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Patriots-Chiefs was the most-watched TV program since Super Bowl LII

Phillip Dorsett spiked the ball after scoring a touchdown as Chiefs Daniel Sorensen and Steven Nelson reacted in the second quarter.
Phillip Dorsett spiked the ball after scoring a touchdown as Chiefs Daniel Sorensen and Steven Nelson reacted in the second quarter. (Barry Chin /Globe Staff)

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The Patriots’ 37-31 overtime victory over the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game Sunday on CBS was a thriller of a football game, with the huge television ratings to match.

The telecast earned a 31.2 rating and a 48 share nationally, making it the most-watched television program (not just sporting event) since the Patriots’ loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII in February.

In the Boston market, the game earned a massive 58.5 rating and 76 share. It is the second-highest-rated game in franchise history in the local market, trailing only the Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seahawks (61.0 rating).

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Overall, it was the highest-rated late-window conference championship game nationally since the Giants-49ers matchup on Fox on Jan. 22, 2012. (33.4/48).

The Boston market was actually the second-highest nationally. The broadcast drew a 60.1/83 in Kansas City.


Chad Finn can be reached at finn@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeChadFinn.