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Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos football game on CBS was the second most-watched AFC title game on any network in 39 years. The game drew 53.3 million viewers, putting it behind only the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011, which wrangled 54.9 million viewers.

In addition, the game also became the highest-rated and most-watched television program since last year’s Super Bowl, and peaked with a total average of 62.9 million viewers from 6-6:30 p.m. ET.

The AFC championship also beat FOX’s NFC championship game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers by 17 percent in viewers (53.3 million vs. 45.7 million).

FOX isn’t exactly crying, though. The Panthers’ blowout win was FOX’s best Sunday night since the 2014 Super Bowl, and its most-watched and highest-rated event since the 2015 NFC championship game.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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