Bills-Chiefs is the most-watched TV show since the Super Bowl | Economic news


By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The epic football playoff game between Buffalo and Kansas City reached nearly 43 million viewers on Sunday, the most of any event since last year’s Super Bowl as the NFL won gold with his catchy weekend.

The four games averaged 38.2 TV and digital viewers, up 20% from a year ago and the best ever for the league playoffs, the Nielsen Company said Tuesday.

Each match saw a tie broken in the final play, meaning the audience swelled towards the end as it came to a climax. When the Bills-Chiefs game went into overtime, there were 51.7 million people watching, Nielsen said.

Similarly, the Los Angeles Rams-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game averaged 40 million viewers, but after Tom Brady helped the Bucs come back from a 27-3 deficit to a tie, the audience grew to 49. .2 million people.

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In the fourth quarter, the Bills-Chiefs game had an audience share of 90 in Kansas City, meaning 90% of TVs on at the time were tuned to the game, Nielsen said. This is an astonishing figure in an age of fragmented audiences. In Buffalo, the share was 86 at the same time.

Blessed with the best game of the weekend and evening, CBS won the week, averaging 10.4 million prime-time viewers. Fox had 7.9 million, ABC had 4.1 million, NBC had 3.1 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Ion Television had 1.1 million, and Telemundo had 940,000.

Fox News Channel topped cable networks with an average of 2.38 million prime-time viewers. ESPN had 1.85 million, MSNBC had 1.15 million, HGTV had 1.13 million, and Hallmark had 951,000.

Nielsen did not immediately release averages for evening newscasts.

For the week of January 17-23, the top 20 primetime broadcasters, their networks and audiences:

1. NFL Playoffs: Buffalo at Kansas City, CBS, 42.74 million.

2. NFL Playoffs: San Francisco at Green Bay, Fox, 36.92 million.

3. “NFL Pregame”, Fox, 26.94 million.

4. “NFL Postgame”, CBS, 26.91 million.

5. NFL Playoffs: Arizona at LA Rams, ABC, 12.78 million.

6. “NCIS: Hawaii,” CBS, 9.79 million.

7. NFL Playoffs: Arizona at LA Rams, ESPN, 8.83 million.

8. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 7.98 million.

9. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 7.45 million.

10. “NFL Pregame”, ABC, 7.41 million.

11. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.27 million.

12. “NCIS,” CBS, 7.26 million.

13. “Ghosts”, CBS, 6.68 million.

14. “Blue Bloods”, CBS, 6.27 million.

15. “Chicago PD”, NBC, 5.79 million.

16. “The Neighborhood”, CBS, 5.78 million.

17. “NFL Pregame,” ESPN, 5.74 million.

18. “”Bob Hearts Abishola”, CBS, 5.49 million.

19. “United States of Al”, CBS, 5.44 million.

20. “Magnum, PI”, CBS, 5.43 million.

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