Wild Card Weekend Most Watched Ever

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January 6th, 2014

Wild Card Playoffs - New Orleans Saints v Philadelphia Eagles

via press release:

WILD CARD WEEKEND MOST-WATCHED EVER

 

49ERS-PACKERS ON FOX MOST-WATCHED WILD CARD GAME ALL-TIME

 

WILD CARD WEEKEND AVERAGES MORE THAN 30 MILLION VIEWERS FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

 

This weekend delivered historic games – three of the four Wild Card games were decided by three points or fewer, only the second time in NFL postseason history in which three teams won by three points or fewer in the same weekend (2006 Divisional).  And fans tuned in in record numbers!

 

The four Wild Card games averaged 34.7 million viewers making this the most-watched Wild Card Weekend on record.  For the fourth consecutive season, the four Wild Card Playoff games averaged more than 30 million viewers.

 

Sunday’s San Francisco 49ers-Green Bay Packers game on FOX drew 47.1 million viewers ranking as the most-watched telecast since Super Bowl XLVII (108.4 million, Feb. 3, 2013) and the most-watched Wild Card game on record topping 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 two Wild Card games on Sunday (San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals on CBS, followed by 49ers-Packers) averaged 38.9 million viewers, making it the most-watched Wild Card Sunday in at least 20 years.

 

NBC’s “Wild Card Saturday” was the most-watched Wild Card Saturday ever, averaging 30.8 million viewers.  New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles is the most-watched Wild Card Saturday game ever, averaging 34.4 million viewers.

 

The four games were also the four most-watched shows on television last week (chart below).

 

Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Dec. 30, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014

 

Program                                                                       Average Viewers
1. FOX Wild Card Playoff (49ers-Packers)      47.1 million
2. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Saints-Eagles)             34.4 million
3. CBS Wild Card Playoff (Chargers-Bengals)            30.9 million
4. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Chiefs-Colts)    27.6 million
5. The Big Bang Theory 19.2 million
6. 2014 Rose Bowl (Stanford-Michigan State) 18.6 million
7. 2014 Sugar Bowl (Oklahoma-Alabama) 16.3 million
8. New Years Rockin’ Eve 12.2 million
9. 2014 Orange Bowl (Clemson-Ohio State) 11.4 million
10. The Millers 11.3 million

 

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, Fast National Data

 
  • ONTIME

    Playing under extreme conditions where the air and ground were colder than the breath of Hellary but smelled considerably better, The 9′ers where big dog with the most bite and now the Pack has to wait until next year……congrats 9′ers…good luck in the next game against Carolina…and to the Chargers who consumed the Bengals lunch and had the tiger by the tail…..

  • ONTIME

    Playing under extreme conditions where the air and ground were colder than the breath of Hellary but smelled considerably better, The 9′ers were the big dog with the most bite and now the Pack has to wait until next year……congrats 9′ers…good luck in the next game against Carolina…and to the Chargers who consumed the Bengals lunch and had the tiger by the tail…..

  • Sonny

    I wonder what the bowl games would have been done on broadcast nets, with the cold and people socked in and not on the failed experts on their predictions on espn

  • Sonny

    Saturday night NFL would have been at least 5 mill higher if someone besides collinsworthless was on

  • Steve Stunning

    And probably didn’t come out to vote in the last election. Thanks for another Hussein term.

  • AAA

    LOL, BS!!! These self-toting clowns have NO clue whatsoever how many people watched “anything!” You’d have to be pretty ignorant to think any ratings services know half of what they claim. What, they in your livingroom with you??

  • KJ Styles

    I’m not surprised by this news. Save for Bengals/Chargers, the games were fantastic! This weekends games will rate even higher, especially Pats/Colts.

  • Matt

    Take note NCAA. Every wildcard game had more viewership than any of the Bowl games to air last week on ESPN. We will have to see what the viewership is for tonight’s BCS Championship game.

  • Ultima

    @Matt
    Take note NCAA. Every wildcard game had more viewership than any of the Bowl games to air last week on ESPN. We will have to see what the viewership is for tonight’s BCS Championship game.

    The 1987 Fiesta Bowl is the most watched college game ever (it featured a #1 vs #2 matchup in an exclusive timeslot) and even that was beaten by several NFL playoff games the week it aired.

    Are you expecting the NCAA to take note that the NFL is more popular than college football, as if they don’t already know?

  • ME1

    49ers LORE!!! Quest for SIX! YES!

  • jj

    Matt, college football is not even close to the nfl. The bcs title game probably has less than 30 million. And that’s the championship. These 1st round nfl games averaged 34 million.

  • jj

    Matt, college football is not even close to the nfl. The bcs title game probably has less than 30 million. And that’s the championship. These 1st round nfl games averaged 34 million.

  • jj

    FSU vs Auburn was a great game though.

  • Frivolous

    Millions of people cow’d by a TV. Its a shame really.

  • mariee

    Next up…a speech by Barrack Obama! He likes to strike while the sheep are watching!

  • Edward

    Matt College Football is a little more regional than national. The numbers are still pretty damn good. The national championship game should do close to 25 or more with it being a close game, These aren’t numbers to sniff at networks would die for these ratings and for the demo. College football is doing strong and word is getting out. If you turned into that game last night and you weren’t a fan. Don’t know how you aren’t now?

  • zorki1c

    I watch more playoff games on the weekend than I’ve seen in years. Have been more of a college FB fan but since ESPN has taken over I can no longer see the games and I’m not going to pay at least $60 a month year round in order to watch college FB in the fall. So I’ll watch the pros which are still on antenna TV. Seems to me that if College FB is going to have a national champion ship the games should be accessible to ALL viewers, not just the ones with cable or satellite connections.

  • Ultima

    @zorki1c
    Seems to me that if College FB is going to have a national champion ship the games should be accessible to ALL viewers, not just the ones with cable or satellite connections.

    You can always listen to the games for free on the radio.

  • Mork from Ork

    Grown adults who obsess over football are brain damaged.

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