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National Exposure


There are legions of Falcons fans that feel their team doesn't get the appropriate media coverage considering the string of four-straight winning seasons Atlanta has put together, placing them among the league's most successful franchises currently. There are those that will point to the Falcons' playoff performances as a reason for this, but the Falcons have and will continue to have an opportunity to play in front of the country and show the football nation what kind of team they are.

The 2011-12 television season ended on Wednesday night and NBC's *Sunday Night Football became the first sports series to finish the fall-to-spring TV season as the most-watched show in primetime, the NFL announced on Thursday, according to the Neilsen Company.

SNF's 21.5 million average viewers was tops among all primetime television shows, finishing ahead of *American Idol. The football showcase also was tops in household ratings and adult and male demographics.

The Falcons played two Sunday night games in 2011, against Philadelphia and Green Bay. In 2012 they'll play only one, hosting Dallas, but their national audience opportunities won't end there. They play three additional national games, two Monday Night Football games and a Thursday night game.

Although they may not get the ratings that Sunday Night Football gets, they are still guaranteed to have a lot of people watching the Falcons play.

For starters, FOX, the TV station that televises NFC games, reported its most-watched NFL season ever. *Monday Night Football *was the most-watched series on cable for its sixth straight year. NFL Network's *Thursday Night Football *also had its most-watched season.

For those that feel Atlanta doesn't get the attention it deserves, they're about to enter a season where they will get more national exposure than they have in a number of seasons.

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