NFL Wild Card Weekend Viewership Down Slightly
Bengals-Texans only one of the four games to see increase
By Tim Baysinger -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/9/2013 3:03:06 PM
The most-watched game between the four was Fox's coverage of the late game on Jan. 6 between the Seattle Seahawks-Washington Redskins, which averaged 38.1 million viewers, the third-most ever for Wild Card round game. That was down 10%, however, from the record-setting Pittsburgh Steelers-Denver Broncos game that aired in the same time slot last year (42.4 million) on CBS.
CBS, which had the early game on Jan. 6 between the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, drew 29.6 million, down 7% from Fox's coverage of last year's early game.
NBC's Wild Card Saturday doubleheader averaged 26.95 million viewers across the two games, on par with last year (26.85 million). The early game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans drew 23.6 million viewers was up 8% from last year's early matchup (which featured the same two teams) while the primetime matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers was down 5% to 30.3 million viewers.
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