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TV ratings up for Conference Championship Sunday

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speak after the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL saw a TV ratings increase in both time slots for Conference Championship Sunday.

The early game, the Broncos’ win over the Patriots, saw a massive ratings number for what may have been the final chapter of the Peyton ManningTom Brady saga. According to Variety, the game drew a 31.8 overnight rating, a 9 percent increase from last year’s 29.1 overnight rating for the Seahawks-Packers early game. The 31.8 rating is the highest for an AFC Championship Game since the famous Broncos-Browns game in which John Elway led The Drive, 29 years ago.

The later game’s rating wasn’t as strong, a 26.8 overnight, but was still up 19 percent from last year’s 24.2 overnight rating for the Patriots-Colts game.

With higher ratings in both broadcast windows, the NFL, CBS and FOX all have to be very pleased with the way Conference Championship Sunday played out. And with a ready-made storyline of the legendary Manning against the young star Cam Newton, Super Bowl 50 could be the most-watched television show in American history.

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71 Responses to “TV ratings up for Conference Championship Sunday”
  1. deftspyder says: Jan 25, 2016 11:50 AM

    Anyone that talks smack about Manning being old has absolutely no appreciation for one of the greatest QB’s of all times, and every one of those great games he has played for your team or against it was that good because of his presence on the field and the way he worked with his teams.

    Thanks for all the years of getting drilled by giants, and still getting back up.

    You’re the best former backup of the season buddy. Kick some butt… Cam has plenty of time to get his ring.

  2. floratiotime says: Jan 25, 2016 11:52 AM

    But turned off after the half as it will be a rout by then.

  3. warpigz says: Jan 25, 2016 11:54 AM

    Cuz everyone enjoys watching karma happen to cheaters #*

  4. widerightyouloseagain says: Jan 25, 2016 11:54 AM

    Sports Entertainment at it’s finest, no need for any integrity.

    Right, Roger Goodell….er…. Vince McMahon?

  5. factman66 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:57 AM

    The Manning brothers own Tom Brady in championship games.

  6. billswillnevermove says: Jan 25, 2016 11:57 AM

    Should be a great game!!!

  7. restoreintegritytonfl says: Jan 25, 2016 11:59 AM

    Fans of 31 teams rejoiced as the cheaters lost.

  8. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 25, 2016 11:59 AM

    People just tuned in to watch the Patriots lose.
    Time well spent.

  9. Panda Claus says: Jan 25, 2016 12:01 PM

    The increased ratings had as much to do with the East Coast being snowed-in as anything else.

  10. plbertol says: Jan 25, 2016 12:05 PM

    And Super Bowl rating will be up in the first half. What happens when the Broncos are down at least 24-0? Ehh, maybe I’ll stay for the commercials at least! Pay-A=Ton Manning is and always was garbage in money time! Kinda like Carson Palmer!

  11. soleobjective says: Jan 25, 2016 12:11 PM

    Also, millions on the east coast were snowed in and had nothing else to do. Yes, the NFL would have pulled in massive ratings without the storm, but since many were stuck at home, they benefitted from a lot of casual fan viewership.

  12. izzyb08 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:15 PM

    That Defense Though!

  13. classyjacklambert says: Jan 25, 2016 12:16 PM

    People love to see cheater justice

  14. phootballphorever says: Jan 25, 2016 12:17 PM

    And yet there’s always some wiener on the forums who is screaming that “Soccer is better !!”

  15. intrafinesse says: Jan 25, 2016 12:18 PM

    It was fun seeing Brady and Belichick lose.
    I think Carolina will win, but I hope the Broncos win.
    I’d like to see Peyton retire with a 2nd super bowl win.

    The Superman stuff is immature, and as good as Carolina is, I hope they lose.

  16. mmack66 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:25 PM

    I’m sure that a lot of people tuned in for what should have been the final game as an NFL quarterback for Peyton Manning.

    Now they will have to tune in to the Super Bowl for the same reason.

  17. animalkindness says: Jan 25, 2016 12:32 PM

    I will admit that Cam Newton is a great player.
    However I am so tired of seeing his face on camera.
    Seems like he is always looking for it.
    Ready for my close up Mr. DeMille.

  18. tajuara says: Jan 25, 2016 12:40 PM

    That was a good, solid, and competitive game from beginning to end. Even though Brady and Manning didn’t have stellar games, still I enjoyed this game more than others.

  19. swagger52 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:41 PM

    High Ratings is a testament to everybody loves…
    When cheaters always lose.

  20. merrhod says: Jan 25, 2016 12:41 PM

    I agree Foozer. Time well spent is correct. I HATE BELICHEAT AND HIS SIDEKICK, TOM BRADY!! So glad they lost !! Arrogant sons!!

