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Patriots’ AFC Championship Win Snags Near Record Viewership For NFL & CBS – Update

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UPDATED, 12:55 PM: The numbers for the Los Angeles Rams' overtime win on Fox against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday are good, but they are not as good as the results of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. The late Sunday AFC battle in the BBQ Capitol of the World pulled in a massive audience of 53.9 million viewers for CBS. The earlier Rams' win snared 44.08 million sets of eyeballs for the Rupert Murdoch-owned network. The… Read

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Super Bowl LIII Set, As New England Patriots Beat Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 In OT

The Chiefs had a loud crowd behind them at their Arrowhead Stadium home and the best young quarterback in the game. They just didn’t have Tom Brady. The wild and woolly AFC championship boiled down to this: quarterback Brady of the New England Patriots had the ball first in overtime. If you’re his opponent, that’s never a good thing, and Brady made them pay, resulting in a 37-31 New England victory. The Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs were like prize fighters, trading… Read

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Los Angeles Rams Going To Super Bowl, Beat New Orleans Saints 26-23 In OT

The Los Angeles Rams hit a 57-yard field goal in overtime to win the NFC championship and secure a spot in Super Bowl LIII, to be played Feb. 3 in Atlanta. Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein was the late game hero. Besides the winning kick, he made a 48-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 23-23 and send it to overtime. The final kick made 33-year-old Rams coach Sean McVay the youngest coach to ever reach the Super Bowl. The Saints won the toss for… Read

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Gladys Knight Will Perform National Anthem At Super Bowl

Gladys Knight will be singing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl LIII. The Grammy-winning Knight will be performing the song in her Atlanta hometown, where the game will be held on Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The 74-year-old Knight said she will attempt to “unite and represent our country” when performing the song. A member of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, Knight is best known for her many hits in the 1970s, particularly her Grammy-winning 1973 smash with… Read

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After Further Review, Super Bowl LII Saw Record TV Ad Rates But Also More Commercial Clutter: Study

In its annual drill-down on Super Bowl advertising, Kantar Media said a 30-second ad on last year’s big game sold for a record $5.235 million, but the firm’s study identifies some possible reasons for concern along with the growing revenue haul. Overall revenue for Super Bowl LII between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots reached $482 million, Kantar said, second only to Super Bowl LI, which isn’t an exact comparison because the game went into overtime… Read

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NFL Playoff Ratings Keep Sizzling: NBC Up 8%, Fox Up 25% From 2018 – Update

UPDATED with the latest numbers. The return of divisional playoff football to LA proved a winner for Fox, and NBC’s final NFL telecast of the season also posted stellar numbers as the NFL’s TV ratings comeback shows no signs of faltering. Fox’s broadcast of the Los Angeles Rams’ defeat of the Dallas Cowboys — the teams’ first playoff meeting in 33 years — drew a 17.9 rating/33 share in fast national ratings. Fox said it was best performance for a Saturday primetime… Read

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Super Bowl LIII Halftime: Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi Officially Confirmed

Despite calls for an artist boycott and several acts reportedly shying away, Super Bowl LIII has finally nailed down performers for its halftime show. As rumored, rockers Maroon 5 will be joined by rapper Travis Scott and performer/producer Big Boi as the entertainment for the big game, set for Sunday, Feb. 3 in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. CBS will televise the game and halftime. Usually one of the most coveted showcases of the year, this year’s Super Bowl halftime… Read

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NFL Launches Its Players Coalition Social Justice Program, ‘Inspire Change’

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The National Football League has created a social justice platform, Inspire Change, fulfilling a promised part of the league’s effort to calm the waters following last year’s national anthem protests by players. The NFL announced the initiative Friday, emphasizing its commitment to education, economic development and community and police relations. The league will provide funding to grassroots organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Operation… Read

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Tribune And Charter Settle Carriage Dispute, Restoring 33 Stations To Spectrum

Tribune Broadcasting and Charter Communications have settled their 9-day carriage dispute, which affected some 6 million Spectrum subscribers in 24 markets, including LA and New York. The reprieve restores the signal for 33 stations, which are mostly Fox and CW affiliates, including LA’s KTLA Channel 5 and New York’s WPIX 11. That means access will be assured to high-profile programming such as NFL divisional playoff games, the mid-season premiere of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend… Read

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CBS Gears Up For Its 20th Super Bowl, With Ad Inventory 90% Sold And Tech Innovations Like 8K And AR On Tap

CBS says it has sold more than 90% of its ad inventory for Super Bowl LIII, and is promising a raft of high-tech innovations for its 20th broadcast of the big game. At a press event at its New York studio facility on 57th Street today, the network got into many of the Xs and Os of the February 3 contest. It will be the 20th time CBS has carried the game, most of any network. A suite full of executives, including acting CEO Joe Ianniello, CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus… Read

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NFL Playoffs Ratings: Viewership Skyrockets For ESPN, ABC, Fox Games

The ratings for the first round of National Football League playoff games on ESPN, ABC and Fox are up strongly year-over-year. The Saturday afternoon NFL Wild Card game – an Indianapolis Colts' 21-7 victory over the Houston Texans – averaged 22,824,000 viewers across ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, according to Nielsen. This is an increase of three percent vs. last year (Titans-Chiefs averaged 22,253,000 viewers). The game rating peaked from 7-7:30 p.m. with 26,424,000… Read

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Football Ratings Rebound In 2018 As ‘SNF’ Eyes 8th No. 1 Finish In 2018-19 Season

After the national anthem controversy took a toll on NFL last fall, pushing down TV ratings, the games’ performance recovered in 2018, with the main football franchises all posting year-to-year gains. The recently concluded 13th season of NBC’s Sunday Night Football drew an average of 19.3 million Live+same day viewers, up 7% from last year. SNF is projected to finish as primetime's No. 1 TV show in all key metrics for the 2018-19 season for an eighth consecutive year… Read