'The NFL on CBS' Broadcast of Broncos Win Over Chargers Scores in Viewers and Ratings

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January 13th, 2014


via press release:



AFC Divisional Playoff Game Averages 41.1 Million Viewers, Up 9 %


THE NFL ON CBS’s broadcast of the AFC Divisional Playoff game featuring the Denver Broncos win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, Jan. 12 (4:40-7:59 PM, ET) was seen by an average of 41.1 million viewers (Persons 2+), up 9% from last year’s 37.7 million (Houston-New England).


The 41.1 million viewer average is the third-largest viewer average for a Sunday AFC Divisional Playoff game in 27 years (as far back as CBS records go, 1987-88 season).


The AFC Divisional Playoff game on Sunday scored an average fast-national household rating/share of 23.0/39, up 6% from last year’s 21.7/36 (Houston-Denver).


Yesterday’s 23.0/39 is the third highest-rated Sunday AFC Divisional Playoff game in 18 years (25.4/42 Indianapolis-Kansas City; 1/7/96; NBC).


The average viewership and rating/share peaked for the Chargers-Broncos game with 46.0 million viewers and a 25.3/38 (7:30-7:59 PM, ET), respectively.


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    Wasn’t there an earlier press release stating this?

  • Ultima

    @The Old Man
    Wasn’t there an earlier press release stating this?

    The previous press release was for metered-markets only.

  • Douglas from Brazil

    What was the final numbers for Patriots saturday?

    I thought really low number for a Patriots game.

  • Ultima

    Ratings for the FOX games…

    Saturday (4:30p) – 18.1/34 HH rating, 31.1 million viewers

    Sunday (1:00p) – 19.9/41 HH rating, 33.3 million viewers

    Couldn’t find the time zone adjusted numbers for the CBS game on Saturday (although being in primetime we’ll see the final numbers), but in the metered markets, it was virtually identical to the afternoon game on FOX.


    @ Ultima

    Excuse my confusion (LOL)!

  • romo

    To doug:

    since this playoff format started in 2002 colts/pats had the 3rd highest overnight rating for the saturday night divisional game so i would think the final # will be about the same as far as that.

  • Joseph

    CBS got the AFC Championship Game matchup they wanted: New England at Denver.

    Read: Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning.

    Despite not being in prime-time, it may be the most-watched NFL Conference championship game ever and the most-watched TV program thus far of the 2013?2014 TV season.

    It will probably outdraw the NFC Championship game, despite the NFC game’s later start time (6:45 P.M. EST; the AFC game starts at 3:05 P.M. EST).

  • Ultima

    Despite not being in prime-time

    Prime time doesn’t magically make NFL ratings increase. :roll:

    it may be the most-watched NFL Conference championship game ever

    Even with the population increase over the past 30 years, nothing has come close to the “The Catch.” Brady/Manning IV won’t be any different.

    How many times did you guess a game would be the “most watched ever” this season?

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