via press release:
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY AVERAGES
46.1 MILLION VIEWERS
60.5 MILLION VIEWERS TUNED IN AS GREEN BAY PACKERS-SEATTLE SEAHAWKS WENT TO OVERTIME
Football fans across America continue to tune in to NFL games in BIG numbers. This weekend’s conference championship games averaged 46.1 million viewers, topping 45 million for a second consecutive year. This is the sixth consecutive year that both conference championship games have averaged more than 40.0 million viewers.
The Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship Game on FOX peaked at 60.5 million average viewers as the game went into overtime. The game averaged 49.8 million viewers to rank as the most-watched program since Super Bowl XLVIII.
The Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots AFC Championship Game on CBS averaged 42.1 million viewers.
Since the 2014 Academy Awards, five NFL games have accounted for the only programs on television to average at least 40 million viewers – two Conference Championship games, two Divisional playoff games and one Wild Card playoff game.
Source: NFL & The Nielsen Company, Fast National Data