via press release:
WILD CARD WEEKEND AVERAGES 30 MILLION VIEWERS
FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
SEAHAWKS-REDSKINS ON FOX THIRD MOST-WATCHED
WILD CARD GAME ALL-TIME
For the third consecutive season, the Wild Card playoffs averaged more than 30 million viewers per game. Sunday’s Seattle Seahawks-Washington Redskins game on FOX drew 38.1 million viewers ranking as the most-watched non-Olympic telecast since the Academy Awards (39.3 million on ABC, Feb. 26, 2012) and the third most-watched Wild Card game ever behind the 2011 AFC Wild Card on CBS (Steelers-Broncos, 42.4 million) and 2010 NFC Wild Card on FOX (Packers-Eagles, 39.3 million).
The four games were also the four most-watched shows on television last week (chart below).
Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Dec. 31, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013
|1. FOX Wild Card Playoff (Seahawks-Redskins)||38.1 million|
|2. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Vikings-Packers)||30.3 million|
|3. CBS Wild Card Playoff (Colts-Ravens)||29.6 million|
|4. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Bengals-Texans)||23.6 million|
|6. 2013 Rose Bowl (Wisconsin-Stanford)||17.0 million|
|9. New Years Rockin’ Eve||13.3 million|
|10. 2013 Fiesta Bowl (Oregon-Kansas State)||12.3 million|
Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company