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NFL conference title games' TV viewership up big

By: Associated Press
January 20, 2014 Updated: January 20, 2014 at 1:42 pm
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photo - Official game ball for the NFL football Super Bowl XLVIII in the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. The Seattle Seahawks will play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in New Jersey. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Official game ball for the NFL football Super Bowl XLVIII in the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. The Seattle Seahawks will play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in New Jersey. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski) 

NEW YORK — The NFL conference title games' television viewership is up big from last season.

The Broncos' 26-16 win over New England for the AFC championship averaged 51.3 million viewers Sunday on CBS. That's up 22 percent from the early game a year ago between San Francisco and Atlanta.

The Seahawks' 23-17 victory over the 49ers in the NFC averaged 55.9 viewers on Fox, up 17 percent from Ravens-Patriots in the late window in 2013.

CBS said Monday that Denver's win had a 28.1 rating and 51 share — the second-highest rating for the AFC game in 17 years, behind a 28.3 for Jets-Steelers in 2011. Seattle's victory drew a 28.5/44, the highest-rated non-overtime NFC game since 1997.

Ratings measure the percentage of households with televisions watching a program, while shares represent the percentage of TVs in use at the time.

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