TV Ratings: Rams-49ers Game Scores 50 Million Viewers, Most-Watched NFC Championship in 8 Years

The Los Angeles Rams beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 on Sunday to clinch the NFC Championship in a Fox primetime broadcast that drew more than 50 million viewers. That makes it the most-watched NFC Championship since 2014.

A total of 50,420,000 viewers tuned in across Fox, Fox Deportes, Fox Sports streaming platforms, NFL Digital and Yahoo! Sports properties for the telecast. Viewership for the game peaked at 55,218,000 from 9:15-9:30 p.m. ET.

The Rams will face the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI next month, following the Bengals scoring a dramatic upset win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL’s AFC Championship game, which aired on CBS Sunday afternoon. Numbers for that game will be in later Tuesday.

This year’s Super Bowl, which was already scheduled to be played in the Rams’ home turf of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood prior to their NFC Championship win, will air Feb. 13 on NBC.

Sunday’s impressive viewership for the NFC and AFC Championship games continues a streak of very strong Nielsen returns for the NFL this season.

Last Sunday’s Kansas City Chiefs-Buffalo Bills game on CBS was the most-watched NFL divisional playoff game on any network in five years, drawing a total audience delivery (TAD) of 43 million viewers, according to final time-zone adjusted data. The Chiefs’ dramatic overtime win over the Bills, airing from 6:41-10:02 p.m. ET, scored the largest audience for an NFL divisional playoff game since the Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys game on Jan. 15. 2017, which brought in 49 million viewers.

NBC’s Sunday afternoon divisional playoff game, which saw the Los Angeles Rams defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, drew a TAD of 40 million viewers, which is up 47% from last year’s comparable NBC Sports divisional playoff game. That tally makes it the most-watched NBC Sports NFL game — exclusive Super Bowls — since the 2006 debut of “Sunday Night Football.”

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