Both Conference Championship Games Average More Than 50 Million Viewers

GAMES COMBINE TO AVERAGE 53.7 MILLION VIEWERS; TIES 2011 CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY AS MOST-WATCHED IN MORE THAN 30 YEARS 

49ERS-SEAHAWKS FIFTH MOST-WATCHED CONF. CHAMPIONSHIP EVER

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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