By Mel Dutton
The Eagles may not be favored this Sunday against the Niners, as they weren’t last Sunday against the Bills.
But that is the betting number.
The viewing public loves the Birds!
Last Sunday’s NFL national window on CBS, featuring Bills-Eagles in most markets, averaged a 15.2 rating and 30.90 million viewers on CBS — topping Eagles-Chiefs on Monday Night Football six days earlier (14.9) as the highest rated telecast of the NFL season.
The 15.2 rating is also the highest for any regular season NFL window since 2019, when the coverage featuring Chiefs-Patriots averaged a 16.1.
In addition to the ratings high, the telecast ranks third for the season in viewership — trailing only the Thanksgiving afternoon games three days earlier (Commanders-Cowboys: 41.76M; Packers-Lions: 33.70M). The four largest audiences this season occurred within the span of a week, with Eagles-Chiefs placing fourth at 29.03 million. CBS owns two of the four, having aired the Commanders-Cowboys game.
Excluding Thanksgiving games, Sunday’s telecast marked the first regular season NFL window to top the 30 million mark since 2014.
Ratings increased 27% and viewership 32% from coverage featuring Rams-Chiefs on FOX last year (11.9, 23.35M). The CBS national window is now averaging 24.69 million viewers for the season, ranking ahead of the equivalent game window on FOX. This season would be the first since 2007 in which the CBS national window outpaced FOX.