A long list of intriguing storylines -- and two close contests -- earned huge television ratings for the NFL's conference championships Sunday. The games drew the most viewers in 28 years, averaging 52.9 million people, up 34 percent from last season.
The dramatic NFC championship attracted 57.9 million viewers, the most since the San Francisco 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys on "The Catch" in 1982. The Saints' overtime victory over Favre and the Minnesota Vikings on Fox was the most watched non-Super Bowl program since the series finale of "Seinfeld" 12 years ago.
Ratings represent the percentage of all households with televisions tuned into a program, and shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.
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