49'ers vs Packers draws almost 42 million viewers

There appears to be no end in sight to the National Football League’s ratings dominance, as its opening round of the playoffs drew huge numbers across three networks over the weekend.

The four NFL Wild-Card games averaged about 34.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen, more than the combined 2013 averages for the NBA Finals (17.5 million) and World Series (14.9 million)

Fox’s coverage of Sunday’s Nfc Wild-card game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, decided on a field game as time expired, averaged a whopping 47.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen — the largest audience for the first round of the postseason in at least 25 years. This was a 24% improvement over last year’s game on Fox (38.1 million for Seattle-Washington).

Tune-in peaked in the concluding 7:30 p.m. Et half-hour with 53.4 million viewers.

The 47.1 million average audience is the biggest crowd for any telecast since last year’s Super Bowl on CBS, »

- Rick Kissell


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