Patriots-Chiefs was the most-watched TV program since Super Bowl LII

The telecast earned a 31.2 rating and a 48 share nationally.

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New England Patriots fans watching the New England Patriots play the Kansas City Chiefs during the AFC Championship game at Tony C's in Somerville, MA, on Jan. 20, 2019. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) –Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

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.


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