The end of the Packers’ title defense earned the best overnight for a Divisional Round NFL playoff game since the late 1990s.
The Giants/Packers NFC Divisional Round game earned a 27.4 overnight rating on FOX Sunday afternoon, up 5% from last year’s comparable game (NYJ/NE: 26.2, CBS), and up 19% from the comparable game in 2010 (NYJ/SD: 23.1, CBS).
The 27.4 overnight is the highest for an NFL Divisional Round game since the 1996-97 season (DAL/CAR: 28.6*). The previous fifteen-year high was set by last year’s aforementioned Jets/Patriots game on CBS.
* According to FOX, the 1997 Cowboys/Panthers game drew a 28.6 overnight. However, previous reports indicated that the 1997 game had a 28.5 overnight.
(Sunday’s numbers from Bloomberg News)