Wild Card Weekend averages 30 million viewers for third consecutive year


For the third consecutive season, the Wild Card playoffs averaged more than 30 million viewers per game.  Sunday’s Seattle Seahawks-Washington Redskins game on FOX drew 38.1 million viewers ranking as the most-watched non-Olympic telecast since the Academy Awards (39.3 million on ABC, Feb. 26, 2012) and the third most-watched Wild Card game ever behind 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 four games were also the four most-watched shows on television last week (chart below).

Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Dec. 31, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013

Program                                                                       Average Viewers
1. FOX Wild Card Playoff (Seahawks-Redskins)      38.1 million
2. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Vikings-Packers)             30.3 million
3. CBS Wild Card Playoff (Colts-Ravens)            29.6 million
4. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Bengals-Texans)    23.6 million
5. The Big Bang Theory                                            19.3 million
6. 2013 Rose Bowl (Wisconsin-Stanford)   17.0 million
7. Person of Interest     16.2 million
8. Two And A Half Men 15.4 million
9. New Years Rockin’ Eve       13.3 million
10. 2013 Fiesta Bowl (Oregon-Kansas State) 12.3 million

Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company


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