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Wild-card games average 30.3 million viewers

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 8:  Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field after beating the New York Giants 38-13 in the NFC Wild Card game at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

The wild-card games played on Saturday and Sunday weren’t very compelling. Which makes the viewership for the four contests look pretty good.

Via SportsBusiness Daily, the games drew 30.3 million average viewers per game. It’s down from the 32.6 million average viewers from the wild-card round in early 2016, but it reflects a small uptick in the 29.9 million who watched the wild-card games in 2015.

The 2016 games featured a 30-0 blowout of the Texans by the Chiefs and a lackluster 35-18 Green Bay win over Washington. It also had two very good games on broadcast TV: A compelling 18-16 win by the Steelers over the Bengals in prime time and a 10-9 Seattle win during a bitterly cold day in Minnesota.

This year’s quartet of wild-card games included a lackluster win by the Texans over the Raiders, a smothering by the Seahawks of the Lions, a drubbing of the Dolphins by the Steelers, and a 38-13 win by the Packers over the Giants.

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34 Responses to “Wild-card games average 30.3 million viewers”
  1. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 11, 2017 12:57 PM

    Over half of the viewer ship for the Houston/Oakland game was from television sets that had been tarped.

  2. jjackwagon says: Jan 11, 2017 1:03 PM

    Does this viewership count the people that live-stream the games on the internet?

  3. lonespeed says: Jan 11, 2017 1:03 PM

    With 28.3 million looking at their laptops, phones, and tablets for the majority of the game.

  4. glac1 says: Jan 11, 2017 1:09 PM

    They allow to many teams in the playoffs and as a result blowouts are common…..

  5. 2017nfcnorthchampiondetroitlions says: Jan 11, 2017 1:14 PM

    The games this weekend will be waaaay better

  6. billjones383 says: Jan 11, 2017 1:14 PM

    So 10.3 million more people cared to watch the NFL than hear Streep spew her nonsense. Maybe we should just have NFL and MMA.

  7. 1captain1 says: Jan 11, 2017 1:23 PM

    So you’re telling me that 60 million people would have tuned in if not for Kaepernick? Since you know so many people whined and claimed they had stopped watching the NFL because of a protest.

  8. packmangamble says: Jan 11, 2017 1:24 PM

    Oh yeah, that 10-9 game with Seattle winning over Minnesota. Wasn’t that the game where the Vikings forgot to tilt their goal posts to the left??

  9. upperdecker19 says: Jan 11, 2017 1:25 PM

    the 300 promos/commercials for “Taboo on FX” during the NY/GB game obviously helped.

  10. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jan 11, 2017 1:34 PM

    Maybe with Trump, gambling laws will loosen and interest in professional football will be revitalized by legalized wagering on games (and/or individual plays) from the comfort of your favorite living room chair. That could turn a bad game into a good one, or a bad game into a really bad game. Either way, it wouldn’t hurt viewership numbers. The only thing it would hurt is the religious element who want their outdated religious nonsense to rule the world. I suppose Trump and Pence would be at odds on this one.

  11. tritz32 says: Jan 11, 2017 1:53 PM

    But what did the Golden Globes get?

  12. tyelee says: Jan 11, 2017 2:12 PM

    Many people were certain who was going to win the 1st 3 games…. the Sunday night gam was the only appealing game that could have gone either way…

    This weeks games are more playoff worthy, except forv Pats/Texans game….

    The wild card games usually are lackluster because of the lack of parity in the NFL!

  13. steelerfanjo says: Jan 11, 2017 2:13 PM

    Think how many viewers the NFL would get without… Brady, Collinsworth, Sherman, ESPN and the dumbest and least creative TV commercials in history?

  14. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Jan 11, 2017 2:13 PM

    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Jan 11, 2017 1:34 PM
    Maybe with Trump, gambling laws will loosen…The only thing it would hurt is the religious element who want their outdated religious nonsense to rule the world…
    —-
    Gambling won’t help the sport and there’s no good reason to think it will. Gambling just serves to part a fool and his money. And close to 95% of the world’s population believes in some form of religion, so if you think it’s nonsense, that’s your prerogative, but you are in the minority.

  15. streetyson says: Jan 11, 2017 2:19 PM

    But with increasing accessing forms of media, you could watch kickoff on your laptop at work/school, keep up on your phone traveling home, then switch on the TV, then go to your room to supposedly work or get changed and you finish watching on your desktop. And thus count as 4 viewers – when a few years ago that wouldn’t have happened and you’d have counted as 1 when you turned on the TV.

  16. pastabelly says: Jan 11, 2017 2:25 PM

    My guess is the snow storms on Saturday kept many viewers in and watching bad football. For this weekend, even in Boston, the Patriots game is generating zero buzz. People get more excited about regular season games than this Houston playoff game.

  17. weepingjebus says: Jan 11, 2017 2:26 PM

    The irony of the parity era is that the more you know about football, the less you end up watching. For example, I turned Steelers-Dolphins off after the first 5 minutes because Dolphins.

