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NFL PLAYOFF: NO.1 FOR THE WEEK; NO. 1 FOR THE SEASON

January 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Saturday’s NFL closely-fought playoff game between the New Orleans Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles on NBC was the most-watched television show of the week — indeed the most-watched television show of the season — as it attracted 34.36 million viewers. If runover games on Sunday were included in the Nielsen ratings, Sunday’s wildcard game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers on Fox would have topped he list with more than 40 million viewers. As it was, the post-game show drew 27.17 million viewers and served as a strong lead-in for The Simpsons, which returned to the top ten (at No. 9) with 12.19 million viewers. Each of the evening newscasts aired on only three nights of the week, but each showed a significant jump in viewers. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams topped the 10-million mark for the first time this season, as it averaged 10.15 million for the week. ABC News with Diane Sawyer placed second with its best numbers for the season — 9.20 million viewers. Likewise, The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley saw its numbers continue to rise as it wound up with 7.53 million viewers. Those big numbers for football on Saturday put NBC in first place for the week with an average 5.0 household rating and an 8 share. CBS placed second with a 4.3/7. ABC and Fox tied with a 3.0/6.