NFL Conference Championships TV Viewership 2006-2016

 

Update: 2016 viewership numbers added to table below.

Yesterday I posted the overnight TV ratings (the first information available) for the same period, but here is the game viewership for the conference championship games from 2006-2015.

Of note, only two of the three most-watched conference championship games ever are in that time period: 2010’s Saints-Vikings overtime game which is the second most-watch of all time and 2012’s Giants-49ers game, which was the third most-watched of all time.

The most-watched of all time? Two words: “The Catch.” You have to go all the way back to 1982’s Cowboys-49ers NFC Championship that averaged 68.7 million viewers — nearly an 11 million viewer advantage over the Saints-Vikings game.  Even with great games and lots of snow on the ground back east, it’s hard to imagine either of today’s game’s topping the 1982 classic. Also of note: the conference championship games in 1982 were played on January 10, a full two weeks earlier than this year’s games.

NFL Conference Championships TV Viewership 2006-2016:

YearEarly GameNetworkViewers (Millions)Late GameNetworkViewers (Millions)
2016Patriots-BroncosCBS53.3Cardinals-PanthersFox45.7
2015Seahawks-PackersFox49.8Patriots-ColtsCBS42.1
2014Broncos-PatriotsCBS51.3Seahawks-49ersFox55.9
201349ers-FalconsFox42.0Ravens-PatriotsCBS47.7
2012Patriots-RavensCBS48.7Giants-49ersFox57.6
2011Packers-BearsFox51.9Steelers-JetsCBS54.9
2010Colts-JetsCBS46.9Saints-VikingsFox57.9
2009Cardinals-EaglesFox38.4Steelers-RavensCBS40.6
2008Chargers-PatriotsCBS44.8Giants-PackersFox53.9
2007Saints-BearsFox43.3Patriots-ColtsCBS46.7
2006Steelers-BroncosCBS39.0Panthers-SeahawksFox35.2

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