In March, the NFL’s owners likely will vote to expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams. That would mean two more games in the wild-card round, an increase from four to six.
Which would mean 50 percent more games that America watches by the tens of millions. Specifically the four wild-card games generated an average audience of 29.9 million, even though one of the games was on cable. The FOX game between the Lions and Cowboys had an average audience of 42.3 million, with a peak of 48.3 million viewers between 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET.