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NBC GETS TOP RATINGS WITH AFC, FIRST TIME IN 15 YEARS
Published October 14, 1994
"They're probably lighting celebratory cigars" at NBC HQs in Rockefeller Center today, as the AFC is beating the NFC in the ratings for the first time in 15 years. A.C. Nielsen gives NBC an average rating of 11.6, up 22% from last year. Fox, in their first year with the NFC, is averaging an 11.3, the same as CBS had at this time last year. NBC officials attribute the advantage to better games and the better showing of the Patriots in Boston, the nation's No. 6 media market (Ernest Hooper, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 10/14). NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol: "It is still amazing to me that our AFC could be ahead of the NFC at this stage" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 10/14).