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NFL TV ratings continue to climb

Wild Card Round - Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 09: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburg Steelers celebrates after a first down against the Cincinnati Benglas at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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The NFL’s television ratings show no sign of slowing down.

The cumulative rating for wild card weekend was up from last year, with three of the four games having ratings increases over the game in the same time slot a year ago:

Chiefs-Texans got a 16.2 overnight rating on ESPN and ABC on Saturday afternoon, up from a 13.1 overnight rating on ESPN only for Cardinals-Panthers on Saturday afternoon last year.

Steelers-Bengals got a 19.2 overnight rating on CBS on Saturday night, up from a 17.3 overnight rating on NBC for Ravens-Steelers on Saturday night last year.

Seahawks-Vikings got a 22.5 overnight rating on NBC on Sunday early afternoon, up from an 18.0 overnight rating on CBS for Bengals-Colts on Sunday early afternoon last year.

Packers-Washington got a 23.6 overnight rating on FOX on Sunday late afternoon, down from a 25.0 overnight rating on FOX for Cowboys-Lions on Sunday late afternoon last year.

The NFL’s TV ratings were also up for the regular season, with NBC, CBS and FOX all seeing increases on their Sunday packages, and CBS and NFL Network also seeing an increase on Thursday nights. Of the league’s five TV packages, only ESPN’s Monday Night Football was down.

Despite predictions about the NFL facing a drop in popularity because of concussions, domestic violence or other issues, that has so far not been realized. More people are watching pro football than ever before.