via press release:
“THE NFL ON CBS” SCORES WITH SECOND HIGHEST RATING FOR
AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN 27 YEARS
CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2014 AFC Championship Game featuring the Denver Broncos defeating the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 19 (3:00-6:15 PM, ET), earned an average overnight household /share of 29.5/52, which is the second-highest rating in the metered markets for an AFC Championship in 27 years (1/11/87; 31.9 HH rating; Denver-Cleveland -OT; NBC).
The 29.5/52 is up 13% from the early-game window last year (26.1/48; San Francisco-Atlanta), and up 6% from last year’s 27.9/42 for Baltimore-New England, which aired in the late window.
This year’s AFC Championship Game rating peaked at a 32.8/55 from 5:30-6:00 PM, ET.