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AFC and NFC Championships draw 47.7 million, 42 million viewers

NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20: Fox broadcaster Terry Bradshaw interviews quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers in the locker room after the 49ers defeat the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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The NFL’s dominance over the American television landscape continues.

The Super Bowl is always America’s most-watched television show of the year by a huge margin, but in recent years the AFC and NFC Championship Games have become the second- and third-most-watched shows on American TV. And the numbers from Sunday’s game say that will be the case this year as well.

According to the NFL, Ravens-Patriots drew 47.7 million viewers on CBS, while 49ers-Falcons drew 42.0 million viewers on FOX. That makes them the most-watched TV shows since the Super Bowl.

Still, while those are huge numbers, they’re actually down significantly from last year, when Giants-49ers drew 57.6 million viewers on FOX and Ravens-Patriots drew 48.7 million viewers on CBS. So Sunday’s numbers were huge. Just not huge by the recent standards set by the NFL.