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
|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|
Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, Fast National Data
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