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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  • Davian Edwards

    With you all the way, Harry Simpson. Collinsworthless is absolutely terrible. It’s really pathetic when – particularly while calling NE Patriots games- he sees what we all see; missed calls, illegal plays, etc and tries to explain them away or urges the opposing team to do the same. How about asking the NFL to follow the RULES, Collinsworthless? Instead of licking the boots of your corporate masters… I know The League is vested in Tom Brady but rules are rules. And stop crying when a DB makes a hard hit but applauding when a kicker does. If helmet-to-helmet is a penalty it should be no matter who’s making the tackle.

  • Joseph

    Max Vrany:

    It’s my understanding that both of NBC’s NFL playoff games next season (one Wild Card game and one Divisional Playoff) will be played on Sunday evenings with a 6:35 P.M. EST kick-off, as to maintain continuity with the network having Sunday-night games during the regular-season.

    This will mean that at least six of the NFL’s eleven postseason games next season will be played entirely or mostly in prime-time on the East Coast (and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Conference Championship game now played on Sunday afternoon gets moved to 7:35 P.M. EST on the Saturday night of that weekend, making 7 of the 11 NFL postseason games entirely or mostly in prime-time on the East Coast).

  • Tom Person

    WHo DAT!! You Yankee POS’s!! I guess there was no snowman to kill after the game..

  • kb

    @Davian Edwards

    you’re an idiot. The Pats have had so many calls go aginst them and 2 at the end of games that cost them the Jets and Panthers games. THEY SHOULD BE 14-2 right now. Stop hating on my boy Brady because he’s one of the greatest if not the greatest.

  • Trey

    If the cowboys would have played it could have been even higher.

  • Janet

    Why doesn’t tvbn post final ratings anymore?

  • Ultima

    NBC should try get a comedy after football, multicam, it could get a 3.s rating at 11pm.

    Sunday Night Football usually runs until at least 11:30pm; by the time NBC comes back after the late local news, that comedy woudn’t be starting until after midnight.

  • Ultima

    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??

    No. :roll:

    imagine what a Saturday-night AFC Championship Game can do in the ratings

    Probably less than the game would pull Sunday afternoon. I’m not sure why you think that primetime equals more viewership when it comes to weekend sports. The Sunday daytime timeslots outdraw Sunday Night Football almost every week.

  • Fellow Penguin Who Watches T.V.

    BONES grew a demo from almost human, Not surprising though. When BONES moved I was sad but at least Fox had it on at eight. I tried watching Almost Human but gave up after three episodes.


    NFL pulling a 9.8! Who wooda thought!

  • Jeff

    The fact that half the country is below zero may have had a tad to with it.

  • madzebra

    move the superbowl to saturday night and see what happens

  • Ultima

    The fact that half the country is below zero may have had a tad to with it.


    Last year’s game was a blowout and this year’s was close. Additionally, NFL viewership has been up this season overall. That’s enough to explain the moderate year-to-year gains (preliminary 9.2/26 A18-49 and 26.05 million viewers last season).

  • Rico

    What was on MSNBC?

  • kb


    That is possibly the most ridiculous thing anyone has ever said on this site. Lol Why mess with perfection?

  • jgdp

    Sentient “people” watch this offal?

  • mongo

    Love it when the experts say the NFL is declining in viewership.

  • Alfredo

    Its 5 below zero, wind chill is -13 and there is 16 inches of snow on my front lawn! There’s nothing else to do but eat, drink and watch football!!

  • Bigdickdaddy

    It’s just a game, I worked at the barn all day getting ready for the cold so you could by beef at the grocery store. I know you thought it came from the guy in back.

  • jj

    We know it’s just a game. It’s just the most entertaining thing that has ever existed. That’s all.

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