NFL's Championship Sunday Viewership Down 16%
Conference title games average 44.9M viewers, down from last year's 53.7M
By Tim Baysinger -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/22/2013 11:03:33 AM
Fox's coverage of the NFC Championship between the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons was down 14% from last year's early window to 42 million total viewers. CBS' primetime coverage of the AFC title game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots averaged 47.7 million viewers, down 17% from last year's primetime game.
Viewership across all of the league's broadcast partners (with the exception of NFL Network, which increased its game slate this year) has been down and that has continued for the playoffs. Wild card weekend viewership fell 2% and divisional weekend was off by 7%.
The NFL has two more games this season, with the Pro Bowl on NBC this Sunday and Super Bowl XLVII on CBS Feb. 3.
The game is not the same as it was just 20 yrs ago. The violence and thuggery is now over the top and people are just too civilized. The unbridled greed have made people aware that there is no connection between there city s team and the city they are supposed to represent. If the majority of the viewers no longer connect with the entertainment they will go where they feel comfortable//////
bill - 1/23/2013 9:13:43 AM EST
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