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NFL's red and blue: Top championship markets

This year’s NFC and AFC championship games featured four Eastern U.S. teams, and that is reflected in a listing of the 10 markets that posted the highest local-market final ratings for each of those Jan. 23 games. The NFC game aired on Fox beginning at 3 p.m. ET; CBS carried the AFC game, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.

NFC championship game: Atlanta-Philadelphia
Rank Media market Avg. rating/share
1 Philadelphia 57.4/74
2 Atlanta 47.1/70
3 Washington 38.6/55
4 Jacksonville 38.2/55
5 Pittsburgh 38.0/56
6t Buffalo 37.4/56
6t Norfolk, Va. 37.4/50
8 New Orleans 37.0/54
9 Nashville 35.4/52
10 Tampa 35.3/55
Nationwide 25.8/46
 
AFC championship game: New England-Pittsburgh
Rank Media market Avg. rating/share
1 Pittsburgh 57.0/74
2 Boston 52.0/67
3 Providence, R.I. 42.4/51
4 Buffalo 35.8/46
5 Cleveland 34.7/46
6t Jacksonville 35.0/44
6t Philadelphia 35.0/42
8 Washington 33.0/42
9 Hartford, Conn. 32.3/42
10t New Orleans 31.9/43
10t Columbus 31.9/41
Nationwide 25.8/38

 

Research by Katherine Johnson-Reid, The Sports Business Daily
Source: Nielsen Media Research

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