FOX Sports GO Sees Record Average-Minute Audience, +43% Over Last Year’s NFC Championship Game
NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports’ final NFL broadcast of the 2017-18 season, a dominant 38-7 victory by the Philadelphia Eagles over the Minnesota Vikings, registered as FOX’s highest-rated and most-watched broadcast on the network since Super Bowl LI. Last night’s game delivered a 21.7/35 household rating/share with 42.303 million viewers on the FOX broadcast network, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Combined with FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO, Sunday evening’s NFC Championship Game produced 42,849,086 total viewers.
“With our 24th NFL season now in the rearview mirror, we finish with television’s No. 1 show, AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, and with both of our NFL pregame shows, FOX NFL KICKOFF and FOX NFL SUNDAY, No. 1 in their respective timeslots,” said FOX Sports President, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer Eric Shanks. “Looking ahead to our 25th season, FOX Sports continues to be a proud partner of the NFL.”
While off -9% compared to the average audience delivery of 46,283,000 viewers for last year’s Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons NFC Championship Game, Sunday night’s game broadcast opened with 36.192 million viewers and peaked with 47.737 million viewers prior to halftime and before the Eagles lead became insurmountable. On FOX Deportes, last night’s game averaged 78,000 viewers, down -15% vs. last year’s contest.
As anticipated on the local front, Philadelphia and Minneapolis posted incredibly strong numbers on FOX with Philadelphia registering an astounding 50.3/69, +14% over 2009’s 44.3/69, the last time the Eagles appeared in the NFC Championship Game. Minneapolis led all markets with an impressive 54.4/76.
On digital platforms, the NFC Championship Game saw record-setting numbers with an average minute audience of 468,085 across FOX Sports GO, FOX Now, and off-platform mobile carriers, +43% over last year’s Packers and Falcons (vs. 326,327 average minute audience). The 2018 NFC Championship Game ranks as the second-best performing event ever on FOX Sports GO, trailing only Super Bowl LI.