  21. swagger52 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:42 PM

    I hope Brady plays for several more years. He is a one-trick pony with the dink and dunk, now that he can’t throw a deflated football.

  22. swagger52 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:43 PM

    I never paid much attention to Camera Newton, but why do I dread watching him after last night?

  23. abninf says: Jan 25, 2016 12:44 PM

    If Dallas has played it would have been about a 98.0 rating.

  24. rootpain says: Jan 25, 2016 12:46 PM

    As a Patriots fan it was a very long game with an unexpected outcome. But I much preferred watching the Patriots lose to a well prepared defence as they did than if it was a bad call by a ref or something.
    What really stood out while anxiously watching the game, even more so than all other games, was how many and how long the commercial breaks are. That was painful.
    I’m hoping that the Panthers win the SuperBowl, not because I’m upset with the Broncos beating the Patriots. But because I really like Cam and Luke and their work ethic. But I may not watch the game. I think the ads just take so much effort to get through, its not worth it without the Patriots in the game. That’s just me.

  25. luckyarmpit says: Jan 25, 2016 12:50 PM

    Of course the ratings were higher; everyone wanted to tune in to watch the Patriots lose, and get what the cheaters deserve.

  26. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 25, 2016 12:52 PM

    and I’m sure Cam truly believes we are all tuned in to watch him.

    so I’m sitting there half watching the game last night, playing on the ipod, and Kuechly gets his pick six and I look up and Cam Newton is in the end zone celebrating and mugging for the camera. (oh, I just thought of that he might think “camera” is named after him too)

    go Denver.

  27. ctiggs says: Jan 25, 2016 12:53 PM

    abninf says:
    Jan 25, 2016 12:44 PM

    If Dallas has played it would have been about a 98.0 rating.

    —————————————————

    You mean the Mavericks or the Stars? The football team in dallas is irrelevant this time of year and would never pull that type of rating.

  28. skawh says: Jan 25, 2016 12:54 PM

    Brady 20-4 in playoffs. Brady 2-7 against Manning’s

    I’m enjoying repeats of seeing Edelman being denied a first down on that 4th and 1 where that savvy Denver D stayed home. They must have watched so many teams get burned on that one. Edelman is dumped and its first and 10 Denver!

  29. vetdana says: Jan 25, 2016 12:56 PM

    The NFC game stunk the place up and I turned it off at the end of the 1rst Quarter.

  30. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:56 PM

    At least the early game was good, the second was over before it even started. Thanks Carson.

  31. ninjapleazee says: Jan 25, 2016 12:59 PM

    Snow storm. Everyone was stuck at home.

  32. richardparker123 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:10 PM

    I’m just loathing two weeks (plus the SB game) of Cam Newton’s hammy, camera-mugging antics. He is the scenery-chewing Shatner of the NFL, for now, and it gets a bit tedious.

    He’s grates, he irritates, he can be a classless punk. 98 million sideline shots to gauge his every childish reaction ahoy, that’s for sure. It just bugs.

    Sigh. Just not up for his schtick–which the media will be wheelbarrowing to spectators in DROVES….

  33. guadalahonky says: Jan 25, 2016 1:10 PM

    Hey, did everyone love the guy that fell out of the Carolina stands in the endzone, right in front of Luke Kuechly, as he was high fiving Panther fans after his Pick 6 of Carson Palmer?

    I’m glad he’s alright, but that was hilarious.

  34. jchipwood says: Jan 25, 2016 1:19 PM

    I’m just glad all football fans can watch a good cheat free super bowl. But it is weird the owner of the Panthers, along with Kraft and Blank, are part of a committee in charge of Goodells salary.

  35. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 25, 2016 1:25 PM

    “I’m just glad all football fans can watch a good cheat free super bowl”
    ———————————
    until all the evidence drops next week about peyton’s hgh use.

  36. kelsey59 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:39 PM

    With the East coast snowed in, they could have put on turtle races and drawn as many people.

  37. irishmug says: Jan 25, 2016 1:45 PM

    King Goodell will wait to give out news of Peyton’s drug use until after they try to crown him at Super Bowl. Packer fans…number 52 is on the list too.

  38. ickky says: Jan 25, 2016 1:48 PM

    games were kinda boring. Terrible QB play in the first by both teams, the OMG how bad is Palmer in the 2nd.
    I turned off the Carolina game early in favor of netflix

  39. jgw1980 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:59 PM

    Pretty sure they got an assist from Snowzilla’s attack on the east coast.

