Archive for January, 2012

’11 NFL Divisional Playoffs most watched ever




Fans continued to make the NFL appointment viewing, resulting in record TV numbers for the Divisional Playoffs.  An average of 36.6 million viewers watched the four playoff games last weekend, the most ever for an NFL Divisional Weekend and a four percent increase from last season’s previous record (35.1 million).

Sunday’s New York Giants-Green Bay Packers game on FOX drew and average of 45.1 million viewers to rank as the most-watched Divisional Playoff game ever topping the record set last year by Jets-Patriots (43.5 million viewers). Giants-Packers is the most-watched show since Super Bowl XLV.

Saturday’s New Orleans Saints-San Francisco 49ers on FOX (35.6 million viewers) and Denver Broncos-New England Patriots on CBS (34.2 million viewers) respectively ranked as the most watched Saturday early and late Divisional Playoff games ever.

All four Divisional Playoff games averaged more than 30 million viewers for the second consecutive year and accounted for the four most-watched shows on television last week (chart below).

Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Jan. 9-15, 2012

Program Avg. Viewers
1. Fox Sunday Divisional (Giants-Packers) 45.1 million
2. FOX Saturday Divisional (Saints-49ers) 35.6 million
3. CBS Saturday Divisional (Broncos-Patriots) 34.2 million
4. CBS Sunday Divisional (Texans-Ravens) 31.0 million
5. ESPN BCS Championship (Alabama-LSU) 24.2 million

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company

Divisional Playoffs What to Look For — A Look Back

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Officiating Video: Wild Card Weekend

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The 10-minute video is narrated by NFL Vice President of Officiating Carl Johnson and reviews interesting plays from Wild Card weekend.

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NFL Alumni Player of Year Awards to Air on NFL Network Monday After Super Bowl XLVI

Host Alec Baldwin & 12 Pro Football Hall of Famers including Dan Fouts, Andre Tippett, Kellen Winslow & Marv Levy Featured 

Televised For the First Time, Show Debuts Monday, February 6 at 10 PM ET

Allstate Insurance Company as Presenting Sponsor 

NEWARK, NJ (January 12, 2012) –The NFL Alumni Foundation (NFLA) today announced the 2012 NFLA Player of the Year Awards Presented by Allstate Insurance Company will be televised for the first time on NFL Network in primetime on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 10:00 PM ET.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of the NFLA Player of the Year Awards Program which was created so that retired NFL players could recognize and vote for the outstanding achievements of their present-day counterparts.

Oscar nominee and Emmy-award winner Alec Baldwin will serve as host for the awards ceremony which will take place during Super Bowl Weekend in a ceremony on Friday, February 3 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis before debuting on NFL Network the Monday following the Super Bowl. Celebrities including Vivica A. Fox, Stephen Baldwin, Patrick Warburton and Keith David will join country music breakout band Badhorse, who will perform live, to honor the top seven players from the 2011 season. 

The program features dozens of former NFL players and coaches including 12 Pro Football Hall of Famers. Among those taking part in the festivities:

  • Hall of Fame San Diego QB and CBS NFL analyst Dan Fouts
  • Hall of Fame San Diego TE Kellen Winslow
  • Hall of Fame New England LB and Patriots executive Andre Tippett
  • Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy
  • Hall of Fame Green Bay RB Jim Taylor

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What to Look For – Divisional Playoffs

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Super Bowl XLVI Community Outreach Events in Indianapolis

Super Bowl XLVI brings much more than football to Indianapolis. Throughout the weeks preceding the game, more than 50 charitable activities and community outreach events will enliven and enrich the community and provide lasting legacies.

Super Bowl Week activities will also include the announcement of the annual Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the presentation of the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award, and a celebration of the positive impact of the Super Bowl Legacy Grant with the opening of a new Youth Education Town.

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Following a record-setting regular season, NFL fans continued to tune in for the Wild Card playoffs.  Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Denver Broncos game on CBS drew 42.4 million viewers ranking as the most-watched show since Super Bowl XLV and the most-watched Wild Card game ever (topping last year’s Packers-Eagles game on FOX, 39.3 million). 

The Wild Card games averaged 31 million viewers to rank as the second most-watched Wild Card Weekend ever (32.3 million in 2010). The four games were also the four most-watched shows on television last week (chart below).

Saturday night’s Detroit Lions-New Orleans Saints game on NBC drew 31.8 million viewers, marking  the third consecutive year with two Wild Card games averaging more than 30.0 million viewers.

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AFC & NFC Divisional Playoffs Capsules

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Divisional Playoffs Preview



And then there were eight. And, for the second time (2006) since realignment in 2002, all eight remaining teams in the Divisional round are division winners.

On Saturday, January 14, the NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers (13-3) will host the NFC South champion New Orleans Saints (14-3) at Candlestick Park (FOX, 4:30 PM ET). That night in primetime (CBS, 8:00 PM ET), the New England Patriots (13-3), the AFC’s No. 1 seed, will welcome the AFC West champion Denver Broncos (9-8) to Gillette Stadium. On Sunday, January 15, the AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens (12-4) will play the AFC South champion Houston Texans (11-6) at M&T Bank Stadium (CBS, 1:00 PM ET) and the NFC’s top seed, the Green Bay Packers (15-1), will face the NFC East champion New York Giants (10-7) at Lambeau Field (FOX, 4:30 PM ET). 

“Now it’s time to play real football,” says Packers head coach MIKE MC CARTHY, who is 5-2 (.714) in the postseason, the second-best mark in franchise history (Pro Football Hall of Famer VINCE LOMBARDI, 9-1, .900). “That’s what playoff football is all about. It’s exciting and it’s fun. Players and coaches live for these types of games.”

For the first time in NFL history, the Divisional round will feature four Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks: New England’s TOM BRADY (XXXVI, XXXVIII), New Orleans’ DREW BREES (XLIV), the New York Giants’ ELI MANNING (XLII) and Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS (XLV).

Three of the four Divisional games are rematches of regular-season meetings: The Patriots defeated the Broncos 41-23 in Week 15, the Ravens beat the Texans 29-14 in Week 6 and the Packers knocked off the Giants 38-35 in Week 13.

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Wild Card Weekend What to Look For — A Look Back

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