The NFC and AFC championship games drew the highest audience for anything else on TV last week. The NFC's Seahawks-49ers
game attracted 56 million viewers, and the AFC's Broncos-Patriots
game had 51.3 million.
The second season premiere of Kevin Bacon's "The Following" aired right after the Seahawks game and came in at #10 with 11.2 million viewers. That's a 38% ratings bump over last year's series premiere.
Meanwhile, "American Idol" premiered to decent ratings with 15.2 million viewers. But that's still a far cry from the 30 million that were watching the show eight years ago . . . and is actually the lowest premiere since the very first season.
Primetime Total Viewers for the week ending January 12, 2014:
Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2014 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved. All numbers are live viewing plus same day DVR viewing.
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