The NFL noticed its scores fall but once more final weekend for its divisional playoff spherical, however there are some asterisks concerned within the comparisons to final yr’s slate of playoff video games.
NFL scores had been down 16% this weekend for its divisional spherical match ups in comparison with the identical weekend final yr. That features Saturday’s video games on NBC and CBS down 6% and 10% and Sunday’s playoff video games on CBS and Fox down 15% and 27%.
The declines are staggering however they’re additionally not an apples-to-apples comparability to final yr’s playoff video games.
Working example: 35.6 million viewers tuned in for the Minnesota Vikings’ thrilling last-second victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. However that sport was competing with final yr’s Inexperienced Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys playoff sport — probably the most watched divisional sport in historical past with 48.5 million viewers.
The Jacksonville Jaguars gorgeous upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers additionally noticed an enormous drop with 31 million viewers, however that quantity additionally comes with a footnote: Final yr’s comparable Sunday sport between the Steelers and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, which introduced in 37 million viewers, was rescheduled on account of dangerous climate to a Sunday evening, an arguably extra enticing begin time for viewership.
As for Saturday’s video games, curiosity across the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles afternoon sport may have been hindered by a late season harm of the Eagles’ star quarterback, Carson Wentz.
The New England Patriots huge halftime lead over the Tennessee Titans on Saturday evening may have prompted viewers to tune out for the second half.
The NFL has seen declining scores all season on account of accidents, a brutal hurricane season and a deluge of streaming and tv content material competing for eyeballs.
Regardless of the league seeing its viewers drop 16% general, it nonetheless drove viewership all weekend with all 4 playoff video games every bringing in additional than 25 million viewers.