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49ers: Showdown was big area TV draw

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Sacramento had the second-highest rating among metered markets watching Sunday night's 49ers-Seahawks game, behind Seattle, according to NBC.

The Sacramento market had a 31.1 rating and a 50 share, meaning nearly one-third of every household with a TV was watching the game and half of all households watching TV were tuned into the game.

Seattle led the viewing nation with a 44.8 rating and a 66 share. The San Francisco market was third with a 26.8 and 48.

The game had a 12.2 national rating (21 share).

Despite a one-hour weather delay, the game had an average of 20.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched prime-time contest between West Coast teams since the San Diego Chargers hosted the Raiders on Nov. 27, 1995. That game, won by San Diego 12-6 on "Monday Night Football," averaged 21.6 million viewers.

The Seahawks' 29-3 victory Sunday also topped last season's "flexed" Sunday night Week 16 blowout victory over San Francisco by about 1 million viewers.

The 49ers and Seahawks meet again in Week 14 on Dec. 8 at Candlestick Park with a scheduled 1:25 p.m. kickoff. It remains to be seen if the NFL will "flex" the game into a prime-time start.

– Bee Sports staff

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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