  18. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jan 11, 2017 2:26 PM

    Emmanuel –

    Same as one’s right to believe in any or all of the religions known to man, one should also have the right to part with his own money has he sees fit, shouldn’t he? Or is that just okay when Trump’s name is on the face of the casino?

  19. 3yardsndust says: Jan 11, 2017 2:29 PM

    The government shouldn’t function as a nanny state restricting our ability to gamble, period.

  20. philtration says: Jan 11, 2017 2:35 PM

    30.3

    That is just the amount of minutes of watchable football in those games combined.

  21. cafetero1075 says: Jan 11, 2017 2:41 PM

    I only saw the 2 Sunday games. This week I will probably watch 3/4 games.

  22. phinatic29 says: Jan 11, 2017 2:41 PM

    no chance these numbers are artificially inflated because they are so easily verified.

    just write it – we will believe.

    thank you,
    The good sheep

  23. leroyquimby says: Jan 11, 2017 2:42 PM

    You mean the games didn’t have to start at 8:40PM EST so they can end at 1:00 AM EST for the country to watch it?

  24. nfliferfan22 says: Jan 11, 2017 2:45 PM

    I don’t believe those were the ratings.. 3 1/2 games were complete dogs! But if that is true then this weekend will go crazy because 3 of this weekends games SHOULD BE CLOSE!

  25. jgedgar70 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:04 PM

    The football this past Sunday was so bad I found myself binge-watching “Being Mary Jane” reruns on BET. Gawd, what awful games!

  26. tritz32 says: Jan 11, 2017 3:26 PM

    As I was watching the 4 hour marathon of a College Football Championship I realized how hard it is to watch football when your team isn’t playing and/or you don’t have money on it. It’s nearly impossible. The first 3 hours 52 minutes of that game was terrible. Commercial, kickoff, commercial, review, TD, review, commercial, kickoff, commercial, turnover, review, commercial, TD, kickoff, commercial, review……you get the point. Football is broken.

  27. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Jan 11, 2017 3:47 PM

    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    “one should also have the right to part with his own money has he sees fit, shouldn’t he? ”

    Not necessarily. The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion. There is no such guarantee in the Constitution about your money. And when you get into the weeds on State and Federal law you’ll come to understand that our society does NOT allow for people to spend money however they dang well please.

    3yardsndust says:
    The government shouldn’t function as a nanny state restricting our ability to gamble, period.
    —-
    Have you ever thought about why gambling is illegal in most places? Not only is it more difficult for the government to get their share of the financial pie, but it’s very easy for large gambling outfits to RUIN YOUR LIFE without the government enforcing regulations or making it illegal. I am not arguing that we need a “nanny state”, I’m just telling you that we have a system of laws that have been put in place over time -generally at the behest of citizens like you and I.

  28. mmack66 says: Jan 11, 2017 4:22 PM

    Emmanuel Goldstein says:
    Jan 11, 2017 3:47 PM

    Have you ever thought about why gambling is illegal in most places? Not only is it more difficult for the government to get their share of the financial pie, but it’s very easy for large gambling outfits to RUIN YOUR LIFE without the government enforcing regulations or making it illegal. I am not arguing that we need a “nanny state”, I’m just telling you that we have a system of laws that have been put in place over time -generally at the behest of citizens like you and I.
    ———————–

    The mere fact that DFS is legally sanctioned by the Federal Government, and online poker is not, is a complete travesty.

    There are no regulations or laws that protect people from ruination due to gambling.

  29. largejk says: Jan 11, 2017 4:32 PM

    so you are telling me viewership is STILL declining from last year, even in the playoffs!

  30. mmack66 says: Jan 11, 2017 4:35 PM

    philtration says:
    Jan 11, 2017 2:35 PM

    30.3

    That is just the amount of minutes of watchable football in those games combined.
    ————————–

    That’s because there is only 11 minutes of actual football action during a football game.

  31. nufcedmcgreevey says: Jan 11, 2017 5:37 PM

    “Fake news, NFL is growing by the day.”Roger Goodell.

  32. Brian S Thompson says: Jan 11, 2017 5:53 PM

    “The 2016 games featured a 30-0 blowout of the Texans by the Chiefs and a lackluster 35-18 Green Bay win over Washington.” Washington? Great editing.

  33. ringtheleveonbell says: Jan 11, 2017 10:22 PM

    Were the people who were scrolling through the channels counted? Cause that’s probably the only way they reached those numbers.

  34. nfliswwf says: Jan 13, 2017 1:42 PM

    I find it hard to believe that people are still watching this crap. I wish I was wrong, but I believe the NFL picks the teams it wants to get the best TV ratings. The ratings were in the tank. All of the sudden 4 and 6 Packers are good again. The Steelers are back in it. The officiating is awful and one sided. The Fix is in, the story line has been written. The NFL already knows who is going to be in the super bowl.

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