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Conference Championship Sunday Most Watched in 28 Years.

Byline: Maury Brown

The NFL reports that Jets-Colts and Vikings-Saints game resulted in the most-watched Conference Championship Sunday in 28 years. An average of 52.9 million fans watched NFL games last weekend, the most for an NFL Conference Championship Sunday since January 1982 (game-by-game comparison below) and a 34 percent increase from last season (39.6 million viewers).

The Minnesota Vikings-New Orleans Saints NFC Championship Game on FOX drew 57.9 million viewers to rank as the most watched conference championship game since the 1981 NFC Championship Game featuring "The Catch" (Dallas-San Francisco on CBS on January 10, 1982, 68.7 million viewers) and the most watched non-Super Bowl program on television since the series finale of Seinfeld 12 years ago (76.3 million on May 14, 1998).

The New York Jets-Indianapolis Colts matchup on CBS drew 46.9 million viewers to rank as the most watched AFC Championship Game in 24 years (Patriots-Dolphins on NBC on January 12, 1986, 47.5 million).

2009 NFL Conference Championship Games

Date & Time

Network (Game)

Viewers

Jan. 24, 2010

CBS (Jets at Colts)

46.9 million

Jan. 24, 2010

FOX (Vikings at Saints)

57.9 million

CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

AVERAGE

52.9 million

1981 NFL Conference Championship Games

Date & Time

Network (Game)

Viewers

Jan. 10, 1982

NBC (Chargers at Bengals)

51.6 million

Jan. 10, 1982

CBS (Cowboys at 49ers)

68.7 million

CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

AVERAGE

60.2 million

Source: NFL & Nielsen Media Research

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