From NBC Sports –
|LIONS-SAINTS NFL WILD CARD PRIMETIME GAME ON NBC DRAWS 19.3 OVERNIGHT RATING|
Lions-Saints is Third-Best Wild Card Saturday Overnight in 12 Years; Trailing Only Previous Two Years on NBC
Two-Game Wild Card Average of 17.2/30 is Third-Best Wild Card Saturday Average Since 1999
NBC Dominated Primetime
New Orleans Leads All Markets with 58.2/76; Detroit Draws 41.1/61
Cincinnati Leads Metered Markets in Game 1 with 39.7/62; Houston Draws 34.9/59
|NEW YORK – January 8, 2012 – NBC’s coverage of last night’s New Orleans Saints 45-28 victory over the Detroit Lions earned a 19.3 overnight rating and a 32 share, the third-best overnight for a Wild Card Saturday game since the 1999 playoff season, according to overnight data released today by The Nielsen Company. NBC’s two-game Wild Card Saturday average of 17.2/30 is also the third-best since the 1999 playoff season.
The 19.3 for last night’s primetime game is down from last year’s game in which the Jets defeated the Colts 17-16. That game earned a 20.8/33, the highest-rated Saturday Wild Card primetime overnight ever. This marked the third straight year that the NBC primetime Wild Card game surpassed a 19.0 overnight rating.
The two-game average of 17.2/30 is down from last year’s two-game average of 19.4/33, the best average for two Saturday Wild Card games since the 1994 season
NBC DOMINATED PRIMETIME: During primetime (8-11 p.m.), NBC averaged a 19.2/33 dominating its competition, delivering more than five times the primetime average of the night’s No. 2 broadcast network (ABC, 3.7/6), topping the combined averages of ABC (3.7/6), CBS (2.7/5) and Fox (1.6/3) by 140 percent.
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