NFL Playoffs: Seattle/Washington Third-Most Watched Wild Card Game Ever


Though shy of the over 40 million viewers that watched last year’s comparable game, Sunday’s clash between Seattle and Washington earned strong numbers on FOX.

Sunday’s Seattle/Washington NFC Wild Card game drew a 21.5 final rating and 38.1 million viewers on FOX, down 10% in ratings and viewership from Steelers/Broncos on CBS last year (24.0, 42.4M), and down 3% in both measures from Packers/Eagles on FOX in 2011 (22.1, 39.3M).

The game ranks as the lowest rated and least-viewed Wild Card game in the late Sunday window since Packers/Cardinals in 2010 (19.6, 34.4M).

With that said, the Seahawks’ comeback victory also ranks as the third-most watched Wild Card game of all-time. Only Steelers/Broncos last year and Packers/Eagles in 2011 earned better numbers.

Among adults 18-49, Sunday’s game drew a 13.4 rating — down 10% from last year’s 14.8.

(Sunday’s numbers from Fox Sports Media Group press release via TV By the Numbers)