NFL dominates US TV screens in 2018
Seven sports events, six of which were NFL American football matches, made the top 10 most-watched programmes of 2018 in USA, and all were staged in the first quarter of the year, according to figures from Nielsen.
The NFL Super Bowl on 4 February between Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots was, unsurprisingly, the top telecast of 2018, drawing an audience of 104.1 million on NBC, with the post-game show on the same network watched by 74 million.
The Eagles' victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game was third in the standings, with 42.4 million viewers, followed by an NFC Playoff game between the Vikings and New Orleans Saints that drew 35.8 million viewers. Both matches were on Fox.
The top five was rounded out by the 4 February episode of 'This is Us,' the series shown on NBC, which aired immediately after the Super Bowl.
The opening ceremony of the 2018 winter Olympics from PyeongChang, also on NBC, drew an audience of 29.3 million, around 1.4 million more than watched ESPN's coverage of the College Football Championship game.
ABC's coverage of the 2018 Oscars and the season premiere of comedy series Roseanne were the eighth and ninth most-watched programmes of the year, respectively, meaning CBS' only appearance in the top 10 was the NFL AFC Divisional Playoff between the Patriots and Tennessee Titans, which was watched by 26.9 million.
Nielsen's ratings are total viewership, covering live and time-shifted (for seven days).