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
|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|