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NFL games are the 12 most-watched programs in new TV season

NFL games are the 12 most-watched programs in new TV season
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning tries to escape the grasp of Cowboys defensive end George Selvie in the first half Sunday. (Larry W. Smith / EPA)

The 10 most-watched programs of the new television season have been NFL games.

Actually, it's not just the top 10, Nos. 11 and 12 were also NFL games.

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The CBS broadcast of the Denver Broncos against the Dallas Cowboys was the most-watched program of the most recent week, according to CBS. It beat both entertainment shows and the MLB playoffs.

The Broncos-Cowboys game was the No. 1 program for the week of Sept. 30 to Oct. 6 in the Los Angeles market. NFL games were No. 1 in 27 NFL markets for the week and No. 1 in 15 of 26 non-NFL markets.

For the season NFL games rank as the 12 most-watched programs since Labor Day and include the five most-watched shows in prime time.

The season premiere of the CBS show "The Big Bang Theory" ranked 13th and the premiere of the long-running crime show "NCIS" on CBS was 14th.

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