NFL Draws Best Ratings Since Last Year’s Super Bowl

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

The ratings for the National Football League Divisional Playoff weekend were the league’s best since last year’s Super Bowl.

The early numbers, according to the Hollywood Reporter, show the divisional playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys gave the league a 20-year-high for the NFC divisional playoffs. (RELATED: NFL Ratings Never Recovered Following Kaepernick Fiasco)

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Free safety Mike Mitchell #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers breaks up a pass catch attempt from tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The Packers-Cowboys game on Sunday kept fans tuned in until the very end with a shocking catch with less than 20 seconds on the clock that allowed the Packers to kick a game-winning field goal. The game brought in a 28.2 in the overnight rating for Nielsen-metered market households. That’s up 12 percent over the Game 7 of the World Series, which brought in 40 million viewers. (RELATED: NFL Blames Trump, Clinton For Ratings Decline And Not Kaepernick)

The night game on NBC between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers also set a record, with a 21.9 overnight rating among Nielsen-metered market households. That makes it the best primetime appearance for any NFL Wild Card or Divisional Playoff game ever.

That game also went down to the last minute, with the Chiefs failing to score on a two-point conversion, which would have forced overtime.

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter


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