Nielsen released its viewership summary for 2019. Turns out the most popular shows and broadcast events are available for free with a properly installed outdoor / attic antenna. Don’t believe it? Check out the Nielsen Tops of 2019.
Here are the most watched broadcasts in 2019 in the US:
|Rank||Telecast||Originator||Date Aired||Persons 2+ Rating||Avg. No. of Viewers (000)|
|1||SUPER BOWL LIII||CBS||02/03/2019||32.4||98,820|
|2||SUPER BOWL LIII POST-GAME||CBS||02/03/2019||17.9||54,532|
|3||AFC CHAMPIONSHIP ON CBS||CBS||01/20/2019||17.8||54,399|
|4||FOX NFC PLAYOFF-SAT||FOX||01/12/2019||11.0||33,651|
|6||FOX NFC WILDCARD GAME||FOX||01/05/2019||9.7||29,690|
|7||CFP CHAMPIONSHIP L||ESPN||01/07/2019||8.2||24,945|
|8||BIG BANG THEORY, THE||CBS||05/16/2019||8.1||24,755|
|9||AFC CHMP POST GAME ON CBS||CBS||01/20/2019||8.0||24,560|
|10||NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL||NBC||09/29/2019||7.9||24,373|
The only thing in this list you cannot watch on the antenna is the College National Championship on ESPN.
And here are the most watched regularly scheduled programs in the US
|Rank||Program||Originator||Persons 2+ Rating||Avg. No. of Viewers (000)|
|1||NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL||NBC||6.5||19,980|
|2||BIG BANG THEORY, THE||CBS||6.0||18,470|
|4||GAME OF THRONES||HBO PRIME||5.0||15,189|
|5||FOX+NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL||FOX||4.9||13,834|
|6||SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK||NBC||4.5||13,508|
|8||NFL REGULAR SEASON L||ESPN||4.1||12,538|
|9||THIS IS US||NBC||4.1||12,421|
In this list, the only thing not available on the antenna is Game of Thrones on HBO and NFL Monday Night Football on ESPN.
Keep in mind, that cord cutters can get every single show on here for way less than cable by combining antenna and two streaming services (HBO NOW and Sling).