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Patriots-Broncos is Second Most-Watched AFC Conference Championship Game in 39 Years

Match-Up Highest Since the New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh on Jan. 23, 2011

CBS Sports’ coverage of the New England-Denver 2016 AFC Championship on Sunday, Jan. 24 dominated the day, with a mammoth 53.3 million total viewers in the 3:06-6:40 p.m. ET block. Comparably, this is now the second most-watched AFC Championship game on any network in 39 years behind only the New York Jets-Pittsburgh AFC Championship game on CBS on January 23, 2011 (54.9 million from 6:42-9:54).

New England-Denver also is the most watched early-window AFC or NFC Conference Championship game on any network in 39 years (dating back to as CBS records go; 1978). In addition, the game was the most-watched and highest-rated television program since last year’s Super Bowl coverage. The New England-Denver game earned a fast-national Live + Same-Day average household rating/share of 29.3/51,which is the highest rating for the AFC Championship game on any network in 30 years (1/12/86; 32.4/56; New England-Miami; NBC).

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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