Jan 22, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) celebrates after a play during the fourth quarter of a NFC divisional round game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys-49ers draws near-record ratings for FOX

Sunday’s playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and visiting Dallas Cowboys on FOX drew 45.7 million viewers, the second-most watched NFL divisional playoff game on record.

The Cowboys also were involved in the No. 1 viewed divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in January 2017. That game, a 34-31 win for the Packers, drew 48.5 million viewers.

The 49ers-Cowboys game was the most-watched telecast of any kind since last year’s Super Bowl, per FOX’s release.

By comparison, FOX’s telecast of the Philadelphia Eagles-New York Giants game on Saturday drew 28.6 million viewers.

–Field Level Media

Sep 15, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Amazon records big numbers in ‘TNF’ debut

The first-ever “Thursday Night Football” game on Amazon’s Prime Video averaged 13.03 million viewers — better that Amazon projected — according to Nielsen.

That figure also includes the local broadcasts in the home markets of the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers.

Amazon had guaranteed advertisers at least 12.5 million viewers for the Thursday night games. Variety said the viewership for the Sept. 15 game, won by the Chiefs, exceeded the 8.84 million people who watched last season’s Thursday night opener on NFL Network and through digital services.

Prime is a subscription-only service that costs $139 a year and includes a variety of benefits, including free shipping on purchases made on Amazon. CNBC reported that a record number of people who wanted to watch last Thursday’s game signed up for Prime — more than on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Thursday night to kick off Week 3, with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call.

–Field Level Media

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) puts his helmet on between drills during organized team activities practice, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Bengals Football Practice June 14 0053

Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase: ‘Extra motivation’ after Madden rating

Cincinnati Bengals wideout Ja’Marr Chase elected to take the high road after receiving what could be construed as a relatively low rating in Madden NFL 23.

Chase was listed with an 87 rating, tying him for 18th overall alongside new Philadelphia Eagles wideout A.J. Brown and Houston Texans slot receiver Brandin Cooks.

“i’m going keep working. Extra motivation,” Chase posted on Twitter.

Chase, 22, received Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and a Pro Bowl selection after recording 81 receptions for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns in 17 games last season. He was taken by the Bengals with the fifth overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Davante Adams of the Las Vegas Raiders was listed first with a 99 rating. Los Angeles Rams star Cooper Kupp (98), Miami Dolphins offseason acquisition Tyreek Hill (97), Arizona Cardinals wideout DeAndre Hopkins (96) and Buffalo Bills star Stefon Diggs (95) rounded out the top five in the video game.

–Field Level Media

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl LVI most-watched game in five years

Super Bowl LVI was the most watched television show in five years and averaged 112.3 million viewers across all platforms, the NFL announced Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in Sunday’s game.

In all, 101.1 million viewers watched the game on NBC and its Spanish-language sister, Telemundo. An additional 11.2 million people streamed the game, primarily on NBC’s Peacock.

The total was the most since a viewership of 113.7 million for Super Bowl LI in 2017, when the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28, the NFL said.

The 2021 Super Bowl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs drew an average of 96.4 million viewers on television for CBS.

“The Super Bowl once again delivered a massive audience, which included NBC and the unmatched power of broadcast television as well as first-ever presentations on Peacock and Telemundo, and led into our most-watched Olympics coverage in four years,” said Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming said in a news release.

The Super Bowl halftime show, starring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar, averaged 103.4 million viewers.

Among local markets, Cincinnati led the way in viewership with a 46.1 rating/84 share. That means 46.1 percent of all households in the market had the game turned on, and 84 percent of the people who were watching television at the time were watching the game.

Los Angeles had a 36.7/77 market share.

No. 2 on the list was Detroit, where Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford spent 12 seasons before an offseason trade sent him west. Detroit had a 45.9/79 share.

Two other metro areas in Ohio were in the ratings top 10 — Columbus and Cleveland.

–Field Level Media

Jan 30, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) smiles while being interviewed by CBS personality Jim Nantz after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. The Cincinnati Bengals won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

NFL championship games attracted huge TV audiences

The Los Angeles Rams’ dramatic win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday was one of the most-watched television shows of the century.

The Cincinnati Bengals’ comeback against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC title game was a ratings winner, too.

The NFC Championship Game drew 50.2 million viewers, making it one of just 11 non-Super Bowls to hit the 50 million mark since the last episode of “Seinfeld” attracted 76.3 million in 1998. Of those 11, only the final episode of “Friends” in 2004 (52.5 million) wasn’t an NFL conference championship game.

The Bengals-Chiefs game had 47.9 million viewers, up from 41.85 million for the previous season’s AFC Championship Game. The prior NFC title game had 44.8 million viewers.

Overall, last week’s two games saw a 10 percent increase in viewership from the same weekend last year and a 16 percent jump from the conference championship games in January 2020.

The NFC Championship Game drew its highest rating in eight years, while the AFC Championship Game posted its best rating in four years.

Last year’s Super Bowl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chiefs drew an average of 91.6 million viewers, the lowest figure for a Super Bowl since 2006. The record was set by Super Bowl XLIX in February 2015, when the New England Patriots’ win over the Seattle Seahawks attracted 114.4 million viewers.

–Field Level Media

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) celebrates after a game-winning field goal to defeat the Green Bay Packers 13-10 during their NFL divisional round football playoff game Saturday January 22, 2022, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Apc Packvs49ers 0122221129djpb

NFL divisional playoffs draw record TV ratings

The NFL’s divisional playoffs delivered great drama and record TV ratings last weekend.

The divisional-round games averaged 38.2 million viewers — the highest average for the round on record — the league announced on Tuesday. That viewership marked a 21 percent increase from last season.

