Football scored big with viewers last week, with ESPN on top

January 6, 2016 9:59 PM

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Football games (and football chatter) ruled in the ratings arena last week, according to the Nielsen company.

That meant cable's ESPN ruled in audience over all the broadcast networks. In prime-time overall for the week, it averaged 8.64 million viewers, nearly 2 million more than broadcast front-runner CBS. ESPN claimed 13 of the top 20 slots with its football coverage and adjoining pigskin punditry.

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