via press release:
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
SHOWS SINCE SUPER BOWL
GAMES AVERAGE 44.9 MILLION VIEWERS
RECORD-TYING FIVE ’12 PLAYOFF GAMES TOP 35 MILLION VIEWERS
The AFC and NFC Championship Games ranked as TV’s most-watched programs since Super Bowl XLVI.
The Baltimore Ravens-New England Patriots AFC Championship Game on CBS drew 47.7 million viewers, based on The Nielsen Company’s Fast National ratings. The San Francisco 49ers-Atlanta Falcons NFC Championship Game on FOX drew 42.0 million viewers. This marks the fourth consecutive year that each conference championship game drew 41 million viewers.
Five 2012 playoff games averaged at least 35 million viewers – tying the record set last year.
Since the Summer Olympics, nine NFL games have accounted for the only programs on television to reach 30 million viewers – four Divisional playoff games, two Conference Championship Games, two Wild Card playoff games, and the final Sunday Night Football game.