The 10 biggest television events of 2015

The 10 biggest television events of 2015
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The 10 biggest television events of 2015

10. College Football Playoff semifinal: Alabama vs. Ohio State

Date aired: January 1

Average number of viewers: 28,468,000

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

9. AFC Divisional Round Playoff post-game: Colts vs. Broncos

Date aired: January 11

Average number of viewers: 28,581,000

(Photo by Rob Leiter/Getty Images)

8. The Blacklist

Date aired: February 1

Average number of viewers: 30,489,000

(Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

7. FOX NFC Playoff: Panthers vs. Seahawks

Date aired: January 10

Average number of viewers: 31,139,000

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

6. FOX NFC Wildcard post-game: Lions vs. Cowboys

Date aired: January 4

Average number of viewers: 33,064,000

(Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

5. College Football Playoff Championship: Oregon vs. Ohio State

Date aired: January 12

Average number of viewers: 33,671,000

(Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

4. The Oscars

Date aired: February 22

Average number of viewers: 36,618,000

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

3. NFL AFC Championship: Colts vs. Patriots

Date aired: January 18

Average number of viewers: 42,273,000

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

2. Super Bowl XLIX post-game show

Date aired: February 1

Average number of viewers: 73,156,000

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

1. Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots vs. Seahawks

Date aired: February 1

Average number of viewers: 115,204,000

(Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)


Nielsen released its annual "Tops of 2015: TV and Social Media" report this week. In it they reveal the top-10 most watched television events of the year.

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Sports dominated with eight of the most watched telecasts, all of them either a college or NFL game or post-game show during January and February 2015. Each drew upwards of 28 million viewers. "The Blacklist," the only television series to have an episode make the list, got a giant bump from airing right after Super Bowl XLIX coverage.

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