Wild Card Weekend Averages 30 Million Viewers for Third Consecutive Year

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January 9th, 2013

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

 

Program Average Viewers
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
5. The Big Bang Theory 19.3 million
6. 2013 Rose Bowl (Wisconsin-Stanford) 17.0 million
7. Person Of Interest 16.2 million
8. Two and a Half Men 15.4 million
9. New Years Rockin’ Eve 13.3 million
10. 2013 Fiesta Bowl (Oregon-Kansas State) 12.3 million

 

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

 
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