NFL wild-card games deliver big weekend numbers

By: AP Sports Email
By: AP Sports Email

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL's wild-card weekend drew huge television audiences.

The four games averaged 34.7 million viewers for the most-watched wild-card weekend on record.

The San Francisco 49ers' 23-20 win over the Green Bay Packers had 47.1 million viewers Sunday on Fox to make it the most-watched wild-card game on record. The previous high was 42.4 million for the 2011 Steelers-Broncos game.

The two Saturday games averaged 30.8 million viewers on NBC, a record for the Saturday wild-card games. The New Orleans Saints' 26-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles was the most-watched Saturday wild-card game ever with 34.4 million viewers. The one game that wasn't as close, the San Diego Chargers' 27-10 win over the Bengals, still drew a big audience, with 30.9 million viewers on CBS. That's the most in 19 years for an early Sunday AFC wild-card game.


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