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TV ratings up for AFC, NFC Championship Games

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Sunday’s two conference championship games drew massive TV ratings, with both the AFC Championship Game and the NFC Championship Game drawing more viewers than a year ago.

According to the NFL, the Patriots-Broncos AFC Championship Game had 51.3 million viewers on CBS, while the 49ers-Seahawks NFC Championship Game had 55.9 million viewers on FOX.

That’s a significant increase from last year, when the Ravens-Patriots AFC Championship Game drew 47.7 million viewers on CBS, while 49ers-Falcons in the NFC Championship Game drew 42.0 million viewers on FOX.

And so we say again what we’ve said many times: The NFL continues to dominate the American television landscape.

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11 Responses to “TV ratings up for AFC, NFC Championship Games”
  1. thepftpoet says: Jan 20, 2014 2:15 PM

    Social media went even more crazy after the Sherman post-game rant, this is why no one likes the Seahawks.

  2. ptdennis says: Jan 20, 2014 2:16 PM

    I really thought a 49ers – Broncos SB48 would be a ratings record for the NFL, but clearly the NFL has the right formula to capture large audiences, which was unimaginable when the ratings record stood so long for SB 16 from the 1980s. Good for the NFL and their partners. Seahawks-Broncos will be fine.

  3. seattlecoug says: Jan 20, 2014 2:23 PM

    What will the Minnesota Vikings be doing in 2 weeks? Nothing.

  4. tacasey says: Jan 20, 2014 2:24 PM

    Sherman is now the most hated NFL player in the league, deservingly so. Those tactics worked well with Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens. Next step, a washed up player with a T.V. reality show, irrelevant, and that no one cares about.

  5. eustus says: Jan 20, 2014 3:18 PM

    I’d be curious to see how NFL ratings do in other countries, especially given the League’s emphasis on foreign expansion.

    For example, how did the Wildcard and Divisional Saturday night games do against hockey, in Canada?

  6. bleedgreen says: Jan 20, 2014 3:23 PM

    Do these numbers count streaming from the CBS and Fox websites? I know more people who watched via streaming than via broadcast/cable…

  7. doner80 says: Jan 20, 2014 3:28 PM

    Seehawks and their fans just have to bring grunge to everything that is Americana!!!

  8. mrlaloosh says: Jan 20, 2014 5:10 PM

    Bong Bowl will have huge sales of Doritos and Twinkies.

  9. fancyleague says: Jan 20, 2014 7:12 PM

    Who the heck is watching this league? It’s more like that passing skills challenge at the Pro Bowl than football anymore.

  10. markdartj says: Jan 20, 2014 7:51 PM

    all two of our tvs were on the game; in this house, that’s saying something!

  11. raiders4ever says: Jan 21, 2014 1:47 AM

    seems like the seahawks are trying to be the old raiders when everyone hates them…tatum and atkinson telling the media that lynn swann is soft…now the seahawks are trying to copy us raiders…i guess thats flattering ..”

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