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Patriots AFC Championship win is highest-rated television program since Super Bowl LI
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After a thrilling, come-from-behind 24-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship game on Sunday afternoon, the Patriots will return to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year and the third time in four years. It is their NFL-record 10th Super Bowl appearance overall. The exciting win resonated with television audiences by delivering the highest household ratings of the year, both nationally and locally.
Sunday afternoon’s broadcast earned an average overnight household rating of 27.3, making it the highest-rated game of the 2017 season and the top-rated program on television since last February’s Super Bowl, which featured another Patriots comeback in their victory in Super Bowl LI. Locally, the win earned a household rating of 50.1 in the Boston market to go along with a market share of 75, which is the highest market share for a non-Super Bowl Patriots game over the past two seasons. The 27.3 national household rating paired with the 15.2 rating from Week 15’s last-minute victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers means the Patriots participated in both the highest-rated postseason and regular season games of the 2017 season.
Super Bowl LII will be played on Sunday, February 4, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Patriots will play the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles. The game will be broadcast nationally by NBC, with Al Michaels calling play-by-play, Cris Collinsworth providing color commentary and Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines. NBC10 Boston will broadcast the Super Bowl in the Boston regional market.