TV Ratings: Packers' Wild Card Win Brings NFL's Biggest Showing Since Super Bowl
The Seahawks-Vikings game is also huge on NBC, setting a record for an early Wild Card telecast.
The Golden Globes may be shiny, but they're no match for pigskin.
Just a week after wrapping another huge season, Sunday's NFL playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins marked the most-watched U.S. telecast since the 2015 Super Bowl.
Fox's airing of the NFC Wild Card averaged 38.8 million viewers. That makes it the biggest thing to air since last year's big game — though it obviously pales in comparison to its historic 114.5 million haul. The game peaked with an audience of 41.3 million and naturally rated best in the Packers' home state. Milwaukee averaged a 55.1 household rating and a 75 share for the Packers' 35-18 win.
Still, the game was off from last year’s NFC Wild Card on Fox. The much-tighter Dallas Cowboys-Detroit Lions showdown averaged 42.3 million viewers.
Just behind the game was NBC's own Wild Card coverage with the early Seattle Seahawks' win over the Minnesota Vikings. The tight, low-scoring game ranks as the most-watched early Sunday Wild Card on record with an average 35.3 million viewers. It peaked even higher with 44 million at the finish.