Ratings watch: Peyton Manning's return helped NBC set 'Sunday Night Football' ratings record with 16.5

Steelers-Broncos telecast earns 17.1 on KFOR-4
by Mel Bracht Published: September 11, 2012
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Peyton Manning's return to the NFL was a ratings bonanza for NBC as the Pittsburgh Steelers-Denver Broncos telecast on NBC was the highest-rated “Sunday Night Football” game ever and tied the 2010 NFL Kickoff opener (Minnesota-New Orleans) as the highest-rated regular-season game ever on NBC with a 16.5 rating. The game earned a 17.1 rating on KFOR-4 to top the week. In a noon Sunday duel of games involving former OU stars, the St. Louis-Detroit game with Sam Bradford on KOKH-25 routed the Jacksonville-Minnesota game with Adrian Peterson on KWTV-9, 9.0-5.4. A rating was not available for the Pac-12 Network's coverage of the OSU-Arizona game late Saturday night.

Sports events Sept. 4-10

1. Pittsburgh at Denver, NFL, Sunday, KFOR-4, 17.1.

2. Dallas at N.Y. Giants, NFL, Wednesday, KFOR-4, 16.1.

3. San Francisco at Green Bay, NFL, Sunday, KOKH-25, 12.8.

4. St. Louis at Detroit, NFL, Sunday, KOKH-25, 9.0.

5. San Diego at Oakland, NFL, Monday, ESPN, 6.5.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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