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NFL Playoffs See Best Divisional Round Viewership Since '17

By Austin Karp

The NFL's four playoff games over the weekend averaged 33.2 million viewers, marking the best Divisional round since '17 (36.0 million viewers). CBS (two games), Fox and NBC were up 2% from last year’s 32.4 million (Fox had the Divisional doubleheader last season). CBS drew 35.4 million for the Chiefs-Texans game in the early window on Sunday (3:00pm ET), up from 29.2 million for last year’s Patriots-Chargers game, which was a 1:00pm start. In primetime, Fox drew just under 38 million viewers, down slightly from 38.2 million for Saints-Eagles last year, which was a late afternoon window. After eight playoff games this postseason, the NFL is averaging 32.0 million viewers, up 5% from the same point last year.

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF WEEKEND AUDIENCE TREND
YEAR
NETWORKS
AVG. VIEWERS (000)
'20
NBC, Fox, CBS (x2)
33,200
'19
NBC, CBS, Fox (x2)
32,414
'18
NBC, Fox, CBS (x2)
30,455
'17
NBC, CBS, Fox (x2)
36,016
'16
NBC, Fox, CBS (x2)
36,163
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