Seahawks-Eagles generates biggest TV audience since Super Bowl

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The game ultimately wasn’t as exciting as it could have been, given the early exit of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz with a concussion. Still, the wild-card game between Seattle and Philadelphia, broadcast by NBC, generated the largest audience of any TV show since Super Bowl LIII.

Via Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily, an average audience of 35.8 million tuned in for the Seahawks-Eagles game. It was a slight drop from last year’s audience of 35.9 million for Eagles-Bears, which captured the much larger Chicago market and entailed a much more exciting game.

The Vikings-Saints game on FOX generated an audience of 29.9 million, a sharp increase over the 25.4 million who watched Chargers-Ravens in the early game from last year’s wild-card Sunday.

For the weekend, the games averaged 30.5 million viewers, a seven-percent bump over last year and the largest total audience in four years.

It will be interesting to see how the ratings perform the rest of the way, given the absence of big-market teams in New York, L.A., and Chicago, and national brands like the Cowboys, Steelers, and Patriots not qualifying for the round of eight.

76 responses to “Seahawks-Eagles generates biggest TV audience since Super Bowl

  1. The reason the Seahawks game had the best ratings is simple. NBC is the best announcers in the NFL game. Not that they’re great by any means, just that they are the best currently doing it. Well, except for Booger, that is.

  2. well it was a giant letdown of a game. once wentz went out the suspense was gone. these weekends games are gonna be sick though. cant wait. sf vs the vikings? can danielle scare jimmy? can the vikes secondary contain emmanuel? will kirk be able to do anything against that stout d? gonna be a great chess match game. also tennessee vs the ravens will be tighter than people think. derrick henry is awesome. i know i watched him crush my patriots all night. was disheartening.

  3. It will be interesting to see how the ratings perform the rest of the way, given the absence of big-market teams in New York, L.A., and Chicago, and national brands like the Cowboys, Steelers, and Patriots not qualifying for the round of eight.
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    Quite curious, because I’m always told (by bitter fans) how the NFL orchestrates the outcome of these games to their own benefit.
    Seems counterproductive.

  4. Nice! 35 million plus tuned in to watch philthy soil itself. I was very disappointed the Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs but it was a nice added bonus to see philthy choke.

  5. This has nothing to do with the broadcasters, markets, teams, coaches, or players. It’s simply the first playoff night game since the Super Bowl. Of course it’s the top rated since then.

  6. I think McCown gave the Eagles a better chance to win. Wentz was a mistake waiting to happen. It was like watching the kid Allen from Buffalo. Both guys are error prone, making very questionable decisions when the going gets tough.

    Wentz has won nothing. I can’t see why the outcome would have been any different had he stayed. He puts himself in harms way. So far, his career is ‘all training room’.

  7. not much of a game when the 40 year old backup quarterback did not even try to get rid of the ball on 4th down when he was about to be sacked. He should have lobbed it up straight up into the air and his receivers would have at least a slim chance of catching the ball. May be he was more scared of being intercepted than getting sacked, which is of course silly on 4th down.

  8. The Dallas fans had brief joy in watching the Eagles lose , until shortly after the game when Jerry announced the McCarthy hiring. Those Cowboy fans were quickly reminded of what a joke their organization has become.

  9. j9s11 says:

    The Dallas fans had brief joy in watching the Eagles lose , until shortly after the game when Jerry announced the McCarthy hiring. Those Cowboy fans were quickly reminded of what a joke their organization has become.
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    Jerry could hire Belichick and you people would say the same thing.

    And if it was the Cowboys-Seahawks the rating would have been even higher, obviously. And the Cowboys probably would have won. They would have at least scored a freaking touchdown which the Eagles failed to do.

  10. as long as the officials keep screwing my Raiders I am not watching any of the playoff games, I haven’t watched a single down.

  11. Unoccupied people + Playoff game = Ratings. I’d venture to wager that every season’s first night playoff game is the best rated since the previous Super Bowl.

    It will be topped by next week’s more consequential night playoff game and then the next week and then the Super Bowl, and then rinse and repeat.

