AVERAGE OF 32.3 MILLION VIEWERS WATCHED EACH GAME
PACKERS-EAGLES ON FOX: MOST-WATCHED
WILD CARD GAME EVER
JETS-COLTS ON NBC: MOST-WATCHED
PRIMETIME WILD CARD GAME EVER
Following a record-setting regular season, NFL fans continued to tune in. An average of 32.3 million viewers watched NFL games last weekend, the most ever for an NFL Wild Card Weekend and a seven percent increase from last season (29.9 million viewers). The 32.3 million average surpasses the previous Wild Card Weekend record of 30.0 million in 1994. The Wild Card games also accounted for the four most-watched shows on television last week (chart below).
Sunday’s Green Bay Packers-Philadelphia Eagles game on FOX drew 39.3 million viewers ranking as the most-watched Wild Card game ever and is the most-watched show of the current TV season. On Sunday, CBS and FOX combined to average 34.1 million viewers ranking as the most-watched Wildcard Sunday.
Saturday night’s New York Jets-Indianapolis Colts game on NBC drew 33.4 million viewers setting records as the most-watched primetime Wild Card game and the most-watched Wild Card Saturday game. NBC’s two games on Saturday averaged 30.6 million viewers making it the most-watched Wild Card Saturday in history.
Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Jan. 3-9, 2011
|1. FOX Wild Card Playoff (Packers-Eagles)||39.3 million|
|2. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Jets-Colts)||33.4 million|
|3. CBS Wild Card Playoff (Ravens-Chiefs)||28.5 million|
|4. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Saints-Seahawks)||28.4 million|
|5. Two and a Half Men||15.4 million|
|6. The Mentalist||14.9 million|
|7. CSI||14.2 million|
|8. The Big Bang Theory||14.0 million|
|9. 2011 Sugar Bowl (Ohio St-Arkansas)||13.6 million|
|10. Desperate Housewives||12.8 million|
Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company
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