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Chiefs-Bills, Packers-Niners thrilling playoff games score blockbuster TV ratings

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The television ratings are in for this past weekend's NFL playoff games -- and they're almost as spectacular as the games themselves.

According to Fox Sports, Saturday's prime-time thriller between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers drew an average of 36.9 million viewers. That makes it the most-watched television show on a Saturday night since the 1994 Winter Olympics, which featured the drama surrounding American figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.

The NFC divisional playoff game saw an increase of 10.6 million over last year's Saturday night game (Ravens-Bills) and was also Fox's most-watched Saturday telecast of any kind.

If that wasn't enough, Sunday's instant classic between the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills pulled in even more eyeballs.

According to CBS Sports, an average of 42.7 million people tuned in to see the shootout between Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. As an unbelievable finish sent the game into overtime, viewership peaked at 51.7 million.

It's also the most-watched television program since ... last year's Super Bowl (also on CBS).

Bills quarterback Josh Allen tries to escape the Chiefs defense in Sunday's 42-36 loss in Kansas City.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen tries to escape the Chiefs defense in Sunday's 42-36 loss in Kansas City.

Fun fact: In the fourth quarter with the game on the line, the network says 90% of all televisions in use in Kansas City were tuned to the game.

Which makes one wonder: What were the other 10% watching?

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Thrilling NFL playoff games send TV ratings skyrocketing