Nellie Andreeva

Need more proof that NFL football is the hottest thing on TV at the moment? CBS’ broadcast of the AFC Divisional Playoff game on Sunday, which featured the New York Jets’ 28-21 win over the New England Patriots, averaged a staggering 43.5 million viewers, to rank as the most-watched Divisional Playoff game ever on any network. It was up 22% from last year’s Jets-San Diego faceoff. On Saturday, CBS’ broadcast of the AFC Divisional Playoff game featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 31-24 win over the Baltimore Ravens averaged 34 million viewers, up 11% over last year’s Baltimore-Indianapolis game and the highest viewer average for the Saturday AFC or NFC Divisional playoff game on any network since 1988. The two games’ average of 38.5 million viewers was the highest viewer average ever for any network’s two AFC or NFC games during a Divisional Playoff weekend.

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