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AFC Championship Game draws 53.9 million viewers to outrate NFC title game

Tom Brady of the Patriots celebrates after defeating

Tom Brady of the Patriots celebrates after defeating the Chiefs in overtime during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Ronald Martinez

CBS’ coverage of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game averaged 53.9 million viewers, the network said, making it the second-most watched AFC title game in the 42 years for which CBS has records.

The most-watched was the Steelers’ victory over the Jets in 2011, with an average of 54.9 million viewers.

The audience peaked at 63.8 million from 9:30 to 10 p.m., late in the Patriots’ 37-31 overtime victory over the Chiefs.

The game also averaged 27.5 percent of homes nationally, and peaked at 32.5 percent. The highest-rated markets, naturally, were Kansas City, with an average of 60.1 percent of homes tuned in, and Boston, with 58.5 percent.

Earlier in the day, Fox averaged 44.1 million viewers on its main broadcast channel for the Rams’ 26-23 overtime victory over the Saints, with a peak audience of 54.1 million when Greg Zuerlein made a game-winning 57-yard field goal. The New Orleans market averaged 59.5 percent of households compared to only 26.4 percent for Los Angeles.


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