The national ratings for the Patriots' 35-31 victory over the Ravens Saturday befit one of the most thrilling postseason games in recent memory.
NBC's broadcast of the AFC Divisional Round matchup earned a 20.9 average household rating and a 38 market share, good for a second-place tie for the highest overnight rating during this playoff round since 1994.
The game brought a 45.7 household rating and 75 share in the Boston market, meaning that three of four televisions that were on in the area were tuned into the game.
It is the third highest-rated divisional round game in Patriots history, trailing only the 2013 matchup with the Texans and a 2011 game with the Jets. No divisional round game has had a higher share in Boston.
Baltimore was the second-highest-rated local market (45.3/73), while Providence was third (35.6/53).
The game averaged 34 million viewers, making it the third-most-watched Saturday AFC Divisional game on record. It trails only the Ravens’ double-overtime victory over the Broncos on Jan. 12, 2013 (35.3 million on CBS), and the Patriots’ win over the Broncos on Jan. 14, 2012 (34.2 million in prime-time on CBS).
Viewership peaked at 41.6 million during the final 34 minutes of the broadcast (7:30-8:04 p.m.), which included Tom Brady's winning touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell with just over five minutes remaining.