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ALMOST 37 MILLION WATCH SEAHAWKS-PANTHERS DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAME ON FOX
Seattle's Second-Half Surge Lifts Audience to 43 Million in Final Moments
FOX Sports GO's Most-Streamed Authenticated NFL Game Ever
Almost 37 million viewers tuned into Sunday's early NFL Divisional Playoff between the No. 1 seed Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks on FOX. The matchup scored a 21.1/42 fast national rating/share according to Nielsen Media Research, in line with the average of the previous three years for the 1:00 PM ET Sunday NFC Divisional Game on FOX (21.4/42 - 36.6 million viewers), a notable feat considering the Panthers owned a 31-0 lead at halftime.
Last year's record-setting Divisional Playoff matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers on FOX posted a 24.9/48 with 44.4 million viewers), while the 2014 Divisional Playoff between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers, scored a 19.9/41 with 33.3 million viewers.
- Sunday's game opened with a 16.7/37 at 1:00 PM ET and peaked with a 24.4/45 and 43.0 million viewers from 4:00 PM ET to the games conclusion at 4:21 PM ET as Carolina held off a fierce comeback by Seattle to win the game and advance to the NFC Championship.
- Home Markets - Seattle: 48.1/82; Charlotte: 46.8/74.
- Top 10 Non-Competing Markets - Greensboro: 40.3; Buffalo: 34.0; Raleigh-Durham: 32.8; Norfolk: 32.3; Greenville: 30.8; Portland: 30.1; New Orleans: 28.9; Richmond: 28.7; Milwaukee: 27.6; Phoenix: 27.1.
- On FOX Sports GO, Seattle vs. Carolina NFC Divisional Game ranked as the best authenticated NFL game ever, with 154,000 unique streamers, making it the fifth most-watched authenticated event in FOX Sports GO's history.