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Patriots Win Over Jets Draws Third-Highest Regular Season Local Ratings in Franchise History

Over one million people tuned in to ESPN and WCVB in the local market to watch New England improve to 10-2 on the season.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Patriots 45-3 win over the Jets on ESPN's Monday Night Football on Dec. 6 drew the third-highest regular season local ratings in franchise history with a 42.2 household rating in the Boston market. Over one million people tuned in to ESPN and WCVB in the local market to watch New England improve to 10-2 on the season.

The Patriots-Jets game was the highest-rated game of the season in the local market and the third-highest all time, topping the Patriots Nov. 22 victory over the Colts, which had previously set the mark for the third-highest regular season local ratings.

Monday night's game is only surpassed by New England's Dec. 29, 2007 win over the New York Giants that completed the only 16-0 regular season in NFL history and a Dec. 7, 2003 victory over the Dolphins. The Dec. 29, 2007 Patriots-Giants game earned a 50.1 HH rating in the Boston market, a rating that represents an unprecedented four-way telecast in which the game was seen in Boston on NFL Network, WBZ-TV Channel 4 (CBS), WCVB-TV Channel 5 (ABC) and WHDH-TV Channel 7 (NBC).

The Patriots continued their record-setting pace for HH ratings through 13 weeks in their designated market area with an average 33.4 HH rating. In addition, New England owns the 10 most-watched television programs in the Boston area since football season began, with the Patriots-Jets game topping the list.

Nationally, the battle between elite AFC East rivals on ESPN's Monday Night Football earned an 10.0 HH coverage rating with over 16 million households tuning in to watch only the fifth meeting ever between two teams with a 9-2 or better record on Monday Night Football. The game drew the highest ratings of all programs for Monday night, drawing more viewers than any show on broadcast television.

The Patriots-Jets game also ranks as cable television's 10th most-viewed program of all-time and the fifth most-viewed cable program of the year.

This season, the Patriots have also been part of two record-setting NFL broadcasts. New England's 23-20 overtime victory over Baltimore on Sunday, Oct. 17 helped CBS set the mark for the highest rating for its single-game window since it acquired the current AFC package in 1998. The Patriots-Jets game on Sunday, Sept. 19 was the most-watched September CBS game ever.

This week, the Patriots travel to Chicago to face the NFC North Division-leading Bears (9-3) on Sunday, Dec. 12. The game will be broadcast to a national CBS audience with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling the game. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET. and will air locally on WBZ in Boston and WPRI in Providence.

Rank Date Opponent HH Rat.
1. 12/29/07 @ New York Giants 50.10
2. 12/07/03 Miami 43.80
3. 12/06/10 New York Jets 42.20
4. 11/21/10 Indianapolis 42.04
5. 12/16/07 New York Jets 40.40

*Games from this season in bold

Date Opponent Network Boston TV HH Rat. HH Share
9/12 Cincinnati CBS WBZ 28.70 59
9/19 @ New York Jets CBS WBZ 34.96 61
9/26 Buffalo CBS WBZ 29.30 62
10/04 @ Miami ESPN WCVB 30.70 48
10/17 Baltimore CBS WBZ 29.84 61
10/24 @ San Diego CBS WBZ 35.10 58
10/31 Minnesota FOX WFXT 36.13 64
11/07 @ Cleveland CBS WBZ 30.73 60
11/14 @ Pittsburgh NBC WHDH 36.39 55
11/21 Indianapolis CBS WBZ 42.04 67
11/25 @ Detroit CBS WBZ 25.24 69
12/06 New York Jets ESPN WCVB 42.20 62
Avg. 33.44 60.5

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