Football matches send viewers to TV on a chilly weekend

An average of 30.5 million people watched NFL joker games on TV and digitally over the weekend, which the league said was up 21% from the same games in 2021 .

Boosted by their wild card games, CBS averaged 10 million viewers and NBC had 6.8 million in prime time last week. ABC averaged 2.7 million, Fox had 1.7 million, Univision had 1.6 million, Ion Television had 1 million, and Telemundo had 900,000.

ESPN averaged 3.69 million prime-time viewers, Fox News Channel had 2.24 million, MSNBC had 1.2 million, HGTV had 1.08 million, and Hallmark had 978,000.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” won the evening news race, averaging 9 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 8.1 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.8 million.

For the week of January 10-16, the top 20 prime time programs, their audiences and their networks:

1. NFL Wild Card: Pittsburgh at Kansas City, NBC, 28.94 million.

2. NFL Wild Card: New England at Buffalo, CBS, 26.37.

3. “Wild Card Post Game” (Sunday), CBS, 25.5 million.

4. NCAA Football Championship: Georgia vs. Alabama, ESPN, 22.26 million.

5. “Wild Card Pre Game” (Sunday), NBC, 19.64 million.

6. “NCAA Championship Post Game,” ESPN, 18.37 million.

7. NCAA Championship Pre Game, ESPN, 13.78 million.

8. “60 minutes”, CBS, 11.29 million.

9. “FBI”, CBS, 8.45 million.

10. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 7.7 million.

11. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.41 million.

12. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 7.33 million.

13. “Ghosts”, CBS, 6.48 million.

14. “Blue Bloods”, CBS, 6.44 million.

15. “FBI: International,” CBS, 6.29 million.

16. “Chicago PD”, NBC, 5.81 million.

17. “Magnum, PI, CBS, 5.77 million.

18. “FBI: Most Wanted”, CBS, 5.56 million.

19. “United States of Al”, CBS, 5.48 million.

20. “911: Lone Star,” Fox, 5.03 million.

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