Football championship scores ratings touchdown

Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:41am EST
 
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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - The NFC Championship Game, which aired Sunday on Fox, was the most-watched non-Super Bowl program on TV since the "Seinfeld" finale in 1998.

The Green Bay Packers-New York Giants overtime game averaged 53.9 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday. It was the biggest conference championship game since 1995 and the most-watched program on TV -- other than Super Bowls -- since the 76.3 million viewers who watched the last episode of "Seinfeld."

It also marked the best ratings in adults 18-49 for a conference championship game since 1996 and men 18-34 since 1998.

The AFC Championship Game in the earlier broadcast window also scored strong numbers. The New England Patriots-San Diego Chargers game averaged 44.8 million viewers, up 3 percent from last year's NFC championship, making it the second-most-watched program of the season.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

 
<p>New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster intercepts a pass to Green Bay Packers Donald Driver (R) in over-time to set up a game winning field goal to win the NFL's NFC Championship football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin January 20, 2008. The NFC Championship Game, which aired Sunday on Fox, was the most-watched non-Super Bowl program on TV since the "Seinfeld" finale in 1998. REUTERS/John Gress</p>