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Sports TV: Redskins-Giants most-watched NFL opener

Published September 16, 2009 12:04 am

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The Sunday afternoon doubleheader game between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants was the most-watched opening game on record.

According to Niselsen Media Research, the Fox broadcast drew 25.1 million viewers. Nielsen records date back to 1987.

New York's 23-17 victory outdrew two prime-time NBC games: the season opener Thursday between Tennessee and Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh (21.1 million viewers), and the Sunday evening game between Green Bay and Chicago (20.9 million).

ESPN's Monday night doubleheader drew the two largest audiences on cable TV this year: 14 million for Bills-Patriots, and 11.9 million for Chargers-Raiders.

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