It felt like everyone in the country was watching Sunday night’s Buffalo Bills-Kansas City Chiefs AFC divisional playoff game, and it turns out that tens of millions were.
Airing on CBS, the matchup, which ended in a crushing 42-36 loss for the Bills, was the most-watched NFL divisional playoff on any network in five years, drawing an average of 43 million viewers, according to data from Nielsen reported by Variety, Bloomberg, The Wrap and other media outlets.
It also was the most-watched TV program on any network since last year’s Super Bowl LV, which aired on CBS, and one of the only three TV programs that have topped 40 million viewers since the 2021 Super Bowl, Variety noted. (The other two also were NFL games on CBS.)
Viewership for Sunday's game peaked at more than 51 million during the final moments of the nail-biting fourth quarter and into overtime, according to Sports Illustrated.
CBS’ post-season NFL broadcasts have averaged 35.9 million TV viewers, an increase of 27% from last year and its best in a decade, according to Bloomberg.
Saturday's Cincinnati Bengals-Tennessee Titans AFC divisional playoff game drew nearly 31 million viewers for CBS, Variety reported. Numbers have not been released for Sunday’s Los Angeles Rams-Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFC divisional game on CBS.
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This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Buffalo Bills vs Kansas City Chiefs: Here's how many watched on TV