiving Day, was seen by an estimated 42 million people, Nielsen said. Two teams with national fan bases, both with strong years, playing on a day when there were captive audiences led to the record. The best so far was a December 1990 game between the Giants and San Francisco.

Fox’s telecast of the World Cup Game between USA and England reached 15.38 million people on Friday. That alone beat the previous US record holder, the 1994 World Cup, and didn’t even count viewers on Telemundo, which took the total US viewership to almost 20 million.

Saturday’s Michigan-Ohio State college football game — two traditional rivals who both went into the matchup undefeated and played a big points game — was watched by 17 million people. That was the largest attendance for a regular-season college football game since 2011 and the largest ever for Fox, Nielsen said.

They might not have been record holders, but CBS and NBC both had strong numbers for their Thanksgiving games. Buffalo and Detroit’s 31.6 million viewers were the most popular game on CBS so far this season, Nielsen said.

Meanwhile, NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the year’s most popular entertainment program, was watched by 25.8 million people.

NBC was the most popular network of the week, averaging 8.2 million prime-time viewers. CBS had 4.1 million, Fox had 3.41 million, ABC had 3.35 million, Univision had 1.1 million, Ion had 870,000 and Telemundo had 820,000.

ESPN led the cable networks with an average of 2.99 million in prime time. Hallmark had 1.71 million, Fox News Channel had 1.64 million, Paramount had 1.24 million, and MSNBC had 772,000.

ABC’s World News Tonight won the nightly news ratings race, averaging 8.9 million viewers. NBC’s Nightly News had 7.3 million and CBS Evening News had 5.3 million.

For the week of November 14-20, the 20 most-watched prime-time shows, their networks and viewership:

1. NFL Football: New England in Minnesota, NBC, 24.78 million.

2. “NFL Postgame” (Thursday), Fox, 21.66 million.

3. NFL Football: Green Bay in Philadelphia, NBC, 19.57 million.

4. “NFL Pregame” (Thursday), NBC, 18.13 million.

5. “NFL Pregame” (Sunday), NBC, 14.85 million.

6. NFL Football: San Francisco in Arizona, ESPN, 11.17 million.

7. “Football Night in America, Part 3,” NBC, 10.77 million.

8. “The OT”, Fox, 9.11 million.

9. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.03 million.

10. “Yellowstone”, Paramount, 8.36 million.

11. “The Masked Singer,” Fox, 7.86 million.

12. “FBI”, CBS, 7.54 million.

13. “NCIS,” CBS, 6.85 million.

14. College Football: Florida at Florida St., ABC, 6.71 million.

15. College Football: Notre Dame at USC, ABC, 6.68 million.

16. “The Equalizer,” CBS, 6.56 million.

17. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 6.19 million.

18. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 5.98 million.

19. “Football Night in America, Part 2,” NBC, 5.97 million.

20. “NFL Pregame” (Monday), ESPN, 5.87 million.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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