Steelers-Broncos on CBS Most-Watched Wild Card Game Ever

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January 11th, 2012

via NFL press release:

 

STEELERS-BRONCOS ON CBS

MOST-WATCHED WILD CARD GAME EVER

 

GAME ALSO MOST-WATCHED PROGRAM SINCE Super Bowl XLV

 

SECOND MOST-WATCHED WILD CARD WEEKEND EVER

 

Following a record-setting regular season, NFL fans continued to tune in for the Wild Card playoffs.  Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Denver Broncos game on CBS drew 42.4 million viewers ranking as the most-watched show since Super Bowl XLV and the most-watched Wild Card game ever (topping last year’s Packers-Eagles game on FOX, 39.3 million).

 

The Wild Card games averaged 31 million viewers to rank as the second most-watched Wild Card Weekend ever (32.3 million in 2010). The four games were also the four most-watched shows on television last week (chart below).

 

Saturday night’s Detroit Lions-New Orleans Saints game on NBC drew 31.8 million viewers, marking  the third consecutive year with two Wild Card games averaging more than 30.0 million viewers.

 

Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Jan. 2-8, 2012

 

Program                                                                       Average Viewers
1. CBS Wild Card Playoff (Steelers-Broncos)      42.4 million
2. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Lions-Saints)             31.8 million
3. FOX Wild Card Playoff (Falcons-Giants)            27.7 million
4. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Bengals-Texans)    21.9 million
5. NCIS 19.8 million
6. 60 Minutes 18.1 million
7. 2012 Rose Bowl (Oregon-Wisconsin) 17.6 million
8. NCIS: Los Angeles 17.1 million
9. Modern Family 14.0 million
10. Two and a Half Men 13.9 million
 
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