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AFC Championship Game Ratings Highest In 24 Years

UPDATE: The AFC Championship game between the Steelers and Jets was the most-watched ever, seen by an average of 54.850 million viewers. The previous record was 51.620 million viewers for San Diego vs. Cincinnati in 1982.

Last night’s AFC Championship Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets earned an average overnight household rating of 31.3 and a 46 share, the highest numbers in 24 years.

Ratings were up 10 percent compared to last year’s early-game AFC Championship broadcast, when the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Jets in order to advance to the Super Bowl (28.4/50).

If you were to compare the two time slots, the ratings were up 32 percent when CBS carried Pittsburgh and Baltimore (23.8/37) in 2009.

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