Andy Dalton is big at the ballot box this week.
How hot is Who Dey? This hot:
The 8-0 Bengals not only stretched The Streak to 160 Thursday night against the Browns, they pulled the highest home market TV rating in the NFL with a 44.8 during a week the league average was 29.0.
The 44.8, which beat New Orleans by a point and Green Bay by 1.2, indicates the percentage of market households tuned to the game, including those not watching TV at the time. The Sunday night game drew 34.5 in Philadelphia and 32.8 in Dallas, good for 10th and 11th, respectively.
In each of the last 160 Cincinnati TV ratings weeks that have included a Bengals regular-season game or post-season game dating back to 2004, the Bengals have been the top-rated show among all programming in the Cincinnati market each week.
DALTON DRIVING: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's MVP-type season has translated into a big turnout at the Pro Bowl ballot box, where he is third in fan voting with 114,368 votes, behind only Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's 141,750 and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' 120,242. Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (103,334) and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (101,674 votes) trail Dalton.
With 54,816 votes, the Bengals' Geno Atkins led the defensive tackles over the 48,125 votes of the Rams' Aaron Donald.