    But sure, go on believing people tuned in to watch Josh McCown throw to Greg Ward if that chubs up your feeling of fandom.

  12. jdubkc says:
    January 6, 2020 at 5:19 pm
    Sunday evening, only game on, football… nuff said.

    ***

    At least one guy understands how it works.

    Then there are people who think everyone tuned in to see Travis Homer.

  13. I almost felt bad for Philly fans with all those injuries, particularly the needless Wentz injury. Then I remembered the numerous beers thrown at me walking to and attending the Vikes/Eagles NFC Championship game. . . . .

  14. Michael E says:

    Jerry could hire Belichick and you people would say the same thing.

    And if it was the Cowboys-Seahawks the rating would have been even higher, obviously. And the Cowboys probably would have won. They would have at least scored a freaking touchdown which the Eagles failed to do.
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    No one would say that if Jerry hired Belichick , But Bill would never coach the Cowboys because they are a joke and will be a joke until the owner steps out of the GM Role. And we all know that wont happen.

    Just think if Dallas could have only scored a TD versus the Eagles on that same field 2 weeks earlier then they would have had a chance to score a playoff TD.

  15. Once the Seahawks took out Wentz with a questionable hit the game pretty much was theres yet they had a hard time putting away the Eagles, it won’t be easy against the Packers D line .

  16. The 35 million dollar dude now has 3 road playoff wins in his career.

    win #1, at Washington. Redksins had the lead when RGIII injured his knee. Seattle came back and won.

    win #2, at Minnesota. Vikings’ Blair Walsh missed a short field goal that would have won it, as time was running out.

    win #3, at Philadelphia. Carson Wentz was knocked out of the game by Clown and 40 year old Josh McCown had to step in.

    If they want to win next week in Mr. Rodgers’ neighborhood, they would probably need to knock Rodgers out of the game.

  17. Even as a Cowboys fan I will say we have one of the most annoying fan bases. Close runner ups are The Eagles, Patriots, and Saints. All lost. Average football fan was happy, thus the ratings are up.

  18. cueghost says:
    January 6, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    That’s because Cowboys Nation tuned in to watch the eagles get stomped out.
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    All those players/ staff/ coaches from Dallas watching really boosted the rating too. At least the Eagles got to the game, and had the pleasure of smacking your sorry excuse for a team around in time to disqualify them from playoff contention.

  19. sportoficionado says:
    January 6, 2020 at 5:12 pm
    Nice! 35 million plus tuned in to watch philthy soil itself. I was very disappointed the Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs but it was a nice added bonus to see philthy choke.

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    Congrats on not winning the division .

  20. And if it was the Cowboys-Seahawks the rating would have been even higher, obviously. And the Cowboys probably would have won. They would have at least scored a freaking touchdown which the Eagles failed to do.

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    Dallas failed to do the same against Philly. Well done.

  21. Will laugh at the advertisers when the game ratings drop when Clowney drops Rodgers…incidentally.

  22. And all the NFL got to see MVP Russell Wilson in action with their LT out, Duane Brown, their LG out, Mike Iupati, their starting center out, Justin Britt, Joey Hunt is lousy and a bad RG in FLuker and horrendous RT in Ifedi.

    325 yds passing and half to a rookie WR that nobody wanted in the top 2 rounds.

    The diff between Lamar and RW is easy to see. Lamar has a wicked Pro Bowl laden OL with Yanda and Stanley, a pro bowl RB and TE’s. RW doesn’t.

    Does anyone in the NFL do more with less than RW? No way and you won’t win that debate.

    Everyone got to see how great RW is once again and is the reason Seattle moves on once again and isn’t a 4 win team. They aren’t very good. It’s ALL Russell Wilson and his weekly houdini routine.

  23. So many Eagles haters even after our class QB who does nothing but praise other players/teams is cheap shotted in the head and out of the game. Done by a horribly classless player in Clowney. The irony of your classlessness probably doesn’t hit you because it is only out weighed by your stupidity. I’m glad most of my fellow Philly fans seem to be yawning at you morons now at least. I’ll go back to doing the same. You don’t like us. WE. DON’T. CARE. And anyway chances are the birds have a better future with our QB/coach than your team. Peace be with you clowns.

