Update: Though Raiders-Texans held a slight edge in overnight rating, Lions-Seahawks led viewership 26.9 million to 25.3 million.
For all the bad-mouthing of the Raiders-Texans game before hand it wound up not just bettering last year’s equivalent Wild Card Saturday game, it also edged out the primetime Lions-Seahawks game.
Raiders/Texans averaged a 16.6 overnight across ABC & ESPN peaking with an 18.8 rating from 5:45-6:00 PM ET. In the Bay Area the game averaged a combined 17.8 overnight rating and in Houston the game averaged a combined 31.2 rating.
On NBC the Lions-Seahawks game averaged a 16.5 overnight rating, way down from the 19.2 for last year’s equivalent Steelers-Bengals game that aired on CBS. In Seattle the game drew a 46.8 rating locally (on average 46.8% of the households in the Seattle market were tuned-in to the game) and in Detroit the game averaged a 33.0 rating.