TV ratings: Ravens-Patriots AFC Championship game gives CBS a big Sunday win
The AFC Championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots gave CBS a huge ratings win Sunday night, although the network's numbers were down some from its last AFC title game night two years ago.
A special "Hawaii Five-0" that started about 10:15 p.m. ET also scored its biggest audience of the season, although it dropped off significantly in its second half-hour. FOX and NBC took the night off with lineups of reruns, but ABC aired new episodes of "Once Upon a Time" and "Revenge" opposite a big event for the second straight week. And for the second straight week, both shows suffered ratings declines.
CBS delivered 34.55 million viewers and an 18.8 rating/29 share in households in primetime. Those numbers will rise with time-zone adjustments, but for now the Eye is running behind the 40.9 million people who watched the 2011 AFC title game, when it last aired in primetime. ABC (5.9 million, 3.6/6) was the best of the rest. FOX (3.35 million, 2.0/3) came in third, and NBC (2.4 million, 1.5/2) trailed.
CBS also dominated the adults 18-49 demographic with an 11.9 rating. ABC (1.7) edged FOX (1.6) for second place. NBC finished fourth with a 0.8.