  24. Nobody from the NFC East deserved to play in a playoff game.

    If Dallas played Seattle they would have won, yeah right BWahahahahaha

  25. Lynch is the reason for the huge audience. He’s a cultural icon and we in Seattle absolutely love this guy. His stats don’t matter as much as his presence does. I for one am thrilled to be able to watch him play again. Better yet, he now goes to the Hall of Fame as a Seahawk! What could be better?

  26. californianewton says:
    January 6, 2020 at 7:04 pm
    The 35 million dollar dude now has 3 road playoff wins in his career.

    win #1, at Washington. Redksins had the lead when RGIII injured his knee. Seattle came back and won.

    win #2, at Minnesota. Vikings’ Blair Walsh missed a short field goal that would have won it, as time was running out.

    win #3, at Philadelphia. Carson Wentz was knocked out of the game by Clown and 40 year old Josh McCown had to step in.

    If they want to win next week in Mr. Rodgers’ neighborhood, they would probably need to knock Rodgers out of the game.

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    I hope you realize that you sound bitter and don’t know the facts, so let’s lay em out.

    In the 2012 Divisionals vs Atlanta, the Defense let Seattle down by giving up a last second FG and 30 pts to the Falcons in a 30-28 loss. Wilson was stellar. He rallied Seattle with 385 yds passing and 2 tds to a 28-27 lead with 30 seconds left. If the D gets a stop, Hawks likely go on and win that SB, too.

    In the 2015 divisionals against the 15-1 Panthers, RW had 2 bad throws but again, rallied the Hawks with 366 yds passing and 3 TD’s. The early start and bad D was a culprit.

    In the 2016 divisionals vs Atlanta, RW still had 225 yds passing and another 2 Td’s but Falcons scored 36 pts. The D and a porous OL again let RW down.

    Wilson is an elite QB. A HOFer. Fabulous at Home or the Road. 8-1 on the road this season. 18-4 last 22 on the East Coast. Plus, go look at Pro Football Focus. The Hawks have had the 21st – 32nd Worst Offensive Line in every season but 1. Has Wilson ever had an elite Receiving Corp? Doug Baldwin? Really?

    Russell Wilson is an elite talent and it’s a shame he’s NEVER had an above avg OL or a dominant WR. Maybe Metcalf will be that guy.

    Football is a TEAM game, so to act like Wilson was the culprit in those road playoff losses is flat out ignorance and jealousy.

    You must be a fan of the team by the bay that hasn’t done much since last century. 20+ years of irrelevance has left you bitter.

  27. Glad to hear so many people tuned in to this game, since they flexed their earlier game out of prime time. The teams were even kind enough to keep the score the same as last time, so everyone got a chance to see it…

  28. sportoficionado says:
    January 6, 2020 at 5:12 pm
    Nice! 35 million plus tuned in to watch philthy soil itself. I was very disappointed the Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs but it was a nice added bonus to see philthy choke.
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    You think philly choked? Lol for one, they were the under dog, so losing that game shouldnt be considered choking. And 2, they had 8 guys on offense in the offensive lineup that weren’t there week 1. Now if you want to talk about choking, watch highlights from week 16 dallas vs philly. Haha now THAT was a choke job. At least philly made it to the playoffs and showed heart. And dont bother trying to defend your team. I think most of the cowboy fans admitted that their team has no heart and played with no fight. Pretty pathetic team there down in dallas. They couldnt even beat a team that was playing without 70% of their starting offense. Honestly, what can you say about your team that gives you hope for next year? Mike mccarthy?? Lol good luck with that. If anything, they’re gonna lose some decent players and be even worse next year. Philly is trending upward just by getting healthy, alone. And the eagles also have plenty of draft picks. 1st,2nd,3rd,4th, 5th and a 6th rounder and projected compensatory picks in the 3rd,4th and 5th. Plenty of ammo to move up in the draft if they feel the need to.

