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The NFL's total domination of television

Originally Published: January 17, 2012
By Gregg Easterbrook | Page 2

It has come to this: Football is more popular than Hollywood.

In 2011, nine of the 10 highest-rated television broadcasts were NFL programming, eight of them besting even the Academy Awards. Tom Brady is more popular than Christian Bale and Natalie Portman! NBC's "Sunday Night Football" was the third most popular show on network television, trailing only "American Idol." ESPN's "Monday Night Football" was the No. 1 show -- not No. 1 sport, No. 1 show -- on cable.

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