Football games send viewers to TV on cold weekend

Football games send viewers to TV on cold weekend
Viewers parked themselves in front of their televisions to watch football and stay out of the January chill

NFL wild card games and the NCAA football championship gathered millions of people in front of their television sets on a cold winter weekend.

An average of 30.5 million people watched the NFL’s wild card games on television and digitally over the weekend, which the league said was up 21% over the same games in 2021.

同时, Georgia’s victory over Alabama for the NCAA football championship last week reached 22.3 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. That allowed the NCAA to rebound from the lackluster ratings of the New Year’s Eve semifinals, which featured two non-competitive games.

Boosted by their wild card games, 哥伦比亚广播公司 averaged 10 million viewers and 美国全国广播公司 had 6.8 million in prime time last week. ABC averaged 2.7 百万, Fox had 1.7 百万, Univision had 1.6 百万, Ion Television had 1 million and Telemundo had 900,000.

ESPN averaged 3.69 million viewers in prime time, Fox News Channel had 2.24 百万, MSNBC had 1.2 百万, HGTV had 1.08 million and Hallmark had 978,000.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” won the evening news race, averaging 9 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.1 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.8 百万.

For the week of Jan. 10-16, 这 20 most popular programs in prime time, their viewerships and networks:

1. NFL Wild Card: Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 美国全国广播公司, 28.94 百万.

2. NFL Wild Card: New England at Buffalo, 哥伦比亚广播公司, 26.37.

3. “Wild Card Post Game” (星期日), 哥伦比亚广播公司, 25.5 百万.

4. NCAA Football Championship: Georgia vs. 阿拉巴马州, ESPN, 22.26 百万.

5. “Wild Card Pre Game” (星期日), 美国全国广播公司, 19.64 百万.

6. “NCAA Championship Post Game,” ESPN, 18.37 百万.

7. “NCAA Championship Pre Game,” ESPN, 13.78 百万.

8. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.29 百万.

9. “FBI,” CBS, 8.45 百万.

10. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 7.7 百万.

11. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.41 百万.

12. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 7.33 百万.

13. “Ghosts,” CBS, 6.48 百万.

14. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 6.44 百万.

15. “FBI: International,” CBS, 6.29 百万.

16. “Chicago PD,” NBC, 5.81 百万.

17. “Magnum, P.I., 哥伦比亚广播公司, 5.77 百万.

18. “FBI: Most Wanted,” CBS, 5.56 百万.

19. “United States of Al,” CBS, 5.48 百万.

20. “911: Lone Star,” Fox, 5.03 百万.