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Football And Soccer Draw Huge TV Audiences Over Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 -- 12:34 PM


Huge audiences tuned into football and soccer over Thanksgiving weekend, with the NFL, World Cup and college football all drawing record viewership.   

Thanksgiving Day: Giants-Cowboys was the most-watched NFL regular-season game ever, averaging 42 million viewers across live TV and streaming, per Nielsen. The total audience for the three NFL games was 138 million, a new Thanksgiving Day record.

Friday: USA-England drew over 15.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched men's soccer match ever on English-language TV in America, Fox said. 4.6 million more watched the Spanish-language broadcast on Telemundo or Peacock.

Saturday: Ohio State-Michigan drew 17 million viewers, making it the most-watched regular season college football game in Fox's history and the most-watched regular season game on any network since 2011.

The Eagles-Packers game drew 16.2 million viewers on NBC's "Sunday Night Football," the show's best overnight tally since Oct. 16.

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