Ratings: CBS’ AFC Championship Game Is Most-Watched TV Program on Any Network Since Super Bowl 2022

The Chiefs’ victory over the Bengals netted 53.12 million viewers

CBS’ broadcast of the AFC Championship Game Sunday night became the most-watched TV program on any network since Super Bowl LVI last year. The Kansas City Chiefs’ victory over the Cincinnati Bengals netted 53.12 million viewers, yielding the most-viewed NFL Conference Championship Game in four years.

The network’s game and post-game coverage also served as a great lead-in to its procedural “Fire Country,” recently renewed for a second season. Sunday’s special episode averaged 10.1 million viewers and a rating of 1.9 in Nielsen live plus same-day figures. It marked the largest post-AFC Championship Program on CBS since 2017. Last year, the Super Bowl game cracked the 100 million viewer mark with an average 112.3 million watchers across both TV and streaming.

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Natalie Oganesyan

Prior to becoming a TV reporter at TheWrap in 2022, Natalie served as a general entertainment news reporter. She has covered film, television, music and business beats for two years, beginning her career as an intern at Variety, where she continued to freelance as a TV features reporter. Since then, Natalie has been a Celebrity News Writer at BuzzFeed and contributed to such publications as Metacritic and Vox Media, where she was part of the company's inaugural Writers Workshop.