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New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars AFC title game draws huge TV ratings

By The Sports Xchange
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New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars AFC title game draws huge TV ratings
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (R) holds the Lamar Hunt Trophy after quarterback Tom Brady (L) led a fourth quarter comeback, 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on January 21, 2018. Photo by John Angelillo/ UPI | License Photo

The New England Patriots pulled off another postseason comeback to reach their eighth Super Bowl of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era and Sunday's telecast generated huge ratings.

The viewership was so high that not only was New England's 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars the highest rated game of the 2017 season, it also was the highest-rated program since the Patriots rallied from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl LI for their fifth title.

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Sunday's win drew an average overnight household rating of 27.3. In the Boston market the game earned a household rating of 50.1 to go along with a market share of 75, the highest market share for a Patriots game besides the Super Bowl in the last two seasons.

Last season, the FOX broadcast drew a 45.3 rating, and 70 percent of American households watched the game. It was the fifth highest-rated program in TV history and trailed only Super Bowl XLVIII between Denver and Seattle in 2014 as the most-watched event in FOX history.

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New England participated in the two highest-rated games of the season. Its 27-24 win at Pittsburgh on Dec. 17 drew a 15.2 rating.

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