The two games that determined the teams that would play in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on February 11th—the Kansas City Chiefs-Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers-Detroit Lions—had enormous viewerships, according to CBS Sports and FOX Sports.
Sports Media Watch reports that CBS had 55.47 million viewers for the Chiefs' 17-10 win, which resulted in a 25.5 rating. With streaming data in mind, that figure surpassed the previous record of 54.85 million for the 2011 AFC title game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets.
At one point during the Chiefs-Ravens game, CBS reports that the number reached 64.02 million. Since Super Bowl LVII, it has been the most viewed television program
In the same time slot in 2023, the NFC championship game between the 49ers of San Francisco and the Eagles of Philadelphia drew 47.5 million viewers and a 22.7 rating.
In the NFC, 56.32 million people watched San Francisco's victory on FOX, and everyone was watching to see if the 49ers would finish their comeback or the Lions would pull off the upset. This is an increase over last year's tally of 53.13 million viewers of the AFC title game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Chiefs at the same time slot.
Since the 2012 NFC title game between the 49ers and the New York Giants, which garnered 57.64 million people, Lions-49ers was the most-watched television program (non-Super Bowl category), according to SMW.
With so many famous players and interesting stories to follow in the playoffs, as well as Taylor Swift's appearance at the Chiefs game, the NFL continues to have a great viewership.
According to Nielsen, 115.1 million people watched last year's Chiefs vs. Eagles Super Bowl on all platforms. CBS and the NFL are bracing for a record-breaking Chiefs-49ers matchup, a rematch from 2020.
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