Championship Sunday sets ratings records

Posted Jan. 23, 2012 @ 3:52 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The dramatic endings to both the AFC and NFC championship games resulted in a must-see Super Bowl and outstanding TV ratings for two of the league's television partners. According to the NFL, an average of 53.7 million viewers watched NFL games on Sunday, the most for an NFL conference championship weekend since January 1982.

The Patriots' three-point win over the Ravens, aired on CBS, was seen by 48.7 million fans throughout the country. Later in the day, the Giants' dramatic overtime win over the 49ers was seen on Fox by 57.8 million fans. The two championship games were the most-watched events on TV since Super Bowl XLV last February.

The NFC title game was the third-most watched conference championship game in league history. Only the 1982 Cowboys-49ers NFC championship (68.7 million viewers on CBS) and the Vikings-Saints overtime game in January of 2010 (57.9 million viewers on Fox) received higher ratings.