AFC Championship Sets Season Ratings Record

Jan 22, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts’ come-from-behind victory over the New England Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game was the highest-rated television program of the season so far, topping the debut of “American Idol.”

The game drew a 28.1 Nielsen Media Research overnight household rating and 40 share. That was up 14 percent from last year’s Pittsburgh-Denver game, which did not run in prime time, and up 4 percent from the 2005 New England-Pittsburgh game, which did.

Sunday’s game was the highest-rated program in metered markets since the Super Bowl and CBS is expecting big things when the Colts play the Chicago Bears in this year’s big game Feb. 4.

“Going into Super Bowl XLI, we could not be happier to see a record-breaking audience for the AFC Championship combined with the strong audience for the NFC Championship and for NFL football across the regular season,” said Sean McManus, president of CBS News & Sports. “It confirms the remarkable power of the NFL as a television property and the AFC as a conference.”

(Editor: Gilbert)