  40. bleedgreen says: Jan 25, 2016 2:02 PM

    Brady 20-4 in playoffs. Brady 2-7 against Manning’s

    ———————–

    This math doesn’t add up. He’s only got 4 losses in the playoffs, but 7 of them came to the Mannings?

  41. wantsomecheesewiththatwhine says: Jan 25, 2016 2:04 PM

    can’t believe there are so many poor sport winners.
    but i guess what do you expect from trolls?

  42. purpleguy says: Jan 25, 2016 2:12 PM

    I doubt FOX sent Carson Palmer a basket of fruit for ensuring no one watched the second half of the last game.

  43. tajuara says: Jan 25, 2016 2:20 PM

    I doubt FOX sent Carson Palmer a basket of fruit for ensuring no one watched the second half of the last game.

    ——————————————————-

    I don’t think they care. They still make money from publicity way ahead of the game.

  44. contender21open says: Jan 25, 2016 2:22 PM

    I watched it only to see the Pat*riots lose.

    The ratings had nothing to do with the snow-in. There were many other shows and movies on. People just wanted to watch cheaters lose. Just read the comments. And if it was because of the snow-in the late game would have had equal ratings, it didn’t.

    Enjoy the sofa during the Super Bowl, Pat*riots! LOL!

  45. bassplucker says: Jan 25, 2016 2:26 PM

    My biggest takeaway? The Panthers are the only team out of the final 4 with a championship-caliber O-Line.

    The Broncos’ OL proved itself to be average at best and the Cards and Pats OLs just flat sucked.

  46. qbarrel says: Jan 25, 2016 2:28 PM

    The NFL should thank their lucky stars that Manning made it through the whole game. Without him, Denver Vs. Carolina might as well be St. Louis vs. Tennessee as far as the ratings are concerned.

  47. wallabear says: Jan 25, 2016 2:30 PM

    Andy Reid Dab > Cam Dab

  48. sdcharger123 says: Jan 25, 2016 2:33 PM

    I just wanted that awkward moment of Goodell handing Kraft and Brady the trophy this year. Now that it’s not possible, I don’t even care anymore.

  49. kingpel says: Jan 25, 2016 2:34 PM

    So much for backlash from that powerful St. Louis market.

  50. blessedunliketherest says: Jan 25, 2016 2:35 PM

    The cheating comments are beyond old at this point. Same for karma. Do you even know what karma means? It surely does not mean being the defending SB champions, making the AFC championship game for a fifth straight year, a QB with an MVP-like season, winning the AFC East again, etc., etc.

    Did the Pats fall short this year? Yes they did – but because they only measure success based on SB wins. If the Pats don’t win the SB, they don’t feel it was a successful season. That is what has become the norm here in NE. And the Pats will be back at it again next year. So enjoy this while it lasts. You know and I know this franchise isn’t going anywhere and will continue to be in contention year in and year out.

  51. qbarrel says: Jan 25, 2016 2:35 PM

    bassplucker says:
    Jan 25, 2016 2:26 PM
    My biggest takeaway? The Panthers are the only team out of the final 4 with a championship-caliber O-Line.

    The Broncos’ OL proved itself to be average at best and the Cards and Pats OLs just flat sucked.

    ——————–

    As a Pats fan, I couldn’t agree more. They were just flat-out terrible. It took an elite pass rush like Denver’s to fully expose and capitalize on their fatal flaw. Without a run game to keep them honest, there was nothing NE could do to slow them down. It pains me to say it, but unless Belichick & Patricia were able to take advantage of Newton’s relatively limited playoff experience for some defensive points off turnovers, Carolina would have eaten NE alive in the SB.

  52. bullcharger says: Jan 25, 2016 2:52 PM

    factman66 says:
    Jan 25, 2016 11:57 AM

    The Manning brothers own Tom Brady in championship games.

    —————–

    Brady 4

    Archie + Peyton + Eli = 3

    Peyton can change the math if he can get the job done.

    I have no problem with Peyton getting another ring, he deserves it, but Brady has done his fair share of winning and only won the Super Bowl last year. I don’t think I would consider him owned by anyone.

  53. dbfan4ever says: Jan 25, 2016 2:53 PM

    Can we talk about what an awful job Fox did in the NFC Championship. There is the constant switching between HD and bad TV and then the time that they went to commercial while the game is being played!! It also didn’t help that the game wasn’t competitive but just an awful broadcast. At least FOX doesn’t have the SB this year!!!

  54. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jan 25, 2016 2:57 PM

    People are making a big deal out of Denver’s offense second half struggles. Folks, Belichick is a great defensive coach who makes halftime adjustments and knows how to attack Manning. Manning was smart enough to not try to play chess with Belichick in the second half and simply trust his defense to win the game.

