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Top 20 TV Ratings: Yep, It’s Football Season

The highest-rated eight telecasts last week were all about the gridiron game

It’s officially not summer anymore, broadcast networks. The National Football League kicked off its 2014-2015 season on Thursday, pushing down all other primetime TV programming on last week’s Nielsen sheet.

The top eight telecasts across the so-called “Big 4” networks were all pro football programming.

Two other shows in the Top 20 were college football.

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Thursday’s season-opening NBC game topped the week with a 10.2 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. Sunday’s game was next with a 9.0.

The respective pregame shows followed suit in spots No. 3 and 4.

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In ninth place, “Big Brother” Sunday broke the football trend with a 2.4 rating. The Wednesday version was next with a 2.3, while Thursday’s “Big Brother” pulled a 2.2.

To make the Top 20 last week, a show had to land a 1.5 demo rating — far higher than in previous weeks.

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Here’s the full Top 20:

Top 20 Ratings Ranker