AFC Championship Sets 4-Year NFL High With 53.1 Million Viewers

CBS Sports’ broadcast of Kansas City’s AFC Championship Game win over Cincinnati on Sunday averaged 53.124 million viewers per Nielsen finals, up 11% from last year’s AFC contest to mark the most-watched NFL Conference Championship in four years and the most-watched television program on any network since the 2022 Super Bowl. (Earlier in the day, over on Fox, the Eagles’ NFC Championship win averaged 47.5 million viewers.)

AFC Championship Game Viewership Soars

It was a huge Sunday night for the NFL, and for CBS. The AFC Championship Game conquered the TV ratings delivering a 9.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 33.01 million viewers in early Nielsen Live+Same Day data as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills 38-24 to punch their return ticket to the Super Bowl.

AFC Viewers To Get CBS Sports’ Top Tech

When CBS Sports closes out its NFL season with Sunday’s Tennessee Titans–Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship matchup, it will mark the conclusion of one the network’s most technologically innovative campaigns. From the addition of Field Eye (Line-to-Gain camera technology) to an increase in high-speed cameras to more live aerial shots, the CBS Sports team has significantly boosted its NFL production complement this year and will lift equipment levels even higher for its largest production of the year on Sunday in Kansas City.