Both Conference Championship Games Average More Than 50 Million Viewers

New York, New York - Football fans across America continue to tune in to NFL games in BIG numbers.  This weekend’s conference championship games averaged 53.7 million viewers, joining the 2011 season’s championship weekend as the most-watched conference championship Sunday in more than 30 years (January 1982; game-by-game comparison below).

The San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship Game on FOX averaged 55.9 million viewers to rank as the fifth most-watched conference championship game ever (chart below).

The New England Patriots-Denver Broncos AFC Championship Game on CBS averaged 51.3 million viewers to rank as the third most-watched AFC Championship Game ever (New York Jets-Pittsburgh Steelers 1/23/11, 54.9 million, CBS; San Diego Chargers-Cincinnati Bengals 1/10/82, 51.6 million, NBC).  The conference championship games are television’s two most-watched shows since Super Bowl XLVII.

2013 NFL Conference Championship Games

Date

Network (Game)

Viewers

Jan. 19, 2014

CBS (Patriots at Broncos)

51.3 million

Jan. 19, 2014

FOX (49ers at Seahawks)

55.9 million

CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

AVERAGE

53.7 million

2011 NFL Conference Championship Games

Date

Network (Game)

Viewers

Jan. 22, 2012

CBS (Ravens at Patriots)

48.7 million

Jan. 22, 2012

FOX (Giants at 49ers)

57.6 million

CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

AVERAGE

53.7 million

1981 NFL Conference Championship Games

Date

Network (Game)

Viewers

Jan. 10, 1982

NBC (Chargers at Bengals)

51.6 million

Jan. 10, 1982

CBS (Cowboys at 49ers)

68.7 million

CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

AVERAGE

60.2 million

Most-Watched NFL Conference Championship Games

Date

Network (Game)

Viewers

Jan. 10, 1982

CBS (Cowboys at 49ers)

68.7 million

Jan. 24, 2010

FOX (Vikings at Saints-OT)

57.9 million

Jan. 22, 2012

FOX (N.Y. Giants at 49ers-OT)

57.6 million

Jan. 15, 1995

FOX (Cowboys-49ers)

56.8 million

Jan. 19, 2013

FOX (49ers-Seahawks)

55.9 million

 Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, Fast National Data

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