via press release:
DIVISIONAL WEEKEND AVERAGES 34 MILLION VIEWERS
FOR RECORD THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
RAVENS-BRONCOS ON CBS MOST-WATCHED
SATURDAY AFC DIVISIONAL IN 26 YEARS
7 NFL GAMES RANK AS ONLY TV SHOWS WITH 30 MILLION VIEWERS
SINCE SUMMER OLYMPICS
For a record third consecutive year, the four Divisional Playoff games averaged more than 34 million viewers and accounted for the four most-watched shows on television last week (chart below).
Saturday night’s Baltimore Ravens-Denver Broncos game on CBS drew 35.3 million viewers ranking as the most-watched AFC Saturday Divisional Playoff since at least 1987.
Since the Summer Olympics, seven NFL games have accounted for the only programs on television to reach 30 million viewers – four Divisional playoff games, two Wild Card playoff games, and the final Sunday Night Football game.
Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Jan. 7-13, 2013
|1. CBS Sunday Divisional Playoff (Texans-Patriots)||37.7 million|
|2. CBS Saturday Divisional Playoff (Ravens-Broncos)||35.3 million|
|3. FOX Sunday Divisional Playoff (Seahawks-Falcons)||32.1 million|
|4. FOX Saturday Divisional Playoff (Packers-49ers)||30.9 million|
|5. ESPN BCS Championship (Notre Dame-Alabama)||26.4 million|
|6. NCIS||21.1 million|
|7. Big Bang Theory||20.0 million|
|8. Golden Globe Awards||19.7 million|
|9. NCIS: Los Angeles||17.9 million|
|10. Person of Interest||15.7 million|