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More monster ratings for NFL

Greetings, WatchDog Block Association! Sorry I haven't been posting lately. For the duration of the Giants' playoff run, I'm pretty much a full-time football writer.

I did want to share some TV ratings data, though, figures that demonstrate yet again that football is America's national religion.

Let's start with the wild-card playoff game between the Steelers and Tebows.

Oh, my. An average of 42.37 million people were tuned in Sunday, an astounding figure for a wild-card game. It's the most for that round on any network in 24 years, which is as far back as CBS' records go.

The late afternoon game averaged 24 percent of homes and 40 percent of homes with a TV in use.

At its peak from 8 to 8:13 p.m., when the game went to overtime, an average of 54.346 million viewers were watching, as were 29.7 percent of homes and 44 percent of homes with a TV in use.


Meanwhile, the earlier game between the Falcons and Giants on Fox averaged 27.7 million viewers and 17.3 percent of homes, the best for a 1 p.m. Sunday wild-card game since 2004.

In Atlanta, 30.6 percent of homes watched. In the New York area, the figure was 24.8 percent, including 48 percent that had a TV in use at the time.

Monday night's BCS Championship Game snoozefest on ESPN averaged 24.2 million viewers and 16.2 percent of homes that get ESPN, making it the second most-watched show in cable TV history.

The first? Last year's BCS finale, the first since the game moved from broadcast to cable TV.

Alabama's dominant victory over LSU was watched in 61.2 percent of homes in the Birmingham area.


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