via press release:
CBS SPORTS EARNS SECOND HIGHEST VIEWER AVERAGE FOR AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN 32 YEARS WITH 51.3 MILLION
Householdis Second Highest for AFC Championship Game in 17 Years with 28.1/51
CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2014 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP game featuring the Denver Broncos defeating the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 19 (3:06-6:08 PM, ET) averaged 51.3 million viewers (Persons 2+), which is the second-highest viewer average for the AFC Championship game in 32 years, according to Nielsen fast national ratings. (1/10/82; 51.6 million viewers; Cincinnati-San Diego; NBC).
The 51.3 million viewers for the 2014 AFC Championship game is up 22% from the early-game window last year (42.0 million; San Francisco-Atlanta), and up 8% from last year’s 47.7 million for Baltimore-New England, which aired in the late window. The 51.3 million is behind only the New York Jets-Pittsburgh AFC Championship game (1/23/11; 54.9 million; CBS).
The AFC CHAMPIONSHIP game earned a fast-national live + same-day average household rating/share of 28.1/51, which is the second highest rating for the AFC Championship game in 17 years (1/12/97; 28.5/47; Jacksonville-New England; NBC). The 28.1/51 is behind only the New York Jets-Pittsburgh game (1/23/11; 28.3/43; CBS).
The 28.1/51 is up 16 % from the early-game window last year (24.2/45; San Francisco-Atlanta), and up 10% from last year’s 25.5/39 for Baltimore-New England, which aired in the late window).
The AFC CHAMPIONSHIP game HH rating/share peaked at a 31.5/54 with an average of 59.1 million viewers from 5:30-6:00 PM, ET.