By David Zurawik
The Baltimore Sun
10:59 AM EST, January 9, 2013
The last home game for Ray Lewis Sunday did monster numbers locally, but wound up finishing third for the week nationally among all telecasts with an audience of 29.6 million.
The Washington-Seattle game finished first, with Green Bay and Minnesota second.
Here's the release:
For the third consecutive season, the Wild Card playoffs averaged more than 30 million viewers per game.
Sunday’s Seattle Seahawks-Washington Redskins game on FOX drew 38.1 million viewers ranking as the most-watched non-Olympic telecast since the Academy Awards (39.3 million on ABC, Feb. 26, 2012) and the third most-watched Wild Card game ever behind the 2011 AFC Wild Card on CBS (Steelers-Broncos, 42.4 million) and 2010 NFC Wild Card on FOX (Packers-Eagles, 39.3 million).
The four games were also the four most-watched shows on television last week (chart below).
Most-Watched Shows on Television, Week of Dec. 31, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013
1. FOX Wild Card Playoff (Seahawks-Redskins), 38.1 million
2. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Vikings-Packers), 30.3 million
3. CBS Wild Card Playoff (Colts-Ravens), 29.6 million
4. NBC Wild Card Playoff (Bengals-Texans), 23.6 million
5. The Big Bang Theory, 19.3 million
6. 2013 Rose Bowl (Wisconsin-Stanford), 17.0 million
7. Person of Interest, 16.2 million
8. Two And A Half Men, 15.4 million
9. New Years Rockin' Eve,13.3 million
10. 2013 Fiesta Bowl (Oregon-Kansas State),12.3 million
Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company
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