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Saints-Vikings thriller draws record television audiences

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The NFC Championship Game on Sunday night game between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings was the most watched NFL playoff game ever (excluding the Super Bowl) in Canada.

The Fox broadcast, which was simulcast on CTV in Canada, attracted an average of 2.6 million viewers.

According to BBM Canada, the audience peaked at more than 3.6 million viewers at 10:19 p.m. ET as New Orleans’ Garrett Hartley kicked a game-ending 40-yard field goal in overtime that moved the Saints into the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history.

Earlier in the afternoon, the AFC Championship on CBS and simulcast on CTV also attracted huge numbers. The first game of the day drew an average audience of 2.3 million viewers who saw Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts secure their place in the Super Bowl by defeating the New York Jets.

The Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints will face-off against each other in Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday, Feb. 7th. The game will air on CBS in the United States and will be simulcast on CTV in Canada.

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And we were only forced to watch those stupid Bud plane commercials 150K times.

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How does CTV do it? It's amazing how they can interrupt one US network after another! They should win some kind of "US Network Leeching" award.
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