Saturday’s Wild Card Games Set Ratings Record

NEW YORK (AP) — The playoffs’ first two games set a slew of milestones for NFL television ratings.

The Seattle Seahawks’ 41-36 upset of the New Orleans Saints on NBC earned the highest preliminary rating for the early Saturday wild card game in two decades. The 18.3 overnight rating, with a 33 share, was the best since the Redskins-Eagles game during the 1990 season and up 8 percent from last year’s Jets-Bengals matchup.

The network said Sunday the two-game average of 19.4/33 was the best on Saturday since the 1994 season for Lions-Packers and Chiefs-Dolphins.

The New York Jets’ last-second 17-16 victory over the Indianapolis Colts earned the highest rating since the NFL began airing prime-time wild card games in 2002. The 20.8/33 was the best for any Saturday wild card game since Arizona-Dallas during the 1999 season. It was up 6 percent from last year’s Eagles-Cowboys game.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time. Overnight ratings measure the country’s largest markets.

  • Peter

    I clearly remember that. There was even a caller last January on the Sunday morning of the Jets-Colts AFC Championship game who called him out on that, and he rudely interrupted, berated, and cut the poor guy off the phone line (The clip is on YouTube.) Even afterwards and since then, he has repeatedly continued to call him “Cardwell” out of stubbornness. Geez, get the man’s name right!! But that’s typical Fraudcesa.

  • Scott

    On his Ch. 4 show last night (Jan. 9), Fran-say-so yet again referred to Colts head coach Jim Caldwell as Jim “CARDWELL”. Is there no one behind the scenes to get in this blowhard’s hear and correct him? Is everyone behind the scenes that afraid of him? Unbelievable. Apparently so, given how he needlessly bullies and berates his own producers/engineers ON THE AIR when there’s any kind of technical problem. Message to Mike: They’re trying as hard as they can.

    But if Fran-say-so says that it’s “CARDWELL” that must be it. Who knew that the Colts head man had his own last name wrong all these years?

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