The Kansas City Chiefs close victory over the Cincinnati Bengals during Sunday’s AFC Championship Game scored them a ticket to the Super Bowl LVII — and it scored CBS the most-watched NFL Conference Championship in four years.
The matchup was up 11% over last year’s AFC Championship with 53.1M viewers. It was also the most-watched television program on any network since Super Bowl LVI.
According to CBS, the game hit a peak of 59.4M viewers. The network didn’t say what time period the game, which began at 6:30 p.m. ET, hit its peak.
The AFC Championship Game followed CBS Sports’ most-watched NFL ON CBS regular season in seven years. The playoff games have averaged 40.8M viewers in postseason. The games also performed rather well on streaming, with Paramount+ recording its most-streamed NFL season to date. The streamer saw audience growth in the double digits compared to last season.
Unsurprisingly, Fox also fared well on Sunday with its telecast of the NFC Championship matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers. The game averaged 47.5M viewers, making it Fox’s most-watched telecast of any kind since last year’s NFC Championship.
However, it didn’t beat last year’s Rams vs. 49ers audience of 50M. That was the most-watched NFC Championship in eight years.
The Eagles’ victory over the 49ers on Sunday peaked at 52.3M viewers from 5:15 to 5:30 p.m. ET, according to Fox. The game was also the second most-streamed NFL game in Fox Sports history.
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