Saturday night’s San Francisco-Green Bay Packers NFC game on Fox, a 13-10 49ers win decided by Robbie Gould’s 45-yard field goal on the game’s final play, drew 36.9 million viewers. The game was the most-watched TV show on a Saturday night in 28 years, dating to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ dramatic 42-36 overtime AFC win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night on CBS drew an average 42.7 million viewers. It was the most-watched divisional playoff game in five years, with viewership peaking at 51.7 million viewers at the thrilling finish.

The Los Angeles Rams’ 30-27 NFC victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday on NBC drew 38.1 million viewers. It was the network’s most-watched game since in 2006, excluding Super Bowls.

The Cincinnati Bengals’ 19-16 AFC win over the Tennessee Titans, decided by Evan McPherson’s 52-yard field goal as time expired, Saturday on CBS averaged 30.8 million viewers.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Ced Wilson (1) attempts but is unable to make a catch in front of San Francisco 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt (3) during the second half of the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys-49ers most watched wild-card game in 7 years

Sunday’s playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers drew an average 41.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched NFL wild-card game in seven years.

The audience peaked at 50.2 million viewers for the ending of the 49ers’ 23-17 win. Nickelodeon drew 1.3 million viewers to its children-geared broadcast while CBS garnered an average of 40.2 million viewers.

It was the highest since the 2015 Cowboys-Detroit Lions game drew 42.3 million.

The Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay game came in second Sunday with 30.4 million viewers. Pittsburgh-Kansas City drew 28.9 million, Las Vegas-Cincinnati 27.7 million and New England-Buffalo 26.4 million.

–Field Level Media

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) kisses the trophy Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, after defeating Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

CFP title-game ratings lag again despite slight uptick

Georgia staged a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Alabama in the College Football Playoff final on Monday night, but television viewers weren’t completely enthralled.

While TV ratings for the contest were up 19 percent from the CFP title game the prior year, the contest was still the second-least-watched college football championship game this century.

A total of 22.6 million viewers across numerous ESPN-branded networks watched Georgia top Alabama 33-18 in Indianapolis. Last year, when Alabama routed Ohio State 52-24 for the title, 18.7 million tuned in.

Since the Bowl Championship Series began pitting the nation’s top two teams in a title game in 1998-99, and then the current four-team CFP system began in 2014-15, last year’s game and this year’s game sit at the bottom of the ratings list.

The record rating during the CFP era was 34.6 million when Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20 to cap the 2014-15 season.

When Alabama beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime to determine the 2017-18 championship, 28.4 million people watched.

According to ESPN, the Monday game was the highest-rated event on cable television since LSU’s 42-25 win over Clemson in the 2019-20 CFP title game. The network also stated that the game’s 29 percent “share” (percentage of viewers watching television at the time who were watching that program) was a record for the BCS era.

–Field Level Media

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban leads players onto the field before the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal game at the 86th Cotton Bowl in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. Alabama defeated Cincinnati 27-6 to advance to the national championship game. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

College Football Playoffs Alabama Vs Cincinnati

ESPN sees lowest CFP ratings ever

Two lopsided semifinals games on New Year’s Eve led to the lowest ratings ESPN has seen during the College Football Playoff era.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU averaged 16.9 million viewers for Alabama’s 27-6 win over Cincinnati and Georgia’s 34-11 rout over Michigan on Friday, per the Sports Business Journal. That’s below the previous low of 17 million in 2016 — the most recent time the semifinals were staged on New Year’s Eve.

Friday’s television viewership was down 11 percent from last year’s semifinal, when Alabama beat Notre Dame and Ohio State routed Clemson on New Year’s Day.

Georgia’s blowout of Michigan averaged 17.2 million viewers in the 7:45 ET window, the fewest among second games in a semifinal doubleheader in the CFP era. By contrast, Ohio State-Clemson averaged 19.1 million last season.

The Georgia-Michigan game was still the most-watched program on Friday night, easily besting the 8.8 million viewers that tuned into “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” on ABC.

Meanwhile, Alabama’s win over Cincinnati averaged 16.6 million, making it the least-watched semifinal game since Clemson-Oklahoma averaged 15.7 million on New Year’s Eve in 2016.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Foxboro, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) runs off the field after the win over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady-Patriots matchup draws big TV ratings

Tom Brady’s television appeal knows few limits.

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback returned to face his longtime team, the New England Patriots, on “Sunday Night Football,” the NBC telecast drew huge ratings.

The broadcast from Foxborough, Mass., posted a 34 share nationally, meaning 34 percent of all households watching TV at the time were tuned in to NBC. That’s the highest figure in the 16-year existence of “Sunday Night Football.”

Tampa Bay’s 19-17 win logged a 14.6 national rating, which means 14.6 percent of all TV households were watching.

Factoring in people watching the game on NBC, Peacock, NBC Sports Digital and NFL Digital platforms, the contest attracted around 28.5 million viewers, the second-highest figure ever for “Sunday Night Football.” The record was 30.3 million viewers for a regular-season-ending, Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins game on Dec. 30, 2012, that determined the NFC East champion.

The game drew enormous viewing numbers in New England and Florida. Providence posted the highest figures with a 45.1 rating and a 73 share. Boston (43.8/70) was second, followed by Tampa (27.1/51), Hartford (23.9/44), Cincinnati (21.2/40) and Jacksonville (20.9/39).

The online stream drew approximately 1.3 million viewers, the largest ever for an NBC broadcast of an NFL game.

Each of the first four “Sunday Night Football” telecasts this season has attracted at least 20 million viewers, the first time that has happened in six years.

–Field Level Media