The Patriots’ 37-31 overtime victory over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game Sunday on CBS was a thriller of a football game with the huge television ratings to match.
The telecast earned a 31.2 rating and a 48 share nationally, making it the most-watched television program (not just sporting event) since the Patriots’ loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII in February.
In the Boston market, the game earned a massive 58.5 rating and 76 share. It is the second-highest-rated game in franchise history in the local market, trailing only the Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seahawks (61.0 rating).
Overall, it was the highest-rated late-window conference championship game nationally since the Giants-Niners matchup on Fox on January 22, 2012. (33.4/48).
The Boston market was actually the second-highest nationally. The broadcast drew a 60.1/83 in Kansas City.