  29. I kind of believe if the Titans Patriots game was on Sunday afternoon it would
    have been even bigger. Especially with the Titans being competitive and winning.

  30. On Seahawks Twitter Account today.

    Most TD Passes Since 2017
    Wilson 100
    Brady 85
    Cousins 83
    Rivers 83
    Goff 82

  31. Seahawks-Eagles was done from Eagles-Bears in the same time slot last year. Yet, you spin it, but you would criticize any other network that manufactured that spin. You’re a corporate shill and a hypocrite, and you know it. But you’re so insecure you or one of your other people won’t let this comment make it to the site.

  32. purpleguy says:
    January 6, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    I almost felt bad for Philly fans with all those injuries, particularly the needless Wentz injury. Then I remembered the numerous beers thrown at me walking to and attending the Vikes/Eagles NFC Championship game. . . . .
    ……………………………
    A Re occurring nightmare , not to mention the blowout you witnessed

  33. purpleguy says:

    I almost felt bad for Philly fans with all those injuries, particularly the needless Wentz injury. Then I remembered the numerous beers thrown at me walking to and attending the Vikes/Eagles NFC Championship game. . . . .
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    I will always have a picture of your stadium covered with green confetti on the wall in my basement. Fun fact the eagles have been to 3 Super Bowls all 3 of those playoff runs involved wins over the Vikings 1980, 2004 & 2017.

  34. More Wilson Stats for all You Haters

    First QB ever to record 83 wins in 1st 7 seasons.

    21 4th Qtr comebacks since 2012, most in NFL

  35. californianewton says:
    January 6, 2020 at 7:04 pm
    The 35 million dollar dude now has 3 road playoff wins in his career…>>>>>>>>>>> The Seahawks reside in California Newton’s Head. He Cherry picks his stats to fit his agenda lol

  36. McCown played well for stepping into a playoff game. Huge respect to the man for his hard work, and career of unselfishly helping and coaching up the young guys.

    From behind, sitting on the bench toward the end with his blond hair spiked up from his helmet, he looked like Dilbert in a very cute way.

    He will be very sought after as a coach when he finally hangs up the cleats, and much deserved.

  37. Tuned in to watch Philly lose, was not disappointed. Only 48 more years ‘till your next championship

  38. “The Vikings-Saints game on FOX generated an audience of 29.9 million, a sharp increase over the 25.4 million who watched Chargers-Ravens in the early game from last year’s wild-card Sunday.”

    There could have been slightly more than 29.9 million who watched the Vikings-Saints game, but it is clear the back judge, field judge, and line judge were not watching.

  39. Fox still broadcast their game signal in 720p and…it’s year 2020. This makes it hard to watch football on Fox vs NBC.

  40. wow, really?

    Because that game was the worst of the 4 all weekend.

    I think it’s because it was NBC in the afternoon on the East Coast on a Sunday.

  41. By law all broadcast signals are Digital HD now. What are you talking about.

    Jayy3 says:
    January 7, 2020 at 8:35 am
    Fox still broadcast their game signal in 720p and…it’s year 2020. This makes it hard to watch football on Fox vs NBC.

  42. Too bad more people didn’t get to see Brady get clown stomped in front of his obnoxious worshippers.

  43. The Seahawks will destroy their opponent this weekend. They have one of the easiest games in the past 15 years. Their opponent is pathetic and the team should be retracted from the league along with the Dolphins or the Browns

  44. vikesfansteve says:
    January 7, 2020 at 8:52 am
    By law all broadcast signals are Digital HD now. What are you talking about.
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    720p is technically “HD”

  45. Does anyone in the NFL do more with less than RW? No way and you won’t win that debate.
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    Brady has done less with less. Does that count for anything?

  46. cardinealsfan20 says:
    January 6, 2020 at 5:48 pm
    “Yeah cause Wentz has such a great history in the playoffs. Finally makes it and can’t last a quarter.”

    He’s accomplished more than you ever will.

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    Does he know how to spell “Cardinal”?

  47. QB Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are the most entertaining and dramatic team in the NFL.
    Seahawks were rated for highest TV audience of the regular season in their 49’s game too…

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