FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots' 35-31 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday posted a 20.9 average household rating and a 38 market share, tying for the second-best overnight rating for a Saturday AFC divisional-round game since 1994, according to the team.
The ratings represented an 8 percent increase from last year’s AFC divisional game between Indianapolis and New England (19.4) and a 7 percent increase from last year’s NFC divisional game between New Orleans and Seattle (19.5).
The victory also registered the third-highest rating and highest market share for a divisional-round game in Patriots history. Patriots-Ravens posted a 45.7 household rating and 75 market share in the Boston regional market, meaning that on average, three out of four active televisions in the Boston area were tuned into the game.
That mark is the highest in franchise history and the average rating trails only the 2013 divisional-round game against the Houston Texans and the 2011 divisional-round game against the New York Jets.