The NFL’s Divisional Round Ratings Are Out And They Are Absolutely Insane

The NFL’s Divisional Round week was probably the greatest weekend in NFL history and the TV ratings back up that statement.

CBS reported on Tuesday that Sunday night’s Chiefs-Bills game garnered an average of 42.3 million people. That number skyrocketed to 51 million viewers in the final moments of the fourth quarter and into overtime. It was the most watched NFL Divisional Round game in five years.

Chiefs-Bills wasn’t the only game that garnered major ratings. Bengals-Titans fetched 30.8 million viewers, making it the most watched Saturday afternoon game in six years.

According to Fox Sports, Saturday’s prime-time thriller between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers drew an average of 36.9 million viewers. That makes it the most-watched television show on a Saturday night since the 1994 Winter Olympics, which featured the drama surrounding American figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.


In the Sunday afternoon game (Rams-Buccaneers) on NBC drew 38.14 million viewers, up 11 percent over the same broadcast window last year. On Saturday, the Bengals-Titans contest on CBS averaged 30.75 million viewers (up 16 percent year to year), while the 49ers-Packers contest in primetime on Fox drew 36.92 million — a 41 percent jump over the comparable game in 2021.

Here are the viewership totals: