'The NFL on CBS's' Broadcast of Baltimore's Win Over Denver Draws Largest Audience for Saturday AFC Divisional Game in 26 Years

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January 13th, 2013

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“THE NFL ON CBS’s” BROADCAST OF BALTIMORE’S WIN OVER DENVER DRAWS LARGEST AUDIENCE FOR SATURDAY AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAME IN 26 YEARS

AFC Divisional Playoff Game Average 35.3 Million Viewers

GAME ALSO RATES AS HIGHEST SATURDAY AFC DIVISONAL PLAYOFF GAME IN 19 YEARS

Double Overtime Game Earns HH rating/Share of 20.1/36

 

THE NFL ON CBS’s broadcast of the AFC Divisional Playoff game featuring the Baltimore Ravens’ 38-35, double-overtime victory over the Denver Broncos on Saturday, Jan. 12 was seen by an average of 35.3 million viewers (Persons 2+), up 3% from last year’s 34.2 million (Denver-New England).

 

The 35.3 million viewer average is the largest audience for a Saturday AFC Divisional Playoff game in 26 years (as far back as CBS records go, 1987-88 season).

 

The AFC Divisional Playoff game on Saturday scored an average fast-national household rating/share of 20.1/36, up 9% from last year’s 18.5/30 (Denver-New England).

 

Yesterday’s 20.1/36 is the highest-rated Saturday AFC Divisional Playoff game in 19 years (22.0/48; L.A. Raiders-Buffalo; 1/15/94; NBC).

 

The average viewership peaked and rating/share for the Ravens-Broncos game peaked with 40.8 million viewers and a 24.0/39 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET), respectively.

 

 
  • Maxwell

    That game was the most historic Ravens game I’ve ever seen in my life behind the 2001 Superbowl win!

  • David Howell

    Considering how the Denver-NE game last season was ratings gold because of the Tebow narrative, that’s stunning. Of course, that game was a blowout and this went to double overtime. Just goes to show that people are more likely to stay tuned to close games.

  • Jordan

    The game was amazing

  • outlawz

    this will b the year i watch my first super bowl just hopin ATL to make it more epic

  • KJ Styles

    One of the best games in NFL history

  • jp

    the game was a classic. lets hope next sunday is the same. might be a rematch between baltimore vs new england.

  • USAmerica1st

    Great game! And after all of their maneuvering and trading, Denver couldn’t get beyond where Tebow took them.

  • Networkman

    I thought it was a horrible game. Think about all the people in the stadium dealing with freezing temps while they wait for refs standing around, making lousy calls. In my opinion the officiating was embrassing.

    Secondly, we witness lousy play calling, poor execution and just plain stupidity on the field. I’ve never seen anything like this. Single digit temps and a coach doesn’t go for the win to try an end the game and avoid more injuries. It was as if he was coaching his first game. Denver made Flacco look like an elite hall of fame quarterback that has muliple superbowl titles under his belt. I would demand my money back because it looks as if the team wasn’t even prepared to play or really did not want to win. Baltimore gave up 14 points to Denver with the special team play. Usually when a team does that, they lose. I thought there were alot of footage to teach young players what not to do. It was a sloppy, long horrible game.

  • pw

    AWESOME GAME

  • Winning C.

    Best playoff game since the Epic in Miami back in 1982.

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