All season long, the NFL has been breaking records for TV ratings. Championship Sunday was no different.
Both the NFC and AFC championship games earned massive ratings Sunday for broadcast partners FOX and CBS, as millions of viewers watched the Packers and Steelers advance to Super Bowl XLV.
The NFC title game between the Packers and Bears was seen by an average of 51.9 million viewers, which was good for a 28.1 rating. It was the most-watched championship game in the early time slot (3 p.m. ET kickoff) on any network.
CBS did even better in the nightcap as the Jets and Steelers battled for the AFC title. The game averaged 54.9 million viewers, the most ever for a conference championship game. The previous high had been set in 1982 for the AFC championship game between the Chargers and Bengals.
The way we see it
FOX, which is broadcasting the Super Bowl, has to love this. Not only does it get a game between two of the league's best quarterbacks and two of the sport's most passionate fan bases, but the network has to be anticipating a huge rating on Feb. 6.
This past weekend's numbers are also further prove how popular the NFL is in the United States and that a lockout would be a horrible mistake for the players and owners.