Epic 49ers-Packers playoff draws record ratings for FOX


George Kittle wasn’t lying when he said the Niners make for great TV.

According to FOX Executive Vice President Michael Mulvihill, the 49ers’ epic 13-10 win over the Green Bay Packers was the most-watched Saturday program since the 1994 Winter Olympics with 36.9 million viewers.

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Saturday’s contest was tight throughout, but turned dramatically on Jordan Willis’ blocked punt that resulted in a fourth-quarter, game-tying touchdown for the 49ers. Robbie Gould knocked off the NFC top-seeded Packers with his 45-yard field goal as time expired.

The FOX Sports PR staff also shared some more big numbers from Saturday’s telecast. 49ers-Packers was the most-watched game of the wild Divisional Round that featured four nail-biters, FOX’s best Saturday telecast ever and the most-streamed NFC Divisional Round game in FOX history.

The huge viewership comes a week after the 49ers and Dallas Cowboys’ thrilling matchup was the most-watched Wild Card game in seven years. San Francisco might have snuck into the playoffs, but the franchise still has plenty of postseason gravitas.

Ratings figure to be sky-high again on Sunday, as the 49ers are set to face their divisional rival Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship. There should be plenty of red in the stands, as the 49ers Faithful nearly took over the SoFi Stadium crowd in Week 18.