NBC’s Sunday Night Football did record ratings a week ago for Broncos-Chiefs, but last night topped it.
The Patriots’ overtime win over Peyton Manning and the Broncos posted a 17.0 rating and a 28.0 share in overnight ratings released by the network.
Last week’s game did a 16.6/27, which was the highest prime time rating for a November game since 1996.
While the Broncos encouraged a lot of people to go to sleep with a 24-0 halftime lead, the highest-rated half-hour was from 11:30 p.m. to midnight Eastern, when the ratings peaked at 17.9/34.
Those who hung around were rewarded with a thrilling finish, worth staying up past their bedtimes.
The ratings more than doubled the second-highest rated show of the evening, the American Music Awards (8.2/12), which proves beyond a doubt that watching two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks go toe-to-toe is better than oddly dressed people and their singing cats.