NBC's Jets-Colts Playoff Game Trounces Competition
UPDATED: A tight game between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts for the right to move on in the NFL playoffs on Wild Card Saturday trounced competitors, giving NBC a huge victory.
NBC's telecast of the 17-16 Jets win, which came on a field goal kick as time expired, averaged 28.8 million viewers and a 10.2 rating/29 share in the 18-49 demo. It also earned the network the best overnight rating for a Wild Card Saturday game in 11 years (20.8 overnight rating/33 share). The game, which set up an anticipated matchup between the Jets and the No. 1 AFC seed New England Patriots next weekend, was by far the best showing in primetime on broadcast.
In the last half-hour, the Wild Card playoff game drew 30.3 million (11.1 rating/32 share in demo).
Earlier in the afternoon, the Seattle Seahawks upset over Super Bowl champs New Orleans Saints was the best showing for the first game on Wild Card Saturday in two decades, drawing an 18.3 overnight rating/33 share. NBC had the best two-game average overnight rating for Wild Card Saturday in 16 years (19.4 overnight rating/33 share).
The top markets for the Seahawks-Saints game included New Orleans (No. 1) and Seattle (No. 2). Indianapolis was the top market for the Jets-Colts game, while New York was No. 20.
Fox aired an original telepic Change of Plans, starring Joe Flanigan and Brooke White, which was a minor blip on the radar (3 million, 0.7 rating/2 share in demo). The network was third in viewership and fourth in the demo.
CBS' 48 Hours Mystery at 10 p.m. drew 5.3 million (0.9/3), and along with repeats of Blue Bloods (4.3 million, 0.6/2) and CSI (5.5 million, 1.0/3), helped CBS place second.
ABC aired reruns of Wipeout (4.1 million, 1.2/3) and The Bachelor (1.9 million, 0.6/2), placing third in total viewers and tying CBS for second in the demo.