CBS Sports continued its record-setting viewership with another 50+ million-viewer audience leading up to its presentation of Super Bowl LVIII.

AFC Championship Game Averages More Than 55 Million Viewers

  • The NFL ON CBS scored the most-watched AFC Championship Game ever, averaging 55.473 million viewers in the early window (3:03-6:12 PM, ET). The previous record was 54.850 million viewers for Jets-Steelers in the late window (6:42-9:54 PM, ET) on Jan. 23, 2011.

  • Along with its record-setting NFL Divisional Playoff (50.395 million viewers), the NFL ON CBS has delivered an audience of 50+ million viewers in back-to-back weeks.

  • The audience for Chiefs-Ravens increased +17% vs. last year’s comparable early window (49ers-Eagles).

  • Sunday’s game is the most-watched non-Super Bowl program on CBS in 30 years since the 1994 Winter Olympics in primetime (Feb. 25, 1994).

  • The AFC Championship Game peaked with more than 64 million viewers (64.022).

  • Paramount+ recorded its most-streamed live event ever and scored double-digit year-over-year growth in households, streaming minutes and average minute audience (AMA) vs. last year’s AFC Championship Game.

“NFL on CBS” Leads All Networks with Record-Setting Postseason Viewership

  • The NFL ON CBS led all networks during the postseason averaging 45.607 million viewers, the Network’s best postseason viewership since the NFL returned to CBS in 1998 and up +12% vs. last year. This follows CBS Sports’ most-watched regular season since 1998.


CBS Sports Contact:

Randall Liu randall.liu@cbs.com