NFL Playoffs: TV Ratings Monster

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Jan 14, 2014



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


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