Divisional games rack up the ratings

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The NFL’s best non-Super Bowl weekend of the year didn’t generate big TV numbers only in Seattle.

Nationally, the four divisional playoff games became the four most-watched shows of the week, with an average audience of 34 million for each contest.

And while it appeared going in that CBS had the short end of the matchup straw, CBS cleaned up in the ratings department, with 37.7 million watching the Texans-Patriots game on Sunday and 35.3 million tuning in for Ravens-Broncos on Saturday.

For FOX, only (only?) 32.1 million watched Seahawks-Falcons on Sunday.  The Saturday night prime-time contest between the 49ers and Packers had an average crowd of 30.9 million.

All four games outperformed the BCS national title game between Alabama and Notre Dame, which drew an audience of 26.4 million.