Due to the nature of live programming the ratings for Fox (NFC Championship) are approximate and subject to significant revisions in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.
Update: In time zone adjusted ratings (likely very close to the finals) the NFC Championship Game delivered a 21.3 adults 18-49 rating beating the 2008 NFC Championship Game by 3%, and averaged 57.9 million viewers, which would be the second best NFC Championship average viewership of all time, behind only 1982’s Dallas/San Francisco (“The Catch”) matchup that produced a 68.7 million average.
The football gods smiled on Fox Sunday, as an exciting NFC Championship Game went into overtime and produced a preliminary 19.0 adults 18-49 rating / 43 share and a 52 million viewer average from 7-10:30pm. The game actually ran from 6:46-10:27pm, and we expect more accurate time-zone adjusted numbers later today.
For historical reference, Favre’s last NFC Championship with the Packers averaged 53.9 million viewers (the most since 1995). The most viewers ever for an NFC Championship was the January 1982 San Francisco/Dallas matchup (which featured “The Catch”) which averaged 68.7 million. Last year, the NFC Championship (Arizona/Philadelphia) was the early game and averaged 38.4 million viewers, the AFC Championship (Steelers/Ravens) was the late game that went into primetime and averaged 40.6 million.
Here’s some more historical perspective for the old folks, by my very rough calculation, the game averaged about a 40 household share, meaning that 40 percent of households using TVs were tuned to the game. Almost 20 regular TV shows from the 1959-60 season averaged that household share or better. Ah, the days of limited TV choice.
Unsurprisingly, the rest of the repeat and afterthought broadcast competition attracted little attention. ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s 2 hour episode averaged a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 25% from its last original telecast on 1/10/10.
|Time||Net||Show||18-49 Rating||18-49 Share||Viewers Live+SD (million)|
|7:00||FOX||NFL Football: Minnesota v. New Orleans||19.9||49||55.251|
|CBS||60 Minutes: Tribute to Don Hewitt||1.4||3||6.848|
|ABC||America’s Funniest Home Videos (repeat)||1.3||3||5.169|
|7:30||FOX||NFL Football: Minnesota v. New Orleans||18.9||46||52.665|
|ABC||America’s Funniest Home Videos (repeat)||1.7||4||6.533|
|CBS||60 Minutes: Tribute to Don Hewitt||1.2||3||7.066|
|8:00||FOX||NFL Football: Minnesota v. New Orleans||17.4||41||48.497|
|ABC||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||2.2||5||7.187|
|CBS||CSI: NY (repeat)||1.0||2||5.356|
|8:30||FOX||NFL Football: Minnesota v. New Orleans||18.5||41||50.684|
|ABC||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||2.3||5||7.449|
|CBS||CSI: NY (repeat)||1.0||2||5.45|
|9:00||FOX||NFL Football: Minnesota v. New Orleans||19.5||42||53.058|
|ABC||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||2.5||5||8.203|
|CBS||Cold Case (repeat)||1.3||3||5.985|
|NBC||Figure Skating (Countdown to Vancouver)||0.6||1||3.128|
|9:30||FOX||NFL Football: Minnesota v. New Orleans||19.9||42||53.102|
|ABC||Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||2.7||6||8.508|
|CBS||Cold Case (repeat)||1.3||3||6.163|
|NBC||Figure Skating (Countdown to Vancouver)||0.5||1||3.231|
|10:00||FOX||NFL Football: Minnesota v. New Orleans||19.2||42||50.432|
|CBS||CSI: Miami (repeat)||1.4||3||6.129|
|ABC||Desperate Housewives (repeat)||1.3||3||4.158|
|NBC||Figure Skating (Countdown to Vancouver)||0.6||1||3.705|
|10:30||FOX||Fox NFL Postgame||7.6||20||19.454|
|CBS||CSI: Miami (repeat)||2.0||5||8.175|
|ABC||Desperate Housewives (repeat)||1.3||3||4.178|
|NBC||Figure Skating (Countdown to Vancouver)||0.7||2||4.239|
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