The television broadcast of the Jets-Patriots game Sunday drew CBS Sports highest rating in 12 years, a 16.7.
CBS’ 16.7 rating includes companion broadcasts of the Houston-Washington and Jacksonville-San Diego games, but most of the country saw Patriots-Jets during that window.
Overall, CBS is drawing a 13.0 ratings for all of its broadcasts through two weeks, which is up 12% from last year.
The NFL set a 19-year high in viewership last season with an average of 16.6 million viewers per game and the Saints’ win in Super Bowl XLIV was the most-watched TV show of all time.
Gee, people love the NFL. Oh, and Rex Ryan’s mouth is good for ratings. Never would have guessed.