This is the first weekend without NFL football since mid-August. Withdrawl is likely felt by many, and television options this weekend will not involve the nation’s top sport.
Based on average viewership, Super Bowl XLVII between Baltimore and San Francisco last weekend was the third-most watched Super Bowl ever, behind Super Bowl XLVI (NY Giants vs. New England) and Super Bowl XLV (Green Bay vs. Pittsburgh).
The total audience of 164.1 million people made Super Bowl XLVII the most-viewed TV program in history (U.S. only).
Viewers were treated to one of the most exciting finishes in Super Bowl history, with Baltimore stopping the 49ers on three plays at the five-yard line for a 34-31 victory.
It was a year of excitement. Ten of 16 games in week 17 had playoff implications. A record number of points (11,651) were scored in the regular season. Games had an average of 45.5 points scored, the highest mark in 47 seasons (46.1, 1965).
A record-tying 13 teams had at least 10 wins, and 51.2% of the games (131-of-256) were decided by eight points or less. The Colts were 9-1 in games decided by seven points or less, the most number of such closely-contested games by any team in 2012.
The 2012 playoffs averaged 51.9 points per game, up nine percent from last year (47.5) and up 14 percent from the 2012 regular-season average.
The 2012 playoffs averaged 798 total yards per game, up five percent from last year (760) and up 15 percent from the 2012 regular-season average (694).
Five-of-11 playoff games this year were decided by eight points or less, and three were decided by three points or less, an increase from 2011.
For all 17 weeks during the regular season, an NFL game was the most watched program and in 15 of those weeks, the number one and two programs both were games.
An average of 17.1 million viewers per regular-season telecast made 2012 the third-most watched year ever, behind 2011 and 2010.
Viewers will be scrambling. The playoffs riveted the nation. This weekend will be the first without football.
Rescue is on the way – the NFL Combine is two weeks away.
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