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Conference title games garner best TV ratings in 14 years

NEW YORK -- The AFC Championship Game earned its highest television rating in 14 years, and the NFC Championship Game also drew the best rating for the early contest in the same span.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' 24-19 victory over the New York Jets in the AFC title game Sunday on CBS had a 28.3 rating and 43 share, the highest since the Jacksonville Jaguars-New England Patriots matchup in January 1997.

The Green Bay Packers' 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Fox earned a 28.1/50, the best since Packers-Carolina Panthers, also in '97.

The AFC game was watched by an average of 54.85 million viewers, breaking the record set by San Diego Chargers-Cincinnati Bengals in 1982 when the population was smaller.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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