NBC's coverage of Saturday's NFL wild card playoff games had a ratings spike over last season, according to Sports Business Daily.
The Indianapolis Colts' 45-44 come-from-behind victory over the Kansas Chiefs earned a 17.2 overnight rating in the 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. ET window. That figure is up 6 percent over last season's Cincinnati Bengals-Houston Texans game.
In the later game, in which the New Orleans Saints defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 26-24 at the last second, earned a 20.5 overnight rating. That is up 12 percent over last season's Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings primetime game.
The games combined for an 18.7 overnight, the second-highest since the current television format was implemented for the 2001 season. The 2010 season wild card Saturday games earned a 19.6 overnight.