January 23, 2008 / 6:43 AM / 10 years ago

Football championship scores ratings touchdown

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

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