NFL Wild Card Playoffs Most-Watched EVER

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January 11th, 2011

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‘10 WILD CARD PLAYOFFS MOST WATCHED EVER

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

Program Average Viewers
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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