The NFL’s dominance over the American television landscape continues.
The Super Bowl is always America’s most-watched television show of the year by a huge margin, but in recent years the AFC and NFC Championship Games have become the second- and third-most-watched shows on American TV. And the numbers from Sunday’s game say that will be the case this year as well.
According to the NFL, Ravens-Patriots drew 47.7 million viewers on CBS, while 49ers-Falcons drew 42.0 million viewers on FOX. That makes them the most-watched TV shows since the Super Bowl.
Still, while those are huge numbers, they’re actually down significantly from last year, when Giants-49ers drew 57.6 million viewers on FOX and Ravens-Patriots drew 48.7 million viewers on CBS. So Sunday’s numbers were huge. Just not huge by the recent standards set by the NFL.