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NFL Wild Card Game on ESPN and ABC Up Four Percent Year-Over-Year


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The Saturday afternoon NFL Wild Card game on ESPN and ABC – an Indianapolis Colts’ 21-7 victory over the Houston Texans – earned a 15.3 overnight rating according to Nielsen, based on the metered markets. This is an increase of four percent vs. 2018 (Titans-Chiefs earned a 14.7). The telecast peaked from 7:15-7:30 p.m. ET with a 17.9 metered market rating.

Colts-Texans delivered a 38.2 rating (ESPN and ABC) in Indianapolis and a 28.5 rating (ESPN and ABC) in Houston.

The top 10 metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): New Orleans (23.5), Richmond-Petersburg (22.8), Kansas City (21.7), Norfolk (21.0), Philadelphia (19.3), Austin (18.7), San Diego (17.8), San Antonio (17.7), Nashville (17.3), Albuquerque-Santa Fe (17.0).

Please note: This update does not include the Seattle market as it is currently unavailable.