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


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The Saturday afternoon NFL Wild Card game – an Indianapolis Colts’ 21-7 victory over the Houston Texans – averaged 22,824,000 viewers across ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, according to Nielsen. This is an increase of three percent vs. last year (Titans-Chiefs averaged 22,253,000 viewers). The game rating peaked from 7-7:30 p.m. with 26,424,000 viewers.

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).