Divisional Weekend Averages 34 Million Viewers for Record Fourth Consecutive Year

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via press release:

DIVISIONAL WEEKEND AVERAGES 34 MILLION VIEWERS

FOR RECORD FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

 

CHARGERS-BRONCOS ON CBS SECOND MOST-WATCHED

SUNDAY AFC DIVISIONAL IN 26 YEARS

 

8 NFL GAMES RANK AS ONLY TV SHOWS WITH 30 MILLION VIEWERS

SINCE ACADEMY AWARDS

 

For a record fourth consecutive year, the four Divisional Playoff games combined to average more than 34 million viewers and accounted for the four most-watched shows on television last week (chart below).

 

Sunday afternoon’s San Diego Chargers-Denver Broncos game on CBS drew 41.2 million viewers ranking as the second most-watched AFC Sunday Divisional Playoff since at least 1987 (New York Jets-New England Patriots 1/16/11, 43.5 million).

 

Since the 2013 Academy Awards, eight NFL games have accounted for the only programs on television to average 30 million viewers – four Divisional playoff games, three Wild Card playoff games, and CBS’ Thanksgiving Day Game.

 

Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Jan. 6-12, 2014

 

Program                                                                       Average Viewers
1. CBS Sunday Divisional Playoff (Chargers-Broncos)      41.2  million
2. FOX Sunday Divisional Playoff (49ers-Panthers)            33.3  million
3. CBS Saturday Divisional Playoff (Colts-Patriots) 31.7  million
4. FOX Saturday Divisional Playoff (Saints-Seahawks)    31.1  million
5. ESPN BCS Championship (Florida State-Auburn) 25.6  million
6. Golden Globes 20.9  million
7. NCIS 20.8  million
8. Big Bang Theory 20.3 million
9. 60 Minutes 17.1 million
10. Intelligence 16.5 million

 

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, Fast National Data

 

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