  55. mheader says: Jan 25, 2016 3:13 PM

    We’re the ratings “high” in Denver?

  56. thrstr says: Jan 25, 2016 3:14 PM

    I had to turn the sound off and listen to music because of Simms, he is completely unlistenable.

  57. bucks4ever13 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:15 PM

    I don’t understand how Cam going out and having fun is such a bad thing. He’s childish? Why shouldn’t he be? He’s playing a game for a living. I would be childish, too. That’s every child’s dream. He doesn’t talk trash, every Carolina TD ball ends up in the stands with a fan, usually a kid. So much hate towards a guy who has one of the greatest jobs on earth. He may look for the camera but he always has a smile on his face and he’s almost always got teammates involved. The only reason I can think that people are rubbed the wrong way is that he isn’t your QB. There’s so much that’s great about Cam but everyone gets clouded by the guy having fun at their team’s expense.

    Panthers by 14. Keep Pounding and keep having fun out there!

  58. gmangg65 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:27 PM

    “A well reffed game?” Sorry , not a Bronco fan here, but anytime the refs want to call “in the grasp” or “intentional grounding ” on Brady, would be fine with me.

  59. jjfootball says: Jan 25, 2016 3:39 PM

    THE NFL IS FIXING GAMES JUST LIKE TENNIS!

  60. nimbushex says: Jan 25, 2016 4:08 PM

    But NFL/football is a dying league/sport!

    Also, +1 for Phil Simms being the most intolerable person on television. I would rather listen to Joe Buck commentate 3 games straight than listen to Simms for a half.

  61. trollaikman8 says: Jan 25, 2016 4:09 PM

    My favorite part was when the Microsoft Surface Pro™ tablets stopped working for the Cheaters.

    Hilarious that the tv crew repeated “Microsoft Surface Tablets” like 4x…..followed up by the Microsoft Surface TV commercial 10 minutes later.

  62. ebdug says: Jan 25, 2016 4:26 PM

    I think people are tunijng in to see if they’re going to allow players to recover the ball after the whistle, or ro see if they get flagged for hitting too hard, or to see if Goodell himself is going to call the field from New York to call a penalty.

  63. ikeclanton says: Jan 25, 2016 4:47 PM

    Sad trolls aside, the ratings were this high because these are the 2 greatest quarterbacks of the last 20 years and they were going head-to-head for probably the last time.

  64. dejc421 says: Jan 25, 2016 5:00 PM

    ikeclanton says:
    Jan 25, 2016 4:47 PM

    Sad trolls aside, the ratings were this high because these are the 2 greatest quarterbacks of the last 20 years and they were going head-to-head for probably the last time.
    _________________
    without a doubt and maybe of all time. check back in 10 years or so and let’s see if anyone else playing today will be around to go head to head with Brady and Manning’s resumes.

  65. autumnwind999 says: Jan 25, 2016 5:04 PM

    I hope Carolina gets drilled. Cam is obviously a great player, but I can’t bear his cheesy antics and mugging for the cameras. It’s embarrassing.

  66. skawh says: Jan 25, 2016 5:16 PM

    Much of the CAM hatefest is jealousy. He’s young, rich, gifted, and women love him. Yeah, I can see how that gets under the skin of 9-5 types. Welcome to the new world!

  67. dejc421 says: Jan 25, 2016 5:27 PM

    skawh says:
    Jan 25, 2016 5:16 PM

    Much of the CAM hatefest is jealousy. He’s young, rich, gifted, and women love him. Yeah, I can see how that gets under the skin of 9-5 types. Welcome to the new world!
    _________________
    Maybe now you understand the hatred for Brady.

  68. bartpkelly says: Jan 25, 2016 7:06 PM

    You can not like someone for reasons other than jealousy. In fact if it really was jealousy the person would hate all NFL players.

    The jealousy excuse is used by those who don’t want to realize that their hero isn’t perfect.

    People dislike Brady for lots of legitimate reasons, such as always looking for a flag. They dislike Cam because he they feel he over celebrates first downs. They dislike Wilson because his answers seem to be from a sports quote book.

    Not because of jealousy.

  69. ikeclanton says: Jan 25, 2016 9:11 PM

    What do all 3 of those quarterbacks have in common? They’re all great at what they do. Without that common denominator, no one would pay attention enough to these overblown character traits to care.

  70. cowboy2016 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:27 PM

    Despite Phil Simms

  71. tralfaz1127 says: Jan 26, 2016 5:44 AM

    Those aren’t the numbers that were first released on Monday. Guess the NFL got to em to make us believe people still care about cheaters and big foreheads.

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