Can NFL Championship Sunday Continue Ratings Momentum?

Tony Maglio

The National Football League is having an excellent year, TV ratings-wise. Can that momentum continue into this weekend’s NFL Championship Sunday, when the Super Bowl LIV participants will be decided? Maybe — but Sunday’s schedule has a tough act to follow. The 2019 NFC Championship Game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints averaged 44.4 million total viewers across Fox and Fox Deportes last January. That was up double digits (on a percentage basis) from the prior year’s NFC Championship Game. Last year’s AFC Championship, the later of the two pre-Super Bowl matchups, did even better, hauling in 54.2 million total viewers on CBS. That tally made the Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots the most-watched AFC Championship Game in eight years. Including the NFC side of the coin, the Pats’ victory was the most-watched NFL conference championship game in five years. Also Read: Is Tiffany Haddish's 'Kids Say the Darndest Things' Damned for Poor Ratings? Those are big numbers, which were made possible in part by the fact that both games went into overtime. Yeah, it was a hell of a football Sunday: Can 2020 keep up? So far, so good. The 2019 NFL regular season...

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