Packers vs. Cowboys, Steelers vs. Chiefs Divisional Round TV Ratings Released

January 16, 2017   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL's ratings "crisis" is officially over. Overnight numbers for Sunday's divisional-round games are in, and they marked borderline unprecedented highs.
Sports TV Ratings' Twitter account reported the NFC game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys drew an overnight share of 28.2, the best for a divisional-round game in two decades. The AFC game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs drew a 21.9, which is the best-ever prime-time number for a divisional-round game.
ESPN's Andrew Brandt offered a comparison to major events in other sports:
While few have ever questioned the NFL's place as sports' ratings king, the league spent much of 2016 fretting about low television numbers. The first nine weeks saw national games drop 14 percent over the same period in 2015, a staggering figure that sent some into a panic.
Ratings rebounded after the U.S. presidential election, which likely had some viewers watching news...

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