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NFL Conference Title Games’ TV Viewership Up Big

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Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by  Steve Gregory #28 of the New England Patriots in the third quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos is tackled by Steve Gregory #28 of the New England Patriots in the third quarter during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) – 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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