The Green Bay Packers have a national following and so do the Washington Redskins — with the latter drawing even more attention in recent years because of its nickname. Those facts and perhaps bitter-cold weather in much of the country helped Fox score TV’s biggest audience and rating since Super Bowl XLIX in February for its NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday. The Pack’s 35-18 win in the afternoon game averaged 38.8 million viewers and a 21.8 HH rating.
With an overrun that cut into the Golden Globes ceremony, the game scored a 55.1 and 38.6 in the respective hometown markets of Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.
Even so, the numbers for the last of the weekend’s four NFL playoff games were down a bit from last year’s Dallas vs. Detroit Wild Card tilt on Fox, which drew 42.3 million viewers and a 23.6. Sunday’s game was the fourth-highest-rated NFC Wild card Game ever on the network.