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NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' on pace for No. 1 primetime show

This Oct. 21, 2012 file photo shows NFL

This Oct. 21, 2012 file photo shows NFL announcer Cris Collinsworth prior to an NFL football game between the Bengals and Steelers in Cincinnati. Photo Credit: AP

This won't be official until late May, so hold your applause, but as of the end of the NFL regular season, NBC's "Sunday Night Football" is on pace to be the No. 1 primetime show for the fourth television season in a row.

As recently as 2008, SNF ranked only eighth, far behind then-invincible "American Idol."

Sunday night games averaged 21.3 million viewers and 12.5 percent of American homes despite an average margin of victory of 18.3 points, the highest since NBC got the package in 2006.

Only one of the 12 most-viewed primetime shows this autumn was not from the NFL: Game 7 of the World Series averaged 23.5 million viewers - which still ranked below four football games.

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