Eagles vs. Bears was the Highest-Rated NBC Wild Card Game in 25 Years

Photo Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday night, I fired up my Roku Ultra and turned on the Eagles game on YouTube TV. Greeting me weren’t the voices of NBC duo Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, but those of the Spanish-language broadcast. In fact, I wasn’t treated to the former until roughly twelve minutes remained in the fourth quarter. I wondered how much – if at all – the ratings would be affected.

To put it simply, they weren’t:

The highest rated  game in the history of NBC Sunday Night Football (since 2006), and the highest-rated NBC Wild Card game in 25 years since John Elway and the Denver Broncos suffered a 42-24 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Raiders.

Top markets after the jump:

As you’d expect, Philly and Chicago represented the top-two viewing markets, but check out #3: New Orleans. Looking ahead to their opponent? Sure. Check out #10: Minneapolis. I’m surprised any of their TVs worked after Week 17.


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  • Sean Payton’s tits January 7, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Schw@rtz should play that video of karmara and Ingram talking shit saying they stole the ski mask idea .

  • Paul January 7, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Your headline is inaccurate. You combined two different stats into one.

  • Huge gargano fan January 7, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Nicks bulge was out of control last night.

  • Thick Ropes Cuz January 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    A couple things:

    1. New Orleans is always in the top 10 markets for NFL broadcasts, regardless of whether or not the Saints are playing.
    2. Your app view is not counted into these ratings
    3. You get what you pay for with CB

  • Crossingbroad disciple January 7, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Continue the good work, and love all the podcasts you put out!!!

  • You got AIDS January 7, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    How can this be when all of the MAGAs promised they were boycotting and the NFL would crash and burn as a result?

  • Let's not forget January 7, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Chicago gave us not one but two favors, first graciously giving us a wild card spot, then the double doink……
    Go Birds #BDN

  • Jay! January 8, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Sunday “Night” Football, in the Sunday 4pm NFL slot.



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