TV Ratings Saturday: Saints-Eagles Wild Card Saturday Easily Dominates Night

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January 5th, 2014

Wild Card Playoffs - New Orleans Saints v Philadelphia Eagles

Scoreboard NBC ABC CBS FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 9.8/28 0.7/2 0.5/1 0.4/1
Total Viewers (million) 30.093 2.541 3.031 1.664

NOTE: Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for NBC (NFL Wild Card Saturday)  are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers.   

NBC was number one with adults 18-49 and  total viewers.

On NBC, NFL Football Wild Card Saturday  scored a monster 9.8 adults 18-49 rating. 

On CBS 48 Hours earned a 0.7, down two tenths from last week's preliminary 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for January 4, 2014 

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM NBC NFL Football Saints/Eagles (8-11PM) 9.8 28 30.09
ABC Over the Hedge (8-10PM) -R 0.7 2 2.67
CBS How I Met Your Mother -R 0.3 1 1.57
FOX Almost Human -R 0.3 1 1.70
8:30PM CBS The Crazy Ones -R 0.4 1 1.66
9:00PM CBS NCIS: LA -R 0.4 1 2.73
FOX Bones -R 0.4 1 1.63
10:00PM CBS 48 Hours 0.7 2 4.75
ABC Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 0.6 2 2.29

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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  • Gomer

    Saturdays are dead … Except for when the networks put on something people want to watch. Just put on more football.

  • John A

    30 million on Saturday night? Wow.

  • Edward

    Wait till the adjustment. You’re probably looking at 33-35 million maybe…..

  • rob60990

    The Colts/Chiefs game was insane.

  • Valentin

    Not that bad for Crazy Ones :)

  • Mathew

    Only thing I watched yesterday was Sam and cat

  • Gary

    Imagine, 30 million for a wild card game!!! Just think what the Super Bowl numbers will be!!

  • Edward

    The AFC/NFC championship games get over 40million…lol

  • Darryl

    With how this NFL post season started; I wouldn’t be surprised to see this possibly grow to a 10 in the demo and 33-35 million easily.

  • Max Vrany

    NBC had a real good day yesterday. The afternoon game had a 17.2/31 overnight metered market rating, which was the highest for that window since 1999.

    The night game had a 20.5/33 overnight metered market rating, which was the second highest ever for that window, behind only Colts-Jets in 2011 (20.8/33)

    That was the last Wild Card doubleheader for NBC. Starting next year, NBC gets a Wild Card game and a Divisional game.

  • Lasko6

    Wow astounding night for NBC

  • Mike CB1

    It could be all those Cowboy fans cheering on the Saints to beat the Eagles!

  • k:Alex

    NBC should try get a comedy after football, multicam, it could get a 3.s rating at 11pm.
    How high are the ratings of SNL?

  • z

    Thar was a really good game

  • harry simpson

    I will not listen to Chris Collinsworth. When the Eagles are on NBC, I MUTE him and listen to 94.1 FM Merrill Reese and Harold Carmichael. If the Eagles are not involved, I Mute Geeky Collinsworth. He’s boring , non stop yalking to tell you what I just saw. Al Michaels need a better colorman.

  • Matt

    Where is Thursday finals?

  • Joseph

    Will the NFL now move the AFC Championship Game from Sunday afternoon January 19th to Saturday night January 18th with a 7:35 P.M. Eastern time kick-off??

    If the league can draw 30 million on a Saturday night for a first-round playoff game, imagine what a Saturday-night AFC Championship Game can do in the ratings, especially if it’s Denver’s Peyton Manning vs. New England’s Tom Brady.

    You might be talking 50 million viewers.

  • michael

    Imagine how many more would have stayed tuned in without the biased commentary? Shameful how the commentators were so obviously HEAVILY biased towards the Eagles.

  • JSunkist

    I agree with k:Alex — a comedy that they really want to try and succeed, of course, it may only get the good ratings after NFL or The Voice. Anything else would be suicide.

    Maybe NBC should play a live NFL game 5 days a week :-P — no, that’ll NEVER happen, but it might be their only solution to be recognized again.

  • Joseph

    Tonight (January 5th) after about 8 P.M. Eastern time, the English-language commercial broadcast networks may all be thrown “for a loop”.

    There will be two reasons:

    First, the new season of “Downton Abbey” premieres on PBS’s “Masterpiece Theatre” (don’t be surprised if some PBS stations run pledge breaks during the show).

    Second, the last of the No-Name Bowls on ESPN.

    The highest-rated commercial broadcast-network show after 8 EST may only rank third in overall viewers behind the No-Name Bowl and “Downton Abbey”.

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