Ravens/Patriots & Giants/49ers = Most-Watched Conference Championship Sunday in 30 Years

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January 23rd, 2012

via press release:

MOST-WATCHED CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY IN 30 YEARS

 

AVERAGE OF 53.7 MILLION VIEWERS WATCHED EACH GAME

 

GIANTS-49ERS THIRD MOST-WATCHED CONF. CHAMPIONSHIP EVER

 

RECORD FIVE 2011 PLAYOFF GAMES TOP 35 MILLION VIEWERS

 

Football fans across America continue to tune in to NFL games, resulting in the most-watched conference championship Sunday in 30 years.  An average of 53.7 million viewers watched NFL games last weekend, the most for an NFL conference championship Sunday since January 1982 (game-by-game comparison below).

 

The New York Giants-San Francisco 49ers NFC Championship Game on FOX drew 57.6 million viewers to rank as the third most-watched conference championship game ever (chart below).

 

The Baltimore Ravens-New England Patriots AFC Championship Game on CBS drew 48.7 million viewers.  The conference championship games are television’s two most-watched shows since Super Bowl XLV.

 

In addition, a record five 2011 playoff games averaged at least 35 million viewers – up from four in 2010.

 

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. 23, 2011 CBS (N.Y. Jets at Steelers) 54.8 million

 

 
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