NFL Television Ratings for Conference Championships Games Continue Downward Trend
By Alex Putterman, Awful Announcing // January 26, 2018
lowest-rated AFC Championship since 2015 but still most watched TV show since last year's super bowl
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AWFUL ANNOUNCING — Here are two things that are both unquestionably true about the NFL and it’s downward NFL TV ratings.
The first is and make no mistake, the NFL’s television ratings are headed in the wrong direction, having dropped in 2017 for the second straight year.
With that said, the league is still the most popular programming on television, with million of viewers loyally watching big games.
Those two truths were evident once again Monday upon the announcement of overnight ratings for the two conference championship games played Sunday.
The AFC title game, between the Patriots and the Jaguars, pulled a 27.3 overnight rating on CBS, down slightly but essentially flat from last year’s early-window conference championship (Packers-Falcons), and down 14 percent from the 2016 game in that slot (Patriots-Broncos).
Based on overnights, it was the lowest-rated AFC Championship since 2015 and the lowest-rated early-window conference title game since 2013.
However, Pats-Jags was (unsurprisingly) the highest-rated show on television since last year’s Super Bowl, topping the Academy Awards last March.
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