NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IS MOST-WATCHED PROGRAM SINCE SUPER BOWL XLVIII
Sunday's Game Delivers Almost 50 Million Viewers;
Peaks at Nearly 60 Million
2015 NFL Playoffs Rank as FOX's Second Most-Watched Ever
The 2015 NFC Championship Game, in which the Seattle Seahawks, the reigning Super Bowl champions, defeated the Green Bay Packers in dramatic overtime fashion, projects to be the most-watched television program in the country since last year's Super Bowl XLVIII, according to fast national figures released today by Nielsen.
The game scored a 27.4/51 household rating/share, attracting 49.8 million viewers. Additional highlights follow:
- Up 13% over the 24.2/45 (42.0 million) for San Francisco and Atlanta when FOX last aired the NFC Championship in the early window in 2013.
- Projects to be the first time in nine years in which an early-window conference championship game out-rated the late-window game.
- FOX projects to sweep the NFL postseason by having the top-rated game in all three playoff rounds, marking the first time that has happened in five years.
- Top 5 Markets: Milwaukee - 53.9/83; Seattle - 51.9/86; Portland - 38.4/71; Minneapolis - 37.7/69; and Indianapolis - 36.5/56.
- Yesterday's game peaked at a 31.9/54, with 59.6 million viewers from 6:00-6:30 PM ET.
FOX Sports GO
- FOX Sports GO posted its second-largest day ever, following Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, the day of Super Bowl XLVIII.
- Largest day ever for authenticated viewership on FOX Sports GO, +12% versus the prior record (2014 World Series Game 7).
- Cumulative unique visitors to the game more than doubled (+122%) last year's digital broadcast of the NFC Championship.
2015 NFC Playoffs on FOX
- The complete 2015 NFL Playoffs on FOX averaged a 23.4/42 with 42.1 million viewers, +1% over last year's 23.1/40, 42.0 million viewers.
- Ranks as FOX's second most-watched NFL postseason ever behind 2012's 42.6 million viewers.